Calling All Coffee Lovers
“It’s amazing how the world begins to change through the eyes of a cup of coffee.”- Donna Favors
True statement – and greater Kalamazoo doesn’t disappoint with options for a fantastic cup of joe.
We all know parenting can be hard. For some of us, a little caffeine can help make it a smidge easier to get through those long days. But, finding somewhere to get that perfect java jolt when out running errands or short on time can be tricky.
Thankfully, whether your taste buds crave a steaming hot mug of black coffee or an iced latte frappe with extra espresso shots and whipped cream, Kalamazoo has a number of options to get your caffeine fix. We’ve covered family-friendly places as well as spots that may be ideal for much needed gal-pal time, or even some time to yourself to enjoy that coffee while it’s still piping hot.
Don’t see your favorite cafe on this list? They may be included on our Best Spots for Hot Chocolate, so make sure to take a look. If we missed your favorite local coffee spot altogether, drop us a line in the comments below.
Coffee Spots in Kalamazoo
BIGGBY Coffee | Various Locations in Southwest Michigan
With roots in East Lansing, Michigan, BIGGBY Coffee now serves hot and cold coffee drinks, along with yummy treats in Southwest Michigan and beyond.
Child Must Try: Banana Berry Crème Freeze or a Mellow Hot Chocolate
Adult Must Try: Teddy Bear Latte with caramel and white chocolate
Civil House Coffee | 344 N. Rose Kalamazoo, MI | 269-459-1404
Open every day of the week, this is a great spot to chat with friends or curl up with a book for some solo time while sipping on amazing coffee or tea. Bonus, it’s an easy walk to Civil House Coffee from Art Hop.
Adult Must Try: Cortado with macadamia milk
Fido Motors Cafe | 1415 Fulford Kalamazoo, MI | 269-243-8201
Tucked away in a historic warehouse in the Edison Neighborhood, this fun and funky specialty café exudes a machine shop vibe and a well-curated menu of offerings. The coffee menu is based on seasonal offerings via Populace Coffee of Bay City. Espresso preparation is made by professional baristas and brewed coffee options include drip, pour overs, and flash chilled iced coffee. Tea drinkers aren’t left out, with two types of housemade chai, golden milk and matcha.
Adult Must Try: Macchiato and a Pesto Quinoa Bowl
Kalamazoo Coffee Co. | 414 Walbridge Street Kalamazoo, MI | 269-459-1404
Serving locally roasted coffee, this downtown Kalamazoo coffee shop is a great place to get a cup of steaming hot coffee, but also enjoy home-made breakfast.
Adult Must Try: V60 Pour Over coffee and a Belgian waffle topped with fruit, chocolate, and whipped cream
Ryske & Co. Market and Eatery | 7141 West Q Ave Kalamazoo, MI | 269-978-8600
Ryske & Co., Market and Eatery, fast-casual concept, offers a full menu of freshly made from scratch foods. Kids will make a dash for the toys located on the shelf right when you walk in the door – allowing for a moment to sip and enjoy your coffee.
Child Must Try: Rykse’s Grilled Cinnamon Roll & OJ
Adult Must Try: House Blend Coffee
32 Social Cafe | 32 West Michigan Ave. Ste. 2 Battle Creek, MI | 269-243-8201
This cafe is located in downtown Battle Creek with a menu of coffee, smoothies, tea and baked goods. Coffee roasted by Populace out of Bay City/Detroit.
Adult Must Try: Peppermint latte and coming soon Matcha Tea.
Somethings Brewing | 120 W. South St., Kalamazoo, MI |269-349-1295
Located down the street from the library, they have yummy coffee and tasty treats.
Child Must Try: Smoothies and ice cream
Adult Must Try: Tuxedo Mocha Latte
Starbucks | Various Locations
Starbucks is a new-age classic for all your espresso needs.
Child Must Try: Ask for a Babycinno from their “secret menu” which is your child’s favorite milk (sow, cow, almond, other) steamed until frothy and topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon
Adult Must Try: Iced Vanilla Latte
Windfall Coffeehouse | 625 W. Prairie St. Ste. 101 Vicksburg, MI | 269-315-5123
This coffee shop was voted 3rd Best Coffeehouse in all of Southwest Michigan in 2018. It has a relaxing and peaceful vibe.
Child Must Try: Hot Spiced Cider and Mini Pearl Waffles
Adult Must Try: Café Miel and a Grilled Breakfast Wrap
Water Street Coffee | Various locations, Kalamazoo
A name synonymous with Kalamazoo, Water Stree coffee has five café locations offering coffee made with local and in-season ingredients, made from scratch in their in-house kitchens. Did you know they make their own housemade syrups?
Child Must Try: Steamed Milk with a choice for one or two syrup flavors mixed with steamed milk or an Orange Fizz, orange juice, and soda water
Adult Must Try: Dolce De Leche—a coffee with steamed milk mixed with caramel sauce
Big Apple Bagel | Kalamazoo and Portage
The Kalamazoo location on Westnedge Avenue has a fenced in outside patio with children’s play equipment, perfect in the warmer season.
Child Must Try: SweetDuet frozen yogurt
Adult Must Try: Crème Brulee coffee
McDonald’s | Various Locations
If you only ever go to McDonald’s for their chicken nuggets and French fries, try to make it there in the morning next time. Kids can play in their indoor play place while you sip on a coffee.
Child Must Try: Hot chocolate or milk
Adult Must Try: Plain ol’ cup of joe. Best part—the price, around a $1.
Tim Hortons | Kalamazoo and Portage
With a focus on “Always Fresh”, Tim Hortons coffee is served within 20 minutes of brewing.
Child Must Try: An apple fritter TimBit and Blueberry Pomegranate Real Fruit Chill
Adult Must Try: Hot Caramel Latte