Fill Your Cup at One of Kalamazoo’s Local Coffee Joints
Kalamazoo is known for its independent vibe, and coffee is no exception. Hit up one of these places to drink a locally brewed cup with a homemade breakfast, lunch, or baked goods.
Caffe Casa | 128 S. Kalamazoo Mall | 269-385-1026
Caffe Casa has a super quirky and fun feel and prides themselves on their espresso, and their extensive offering of espresso drinks, including their homemade espresso cubes. They also offer coffee, tea, in-house baked goods, and lunch. Any of their items can be made kid-size like their steamers and hot chocolate, and half sandwiches are always available. Don’t miss out on trying one of their signature turtle bars.
Civil House Coffee | 344 N. Rose Kalamazoo | 269-459-1404
Open every day of the week, this is a great spot to curl up with a book for some solo time while sipping on amazing espresso, coffee, or tea. Bonus, it’s an easy walk to Civil House Coffee from Art Hop.
Fido Motors Cafe | 1415 Fulford Kalamazoo | 269-243-8201
Tucked away in a historic warehouse in the Edison Neighborhood, this fun and funky specialty café offers an entire espresso menu. Make sure to check out the scooter hanging on the wall! Tea drinkers aren’t left out, with two types of housemade chai, golden milk and matcha. Keep an eye out for their Waffle Weekend events.
Kalamazoo Coffee Co. | 414 Walbridge Street, Kalamazoo | 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 homemade breakfast at their Black Owl Cafe with a large vegetarian selection.
Mezzo Coffee House | 100 W Allegan Street, Otsego | 269-694-1545
Perfect for swinging in on the way home from the Allegan Family Swim time, Mezzo has an incredible assortment of baked goods, a special Kid Drink section on their menu which includes their Frozen Hot Chocolate. It’s a perfect spot for breakfast or lunch, and they offer gluten-free and Keto options.
Paradise Cafe | 6794 S. Westnedge, Suite F, Portage | 269-443-2251
This creperie and dessert cafe is a hidden gem and can be found next to Second Childhood. They serve one of the best cups of espresso in town. Order the kids a Nutella crepe and a smoothie, and kick back with your coffee.
Rose Gold Coffee Company | 220 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-870-7156
With only a short walk from the Kalamazoo Valley Museum, you’ll want to make a pit stop. Rose Gold Coffee boasts an extensive espresso menu and has an entirely vegan menu with baked goods. Kids are welcome and they’ll go crazy for the donuts.
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. And, kids will want to take in the view from the upper-level dining area.
Somethings Brewing | 120 W. South St., Kalamazoo | 269-349-1295
Babies and little kids are frequent visitors to Somethings Brewing. Located down the street from the Kalamazoo Public Library, they have delicious coffee, smoothies, baked goods, and a wonderful family feel. Kids will love that they also serve ice cream.
A name synonymous with Kalamazoo, Water Street coffee has five café locations offering locally-roasted coffee made with local and in-season ingredients, made from scratch in their in-house kitchens. Take your kids to the location in Portage and share a dessert bar as they work on their homework in the loft area. And if you’re in a hurry or have a sleeping kid in the car, both the Sprinkle Road and Portage locations have a drive-thru.
Windfall Coffeehouse | 625 W. Prairie St. Ste. 101 Vicksburg | 269-315-5123
Get ready to relax in – they offer dine-in with a full breakfast and lunch menu, along with their full espresso. If you’re in a hurry, swing by their drive-thru or order ahead. They don’t have a separate kid menu, but they offer steamers, waffles, fruit, and sandwiches.
Joe to Go (or Stay) – Swing By a Trusted Coffee Chain
There’s nothing like knowing you can grab a coffee at one of these Kalamazoo chains, or if travels take you around Southwest Michigan.
With roots in East Lansing, Michigan, BIGGBY Coffee serves hot and cold coffee drinks, along with yummy treats in Southwest Michigan and beyond. Kids will love the magic milk drink – try the Cocoa Carmella flavor.
Starbucks is a new-age classic for all your espresso needs. For kids, try the babyccino – a cappuccino minus the espresso.
Perfect for that donut, bagel, or muffin with your cup of joe.
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