884 Penniman Ave.
Plymouth, MI 48170
The Plymouth Coffee Bean is Michigan’s longest-running independent coffee shop, and has been voted Best Coffee House by Hour Magazine, the Detroit Free Press and AOL. It serves up made-to-order crepes if you get hungry, and you can choose a favorite preset or create your own concoction. The shop also has breakfast, sandwich and dessert menus, which include green eggs and ham, a black bean burger and homemade cookies, among other bites. Choose to sit in the Sun Room, Cloud Room or Green Room; if you’re seeking quiet, the Green Room is the place to go.
32644 Franklin Road
Franklin, MI 48025
Farmhouse Coffee has been in downtown Franklin since 2010, and its store is located in a converted barn. Its coffee is fair-trade and organic, and its ice cream is Guernsey Farms, from Northville. You can also find fresh fruit smoothies and naturally-made baked goods on the menu. For breakfast, you can choose from bagels/bagel sandwiches and croissants, or organic soup, salads or sandwiches for lunch. There’s also an outdoor deck if you have battery power and would like to work outside.
2707 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
The Songbird Cafe is located just north of the University of Michigan’s North Campus, and offers lunch, brunch and coffee to its patrons. Its soup menu changes daily, and it also has baked goods for sale. The sandwiches aren’t your usual stale coffeehouse fare either. Try the spicy BBQ pork and avocado wrap ($9.50), the Caprese sandwich ($7.95) or the ham and smoked gouda ($8.50), and don’t forget about the breakfast menu, too. The coffee shop’s interior is large and inviting, and is perfect for getting work done on the go.
300 Hamilton Row
Birmingham, MI 48009
Commonwealth serves breakfast and lunch, as well as brunch, and would be the perfect place to grab a bite while working. Try the tandoori chicken salad wrap ($11) or the ham and cheese sandwich ($9.50). If you go for breakfast, the menu ranges from chorizo hash ($11) to poached eggs ($7) to beans and toast. Parking is located nearby in a garage (free for the first two hours) or metered parking is also nearby.
4135 Maple Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
Great Lakes Coffee is located inside the Maple Theater building and has a great selection of coffees, teas and delicious meals and snacks. Take up a seat beneath its collection of antique cameras, and enjoy the free wifi and comfortable chairs. The bar area serves light bites, and you can also order sandwiches and pizzas from the coffee/cash register portion of the shop. Local musicians come here to play on certain nights, and the coffee shop has trivia nights as well.