Best Coffee Shops in West MI: 25+ Tucked Away Places Perfect for Meetings, Working, or Just Hanging Out

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These Local Coffee Shops Serve Up the Best Brews & Ambience

The coffee scene in Grand Rapids is no lightweight and for that, I’m grateful.

As a work-from-home editor, I spend a lot of time building creative energy at local coffee houses where the natural ambiance just can’t be beat.

Each spot has its own vibe.

From each locations’ unique music choices to the sound of the grinder cutting up another batch of amazing smelling beans, and from the wide array of visitors to snippets of interesting conversation, a coffee shop is a perfect place to meet, work, or be inspired.

So whether you need to get some work done, or want to meet up with a friend, these are the Grand Rapids coffee shops where you can do it.

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Grand Rapids & West Michigan Coffee Shops

Confession: I’m not much of a coffee connoisseur. I can’t explain the differences between an American or Italian roast, and I don’t drink it black.

But what’s great about these Grand Rapids coffee shops is that you don’t have to have a coffee PhD to get a good cup. You won’t find sub-par coffee here, just local brews with a lotta flavor.

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Wildroast Coffee Co.

4035 Chicago Drive SW, Grandville, MI 49418

Coffee Shops Wildroast

Best Grandville Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 6 pm Monday-Saturday and 4 pm on Sunday.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Onsite parking lot, free.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Wildroast Coffee is a triple-threat. A sweet coffee shop vibe, out-of-this-world lattes, and friendly baristas make it the perfect place to settle in and bang out that to-do list.

Dying for some adult convo? Wildroast is a kid-friendly spot.

Invite some mom friends, bring the kids, grab a Field & Fire Bakery treat, and settle in with something caffeinated (You know you need it!).

Pro Tip: They offer a private meeting space at no charge. Call them up to book it.

The Sparrows Coffee @ Kingma's Market

2225 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

the sparrows at kingmas Hunt

Best Creston (GR) Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Open till 6 PM daily.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Parking lot and street parking.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Sparrows Coffee JUST opened a new location at Kingma’s Market in the Creston neighborhood.

This location features a large outdoor patio, cute pink seats, and special brews different from their original location in East Hills GR.

Pro Tip: It's not on the menu, but if you've got kids in tow, they can order regular lemonade, or choose from drinks in the cooler.

The Sparrows Coffee

1035 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

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Best East Hills (GR) Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 6 pm daily
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Metered Street Parking.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Bright red coffee cups, plants hanging in macrame holders and wood floors that creak a little. Sparrows Coffee is a cozy cafe in a historic building offering fair trade coffee, tea, locally baked goods & periodicals.

They’re also a solid post-dinner spot if you’re looking to linger over a steamy cup of bliss with that special someone.

Pro Tip: The Major Major is the latte you didn’t know you needed. Made with sweetened condensed milk & caramel, your tastebuds are gonna high-five you for this choice.

The Bradbury Cafe

714 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Coffee Shop Bradbury Cafe

Best East Hills (GR) Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 5 pm Tuesday-Friday and 4 pm on Saturday.
Good for getting work done?
No
Good place for a meeting?
No
Parking?
Metered street parking

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Parisian inspired cafe featuring espresso drinks, tea, pastries, and more!

Flower arrangements available on the weekends. Small tables outside on sidewalk for warmer weather.

Pro Tip: Their french pastries might be to die for.

The 205 Coffee Bar

205 Columbia Ave, Holland, MI 49423

Coffee shops the 205 coffee bar

Best Holland Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 1pm Tuesday-Sunday. Closed on Mondays.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
No
Parking?
Onsite parking lot and street parking, free.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Nail the perfect selfie in front of The 205 Coffee Bar’s mural and then pop inside to check out their menu — Cappuccino? Cocktail? Spirited Steamer?

Yup, you read that right. After 11 AM, you can #treatyoself to an adult bevvie like “The Voice of Reason” (Amaretto, Van Gogh Espresso Vodka, vanilla, steamed milk, and cinnamon whip cream).

Close to the Hope College campus, The 205 Coffee Bar is the place to be, so if you’re in a hurry, place your order online and have your caffeine fix ready and waiting.

Pro Tip: Two words. Brazen. Latte. The secret ingredient that makes it so good? Cayenne pepper.

That Early Bird

1445 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Best East Grand Rapids Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No, closes at 3 PM daily
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Street parking.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
That Early Bird has coffee + breakfast. The perfect pair.

Offering breakfast and lunch options in a bright and cozy place with a community feel.

Baked goods, coffee and other drinks make this a perfect meeting place.

Pro Tip: Large outdoor patio is great for ambience and people watching.

Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea

601 Bond Avenue Northwest, Suite #101, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Sweetwaters Coffee Tea Hunt

Best Belknap Lookout (GR) Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 6 most nights; open till 8 PM Friday & Saturday.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Metered street parking.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
This Michigan-based franchise serves coffee, but their a-game is tea. Add in lots of pastry options and plenty of space to work and meet, and this is a Belknap Lookout staple.

Pro Tip: Even if coffee is your jam, try their tea. They know what they are doing.

Stovetop Coffee Roasters

944 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Coffee shops Stovetop Roasters

Best East Hills (GR) Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 6 pm daily.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Metered street parking, two free parking lots in the back/side

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Stovetop fans are pretty diehard, and it's not hard to see why. Every roast is perfect, and the baristas are known for going above and beyond. The atmosphere is positive, with lots of natural light.

Pro Tip: Get a free cup of coffee when you buy a bag of perfectly roasted coffee beans.

Squibb Coffee & Wine Bar

955 Wealthy, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Coffee Shops Squibb coffee and wine bar

Best East Hills (GR) Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
Yes. Closes at 8 pm Monday-Saturday, and 6 pm on Sundays.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
No
Parking?
Metered street parking

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Easygoing, cheery cafe offering coffee, tea drinks & baked goods plus cheese plates & wine.

They also know how to play good music.

Pro Tip: This is one of the best coffee shops for getting work done, between their nice workspace set up and pastry/cheese plate options. .

Side Bar Artisan Coffee

41 Washington Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417

Coffee Shops Side Bar

Best Grand Haven Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 3:30 pm Monday-Wednesday and 7 pm Thursday-Sunday.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Onsite parking behind building and street parking, free.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
A Grand Haven gem, Side Bar Artisan Coffee has won me (and my kids!) over. Their space is warm and welcoming, but also big enough to spread out with your brew and a board game.

Side Bar Artisan Coffee serves Madcap coffee and has a handful of signature lattes, but the real show-stoppers are their Artisan Hot Chocolates: Lucky Mellow, S’mores, and a rotating Seasonal creation.

Pro Tip: Side Bar Artisan Coffee occasionally hosts Children + Coffee Tuesday events. Bring the kids for an activity while you enjoy a coffee. Follow them on Instagram to find out when the next one will be.

Rowster Coffee

632 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Coffee shops Rowster

Best East Hills (GR) Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 6 PM daily
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Paid street parking.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Grand Rapids' first and original specialty coffee roaster.

They provide premium house-roasted coffees & house-pressed almond milk in a stylish and warm cafe with decor.

Their clean decor and beautiful plants make this one of the area's fave chilll spots to meet with a friend or read a good book.

Pro Tip: Stop by in summer for affogatos - a delicious ice cream + espresso delight.

Roots Brew Shop

600 7th St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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Best West Grand (GR) Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
Yes. Open Mon - Fri till 9 PM. Closes at 6 PM on Sat, closed Sundays.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Metered street parking.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Roots is a great coffee shop on the NW side with lots of room for meeting a friend or studying. They are really passionate about their customers and very community oriented.

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Pro Tip: Come for the coffee, stay for the food: you can get sandwiches, soup and more here!

Rise Authentic Baking Co. + Squibb Coffee

1220 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Coffee Shops Rise Baking

Best Grand Rapids Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 6 pm on weekdays and 4 pm on weekends.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
No
Parking?
Onsite parking behind building and street parking, free.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
What do you get when you pair an allergy conscious bakery (Rise Authentic Baking Co.) with one of Grand Rapids’ favorite coffee shops (Squibb Coffee)? Perfection.

If you’re thinking “allergy conscious” equals bland, you’d be dead wrong. From donuts to yum tarts (my personal go-to) and Americanos to Tea Lattes, Rise + Squibb are a match made in heaven.

Pro Tip: This cozy space means nabbing a table can be tricky. Don’t mind stretching your legs? Head to the hallway where there’s a counter you can stand at. Nice weather? Head out back to their patio space and mural (a great Instagramable background for your latte art shot).

Palatte Coffee & Art

150 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Palatte Coffee

Best Grand Rapids Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No, 3:00 PM
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Sip your coffee while admiring gorgeous artwork.

Coffee options include snickers, milky way and chai latte. Or opt for hot loose leaf tea, iced tea or a tea / smoothie blend.

Munch on a bagel or muffin to go along with your beverage.

Pro Tip:

Outside Coffee Co

734 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Best East Hills (GR) Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
Yes. Closes at 7 pm.
Good for getting work done?
No
Good place for a meeting?
No
Parking?
Metered Street Parking

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Ever since Outside Coffee Co. started slinging coffee out of a vintage camper (and now a food truck), Instagram has never been the same.

A coffee shop that embraces the outdoors, all their seating is in their picture-perfect garden.

Come in warm-weather months to hang in a hammock, but don’t let cold weather stop you from visiting. Their geodomes and cozy firepits in the wintertime make my heart skip a beat.

Offers free Wi-Fi with purchase.

Pro Tip: Kids (And us big kids, too.) think the Brother Bear Hot Cocoa with Mokaya Chocolate is the bomb dot com.

Mudpenny

570 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Coffee Shops Mudpenny

Best Downtown Grand Rapids Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 3 pm, Monday-Saturday. Closed on Sundays.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Onsite parking lot, free.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Located down the street from Founders Brewing Co., Mudpenny has got it going on.

Their renovated space in a building that’s been around for over a century offers two dining spaces, a full coffee bar, and a kitchen that serves up great eats.

A second Mudpenny location opened in Ada Village in 2020. This location is open everyday until 4 pm, including Sundays with a special brunch menu.

Pro Tip: Sticking to a Keto, vegan, or gluten-free diet? Mudpenny is where it’s at for food (and coffee) for any special dietary needs.

Morning Ritual Coffee

637 Stocking Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

morning ritual coffee company

Best West Grand (GR) Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 6 pm daily.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Street parking & small parking lot (no fee)

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
A botanical coffee bar specializing in unique, hand-crafted floral & herbal flavors - located on the west side of Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Check out pastries, floral and herbal coffee, and tea blends in this cozy, minimalistic cafe.

Don't forget to check out the upstairs - it's a great place to get some work done and is also available to rent for events.

(Formerly Corridor Coffee)

Pro Tip: Step out of your comfort zone and try unique flavors you won't find anywhere else. Ask staff for explanations and recommendations - they love to help!

Madcap Coffee Downtown

98 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

madcap coffee shop grand rapids

Best Downtown Grand Rapids Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
No
Open Late?
No. Closes at 3 pm on weekdays, 4 pm on weekends.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
No
Parking?
Metered parking.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Ask a local for a coffee shop rec and Madcap Coffee will likely be the answer.

Around since 2008, Madcap has two West Michigan locations- the other is on Fulton St E and offers a modern vibe with a sweet outdoor mural.

This flagship coffee joint in downtown Grand Rapids offers a classic coffee menu along with seasonal/specialty drinks. You'll also find pastries from a variety of local vendors.

This location is often quite busy, so plan on grab N go unless you get lucky enough to score a table.

Pro Tip: See if they are offering their Monthly Roastery Tours. $25 gets you a brewed coffee, Madcap glass, 12oz bag of coffee, tour, roasting demo, and hands-on tasting experience.

Madcap Coffee

1041 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Madcap Coffee Fulton St Hunt

Best Midtown (GR) Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 4 PM daily.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Street parking.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
This coffee joint in Grand Rapids offers a classic coffee menu along with seasonal/specialty drinks. You'll also find pastries from a variety of local vendors.

This location has a modern vibe with a sweet outdoor mural.
The other West Michigan location is on Monroe Center.

Pro Tip: See if they are offering their Monthly Roastery Tours. $25 gets you a brewed coffee, Madcap glass, 12oz bag of coffee, tour, roasting demo, and hands-on tasting experience.

Lyon St. Cafe

617 Lyon St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Coffee Shops Lyon Street

Best Grand Rapids Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 4 pm daily
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
No
Parking?
Onsite parking lot and street parking, free.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
A popular neighborhood spot, Lyon St. Cafe, is next door to Nantucket Baking Company and a hop, skip and a jump from Martha’s Vineyard. Their vanilla lattes are the talk of the town. Want to switch things up? They have craft beer and wine flights, too.

Pro Tip: Snagging a seat may be a challenge in the mornings and on weekends. Come in the evening (They’re open til 9 PM) and usually you’ll have your pick of a place to sit.

Le Bon Macaron

951 Cherry St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Coffee Shops Le Bon Macaron

Best East Hills (GR) Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
Yes. Closes 8 pm Thursday-Saturday. Closes at 5 PM on Sundays and 6 PM Mon - Wed.
Good for getting work done?
No
Good place for a meeting?
No
Parking?
Metered street parking

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Adventure to Paris (no passport required) when you visit Le Bon Macaron.

This very charming spot is ideal for an outing with your gal pals. Nibble a Marie Antoinette Cake Batter Macaron, sip a Lavender Latte, and let time slip away.

Pro Tip: For the ultimate indulgence, order a Macaron + Ice Cream Sundae.

Lantern Coffee Bar & Lounge

100 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49501

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Best Downtown Grand Rapids Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
No
Open Late?
Yes. Closes at 7 PM daily.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Metered street parking or paid parking in a ramp.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
This small space packs a big, cozy punch!

Order your drink (coffee, tea, and pastries are offered) and then step down into their "underground" lounge to find great places to sit, study, or get some work done.

You can reserve a table for a meeting in the downstairs lounge by giving them a call.

There's a strong work/study vibe at this place. While they don't have rules against kids coming in, the atmosphere is primarily adult-oriented.

Pro Tip: There is an elevator to access the lower level available from a separate building entrance. If you're looking for an accessible entrance and can't find it, ask the staff for help.

Kin Coffee and Craft House

1200 Ottawa Beach Rd, Holland, MI 49424

Coffee Shops Kin Coffee and Craft House

Best Holland Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 3 pm Monday-Saturday.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Parking lot.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
With a shared love of coffee, the owners of Kin Coffee and Craft House dreamed of creating a cozy place for people to gather. This building is their desire come to life!

They offer coffee, tea, smoothies, and various types of toast.

They are very kid friendly with outdoor seating and a cute cart of colored pencils and postcards that kids can color.

Pro Tip: More than just coffee... they have various floats and ice cream!

Common Ground Coffee House

1319 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Coffee shop common grounds

Best Fulton Heights (GR) Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 6 PM daily.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Parking lot behind building, or street parking.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Common Ground is the oldest coffee house in Grand Rapids! It is a cozy place to study, chat, or host a group meeting.

They serve local fair trade organic coffees and a wide variety of delicious specialty drinks and baked goods.

The shop also displays a variety of work from local Grand Rapids artists.

Pro Tip: Stop by the attached Schnitz Deli for a variety of soups, salads, and awesome sandwiches.

Cafe Mertens

35 Oakes St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Coffee Shops New Hotel Mertens

Best Downtown Grand Rapids Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Hours currently vary due to staffing.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Metered street parking.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
French breads and pastries are made in-house and their own “The Mertens Blend” by Sparrows Coffee is a delight.

And don’t let the early-19th century building confuse you...they have modern amenities like seating with power outlets and wifi.

Pro Tip: Need something more substantial than a pastry? Cafe Mertens has a menu that includes fries and poutine.

Brody's Be Cafe

7267 Thornapple River Dr, Ada, MI 49301

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Best Ada Coffee Shop

Kid-friendly?
Yes
Open Late?
No. Closes at 3 pm on weekdays.
Good for getting work done?
Yes
Good place for a meeting?
Yes
Parking?
Parking lot. Free parking.

Why Visit this Coffee Shop:
Enjoy the lovely decor at Brody's Be Cafe and know that you are supporting a non-profit coffee shop that employs individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

They BElieve everyone BElongs and we can work BEside one another.

In addition to offering a full array of coffee and tea beverages, you'll find indoor and outdoor seating to match the season - clear domes in the winter and tree swings and picnic tables in the summer.

Pro Tip: Check out the assortment of unique merchandise they offer while there.

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1 thought on “Best Coffee Shops in West MI: 25+ Tucked Away Places Perfect for Meetings, Working, or Just Hanging Out”

  1. Jacqueline j Poehlman

    You missed a few of my favorites! Full Circle Coffee in Byron Center, 317 in Hudsonville, Roots Brew Shop on the West Side

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