But First, Coffee

Coffee. It’s on my mind more than I would like to admit. Whether I stayed up way too late writing a paper that I procrastinated (this happens more than I would like it admit too), or I just want an iced coffee because why not, we all have our moments when we just need a cup of coffee to lighten our mood.

Although it’s definitely a plus, it’s not just about the caffeine for me. One of my favorite things is finding different coffee shops to go to, especially cute local coffee shops. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge Starbucks fan, but there’s just something about a local café. At each and every one there is a different aesthetic when it comes to decor and the type of people.

Freckled throughout the Lansing/East Lansing area are a number of great coffee shops, so I had trouble narrowing them down, but I did it and wrote about why I love each one. Read on to see my top four favorites!

Blue Owl Coffee

Blue Owl Coffee is the perfect hipster-esque cafe. This café is a lively, charming spot for a study/work session, or a social or professional chat. They have the whole exposed brick and raw wooden floors look, which is SO cute! The café also features different local artists and musicians, and has really good and unique options for coffee at super reasonable prices. A small selection for flavors for the lattes, but they have quite a few different coffee methods. They can do pour overs or an Americano, and they’re nitro coffee “cocktails” are so yummy. If you’re a coffee lover, you will love Blue Owl!

Drink of Choice: Night Owl Latte (latte with activated charcoal and lemon honey)


The Crafted Bean

This isn’t your typical coffee cafe. Since I love finding new coffee shops, I decided to go to The Crafted Bean on a whim. Best. Choice. Ever. The Crafted Bean isn’t your typical coffee café. They describe themselves as a “craft coffee bar that loves to push boundaries, make friends, and handle shit,” and I absolutely love that. They have a unique menu that consists of different kinds of black coffee, coffee cocktails, chocolate drinks, and teas. They also serve bubble waffles and toast, which I think is pretty cool. Like honestly, how many coffee cafés do you know serve waffles or toast?! The atmosphere is super chill–they have records playing constantly, and an original Nintendo available for customers to play! Along with their unique menu and atmosphere, their decor is unique as well. My favorite part of of their decor is their countertop–it has pages and quotes from The Great Gatsby (my favorite book!). This is a MUST visit if you are in the Lansing area.

Drink(s) of Choice: CCR and Pretty Boy Floyd (They are both so yummy, so I couldn’t decide on my absolute favorite.)

Food of Choice: Avocado Toast



Chapelure is another one of my favorites. They have two locations around the Lansing/East Lansing area–one right across the street from MSU’s campus, and the other one is in the Eastwood Shopping Center (this is the one I go to). They have all the typical drink options, along with some unique ones as well. The decor is very modern, and the shop is a huge open space with high ceilings, and plenty of seating!

Drink of Choice: Iced White Raspberry Truffle Mocha


Strange Matter Coffee

Strange Matter is a signature in the East Lansing/Lansing area. Every time I go there it’s always pretty busy, but it’s not hard to see why. It’s super close to MSU’s campus and it’s SO cute–it has that urban coffee shop vibe. The space is big and open, with lots of natural lighting, and a decent amount of seating. They offer the simple traditional espresso beverages, as well as hand brewed coffees and specialty teas. They also have the yummiest (and prettiest) doughnuts!

Drink of Choice: Iced Vanilla Latte

Doughnut of Choice: Vanilla Sprinkle Doughnut and Meyer Lemon Poppyseed


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What are some of your favorite, or go-to coffee shops?! I would love to check them out 🙂

xx, Madi