Ferndale Cafes

TripWhat's restaurant guide to Ferndale; our list of the best cafes. Our top picks: Ugly Mug Cafe & Roastery, Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea and My Favorite Cafe.
  • The best cafe in Ferndale: Ugly Mug Cafe & Roastery

    Ugly Mug Cafe & Roastery

    317 W Cross Ave
    Mon-Fri 7AM-9PM, Sat-Sun 8AM-8PM. The most pretentious coffee in Michigan. Large crowd of all types of hipsters, including college and locals. You'll be completely taken by the espresso drinks. Also they roast beans constantly through-out the week. Its pleasant to smell the coffee as its being roasted.
  • Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea

    Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea

    735 W Cross St
    A popular Ann Arbor cafe for 20 years, Sweetwaters is opening an Ypsilanti location by the end of January 2013.
  • My Favorite Cafe

    101 S Ann Arbor Street #107
    Coffee, tea, pastries, salads and sandwiches.
  • The Lighthouse Cafe

    8124 Main Street
    Open 6AM-2PM Monday and Tuesday, 6AM-8PM Wednesday and Thursday, 6AM-9PM on Friday, 6:3OAM-9PM on Saturday, and 7:30AM-? on Sunday. Home cooked breakfasts and lunches, and popular for their smoked meats.
  • Cafe Du Marquis

    Cafe Du Marquis

    204 W 5th Ave
    11AM-Midnight daily. Free Wi-Fi internet connection, one of few smoker friendly places in Royal Oak.
  • Amadeus

    122 E Washington St
    An Eastern European cafe with an emphasis on Polish and Hungarian food, and a Viennese patisserie. The pierogies and goulash are delicious, as are their homemade soups. It's best to go for lunch, when the food is practically identical but the prices are much lower.
  • Charmers Cafe

    1500 W Jarvis Ave
    M-F 6:30AM-6:30PM, Sa-Su 7AM-6:30PM. Coffee roasted by Metropolis, plus teas, pies and pastries, smoothies and ice cream in the summer. Sandwiches can be ordered from the Dagel and Beli next door.
    Rogers Park
  • 3rd Coast Cafe

    1260 N Dearborn St
    7AM-midnight daily. Once known as the Chicago meet-up spot for 2600, the computer hackers quarterly, 3rd Coast is an upscale late-night oasis amid blocks of impressive, silent Old Town row houses. Evenings feature jazz and solo guitarists, and the food is far above average for a cafe.
    Near North Side
  • Savory Street Cafe

    411 N
    Orange Avenue, Phone: 941-312-4027 [19]. Coffee & pastries, breakfast, sandwiches and salads for lunch.
  • Tip Top Cafe

    85 N
    Main Street, Phone: +1 802 295-3312, [10].
  • Kristoffer's Cafe and Bakery

    1733 S Halsted St
    M 7:30AM-3PM, Tu-F 7:30AM-5PM, Sa-Su 8AM-4PM. Lunch $5-8. A warm, large space with a range of sandwiches, drinks, and baked goods. (They call their seven varieties of tres leches cakes a family specialty.) You'll find free Wi-Fi and flyers for every art opening in the area.
    Lower West Side
  • Cafe Felix

    Cafe Felix

    204 S Main St
    50 lunch, $4–$9 tapas. A French-style cafe with the best morning cappuccino in town. Food is great including the evening tapas menu and excellent wine and martini selections. Come sit and read, drink, and people watch. Breads and pastries, soups, salads, omelettes, crepes, gourmet sandwiches and entrée croissants.
  • Cafe Verde

    Cafe Verde

    214 N Fourth Ave
    M-Sa 7AM-9:30PM, Su 9AM-8PM. Next to the People's Food Coop, this is a vegetarian-friendly hot bar and salad bar and cafe featuring local, organic and fair trade items.
  • Heartland Cafe

    Heartland Cafe

    7000 N Glenwood Ave
    Kitchen M-Th 8AM-2PM and 5PM-9PM, F-Sa 8AM-11PM, Su 8AM-10PM; bar M-Tu,Th 8AM-10PM, W,F 8AM-2AM, Sa 8AM-3AM, Su 11AM-10PM. $10-18. There's almost always something going on at the hippie-friendly Heartland Cafe: open mic nights, live rock/jazz/blues, plays, and art/photo exhibits. While vegetarian-friendly, the menu is a bit overpriced and sub-par — you are paying for the ambiance. The outdoor seating is a pleasure in the summer. Check out the "kozmic" bookstore (and the photobooth) while you're waiting for a table.
    Rogers Park
  • Plymouth Restaurant & Bar

    327 S Plymouth Ct
    Su-Th 11AM-11PM, F Sa 11AM-midnight. The Plymouth Restaurant is merely an adequate cafe serving diner-style food, but come here instead for the rooftop bar. Sipping a cocktail while gazing off the balcony at the Harold Washington Library and various Louis Sullivan masterpieces is a fine way to cap off a day of sightseeing, provided that the blaring music doesn't drive you away.
  • May St. Cafe

    1146 W Cermak Rd
    Tu-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-11PM, Su 5PM-9PM. $12-32. This recent sensation offers Mexican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, and "traditional American" fusion cuisine, served to a lively BYOB crowd. It's out of the way, but still within walking distance from the Pink Line.
    Lower West Side
  • Yoshi's Cafe

    3257 N Halsted St
    Tu-Th 5-10:30PM, F-Sa 5-11PM, Su 11AM-2:30PM, 5-9:30PM. $32-80, Th fixed price: $25. Yoshi himself is a constant presence at the enormously popular local hangout. At times it seems as though half the restaurant knows Yoshi personally. Seasonal, creative entrees representing cuisine that stretches far from just an Asian influence. Nice, well-priced wine list as well.
    Lake View
  • Cafe Japon

    Cafe Japon

    113 E Liberty St
    Tu-Sa 8AM-9PM, Su 8AM-3PM, Mo closed. $2-3 breads and pastries, $6 sandwiches, $10 entrées. French pastries and bread; Japanese entrées, soups, sushi, and teas; fusion sandwiches. The breads and croissants are outstanding. If you dine in, the entrées are tasty and exquisitely presented. No liquor license.
  • Metropolis Coffee Company

    Metropolis Coffee Company

    1039 W Granville Ave
    M-F 6:30AM-8PM, Sa 7AM-8PM, Su 7:30AM-8PM. Highly acclaimed coffee roasted on-site, with other drinks, baked goods, delicious pastries for breakfast and free wi-fi as well. This is some of the best coffee in Chicago and people know it, so it can get crowded.
  • Efebina's Cafe

    Efebina's Cafe

    1640 S Blue Island Ave
    M-F 9AM-9PM, Sa 9AM-5PM. $2-6. Spacious and well lit coffee shop that offers a nice alternative to the often cramped Cafe Jumping Bean. You can buy a single cup of coffee or homemade soup and sit for hours using their Wi-Fi. They have a wide variety of salads and sandwiches, and plenty of couches to park yourself in. The walls double as exhibition space for local artists.
    Lower West Side
  • Mighty Good Coffee Roasting Co. Cafe

    Mighty Good Coffee Roasting Co. Cafe

    118 South Main St
    Cafe, 118 South Main St, ☎ +1 734 277-3060, sales@mightygoodcoffee.com. M-F 7AM-7PM Sa 9AM-7PM Su 10AM-5PM. A petite annex of the Mighty Good Roasting Co. that serves freshly roasted coffee. Comfortably seats about 15 people.
  • Magnolia Cafe

    1224 W Wilson Ave
    Tu-Th 5:30-10:30PM, F-Sa 5:30-11:30PM, Su 10AM-3PM, 5-9PM. $14-32. Upscale bistro with the warm decor, live jazz, varied menu and valet parking worthy of stretching your budget.
  • Cafe Hoang

    1010 W Argyle St
    M,W-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa noon-10:30PM, Su noon-10PM, Tu closed. $8-12. It's at the far end of the block, but Cafe Hoang is worth the walk. The menu features several pages of Vietnamese options and a page of Thai. The portions are generous, the food is flavorful, and it's hard to resist spending a while. They make a mean durian smoothie.
  • The Common Cup

    1501 W Morse Ave
    M-F 6AM-8PM, Sa 7AM-8PM, Su 8AM-8PM. This is the potential of Rogers Park: a nicely rehabbed storefront in a classic, anonymous beauty of an early 1900s building, open early for commuters and full of local art, with an eclectic menu (including ice cream) and an unpretentious atmosphere for readers and conversations alike.
    Rogers Park
  • Artist's Cafe

    412 S Michigan Ave
    Su-Th 6:30AM-11PM, F Sa 6:30AM-12:30AM. $6-15. In the beautiful old Fine Arts Building, this is easily the best outdoor seating in the Loop. It's sort of a diner with beer and wine also on the menu. The food and service are mediocre at best, but it's reasonably priced, brilliantly located, and more popular with the Columbia College students than it is touristy.
  • Goldengate Café

    18700 Woodward Ave
    M-Tu noon-8PM, W-Th 11AM-11PM, F noon-11PM, Sa noon-9PM, Su noon-7PM. Most entrées: $7-$9. Friendly vegan cafe. Busiest nights are on Wednesday when they have a drum circle.
    Chaldean Town
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