Three must-try independent cafes in Sterling Heights

Tucked away in the malls of Sterling Heights are some of the best coffee shops and independent cafes, the kinds of places that are popular with locals but might not be the obvious choice for a foreigner looking to stop somewhere. for another cup of joe. And while the lure of corporate chains can be appealing for their easy predictability, settling down at a table at a local cafe offers a unique experience in itself, each with its own offerings, specialties and personalities. They run the gamut of what gives Sterling Heights its sense of place.

Coffee First Cafe & Bake Shoppe
38373 Dodge Park Rd.

This small but mighty cafe on Dodge Park Road defines warm and cozy with its wooden interiors, wall-mounted fireplace and old-fashioned coffee counter, perfect for catching up with friends or chatting with your local barista. With its early hours, Coffee First Cafe truly means coffee first – the cafe opens at 6am on weekdays, making it a nice place to stop and have breakfast and coffee on the way to the work. But even at 3 p.m. on a weekday, the cafe sees a steady stream of neighbors passing through its doors.

To do nearby: Coffee First Cafe & Bake Shoppe is located just a mile and a half down the road from Dodge Park, the library, the community center and all that downtown has to offer.

Coffee eat well
44635 Schoenherr Road.

Located across from the Lakeside Mall, but far enough from the road to be forgiven for almost missing it, Eat Well Café is a cafe with a mission. Guests have the opportunity to “round up” their totals, with the extra currency going to various charities and programs administered by Heritage Church, to which they are attached. Michigan’s Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company provides the coffee, while Eat Well makes its own soups, sandwiches, and more. They have mastered the culinary game so well that they even offer catering for corporate and private events.

To do nearby: Located near the intersection of Hall and Schoenherr roads, Eat Well offers a nice local option for some extra caffeine-infused energy while shopping at the Lakeside Mall, the new Total Wine & More and just about anywhere. what other store you can think of.

Palm Sweets Bakery and Cafe
3605 15 Mile Rd.

Particularly known for its baklava, this bakery and café offers a wide assortment of treats, from authentic homemade Mediterranean treats to ice cream, candy and more. And even if you’ve never been here, you might still recognize their baklava: some Kroger grocery stores sell Palm Sweets products. Large seating areas, both inside and out, provide plenty of space to stretch out and chat with family and friends. And quality coffee, from Italian coffee company Illy, ties it all together.

To do nearby: Palm Sweets is located next to the Chaldean Community Foundation Community Center, which is full of community programs, and just down the street from James C. Nelson Park and its volleyball courts, playgrounds and nature trails.

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