Whether you’re looking for a small shop to grab a cup of coffee or a place to enjoy brunch with friends, you can easily find an ideal outdoor space to enjoy either.
Experience Grand Rapids recently asked followers to recommend their favorite cafes and coffee shops with outdoor patios.
Here’s what some Grand Rapids locals suggest:
Madcap opens the garage doors out onto a patio during warmer weather months.
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Madcap on Fulton St.
Address: 1041 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Formerly an auto shop, Madcap on Fulton Street combines a 1930s aesthetic with modern design and clean lines. On warm days, the large, glass garage doors open out to the cement patio to create an open and airy setting that brings together the indoors and outdoors.
The patio has a variety of seating and is a great local spot to grab a cup of coffee and hang out with friends. Madcap also roasts its own coffee beans and serves made-to-order waffles and signature drink specials. You can also find Madcap on Monroe Center and in the Downtown Market.
Customers can find parking on the street, which is free on weekends and after 6 PM on weekdays in Grand Rapids. Anyone parking during weekdays can use pay stations or the Motu app to pay for parking.
The Sparrows Coffee & Tea & Newsstand
Address: 1035 Wealthy Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506
The Sparrows Coffee & Tea & Newsstand is known for its cozy, welcoming atmosphere and charming vibe. The neighborhood shop also roasts its own coffee beans. For those who are vegan or who have dairy allergies, The Sparrows offers almond, soy, and oat milk.
The outdoor patio is nestled along the side of the shop with plants and greenery. There are a couple of tables also in front of the building. There’s no parking lot, but guests can find parking on the street.
Hammocks, chairs, and geodomes make Outside Coffee Co.'s space enjoyable during almost any weather conditions.
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Outside Coffee Co.
Address: 734 Wealthy Street SE Grand Rapids, MI, 49503
From the unique geodomes in the winter to hammocks and chairs during the warmer months, Outside Coffee Co. has all of the bases covered for lounging outside in almost any weather condition. You can enjoy this outdoor space with a furry friend, as long as they're on a leash.
The shop is very accommodating to guests with dairy and gluten allergies or food intolerances or people who are simply looking for some plant-based options. Customers can find vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free food options, as well as almond, soy, and coconut milk.
There is ample street parking and a city parking lot nearby. Keep in mind, restroom options are limited to a porta-potty at Outside Coffee Co.
Jam’n Bean Coffee Company - Cascade
Address: 6860 Cascade Rd. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Jam’n Bean has a great selection of house-roasted coffee and treats, including ice cream in the summertime. Check out its large patio space nestled amongst large trees and greenery.
Jam’n Bean is known for live entertainment during the summer months on its patio, making it the perfect place to spend time with friends.
That Early Bird
Address: 1445 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
That Early Bird is located in the heart of the Uptown neighborhood, focusing on fresh produce to create a healthy and unique food menu. Customers can find a wide variety of dishes, in addition to a large coffee and bakery menu. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available.
The shaded outdoor patio that covers the tables and chairs is a great place to relax or get work done on a sunny day. There is no parking lot, but street parking is available.
Stop by Lucy's Cafe for brunch, coffee, and the mimosa and Bloody Mary bar, all of which pair perfectly with a warm summer day on the patio.
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Address: 1747 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Located in the North Quarter neighborhood, Lucy’s Cafe is open every day until 3 PM and is known for its breakfast, brunch, and lunch options. Lucy’s Cafe has a coffee bar and bakery with homemade treats, in addition to a mimosa and Bloody Mary bar.
There are plenty of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options available at Lucy’s, as well as almond and soy milk.
You can’t go wrong with enjoying brunch out on the patio. Shaded with bright green umbrellas, it’s an excellent place to watch what’s going on around the neighborhood. Lucy’s Cafe has a parking lot, as well as nearby street parking.
You won’t be disappointed visiting any one of these coffee shops with excellent outdoor patios. Hungry for more?