6 Must-Visit Upper Peninsula Coffee Shops

Today, featured blogger Jesse Land of Things to Do in the U.P. describes six Upper Peninsula coffee shops that are perfect for a quick pick-me-up after a busy day.

Have you ever needed to grab a coffee while traveling and just haven’t been able to find a place? I know I have. And because I care about my fellow coffee lovers, I’m here to give you the skinny on where to get your caffeine fix while exploring the Upper Peninsula.

Dead River CoffeeMarquette, MI

Dead River Coffee is primarily a coffee roaster, and if you’re timing is right, you might catch Theo (the owner) roasting a batch of beans as you order your favorite coffee drink. (The smell is amazing!) Grab a pound of his popular “Harbor Girl” roast for the road. 119 W Baraga Ave. Marquette, MI

5th and Elm - Calumet, MI

This cool coffee shop is housed in a nicely restored historic building in downtown Calumet. Formerly a gas station, the building now houses one of the two 5th & Elm locations (the other is in Houghton) and serves up ice cream and sandwiches as well as coffee. 501 Elm St. Calumet, MI

Moose Jackson CafeIron Mountain, MI

Moose doubles as one of the town’s social hubs. It’s often busy, especially around lunch time when sandwiches, wraps, salads and paninis fly out of the kitchen as busy lunchtime chatter fills the space. They do a great job getting orders out, though, and the food is good enough for this to also be a very legitimate breakfast or lunch spot. 221 E A St. Iron Mountain, MI

Stone Cup Coffee House & Stones Deli – Escanaba, MI

Are you seeing a trend here? Yes, most of the coffee shops in the U.P. also double as restaurants. And the Stone Cup Coffee House & Stones Deli in Escanaba is no different. This is a great place to grab a mouthwatering breakfast or lunch as well as a quality coffee. 1222 Ludington St. Escanaba, MI

Falling Rock Cafe’ – Munising, MI

The Falling Rock is a true gem, nestled in downtown Munising, just south of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Part coffee shop, part bookstore, this is a place where you could easily spend a couple hours. They also serve a wide selection of ice cream for those hot summer days, and a full menu of soups and sandwiches if you’re in the mood for lunch. If you happen to be visiting Pictured Rocks and mother nature rains on your parade, grab a coffee, crack open one of their more than 1,000 new and used books and relax for a while. 104 E Munising Ave., Munising, MI

The Serving Spoon – Menominee, MI

Tucked inside a house along Menominee’s historic waterfront district, The Serving Spoon is a breakfast hotspot as well as coffee shop. From here, it’s just a short drive (or nice walk) to Menominee’s North Pier Lighthouse. 821 1st St. Menominee, MI

Now that you’ve got a good idea where to get your caffeine fix in the U.P., I’d love to hear about any other great coffee shops out there. What’s your favorite Michigan coffee shop?

This post was written by Jesse Land, publisher of the Upper Peninsula travel website Things to do in the U.P. on behalf of Travel Marquette Michigan.



  • http://highergroundstrading.com Jennifer Yeatts

    Babycakes Muffin Company in downtown Marquette (Washington Street) has my vote. Owner Kim Danielson was the first one in town doing espresso, and she’s still going strong after about 25 years.

  • Deb Schmidt

    So glad you included Falling Rock in Munising!! It’s my lifeline when I’m at the cottage which has no online access. It’s great to stop in when I’m in town for supplies to stop in for a great cup of coffee and a quick check in on my email, etc.

  • Erik Strom

    I’ll cast my vote for my own hometown roasters and coffee shop, The Bearded Apple. Fantastic people behind its inception, really excellent coffee, and a nonprofit mission bent on seeing this community thrive – all reasons to love this new Iron River hot spot. http://thebeardedapple.com/

  • Marie

    I grew up in Iron Mountain and worked at MooseJackson Cafe throughout high school. There’s not much left to brag about in my home town. I’d be interested to know what you think of the owners or customers’ reviews of the cafes. MooseJackson has good food and coffee, but the service isn’t always the best (when I worked there, there definitely was an attitude more toward falling all over and serving the affluent and prestigious community citizens aka rhe business owners and rich housewives over the poor and lowly average citizens aka students and working class families). They also did not treat their employees fairly, but I digress. I hope they have changed their ways and as always, their coffee an food continues to be one of the most long-standing (and most healthy) in that town.

  • Jane Kahkonen

    Java By The Bay … L’Anse MI … By far !! Please include

  • Kelsey

    5th & Elm will be adding another location on Finlandia University’s campus this coming January…Can’t wait! :D

  • William Mackela

    You forgot to mention CAFE ROSETTA 104 5th St. Calumet, MI
    They make excellent French Press.

  • http://marymcmyne.com Mary McMyne

    The Dancing Crane Coffee Shop in Brimley, Michigan (about 10 miles west of Sault Sainte Marie along Lake Superior) is a one of a kind place with amazing coffee, healthy smoothies and treats, and mouth-watering burgers!

  • Carlos

    Don’t forget The Bearded Apple in Iron River, MI!!!

  • You forgot the best place

    Cyberia cafe in Houghton. It’s really something I’ll tell ya

  • Lisa

    The Serving Spoon is wonderful! I work at a quilt shop down the street from them and I often send our out-of-town customers there when they ask where they should go for lunch. I’ve never had a bad anything there!

  • Morgan

    Moose du Nord in Helmer MI is AMAZING!! Check out their Facebook page they do promotions and giveaways!!

  • Sammye Heald

    You missed a wonderful coffee house if you did not try The Dancing Crane at Bay Mills Reservation. When I am in the UP visiting my son, I am in the Dancing Crane at least twice a day for my coffee fix. They are the absolute best and I have visited coffee houses from here in Alabama all the way to the UP.

  • Lynnie

    The Serving Spoon in Menominee MI is by far my favorite place in town. Excellent coffee and a fabulous breakfast and lunch menu! And the only Baristas who really know how to make a ‘dry” cappuccino. It’s where I take friends and family when they are in town. It’s where the avid cyclists often meet. The service is always top-notch too!!

  • Gawn

    Dancing Crane. Not only the best coffee place, but obviously the best kept secret.

  • Trish G

    The Dancing Crane in Bay Mills should be on this list. Best coffee and best atmosphere.

  • Valerie

    Java Joe’s in St. Ignace!!! Great coffee, great breakfast, great company, stimulating environment!!!

  • Stacy

    The new Applewood Eatery in Escanaba has great coffee (and soup, and treats…) too! :-)

  • Judi DeGrand

    The new Applewood Eatery in Escanaba!

  • Lisa Jo Gagliardi

    DANCING CRANE! Do y’all come east? It is the BEST! On Bay Mills reservation! AMAZING! Highly recommend to anyone and everyone!

  • S Zachow

    Dancing Crane – definitely THE place for coffee in the UP! Wonderful coffee, smoothies, soups, and more – all served with smiles in a relaxed setting. I would put it at the top of the Must Visit list!

  • David Mattson

    The 5th and Elm in Houghton has great vegetarian wraps and a walnut burger and consistently good coffee. Then there is the changing list of wonderful soups too. And now one can get Belgian Waffles sometimes. And there is free excellent high speed Wi-Fi. I go to this place quite often just cause it’s such a good coffee house with very friendly staff.

  • Marlene

    Anchor In Naubinway on U.S. 2. Log cabin decor. Great gifts, local art, free wi-if sand even free use of laptops. Sandwiches, ice cream and of course Michigan roasted coffee!

  • S James

    Don’t forget the Sault–Penny’s Kitchen and Cup of the Day! They have good food too.

  • Alice Davey

    Wow, I’m definitely going to go to the Dancing Crane the next time in that area. Sorry I’ve missed it so far.

  • bernie

    Was stationed at KI Sawyer afb between 1964 and 1968.Best coffee shops were around Marquette.

  • jill

    I have not been to these places in the UP but would love to visit them.
    Java Joes in St. Ignace is wonderful. Sandy and Joe make the best coffee and breakfast there is wonderful!

  • Ally

    It is a drive through and not a shop, but don’t forget Edelweiss Coffee in Iron Mountain. It is next to the hospital and across from Walmart. They have the best Frozen drinks I have ever tasted (including Portland, Seattle: the coffee capitals). Try a frozen Mountain Mocha. You won’t be disappointed. Their hot drinks and lattes are also very good.

  • Kaye

    Thank you for sharing! I have driven by several times and I will definitely check it out the next time I’m driving US 2.

  • Kaye

    Thank you for sharing. I drive US 2 several times a year from Menominee to Ironwood. I now have a great place to stop for a cup of coffee along the way. I will check it out the next time I’m heading west.

  • James Hubel

    I travel thru U P since 1970′s going to Wisconsin. Check out town Hubbell.

  • Ferris Coffee

    Great list! We are lucky to have so many different places here. We will have to try some next time we are in the area.

  • Ferris Coffee

    There is no better way to beat the brutal Michigan winter than by settling in with a nice cup of Joe. Still need to get to these places. Any particular order?