For those of you looking to warm up after skating around downtown Flint’s recently re-opened ice rink, check out these four cozy coffee shops and cafes — all within walking distance* of the University Pavilion.
A 3-MINUTE WALK: Café Rhema, 432 S. Saginaw St., Flint
With baristas dressed in 1920s-inspired attire and décor to match, Café Rhema (pictured) offers a blast to the past with historic photos displayed against exposed-brick walls. Beyond the traditional Americanos, lattes and drip coffees, guests can opt for one of the 16-ounce “VIP Espresso Drinks,” which have memorable names such as Swift Kick to the Head and The Cat Came Back.
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
A 5-MINUTE WALK: Flint Crepe Company, 555 S. Saginaw St., Flint
This eatery may be best known for serving up freshly made crepes, but the staff at the Flint Crepe Company sure know how to make a mean coffee. In addition to a traditional Italian-style menu and loose-leaf tea selection, the venue also offers up a variety of specialty drinks — salted caramel lattes, homemade egg nog, etc. — made with syrups and flavorings crafted in-house.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
A 9-MINUTE WALK: The Good Beans Cafe, 328 N. Grand Traverse St., Flint
Established in 2000, this coffee shop features an old-school bar, fully stocked with teas, flavored syrups and key ingredients for your favorite coffee drinks. Most beverages can be made as decaf, and patrons can save 15 cents if they bring in their own cup.
Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday; and 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.
A 9-MINUTE WALK: Hot Cups/Wanna Spoon, 300 E. 1st St., Flint
Located in the bustling Flint Farmers’ Market, Hot Cups/Wanna Spoon is known for its friendly and personable ownership. The small business, which also sells gelato, offers an an all-organic menu of lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos and specialty coffee and tea beverages. In recognition of National Tea Month 2016, Hot Cups will feature different specialty teas at a reduced price throughout the month of January.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
*Walking times based on estimates provided by MapQuest.com.