A Coffee Fanatic’s Guide to Mackinac Island

You may be out of the office when you’re on Mackinac Island, but that doesn’t mean you want to be out of coffee.

Relishing a cup o’ joe is a morning ritual for many of us. From the sound of the pour, to the arresting aroma, to that very first sip: Drinking coffee is a process that awakens the spirit and prepares us for the day ahead.

Coffee connoisseurs will find ample options to quench their caffeinated cravings on Mackinac Island. Whether you prefer some fancy latte or a simple black coffee, you can get your fix at various spots, all with their own distinctions. From what’s brewed to the atmosphere to the location, let this blog be your menu to Mackinac Island’s coffee offerings.

A barista wearing red holds out of a cup of coffee from Mackinac Island's Lucky Bean Coffee House

Lucky Bean Coffee House on Mackinac Island

If a friendly ambiance is where you prefer to sip on coffee, then Lucky Bean Coffee House is a great place to start a Mackinac Island morning. Located on Market Street, this small establishment brews local coffee, features many specialties – from americanos to chai lattes – and creates Island Originals concoctions. Those who are adventurous with their coffee drinks can make good use of the unique menu. The helpful, accommodating baristas are sure to find just the right drinks for you. Lucky Bean also serves fresh pastries daily.

Watercolor Cafe is in a yellow building along the Mackinac Island harbor by Bay View Inn

Watercolor Cafe on Mackinac Island

Coffee lovers with an artsy soul will appreciate Watercolor Café. This eatery doubles as a creative space where visitors can participate in workshops and art classes. Located on the waterfront, you can enjoy your coffee while taking in glorious views of the harbor. Nothing like coffee and a gentle lake breeze to wake you up! Order up a drip coffee or a specialty latte and absorb an unforgettable atmosphere. Watercolor Café also serves breakfast until noon and lunch before transforming into a creative studio later in the day.

The front window of Good Day Cafe and Coffee Bar on Mackinac Island touts sandwiches, crepes and smoothies

Good Day Cafe + Coffee Bar on Mackinac Island

If you like a little ice cream to go with your coffee (or maybe coffee for you, ice cream for the kids), Good Day Café + Coffee Bar is your move. Located on Main Street, this fun little spot is open from breakfast to dinner and in-between snacking. In addition to a substantial coffee menu, visitors can scoop up some Moomers homemade ice cream! The location makes Good Day Cafe the perfect pit stop for an on-the-go pick-me-up at whatever time during the day.

Boxwood coffee counter at Mission Point Resort on Mackinac Island

On-Site Coffee Shops at Mackinac Island Resorts

Depending on where you stay on Mackinac Island, there may be a coffee shop within a few footsteps of your room. Boxwood Coffeshop and Cafe and Strait UP Coffee are both located directly inside Mission Point Resort on the east side of the island. At Grand Hotel, you can pop inside Grand Coffee and Provisions to grab a coffee in the morning before you begin your day. And if you aren’t staying at the Grand, getting your coffee here is a great way to experience the historic hotel.

A cup of Starbucks coffee sits on a green picnic table at Mackinac Island's Windermere Point with water and lighthouse in background

Starbucks on Mackinac Island

And, finally, they’re seemingly on every corner and that includes Mackinac Island: Yes, you can get your Starbucks fix! The Mackinac Island location was modeled on the original Starbucks location at Pike’s Place Market in Seattle.

Infographic showing breakfast options on Mackinac Island, categorized by grab 'n go and sit down with price illustrated by number of dollar signs

No matter how you take your coffee, or whatever specialty coffee predilections you hold, Mackinac Island pours it. Whether you want to sit inside for enjoyment or take it to-go to sip while admiring one of the many stunning views the island presents, you’re bound to have a memorable coffee experience during your stay.


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