Started by two women in 1997, Avalon was more than a pioneer of the small business and café scene in Detroit. For a long time, it was essentially the whole of the coffee scene in Detroit, and it’s remained a beating pulse of the community. All of Avalon’s breads, including the signature sourdoughs, are made with organic flours. Some loaves go into Avalon’s sandwiches; they also have already-made salads, and the coffee is locally-roasted by Great Lakes Coffee and Roasting (with the almond milk latte being the standout). The café is a popular meeting spot (purposeful and accidental) but you can also set up shop here for a couple hours with a laptop. (For afterward, there’s Shinola around the corner and the accompanying stores that now populate the Cass Corridor/Midtown area.)

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