There are so many reasons we love Ypsilanti- the specialty shopping, the creative culture, and the exceptional food scene filled with hidden gems only found here! We’ve put together a list of only-in-Ypsi experiences to try on your next visit.

Coffee & Tea

Hyperion Coffee Co.   

hyperion coffee coStart your day at Hyperion Coffee Company. While coffee lovers can find Hyperion products throughout Michigan and beyond, nothing tastes like a hot cup of joe at the original cafe. Serving quality, ethically sourced coffee, customers enjoy unique and flavorful blends. Follow Hyperion on social media and learn about the farmers with whom they partner with.

Vertex Coffee Roasters

Vertex Coffee Roasters UGCNew to the block is Vertex Coffee Roasters, located in Depot Town. While Vertex actually has their home roastery in Ann Arbor, we welcome Vertex to the former Cultivate space, a community hub and gathering location. Here, the team is serving delicious lattes with an earth ambiance and new food menu. 

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Breakfast Favorites  

Dom Bakeries 

person holds donut outside of dom bakeriesThe perfected sweet treats at Dom Bakeries is an ideal way to start any morning. The bakery serves fresh donuts and goodies daily. The community connection and family-run operation puts Dom’s on our list. Pick up a dozen and share the love with others. We recommend the apple fritters!

Encuentro Latino 

Food at encuentro latino

Head downtown to Encuentro Latino for a taste of home-cooked Guatemalan breakfast and brunch. Start with the pupusas and your choice of filling, then try the Guatemalan Breakfast served with eggs and chirmol sauce, plus plantains and homemade corn tortillas on the side.  

Bomber Restaurant 

Bomber Restaurant with Under the Radar

The Bomber Restaurant is practically a mini museum decorated with WWII memorabilia and model planes floating above. The diner’s theme ties to the B-24s manufactured nearby at the Willow Run plant. Try the Cap’n Crunch French Toast and pose by the Rosie the Riveter mural at this iconic Ypsilanti staple.  

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What’s for Lunch  

Ma Lou’s Fried Chicken 

Ma Lou's Fried Chicken

Order the best fried chicken in Michigan at Ma Lou’s Fried Chicken! Recognized by MSN and LoveFood for the top fried chicken in the state, Ma Lou’s offers flavorful sandwiches with three spice options, plus other favorites like marinated tofu sandwiches, catfish fillets, and seasonal sides.

Chef Restaurant Mediterranean Grill 

We love mom-and-pop hidden gem, Chef Restaurant Mediterranean Grill, located near Eastern Michigan University and Peninsular Park. Known for their modern interpretation of classic Mediterranean food, you’ll leave satisfied after eating made-to-order Baba Ghanouge, gyro sandwiches, Fattoush, and chicken lemon soup. 

Cuppy’s Best Soul Food 

Cuppy's best

Expect the best when ordering takeout from Cuppy’s Best Soul Food! Top-quality rib tips and smoked sausage are on the menu. Don’t forget the baked beans and mashed potatoes! Cuppy’s has been serving the Ypsi community and visitors delicious, home-style soul food for over a decade.

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Dinner & Dining Fine     


Bellflower scallops dish

Looking for ideas for date night or celebratory dinner? Bellflower is a top choice for a fine dining experience. The restaurant provides a changing seasonal menu to best serve locally available ingredients, allowing returning visitors to try something new. Bellflower offers gluten free and vegan plates, plus an extensive wine list for the perfect meal pairing.

Thompson & Co.  

Beignets and pasta at Thompson and Co.Enjoy a special evening full of Ypsilanti history, scenic views, and southern-inspired cuisine at Thompson & Co. Dine within the historic Thompson Block Building, recognized as “The Barracks” by a Michigan Historical Landmarker. The patio overlooks Depot Town while indulging in plentiful rations, with vegetarian and vegan options available.  

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After Dinner Drinks  

Depot Town 

734 Brewing Company interiorStop in for an Ypsi brew at 734 Brewing Company serving craft beer, flavored seltzers and Nostalgie spirits. The brewery helps uplift artists of color by showcasing new artwork and hosting weekly events. For more fun, play pool and darts at Stick's or grab a drink at the bar at Sidetrack after exploring the shops of Depot Town.


Ypsi Alehouse beer glassSupport area artists while listening to live music over drinks at Ziggy’s, and try Ypsi-brewed beer at Ypsi AleHouse. Here, you'll find craft beer named after famous Ypsi landmarks and namesakes. The Alehouse often hosts evens like music and comedy shows. Nearby is Keystone Bar & Arcade, a basement bar filled with arcade games located beneath Bobcat Bonnies.  

West Cross  

Only in Ypsilanti will you find The Wurst Bar with the best food and drinks! The full-service bar features daily beer specials and happy hours, plus a tasty menu with bar foods and entrees like loaded tots and gourmet bratwurst. 

Close By 

unity vibration cans

Off the beaten path are gems like Unity Vibration, pouring kombucha beer and non-alcoholic kombucha tea brewed on-site. The space hosts live events reguarly. Further west is Maniacal Meadery, the newest addition in the Ypsi craft brew scene. Maniacal serves barrel-aged meads, combining spices and blends to create various sweetness levels. 

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There are so many amazing eateries, bars, and unique businesses in Ypsilanti! Visit our website to discover more.


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