Welcome, Ann Arbor visitor! Thanks for visiting during the most beautiful season of them all! Fall gets a lot of glory here with arriving students, changing leaves, the chaos of move-in and – of course – Michigan football.
But spring is magical here! And summer’s glory is close at hand as well. It’s the land of freshness! Bees and birds and trees and flowers and people… they’re all living in caffeinated harmony over here.
Here at RoosRoast we like to think of ourselves as the hub: a Chamber of Commerce where the first priority is amazing coffee. Our second priority is community. In a cafe setting where the funk flows, you’re going to meet someone new and interesting to talk with every time, whether you be a wayward traveler just passing through, or an established local who’s lived here the last 40 years.
This post is a visitor’s guide for users of Ann Arbor. We know there are a lot of new people in town for any number of camps, internships, workshops, classes, or just a visit. You’re all going to need coffee and insider info during your stay, so choose RoosRoast. We’re right on your way into town, and we’ve got all the knowledge you need to stay on top of summer goings-on.
Ann Arbor has music, theater, movies, festivals, EVERYTHING! The African American Festival, The Dexter Ann Arbor Run, Top of the Park, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair and great summer sales for shoppers are just a few of this city’s grand offerings. We also have the best farmers market in Michigan and a whole mess of great restaurants. Try some awesome street food at Mark’s Carts or San Street Food, or check out your fine dining options on Main Street! Martinis and bottle rockets are always nice with babes at the Black Pearl, or try some gourmet, local excellence and killer drinks at The Grange Kitchen and Bar. A couple other favorites of the RoosRoast crew are 327 Braun Court, Alley Bar, and ABC.
–> A note on the bus system: Ann Arbor has pretty excellent public transportation, but if you’re using public transit, remember to grab one bus earlier than the one you think you need. Better safe than sorry! Schedules can be found here. <–
Ann Arbor is an amazing place for outdoor activity. Our bike commuters are insanely dedicated, so no matter the weather you’ll see bike lanes full of badass riders! There are always pick-up games of soccer, basketball, kickball and more if you look around for them, and Frisbees are being tossed at the Arb 24/7. It’s back to the basics here in Ann Arbor- good, clean, old-fashioned outdoor fun. You can even rent bikes at the university’s Center f9r Outdoor Adventure (along with a million and one other rental possibilities!) So leave your SUV behind because it’s all about green. Green grass, green rivers, green trees, green mindsets, green energy, and the freshest green coffee going into the roaster at RoosRoast.
Oh, and if you love pizza as much as the RoosCrew, you have ARRIVED. Pizza spoken and delivered here. Domino’s Pizza began in Ypsilanti, and Cottage Inn started right here in Ann Arbor! Also fantastic are Anthony’s Gourmet, NYPD, and Silvio’s. This is pizza town. Choose from over 25 different pizza shops in a 2 mile radius- everything from Chicago deep dish to New York thin. You could do a work study program and get an MBA in Pizza Studies here, I swear.
Oh, and if you need a taxi call our friend Owl (the only pink cab in Ann Arbor!) at 734.474.1047.
Need a burrito? Darcy’s Cart.
Need a car or a bike? Call me, John Roos. 734.222.9202. Seriously.
Our local economy is vibrant with businesses supporting businesses and people supporting people. This community votes with its dollars and supports what it believes in with word-of-mouth recommendations and in-person patronage to Michigan local establishments. Get on board! Pass this guide along to your friends, ask questions if you have them, and swing by RoosRoast for the full, deep, local experience that is Ann Arbor coffee roasting.
Thanks for reading and hope to see you soon!
I remain your roaster of fine coffee,
Photo taken at Alley Bar by our dear friend Mark Bialek! If you want some beautiful images of Ann Arbor as further summer inspiration, check out his Ann Arbor Nights Blog.