Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets paved with pain au chocolat and lined with biscotti parking meters. Indulge in savory streetside fare with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of sweet and savory baked goods and bistro fare at Gypsy Beans & Baking Co., located in Detroit Shoreway. This Groupon is valid for dine-in and carryout.
Modeled after traditional European coffee houses, Gypsy serves up locally roasted coffee and uses fresh, seasonal ingredients to create a variety of pastries and desserts as well as a diverse, international bistro menu. Greet the ante meridiem with one of three freshly brewed rotating roasts, and partner it with a stuffed croissant or a slice of quiche. Midday and eventide options include the roast beef and chevre sandwich, topped with caramelized-onion compote ($9.95), and an open-faced hummus sandwich with roasted peppers, artichokes, and pistachios ($7.95). Snag the salmon and caper salad splashed with lemon and olive oil ($10.95), or catch the chicken-tossed California salad with your mouth mitt ($9.95). The extensive pastry selection sweetens teeth from breakfast and second breakfast through elevensies and dessert, featuring options such as puff-pastry apple tarts with caramel and pecans as well as a chocolate-truffle tartlet in a salted shortbread crust.
Gypsy’s charming, spacious interior balances its cozy atmosphere with industrial accents, such as exposed ductwork and hardwood floors. Gypsy is open until 9 p.m. daily, so treat friends, family, or the 36-piece marching band you found in your freezer to daylong noshing.