With 40,000 or so people of Arabic descent in London, Joe Alomeiri—a native of Jordan—knew a Middle Eastern restaurant would be well received by the city. He also had a feeling that non-Arabs might be curious to explore some traditions of his culture, including shisha. So, in 2008, he opened Crazy Joe's Shisha Cafe, naming it with the moniker he earned from his years working multiple jobs at once, often with very little sleep.
Joe allows himself to spend more time counting sheep, now that his sole focus is on his authentic shisha cafe. Free from tobacco, tar, and nicotine, herbal shisha—smoked from a water pipe, also known as a hookah—comes bathed in fragrant flavours, from fruity apple, guava, and peach to more indulgent tastes, such as chocolate and whiskey. Guests at Crazy Joe's can sink into a cushy sofa as they puff shisha and sip hot tea, or slide into a table and enjoy Middle Eastern favourites, such as chicken shawarma and falafel. On Saturday night, every seat in the house gets a full view of live belly dancers, who twist and shimmy amid the cafe’s vibrant, curry-coloured walls and blonde hardwood floors.
Cuisine Type: Coffee, tea, latte, cappuccino, smoothie
Handicap Accessible: No
Number of Tables: 1–5
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Coffee
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: We offer a comfortable lounge with free wifi.
Carl, the owner of Beantown Coffee Co., keeps his company a small, family-run operation. But that doesn't mean he lacks grand aspirations for his product. "The coffee is 100% organic [and] fair trade," he says. "And it tastes out of this world." The beans can be found in everything the baristas whip up, from hot, dark drip coffee to milky lattes. For the caffeine-conscious, Carl recommends a cup of socially-conscious loose leaf tea or the "amazing hot chocolate," which pairs well with a pastry or even the frozen hot chocolate, if you want to mix them together and have regular chocolate.
Inside the welcoming clove-coloured café, baristas grind fair-trade organic beans to create a variety of drinks that spotlight the distinct flavours of the world’s best coffee-growing regions. They customize these concoctions with flavoured syrups for a touch of sweetness, or pour them over ice for a quick way to cool down on a summer’s day. New chef Natasha Frank's expansive menu features a selection of sandwiches and flatbreads, as well as appetizers such as jalapeno popper and salmon pinwheels, and vegetable soup. The café helps foster a sense of beauty and community by showcasing local music and artwork, including a rotating collection of oil paintings, pottery, and collages.
Stop by Oasis Coffee House in Lexington for a quick and tasty bite to eat.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Oasis Coffee House — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Ample parking is available in the area.
With prices generally staying under $15, you can easily afford to treat a pal or a date at Oasis Coffee House.
Grab a bite at The Exquisite Corpse Coffeehouse in Port Huron.
At The Exquisite Corpse Coffeehouse, there's no need to confine your meal to a traditional dining room — outdoor seating is available when the weather is warm.
The Exquisite Corpse Coffeehouse is located in a prime location where street parking is always readily available.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to The Exquisite Corpse Coffeehouse for a great bite.
Wine and dine at Black River Cafe in Port Huron.
Sometimes it's annoying to plan events for big groups, and sometimes it's easy with great restaurants like Black River Cafe helping you out.
Driving is all about convenience, and we get that. With spaces available, we'll help speed up your night.
Your bill at Black River Cafe will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!