Patrick's Picks: EAST LANSING, MI

This past month I headed to East Lansing, MI with the Hamilton Angelica tour and we fell in LOVE with this city. Tucked  
away on the Michigan State University campus, Lansing gave us some perfect summer weather, restaurants, and local stores. 
Below are a few of my favorites that I made sure that I frequented while I was in town. Check out some of my favorite local
spots right here in Lansing that are must-do's if you are in the area.
 
Blue Owl Coffee
 

1. BLUE OWL COFFEE

This is a must visit if you are ever in East Lansing. Cold brew is almost always my go to coffee choice. This  
shop offers several varieties of cold brew and I was instantly obsessed - not to mention the urban vibe. 
It was the perfect place to sit to do some afternoon work and enjoy watching local East Lansing residents. 
 
Strange Matter Coffee
 

2. STRANGE MATTER COFFEE

Another favorite here in East Lansing. The baristas were the sweetest and I had the best latte 
in the world here. While offering a wide selection of locally made donuts, including vegan and gluten 
free options, this coffee shop had the perfect small town vibe for a great coffee break.
Not to mention that the donuts flavors were UNBELIEVABLE. These include: Cookie Bomb, Lemon Lavender, Cream cheese filled
everything donut. If you every find yourself in Lansing, do yourself a favor and grab yourself a coffee
from this shop. 
 
Horrocks Farm Market
 

3. HORROCKS FARM MARKET

This place was HEAVEN. This market has locally grown produce, a plant and flower shop, a wine bar, 
free coffee, full candy section, and an outdoor garden shop. I spent over an hour in this market. I was in absolute 
awe at the amount of food and different selections of produce. After getting a free coffee at the in-store coffee 
bar, I explored the plant store and picked out a few local chip dips and food options. I don't want to say too much
because the market is an experience that you will have to see for yourself. 
 
Beggar's Banquet
 

4. BEGGAR’S BANQUET

This restaurant and saloon was kind enough to host our opening night gathering here in East Lansing, and let me
tell you... The food was incredible. I went back a few days later for brunch and it was just as good. So many
people recommended this restaurant and it did not disappoint. I had a bacon and egg croissant breakfast sandwich
with home fries, juice and coffee... Everyone was right. The food was amazing and the waiters were so kind. It
was perfect for a weekday morning brunch and I would definitely recommend stopping by if you are in the area. 
 
Beyond A Dream
 

5. Beyond A Dream

I have found a new love for crystals and stones, especially while on the road with a constantly changing environment.
I walked into this shop and knew that I found a gem here in Lansing. There was an unbelievable assortment of rocks, 
crystals, stones, sage, palo santo. Truly anything that you could imagine for wellness, chakras, etc. In addition, the 
incredibly kind staff gave us a full tour of the facility. They offer a full salt cave, epsom salt float tanks, an oxygen 
bar, and reiki therapy. I spent over an hour exploring the stones and their uses and the staff had an incredible wealth
of knowledge to help us find exactly what we were looking for. I would go back in a heart beat.