I’m a woman of routine and don’t get me wrong, I love to visit new restaurants and bars, but I have my go-to spots for eating, drinking, shopping and socializing in Lansing. I’ve partnered with Detroit watch company Shinola
to show off my favorite spots
while wearing a few of their gorgeous watches
from their spring line.
We shot these photos in my favorite neighborhood, Old Town. I love the alleyways and cute shops. It’s especially great in the summer to walk James, visit vintage boutiques and admire the local art. And force the boyfriend to take blog pictures.
Strange Matter Coffee opened in Lansing just last year and it’s my favorite spot for coffee dates. Great coffee, artsy vibes and so much natural light. If you’re ever in town, you must get the cinnamon and honey latte, it’s my favorite on the menu.
Allie also loves the cinnamon and honey latte!
The antique store Mega Mall
in Lansing is unassuming from the exterior. It’s
hidden among old motels and closed down stores and it fills a space that was
previously a grocery store. If I have some time on my hands and I’m searching
for some unique, inexpensive pieces from accent tables to vintage fur jackets,
it’s the best spot. The place is huge and if you can dig through the old,
creepy dolls and VHS tapes, there are so many gems.
I’ve got a major sweet tooth and the cupcakes and
snickerdoodle cookies at Whipped Bakery
I’m not of a night owl, but I do love Zoobies
and happy hour
drinks, or on the rare occasion, staying out past my bedtime sipping on hard ciders and eating an assortment of cheeses.
The bar’s charm is what really gets me. The lacquered 1960s wallpaper, local
art and repurposed wood used to make the tables are beautiful. I just stare around at the walls and light fixtures in awe of how cool of a space it is.
Connected to Zoobies is the tastiest pizza place in town, Cosmos
! I love the pepperoni pizza while my friends’ favorite is the fried egg pizza with pancetta and plenty of egg yolk. We all agree though that the duck fries are absolutely delicious, especially with truffle oil and parmesan.
*Sponsored by Shinola. Thank you for supporting collaborations with brands such as Shinola! Be sure to check them out–watches and leather goods are absolutely gorgeous and manufactured IN Detroit! Read their story here.