I’ve been doing some work focussed on the west side of Grand Rapids so have been taking the opportunity to explore a part of town I rarely make it to. Today’s destination was Sweetwaters, a small coffee shop on West Fulton, a little further west than Hungry Heart Cafe. It’s a distinctive place, with wood panelled walls, faux-antique lamps, lots of framed prints and posters, and some appropriately ugly sideboards.

There’s a broad range of gourmet coffees on offer alongside the usual range of espresso drinks and a small sandwich menu. Power outlets are easy to find along the walls and there’s one in easy reach of all but three of the (ten) tables. Access is stable and fairly speedy and the atmosphere is low-key enough to make this a pretty good place to get work done.

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