Dana Drosdick

Dana Drosdick
Digital Communications and Spanish
Ballston Spa, New York

Breaking the Bubble: 4. Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge

If you’re on the lookout for a hipster hotspot, look no further than Lantern Coffee Bar and Lounge. It is known not only for its quality coffee, but also for its open atmosphere and versatile work space. The Lantern is a bit of a drive, so make sure you're committed for a day or afternoon at this place. However, don't let the ride deter you, as this is one of the most beloved GR study spots yet. 

The Lantern has “good vibes, chill music, good lighting, plenty of outlets, good coffee and attractive people” —Johan Lee (junior, biochemistry and pre-med)

With rustic brick walls and luminescent lanterns, The Lantern is more than just a study spot; it’s a destination. Though slightly far from Calvin, the Lantern is entirely worth the drive. Committed to showcasing local artwork, The Lantern displays new local art every eight weeks, in addition to acting as an ArtPrize venue in the months of September and October.

“It has a really good atmosphere, friendly and super neat staff, cool chandeliers and a ton of desks with lamps that are great to study at, and fantastic drinks—super cute little coffee shop, where you order upstairs then go down to the basement to drink your coffee and study, and it's this beautiful brick-lined area with wood floors and warm lighting. Seating ranges from stools, to comfy chairs, to tables, to desks.” —Maia Madrid (junior, geology)

If you are overwhelmed by the many options, Maia recommends a Cafe Miel. For those who prefer stronger coffee, Johan’s go-to coffee is a House Pour-Over.

You can find The Lantern at 100 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.