Detroit is a city that unfolds in a unique way the more you explore it. If you’re short of friends and locals to rely on for recommendations, prepare to find the pulse of the city behind shipping containers and through warehouse side entrances with no determinate signage. Ochre Bakery is one of those places – unless you’re slowly biking by, you’re likely to miss out on one of our favourite places for coffee and homemade breads.
Housed behind a fantastically minimal narrow glass and painted tile counter, Ochre’s array of classically rustic bagels and flakey croissants take centre stage. The creative energy is palpable as customers grab espresso and loaves to go, while others linger to laugh with the outgoing staff. Located in Core City’s Sawtooth Building, the interior designed by Et al. Collaborative is bright, white and inviting – the perfect palate for the fresh and colourful lunch menu, full of greens, vibrant, healthy dips and warm crusty breads.
Ochre is the brainchild of Jessica Hicks and Dai Hughes, the owners of Detroit’s popular Astro Coffee and is named after the colour of the soil in Hicks’ native Australia. We recommend saving time to peruse their retail selection of mugs and other finds by local collectives such as Hamtramck Ceramck whether coming by for early morning coffee or late afternoon lunch.
Ochre Bakery is located at 4884 Grand River Ave.; open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday.