Downtown St. Joseph, Michigan

Photo by Corey Seeman

I’m writing today from the Chocolate Cafe in St Joseph. St. Joseph easily has one of the cutest downtown shopping districts of all the Lake Michigan Beach Towns.

There are several blocks of shops, places like Edgewater Gifts, Kilwins ice cream and fudge, The Natural Gem jewelry store, Elephant’s Breath Antiques, Forever Books and Fuzzy Butz Pet Bakery.

Favorite downtown restaurants include Silver Beach Pizza, Tim’s Too for Asian food, the Broad Street Cafe, Cassava Restaurant for Latin American Cuisine and Bistro on the Boulevard for fine dining. The Chocolate Cafe has tasty coffee and offers a variety of chocolates, cheesecakes and other baked goods, including chocolate fondue for two or four – yum.

St. Joseph’s main beach, Silver Beach, with its pretty white lighthouse is located at the edge of the downtown shopping district, making it easy to hit the beach in the morning, hop into town for lunch and then jump back in the waves.