Just north of 8 Mile lies a vibrant neighborhood bursting with cool indie shops and a deliciously diverse food scene. Check out some of our favorite places to eat and drink, where to shop and what to do in our Ferndale City Guide.
By Jaishree Drepaul-Bruder
Places to Eat and Drink in Ferndale
The pastries taste just as scrumptious as they look at the cozy Red Hook Cafe, where you can sink your teeth into buttery scones, homemade oatmeal cream pies and pretty pop tarts. Top off your experience with some of the best coffee in town. Bonus: Pro Tip: Gluten-free and vegan options are plentifiul. 220 W Nine Mile Rd.
Tacos, beer, tequila and bourbon, oh my! Creative, L.A.-style street tacos and killer margaritas will make your mouth water — sometimes literally (the Ring of Fire marg, with habanero-infused tequila, is deliciously spicy). The lively atmosphere just adds to the buzz. Pro tip: Their guac rocks. 22828 Woodward Ave.
Take your time and meander through this cool food truck park and boozery that boasts offerings from a lineup of both permanent and rotating vendors offering an array of cuisines, from middle eastern and BBQ to Italian and Indian. Sample as much as your stomach can handle, then grab a table in the ample outdoor seating area and people watch as you nosh. 1820 E. 9 Mile Rd.
The self-proclaimed largest meadery in the U.S. serves up some seriously delicious specialty beers, ciders and, of course, meads. The latter — which is also known as honey wine — is what most people rave about because they push the envelope in taste and creativity. Try Zombies Take Manhattan, an apple mead with cherry added that’s aged in rye whiskey barrels for nine months. 1511 Jarvis St.
This bustling beer garden features over 40 beers on tap — all perfect for washing down one of their juicy burgers. Try a customer favorite like Bacon with a Side of Bacon (braised pork belly, apple-wood smoked bacon, fried poached egg). Or if you can pronounce it: the Chicken Tchoupitoulas. Named in reference to the famous street in New Orleans, it’s made with Cajun seasoning, Tasso ham, green chilies, potatoes and bearnaise sauce. 179 West Troy St.
One bite and you’ll find out why people go crazy for Detroit Cookie Co. More than 25 different cookie flavors are baked fresh several times throughout each day. Flavors rotate frequently, with seasonal editions popping up every now and then. The classics (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, etc.) are always on the menu, but we suggest sampling something creative like the Mad Mix (with Butterfinger and BBQ potato chips) or the XL Birthday Cake stuffed cookie, featuring a Funfetti cake center. 23421 Woodward Ave.
This award-winning cocktail bar serves world-class cocktails in a classy, chandeliered backdrop. Named one of America’s best bars by Esquire magazine, The Oakland takes pride in delivering artisan mezcal, remarkable whiskeys, and cocktails that will make you to pause to savor the incredible ingredients and flavor combinations. The friendly and knowledgeable crew can walk you through the options, or throw caution to the wind and try the Dealer’s Choice cocktail. 201 W. 9 Mile Rd.
This little gem that lies off the beaten track has received national recognition from the likes of Food & Wine for good reason — you can dine on specialty oysters from both coasts and other expertly prepared fruits from the sea. The menu changes with the season, but succulent seafood options and solid cocktails are a constant. 600 Vester St.
A local fave, this fun dessert parlor and microcreamery takes ice cream to the next level. Sour Patch Kids, Jasmine Tea and Oatmeal Scotchie are just some of the unique flavors you can expect to find on the rotating menu, which also includes Instagram-worthy pie, cheesecake, and other sweet treats. 22965 Woodward Ave.
Things to Do in Ferndale
The unique decor and ambiance (think intriguing artwork, muted lighting, communal tables and cozy corners) is unmatched at this sprawling, multiple-room venue that does double duty as a restaurant and music venue. Chill with tasty fare from a rotating seasonal menu of comfort foods and take in a live show with a brew or craft cocktail. Latin soul, Americana, bluegrass, funk, folk, and New Orleans brass are just some of the genres on the menu. 345 E. 9 Mile Rd.
Family-owned for four generations, the Boston Tearoom is Michigan’s oldest psychic venue. Aside from beautiful displays of crystals, tarot cards and other metaphysical essentials catering to a range of spiritual paths and religions, the shop offers readings and mediumship. And, of course, there is a thoughtful selection of high quality teas that you can enjoy in their cozy lounge. 1220 Woodward Heights.
Strike a pose at The Good Day Selfie Museum, a fun, interactive studio that features more than 20 “exhibits” that provide Insta-worthy backdrops for pictures and videos. Pick from a DJ booth, a disco-dance room, an adult ball pit, and more. 22742 Woodward Ave.
Throw an axe or two at the Ferndale location of Detroit Axe. For the uninitiated, professional ax masters will coach you along as you connect with your inner lumberjack. After you’ve worked up an appetite, refuel with some good food and drinks from their full bar. 344 W. Nine Mile Rd.
Since opening in 2007, this craft distillery has been cranking out award-winning, handcrafted bourbon, gin and vodka. Tour the facility — one of Michigan’s biggest — and learn why small-batch distilling using old-world techniques and only the best ingredients keeps drinkers thirsty for more. And don’t leave without sampling the booze: The Mayor Pingree Bourbon Red Label whiskey, which has won multiple “best in the world” awards, is a can’t-miss. 965 Wanda St.
PLACES TO SHOP IN FERNDALE
This eye-catching warehouse marketplace dazzles and delights with 40 boutiques, crafts vendors, vintage resellers — and a full bar! Kicking back with a cocktail is an excellent way to cap off a few hours scouring the cornucopia of offerings ranging from framed prints, cheeky clothing, tropical plants, sustainable shaving tools for men, and sunglasses with rose-colored lens shaped like scalloped seashells. 22801 Woodward Ave.
This locally-owned shop is the brainchild of a couple of friends who set out on a mission to create the best soy candle. Over a decade later, they’re, ahem, on fire, creating some extraordinary candles. Scents like blackberry sage and coconut lime will light up your senses, and don’t miss their line of luxurious, vegan bath-and-bodycare products. 624 Livernois St., Suite 400
Lovely niche perfumes and magical skincare products crafted to promote daily leisure and a “slow living” lifestyle are the bedrock of this locally-owned, shop-by-appointment studio. The owner also makes high-quality henna, so consider booking a time to get some beautiful body art done. 22750 Woodward Ave.
You’d be hard-pressed to leave empty-handed at this beloved antique shop that sells furniture, clothing, artwork, and home decor. The eclectic inventory changes daily so you never know what you’ll find — but it’s safe to expect one-of-a-kind statement pieces, fun knickknacks, and funky retro furniture. 2141 Hilton Rd.
“Dope tees and rare kicks” are the specialty at Loose Cannon Flagship Boutique, a local mecca for rare sneakers sold on consignment. Let the store’s outgoing staff guide you to the perfect pair of shoes that you probably won’t find anywhere else…and why not grab a hoodie or hat while you’re there, too? 195 W Nine Mile Rd., Suite B2
Everything you need for your baby (or someone else’s, if you’re in the market for gifts) awaits at Modern Natural Baby. The colorful boutique offers a huge selection of clothes, toys and essentials like carseats and strollers, plus the friendliest staff to help navigate it all. As the store’s name suggests, they focus on eco-friendly and natural baby and kid products, so you can feel good about whatever you’re buying. 200 W 9 Mile Rd. Suite B.