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Lifestyle Things to do in Metro Detroit

Midtown Guide: Where To Shop, Eat and Drink

Published September 24, 2018 by

Looking for great places to shop, eat and drink in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood? Candice Simons, founder of Detroit lifestyle blog J’adore Detroit, shares her favorite spots with SEEN.

By Candice Simons 

Photography by Daniela Lisi

Shop

City Bird

460 W Canfield St., Detroit

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City Bird, the oldest store in the Cass and Canfield shopping district, is the go-to spot for home goods and knickknacks made with some Midwest love. The store features an assortment of housewares, stationary, jewelry, apparel and accessories, which are mostly made by Detroit and Michigan artists.

Nest

460 W. Canfield St. #101, Detroit

You won’t want to skip out on shopping the amazing apothecary items, housewares and plants at City Bird’s sister store, Nest, which is located right next door. The store has the best collection of air plants, tapestries, terrariums and window-garden kits.

Third Man Records

441 W Canfield St., Detroit

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Detroit native rock star Jack White of the White Stripes shared his love of music with the city by opening Third Man Records on West Canfield. The store functions as a vinyl record pressing plant and recording studio with an in-store performance stage. If you’re lucky enough, you may even catch a live performance from the very artists whose records are sold in the store.

Nora

4240 Cass Ave., Detroit

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This eclectic, bright and colorful store is stunning. Nora is filled with sunlight and the most unique and thoughtfully designed wares that just make you feel good! You can find items for the home, gifts, children’s clothing, books, accessories and more. Everything is highly curated and at the center is design. I love to stroll mindlessly and look at every piece — sometimes twice.

Will Leather Goods

4120 2nd Ave., Detroit

This 2nd Avenue leather shop sells top-notch belts and wallets around— all of which shoppers can have personalized by having their initials engraved. Inside Will Leather Goods you will find décor built on a collection of rustic woods and a quaint coffee shop.

Hugh

4240 Cass Ave., Detroit

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Hugh is the perfect place to shop for housewares, furniture, bar accessories and personal care items with a masculine touch. The items in the store will give any bachelor pad a mid-century modern touch.

Cass Corridog

4240 Cass Ave., #110, Detroit

Treat your pup to a fun-filled day in Midtown with a stop at the Shinola Dog Park at Cass and West Canfield. No trip to the park is complete without a visit to Cass Corridog to get all the goodies for your doggy’s wants and needs. From trendy leashes, to bitter couch spray that prevents biting — this store has it all.

Filson

441 W. Canfield St., Detroit

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Filson is located right next door to Third Man Records and features the toughest outfitter gear. The store has a selection of sportsman apparel for men and women, luggage and bags and gear for hunters.

Carhartt

5800 Cass Ave., Detroit

Carhartt is a fifth generation, family-run company born in Detroit. True to Detroit’s industrial nature, the store features the most stylish and high-quality workwear handcrafted in the city. The company’s Midtown flagship store is in a historic building on Cass Avenue that has been decorated with salvaged wood from abandoned homes in Detroit neighborhoods.

Shinola

441 W. Canfield St., Detroit

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Shinola crafts and sells the best watches, leather goods and bikes around. This American-made, Detroit-based company has created and kept jobs in the city of Detroit. The storefront located on West Canfield houses a coffee shop and has also added Made Floral to its list of services.

Made Floral

441 W. Canfield St., Detroit

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Our longtime friends at Made Floral popped up inside the Shinola store a few years back and have become a staple. You can pick up the most whimsy and romantic bouquets for your sweetie or some unique stems to make your own if you know what you want.  We love how Martha (the owner) changes with the seasons and introduces the most beautiful pops of color that always seem to be just what you need to brighten your day and home. 

RUNdetroit

441 W. Canfield St., #5, Detroit

RUNdetroit is more than a store for people who run. The store specializes in footwear for anyone who is on their feet for more than five hours a day and has specialists to help shoppers find a perfect pair. RUNdetroit is also a place for runners to meet, with group runs that leave from the store every Saturday at 8 a.m.

Little High Flyers

4240 Cass Ave., Detroit

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Little High Flyers has only been open for a year and is already the destination for all things mini. This kids clothing boutique has just about everything for your little one, and the looks are just too cute for words. Located right next to Hugh and Nora, it is the perfect place to spoil your little angels.

Eat

Le Petit Zinc

70 W, Alexandrine St,, Detroit

Le Petit Zinc, a French-inspired café and creperie, has made its resurrection in Midtown, and I couldn’t be more pleased. This is the quaintest place to sip coffee and enjoy a delectable breakfast or lunch in the city. The cafe also has an outdoor patio, which is perfect for enjoying croissants and relaxing.

Selden Standard

3921 2nd Ave., Detroit

Located in the heart of Midtown is one of Detroit’s top restaurants, Selden Standard. The restaurant is known for its open kitchen and wood-fired oven that adds to the dining experience. The food is locally sourced and served in small-plates style.

Alley Taco

418 W. Willis St., Detroit

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My restaurant, Alley Taco, is a Cali-style taco joint. This local taqueria has an affordable menu with favorites such as the BYO quesadillas and tacos, Mexican street corn and burritos that are as big as your head.

The Whitney

4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Detroit’s most famous mansion, The Whitney, is known for its beautiful aesthetic and upscale dining. The historical property features a fine dining restaurant, dessert parlor, ghost bar and an outdoor garden.

Rocco’s Italian Deli

3627 Cass Ave., Detroit

Newbie to the neighborhood, Rocco’s Italian Deli recently opened shop on Cass Avenue. The deli features sandwiches and salads made from the finest Italian meats. The deli case is also always stocked with cheeses, olives and marinated vegetables.

Avalon Bakery

422 W. Willis St., Detroit

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Avalon Bakery started in Detroit with the mission of doing well and eating good. This bakery was born on the idea that despite the economic downfall Detroit was experiencing, the people of the city deserved to eat quality food. The baked goods are currently served at multiple location, delivered to 40 restaurants and in grocery stores from Ann Arbor to Grosse Pointe.

Rock City Eatery

4216 Woodward Ave., Detroit

The former Hamtramck restaurant and pie shop, Rock City Eatery, moved to Midtown a few years ago to expand its size and explore new menu options. The restaurant kept the same rustic, hipster, pop-up restaurant vibe, but added tons of great options. You don’t have to look to our neighbors across the river to get some great poutine, Rock City Eatery has it covered.

Drink

Willis Show Bar

4156 3rd Ave., Detroit

Sitting on the corner of Third and Willis is the reborn cabaret and cocktail bar, Willis Show Bar. The bar rotates nightly performances from burlesque dances, cabaret singers, DJs and comedians. The bar closed its doors in 1978 but has reopened as one of the city’s hottest jazz spots.

HopCat Detroit

4265 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Whether it be a locally brewed beer or one from around the globe, there is no lack of options at HopCat Detroit. The bar has two floors and a rooftop patio, where you can enjoy one of their 130 beers.

Jolly Pumpkin

441 W. Canfield St., #9, Detroit

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Michigan has made a name for itself when it comes to the realm of craft beer, and Jolly Pumpkin is at the top of the game. The brewery’s stellar artisan ales pair perfectly with the menu, which offers the best rosemary truffle fires, burgers and pizzas.

Motor City Brewing Works

470 W. Canfield St., Detroit

Although it’s not as famous the battle between the two top Detroit Coney’s, I encourage you to check out the battle of brews and pizza between Jolly Pumpkin and Motor City Brewing Works. The brewery and pizzeria is located across the street from Jolly Pumpkin and has an amazing patio, which even extends to the rooftop. It is also dog friendly — a mega win in my book.

Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co.

3965 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Whether you are looking for a night cap, or a caffeine fix, Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. has it covered. The shop’s aesthetic features exposed brick walls, refurbished wood and paintings for sale made by local artists. The aromas and décor are inviting for meetings with co-workers, friends or for a date. They also sell beer and wine to-go!

Bronx Bar

4476 2nd Ave., Detroit

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There aren’t many bars around that still have an old-school jukebox, but the Bronx Bar does. This classic dive located at Second and Forest has a pool table, church pew and roll-up garage doors leading to a corner patio. No description of this bar would be complete without mentioning it has one of the best burgers in town.

3rd Street Bar

4626 3rd Ave., Detroit

3rd Street Bar is a well-known local watering hole with indoor and outdoor seating options. You may even end up getting some liquid courage here on karaoke night with friends. The urban watering hole has a wood-burning fireplace, shuffleboard, darts and an internet jukebox to keep the party flowing.

Honest John’s

488 Selden St., Detroit

Honest John’s has a chill vibe and is a great spot to meet friends for drinks or food. The bar’s menu features a wide selection of casual dining options that can be enjoyed under the glow neon signs. On Saturday and Sunday, the bar serves brunch service, making for the perfect place to soak up last night’s drinks over bloody Mary’s and hash browns.

The Old Miami

3930 Cass Ave., Detroit

The Old Miami is an all-time Cass Corridor favorite. Home to veterans and punk rockers alike, it’s the perfect place to catch a live show or play pool. The bar’s interior is decorated with pieces from all over the world that give thanks to those who have served us. You won’t want to miss hanging out on the backyard-like patio during the warm weather months. 

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