Candice Simons, founder of lifestyle blog J’adore Detroit, explores Rochester for the best places to shop, eat and drink.
By Candice Simons
Photography by Daniela Lisi
307 S Main St., Rochester
Unwind and indulge your senses at Talulah Belle as you shop for that special something. This boutique shop offers an exclusive selection of designer home goods, fragrances, jewelry and apparel. Whether you’re shopping for the little ones, the guy in your life or for yourself, Talulah Belle offers a curated selection of items for all occasions. Fun Fact: Talulah Belle is also owned by the mother of Emily Jean, one of my favorite beauty bloggers!
314 S. Main St., Rochester
Imagine flea market finds without the hunt, and European style without the travel. That’s exactly what you’ll find at The Urban Merchant. This boutique home goods store features everything from chairs and dressers to glasses and lighting.
431 S. Main St., Rochester
Even the kids in your life can be dressed to the nines. James & Olive has the most adorable clothing for infants, toddlers and children. Keep up with the hottest trends from season to season with the cutest apparel, accessories, toys and gifts for your little one.
422 S. Main St., Rochester
Treat your furry friend to treats and pupcakes from Three Dog Bakery. This adorable dog bakery features items such as Beg-als and Woofie Pies. It even has grain and wheat options for the sensitive doggies.
302 W. University Drive, Rochester
This charming cheese shoppe is located in a recently renovated Victorian home. Share cheese and conversation over fun classes and tasting sessions in this European-style shoppe. Visit The Cheese Lady to enjoy a lesson in wine and cheese pairing, or shop the wide variety of options.
200 S. Main St., Rochester
Chomp deli grille juice bar has all the options to make your breakfast, lunch or dinner as healthy or hearty as you desire. From breakfast bowls to pretzel bun burgers, this menu is one you will want to fill your every meal.
121 S. Main St., Rochester
This family-owned deli has been providing delicious sandwiches, soups and salads since the 1970s. Expect to find items such as “The Big Three,” “Michigan Traver’s Cherry,” and “The COBO Cobb,” among other menu items that give an ode to Detroit.
600 E. University Drive, Rochester
Park 600, located inside the Royal Park Hotel, is not what you expect from a hotel restaurant. It has a great happy hour with drink and food specials. Trust me, get the fried cauliflower. The restaurant also features a great outdoor patio that will host barbecues with outdoor lawn games such as cornhole in the warmer months.
301 S. Main St., Rochester
The Meeting House is a favorite for Rochester locals. The restaurant has a great aesthetic with outdoor seating in the warmer months and an event space that overlooks Main Street. It offers an eclectic variety of options for cocktails and food. My absolute favorite dishes are the smoked chicken wings and lobster fettuccine.
306 S. Main St., Rochester
This old-school chop house is part of the Kruse and Muer legacy that has brought several restaurants to the surrounding area, including Kruse and Muer on Main and Kabin Kruser’s. It is the ideal spot for dinner with your family or a cozy date night. They don’t skimp on tradition or good eats at this staple for Rochester residents. It is your classic clam chowder or filet with potatoes kind of place.
543 N. Main St., Rochester
Take a tour of Italy without leaving the town of Rochester at this authentic Italian restaurant. The owners have truly infused the tradition and taste of Rome in every bite. The wine list is the perfect complement to the array of fare available at The Silver Spoon.
300 South Main St., Rochester
Behold! The home of the legendary “Kronut,” which is a deep-fried croissant dough filled with vanilla custard and topped with vanilla icing. Many say it is the best thing they have ever eaten — and I agree! Home Bakery is also stacked with baked breads, cupcakes, pies and more.
139 S. Main St., Rochester
With over 80 beers on tap, Too Ra Loo has plenty of options for everyone. There’s also a great food menu that offers smoked meats, small plates and other assortments. Make sure to stop by for the live entertainment and great patio in the warm weather months.
400 Water St., Rochester
Rochester Mills Beer Co. is a favorite for craft beer enthusiasts. The pub located inside the former Western Knitting Mill has historic roots in the city. This town favorite has a selection of house-made brews year-round and rotating seasonals. The beer company is equipped with an outdoor patio, pool table and live entertainment Thursday thru Saturday night.
439 S. Main St., Rochester
This quaint cafe offers the best coffee prepared from beans roasted in-house and a wide selection of loose leaf tea. The shop is also stacked with a variety of baked goods, including gluten-free and vegan options.
336 S. Main St., Rochester
Whenever I visit Rochester, this is my favorite spot to get cozy with a coffee and my laptop for the afternoon. Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters has a great atmosphere for indulging in a latte and fruit crepe or muffin while meeting with friends or working remotely.
215 S. Main St., Rochester
Come here to challenge your friends to a friendly (or competitive) game of pool over cocktails and music. Main Street Billiards is your go-to spot for the late-night dance party with a live DJ starting every Friday and Saturday night at 9 p.m.