Candice Simons, founder of lifestyle blog J’adore Detroit, rounds up the best places to eat, drink and shop in Royal Oak.
By Candice Simons
Photography by Daniela Lisi
711 S. Main St., Royal Oak
This sister restaurant to Bacco serves up true Italian-style wood-fired pizzas and dishes. Whether you are coming in for dinner or brunch, this is surely the place for a casual dining experience and great food.
418 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak
Café Muse is home of one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches in America. The menu offers European-inspired meals made with natural ingredients. This is a quaint place to sip tea over breakfast or meet with a friend for dinner over wine.
326 W. 4th St., Royal Oak
This restaurant and bar is Royal Oak’s go-to place for sushi. Ronin is next door to the Royal Oak Music Theatre, providing a swanky lounge to sip craft cocktails preshow. If you run into a wait, I recommend visiting the second floor to relax on one of the decorative antique couches.
31542 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak
Redcoat Tavern is not only a Royal Oak veteran, but a Michigan staple. The tavern is known for having some of the best burgers in the state and is the perfect place to go with friends, family or a date for some genuinely good food.
316 S. Main St., Royal Oak
This beer hall and gastropub has quickly become known for its flights, kick-butt brunch and outdoor patio. The bar has a very relaxed vibe and also serves pub-fare favorites.
419 S. Main St., Royal Oak
This brewery never disappoints with its selection of unfiltered and unpasteurized “rustic country” beers. If the beer wasn’t enough reason to stop in, the menu is. Their pizza, burger and french fries will make you swoon. Be sure to stop by on the weekends to visit Craft, the dance party hot-spot located in the brewery’s basement.
215 E. 4th St., Royal Oak
This brewpub and full bar is Royal Oak’s cozy, hometown brewery. With a full lunch and dinner menu serving delicious bar food favorites, as well as a heated beer garden patio, why would you go anywhere else?
402 S. Lafayette St., Royal Oak
This spacious coffee spot is a great place to get a cup of joe and work or study. In fact, the Office Coffee Shop also doubles as a membership based coworking space, complete with conference rooms and all.
401 S. Main St., Royal Oak
This independent shop has a welcoming atmosphere and delicious espresso drinks, lattes, cold brew, etc. The honeycomb tile and wooden tables make it a cute and popular place to work and study. You can also chow down while you’re there on a handcrafted breakfast sandwich, omelet or salad.
208 5th Ave., Royal Oak
Based in Grand Rapids and then opening in other areas including Royal Oak, HopCat is a staple for cool craft brews — and lots of them! The Royal Oak HopCat features a rotating list of 30 local Michigan craft brews as well as 50-plus draft beers and ciders from all over the country. The restaurant also includes burgers, sandwiches and delicious shareables.
511 S. Main St. Royal Oak
This is your neighborhood gathering place. Stop in for traditional American cuisine, but stay for the live rock ‘n’ roll performances. This bar has a high energy and hometown vibe. You get what you expect when you come here — a good time.
215 5th Ave., Royal Oak
If you’re looking for the Royal Oak bar that fills up on weekends, look no further than Fifth Avenue. With over 40 TVs and live DJ’s playing upbeat music on the weekends, this bar is the place to go if you want to mingle.
510 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak
This tri-level, vintage clothing paradise features men and women’s fashion and accessories from decades past. The colorful patterns, iconic graphic tees and funky accessories make this store truly eye-catching and captivating. If you love vintage, this is the place to be, as Lost and Found has consistently been considered one of Michigan’s best vintage shops.
508 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak
Scout is a colorful gift and accessories store in Royal Oak with products ranging from cute housewares, such as dishes and candles, to books, art and accessories. Scout’s beautiful window displays, bright atmosphere and unique products make it a must-stop shop in Royal Oak.
502 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak
Rail & Anchor is a home goods shop, gift store and modern-day apothecary located on South Washington in downtown Royal Oak. Get cozy, vintage vibes (and complimentary tea) as you stroll and peruse products ranging from barware and home décor to jewelry and other accessories.
319 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak
Founded in 2006, The Dirt Label is a clothing store and streetwear brand that makes a statement. Come here for graphic tees, crew necks, hats and apparel that is also social and political commentary.