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Lifestyle Things to do in Metro Detroit

Royal Oak Guide: Where to Eat, Drink and Shop

Published January 16, 2019 by

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

Eat

Bigalora

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.

Café Muse

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.

Ronin Sushi

326 W. 4th St., Royal Oak

Ronin Sushi in 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.

Redcoat Tavern

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.

Ale Mary’s

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.

Drink

Jolly Pumpkin

419 S. Main St., Royal Oak

Jolly Pumpkin in 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.

Royal Oak Brewery

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?

The Office Coffee Shop

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.

Atomic Coffee

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.

HopCat

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.

The Morrie

511 S. Main St. Royal Oak

The Morrie in 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.

Fifth Avenue

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.

Shop

Lost and Found Vintage

510 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak

Lost and Found Vintage in 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.

Scout

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.

Rail & Anchor

502 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak

Rail and Anchor in 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. 

The Dirt Label

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.

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