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Downtown Districts In Metro Detroit To Visit This Summer

Becca Ballard

If you are looking for cute downtown areas to enjoy around the Metro Detroit area this summer - this article is for you. Here is the list of downtown districts that will fill your day with cute boutiques, great restaurants and the need to come back.

Downtown Rochester

Downtown Rochester is home to more than 350 shops, salons, restaurants and professional service businesses. This area is a perfect mix of historic and hip, as this downtown attracts both local residents and visitors from across the state of Michigan. Downtown Rochester’s natural beauty is attributed to the waterways that surround the city, and beautiful greenery of the many parks and trails around the area.

Downtown Royal Oak

Royal Oak is home to more than 90 boutiques, restaurants, salons and retail shops. Shop vintage threads, scour for antiques and collectibles, or find something for your home right downtown Downtown Royal Oak is an award winning, walkable community with a variety of shopping and dining options, as well as professional services, galleries and theaters. Royal Oak was actually named one of the coolest suburbs in America by Apartment Therapy Magazine and Best Downtown Shopping District by the Metrotimes. Some of the art and entertainment amenities aroudn here include Emagine Theater, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, the Royal Oak Music Theatre and Stagecrafters.

The Village of Downtown Grosse Pointe

Visit the Village of Downtown Grosse Pointe to experience a casual yet unique shopping experience. This shopping district is newly renovated and beautiful. A huge and diverse selection of stores are offered here such as Ann Taylor, Moosejaw, and even a Trader Joe’s. This wide variety of stores offers a reputation for excellence and friendly service. Conveniently shop in a relaxed space with a generous amount of parking here, so it truly can be a relating day.

Downtown Ferndale

Enter the Downtown Ferndale shopping district by vehicle, foot or bike. There are so many options here as the roads and intersections are all easily accessible. This shopping district is centered on the iconic intersection of 9 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue and throughout the year, you'll find there are many events that are put in place including a wintertime blues festival, Ferndale Pride and a fall doggie event. Downtown Ferndale is a geographic designation, full of art, culture and creativity. Along with the uniqueness of the culture, there are 350+ businesses, most owned and operated by inspired entrepreneurs.

Midtown Detroit

Just north of downtown, Midtown is where you'll find the unique art galleries, quirky independent retail shops and some of the best food. Midtown is the connector between two Detroit neighborhoods each with unique personalities – New Center and Brush Park. Wayne State University is located here too along with this being the place to grab a nice meal before a show, or spend the night bar hopping between old dives and new patios.

Downtown Northville

Historic architecture is blended with current trends to give you Downtown Northville. Here you'll walk the streets to enjoy clothing, gift and home decor shops. Visitors can find something for every one's personal taste here as there are so many options of cute stores to check out. Downtown Northville actually has more than 75 shops, boutiques, and restaurants to explore. When you are done shopping or ready for a break, Town Square sits amidst the shops on E. Main Street and offers a quiet place to hang out.

Downtown Plymouth

Downtown Plymouth features unique shops and more than 20 restaurants, sweets shops, coffee shops and bars surrounding the Kellogg Park town square. Kellogg Park is their signature landmark, but as you explore downtown, you will also find so many shops, stores and eateries that you'll find Plymouth is a great place to relax and adventure with anyone at anytime of year.

Birmingham Shopping District

Downtown Birmingham offers a diverse assortment of fashion boutiques, restaurants, gift stores, jewelers, salons, art galleries and more. Birmingham's shopping district is the midwest’s premiere shopping district made up of nearly 300 retailers. Even the movie theater here is one to check out, along with the centrally located park which completes this city center. The Birmingham shopping district is vibrant, prosperousable and able to maintain the feel of a small town, while experiencing the benefits and amenities of an affluent urban area. In the summer months, visitors can spend a summer evening at a concert in the park, attending one of the many festivals, and even enjoying the Sunday morning Farmers Market.

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