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Things to Do at Eastern Market in Detroit You Should Try

Sherrie Williams

DETROIT, MI - Since 1841, Detroiters have flocked to Detroit's Eastern Market, making it one of the country's oldest urban farmers markets. Check out the list of things to do in Detroit's Eastern Market.

1. Stock Up On Fruits and Vegetables
Eastern Market's six sheds feature vendor booths. You'll find piles of locally grown produce, fresh meat and fish, cheese, honey and preserves, flowers, and prepared food, as well as piles of locally grown produce. Check out some of the evening markets, where you can shop while listening to music, viewing art, and sipping cocktails.

2. Have a Meal Out
Many of Detroit's most interesting restaurants have opened in Eastern Market. Supino Pizzeria's hot pie or Russell Street Deli's sandwich are both delicious. At Mike's or Zeff's Coney Island, order an iconic hot dog. Don't forget to stop by Mootown Ice Cream Shoppe for dessert!

3. Go to The Market's Outskirts and Look For Bargains.
On the streets surrounding Eastern Market, there's a lot of good shopping. Locally made products like Detroit Denim, decorative Pewabic ceramic tiles, and Smith Shop Detroit metalwork can be found at Detroit Hustles Harder and the Detroit Mercantile Company.

4. Cook at Shed 5
Shed 5 has been redesigned to include a commercial kitchen where foodies of all ages can learn to cook. Sign up to learn how to pickle vegetables, make a delectable pasta sauce, or make ice cream from scratch. Adults, children, and even grandparent/grandchild pairs can enroll in classes.

5. Check Out a Festival
Since 2015, Eastern Market's Murals in the Market festival has gotten a lot of attention. Beer festivals and harvest galas, burger battles and taco cook-offs, book festivals and Detroit Lions tailgating parties, flea markets, and nighttime happy hours are among the events listed on the market's website.

6. Go for a Bike Ride
The Dequindre Cut connects to Eastern Market. The route was transformed into a paved pedestrian and bike-friendly greenway in 2009, stretching from Eastern Market to the pedestrian- and bike-friendly downtown Detroit RiverWalk.

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