When asking locals what their favorite thing to do in Detroit is, spending Saturday's in the market is a very likely response. Just a mile northeast of downtown, Detroit's Eastern Market is the cultural hub of Detroit's wholesale food industry and is the largest historic public market district in the United States. Although it has a reputation for being the place to be on Saturday, the market is actually alive with activity everyday of the week.
The farmers markets under the historic sheds of Eastern Market remain the heart of this district. The access to fresh produce available here is something cherished by both regular patrons and neighborhood restauranteurs alike. In recent years, the farmers market expanded its operations during the summer months to include Tuesdays in addition to Saturday. Sundays have also become an opportunity for small businesses and artisans to set up shop during Eastern Market's 'Sunday Street Market'.
Detroit's Eastern Market district also home to some great restaurants and retailers. Supino Pizza, open since 2008 has become a staple in the market and is regarded as having close to, if not the best pizza in Southeast Michigan. Other Eastern Market favorites include Cutter's Bar and Grill, a great spot to grab a drink or burger in the city, and Russell Street Deli for delicious house made soups and sandwiches . If you're in the mood to create your own culinary masterpiece, the market has no shortage of butcher shops serving fresh meats.
Retailers have also decided to make the market home in recent years. In 2015, native Detroiter Tommey Walker opened up a flagship location for his store and clothing brand, Detroit VS Everybody. And while we may be the Motor City, non motorized options have become more popular in recent years, especially as residents begin to move closer to the neighborhoods surrounding the market. Enter Motoroless City Bicycle Company. The company opened it's doors in 2015, selling bicycles and accessories as well as offering repair services. The Detroit Mercantile Co is also a popular spot and great place for both new and vintage items.
Ready to see this neighborhood upclose? Make a special effort to support Detroit's Eastern Market on Small Business Saturday, November 26th, as we gear up for #ShopDetroitWeek!
Register for our free walking tour here.