14 Top Spots to Shop in Metro Detroit

Modified: August 19, 2019 | Photos by Birmingham Principal Shopping District, Bill Bowen

Whether you’re treating yourself or hunting for that perfect gift for someone special, metro Detroit offers plenty of places to shop till you drop. The area’s malls offer one-stop shopping with many big-name retailers, while downtown districts offer unique opportunities to shop local. So, wander around and find items you want — or didn’t know you needed.


1. Fairlane Town Center
Home to more than 125 stores and restaurants, Fairlane Town Center is conveniently located near major expressways, Detroit Metropolitan Airport and the U.S.-Canadian border crossing. You’ll find everything from the classic Macy’s store to Michigan’s largest H&M and more.

2. Lakeside Mall
This two-level enclosed mall spans 1.5 million-sq.-ft. and has nearly 180 stores, including anchors Macy’s, JCPenney, Lord & Taylor and Sears.

3. Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
Stretch your dollars at Michigan’s largest indoor outlet mall, which has more than 30 shops you won’t find anywhere else in the state. It’s also home to Michigan’s largest food court (1,000 seats!) and five full-service restaurants, including Miyako Japanese Steakhouse, where hibachi chefs prepare the food in front of you.

4. The Mall at Partridge Creek
This open-air mall is home to nearly 90 stores and restaurants and offers unique amenities, such as free Wi-Fi, pop jet fountains, a TV court and a 30-foot fireplace. It even welcomes dogs!

5. Somerset Collection
Somerset offers the most exclusive shopping in Michigan, with an exceptional collection of 180 upscale, luxury stores and restaurants. There’s even a Tesla gallery inside Nordstrom!

6. Twelve Oaks Mall
With nearly 200 stores, services and restaurants, you’re sure to find what you want — and more — at Twelve Oaks Mall, which is easily accessible from I-96 and Novi Road and just a short drive from the Suburban Collection Showplace.

7. The Village of Rochester Hills
Set up much like a bustling downtown, the Village of Rochester Hills is a 375,000-sq.-ft. outdoor shopping district in the heart of Rochester Hills. Whimsical inlaid plaques, a beautiful fountain, a quaint gazebo and a distinctive clock tower all add to its charm.


Downtown Districts

8. Birmingham Principal Shopping District
Birmingham’s lively, pedestrian-friendly downtown offers a diverse assortment of fashion boutiques, restaurants, gift stores, jewelers, salons, spas, antique shops and art galleries. And don’t worry about parking. There’s a valet service (located near the northeast corner of Old Woodward and Maple) that will take care of it for you!

9. Downtown Ferndale
Centered on the iconic intersection of 9 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, the shopping district is easily accessible by foot, bike or vehicle. Throughout the year, it’s also the venue for a myriad of events, including a wintertime blues festival, Ferndale Pride and a fall doggie event.

10. Midtown Detroit
Located just north of downtown, Midtown boasts unique art galleries, quirky independent retail shops and some of the best cuisine you’ll find in The D.

11. Downtown Northville
Downtown Northville blends historic architecture with current trends in clothing, gifts and home accessory shops — all in a walkable downtown atmosphere.

12. Downtown Plymouth
Historic downtown Plymouth features unique shops and more than 20 restaurants, sweets shops, coffee shops and bars surrounding the quaint Kellogg Park town square.

13. Downtown Rochester
A perfect mix of historic and hip, downtown Rochester is home to more than 350 shops, salons, restaurants and professional service businesses — 85 percent of which are independent merchants!

14. Downtown Royal Oak
Pick up alternative and vintage threads, scour for antiques and collectibles, or find something for your home at downtown Royal Oak’s more than 90 boutiques, salons and retail shops.


BONUS: The Village of Downtown Grosse Pointe
Less than 35 minutes from virtually any point in the metro Detroit area, the Village shopping district in downtown Grosse Pointe along Kercheval Avenue offers a unique and diverse selection of stores


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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

  1. 1
    Birmingham Principal Shopping District
    151 Martin St., Birmingham, MI 48009
  2. 2
    Fairlane Town Center
    18900 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126
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    Downtown Ferndale
    300 E. 9 Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220
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    Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
    4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
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    The Mall at Partridge Creek
    17420 Hall Road, Clinton Twp., MI 48038
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    Downtown Plymouth
    850 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth Community Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth, MI 48170
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    Downtown Rochester
    308 Main St., Rochester, MI 48307
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    Somerset Collection
    2800 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084
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    Twelve Oaks Mall
    27500 Novi Road, Novi, MI 48377