Detroit Block by Block: Michigan Avenue Edition

Modified: December 16, 2022 | Story by Stephanie Angelyn Casola | Photos by Sugar House, Slows Bar BQ

Explore Detroit’s Michigan Avenue


PJ’s Lager House keeps it live and loud with independent and local bands. Check the schedule at the MGM Grand Detroit‘s event center for major acts, or take a chance at the casino while you’re near.


Try a wine tasting at Motor City Wine or sip a craft cocktail at Sugar House. A short jaunt down the street and you’ll find Two James Spirits mixing up cocktails at its cozy round bar. Try out a few game day favorite spots like Nemo’s or Corktown Tavern.


Though Michigan Avenue begins at the city center – just west of bustling Campus Martius Park, there is so much more to see as you head toward the city’s oldest neighborhood. Any journey around Corktown must include a look at the architecture of Michigan Central Station. Closed since 1988 the famous site of the city’s history took on a new shine with new windows in 2015. Surrounding the iconic structure is a swath of grassy green knoll known as Roosevelt Park.


Eldorado General Store can be found in the heart of Corktown and makes for the ideal stop to stock up on treasures for yourself or your home. Find industrial-inspired furnishings and home décor at the new shop on the block, Detroit Artifactry. A car isn’t the only mode of transit to try when visiting the Motor City. Hop on two wheels at Detroit Moped Works too.


The Westin Book Cadillac makes for a comfortable and upscale home away from home nearby. Looking for a respite closer to Corktown? Check out Honor & Folly and you’re right in the mix of all the neighborhood has to offer.


Hope you’re hungry. To start, Lafayette Coney Island and American Coney Island may possess the longest coney dog rivalry on the block and in the country. Try both and take a side. Kick off a day in Detroit with breakfast or brunch at Detroit Institute of Bagels, Bobcat Bonnie’s for its brunch time Bloody Mary Bar or Brooklyn Street Local for poutine. If you crave shawarma, Bucharest Grill, is where it’s at. A mere mention of these hotspots will make your friends hungry.

Got a large group? Grab pizza and wine at Ottava Via.

Take that, Old Chicago Road. What’s your favorite stop along Michigan Avenue?


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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    PJ's Lager House
    1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
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    MGM Grand Detroit
    1777 Third Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Motor City Wine
    1949 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
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    Sugar House
    2130 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
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    Two James Spirits
    2445 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
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    Eldorado General Store
    1700 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
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    The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit
    1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
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    American Coney Island
    114 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Detroit Institute of Bagels
    1236 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Slows Bar BQ
    2138 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216
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    Ottava Via
    1400 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216