Detroit Block by Block: Cass Avenue Edition

Modified: April 02, 2019 | Story by Stephanie Angelyn Casola | Photos by Jolly Pumpkin, Nest Housewares


Detroit music ruled the corridor over the years, thanks to legendary music venues like Alvin’s and The Gold Dollar. Today, bands still make their way to the stage at The Old Miami and inside Third Man Records.


Craft beer is a way of life in Detroit. Even the most discerning beer fans will find a brew they love and if they’re lucky – a seat at the bar inside 8 Degrees Plato. Michigan is home to the first-ever all-sour brewery and its Detroit outpost keeps the taps flowing at Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria, also offering other craft varieties by North Peak Brewery on site. The city’s first craft brewery, Motor City Brewing Works, still reels in fans with its neighborhood friendly mosaic bar and seasonal rooftop seating. Take Cass Avenue south to find Anchor Bar, a legendary watering hole attracting sports fans and journalists among its regulars.


Cass Avenue has its share of can’t-miss sights. They start with Detroit’s home for Broadway-caliber shows at the Fisher Theater and continue along to Wayne State’s campus and the Hillberry Theatre, both outstanding options for a live performance. The bookish will want to wander the artful halls of the Detroit Public Library. While architecture fans should not miss a stroll through the Yamasaki-designed McGregor Memorial Conference Center on Wayne State University’s campus will surprise and delight those who appreciate modernist architecture. For those traveling with Fido, Midtown Dog Park offers a respite near shops and dining, including Cass Corridog if you need a new leash.

Layer up for winter with Detroit’s own Carhartt or browse the must-have home and garden accessories at Nest. Grab new music and give it a spin at Third Man Records or spoil yourself with top-notch barware and decor from Hugh or Nora. Detroit’s Shinola is the spot for luxury leather goods, watches that will be envied or a custom new bike.


Dining your way along Cass Avenue should begin at breakfast, with giant blueberry pancakes Old Campus Restaurant or a cinnamon roll still bubbling in a griddle at Parks & Rec Diner. Shoot on over to the original Avalon International Breads for a fresh sandwich or focaccia, but don’t leave without those famous Chocolate Chip Sea Salt Cookies. Indulge in salted caramel or even more unusual flavors of ice cream at Treat Dreams. When it comes to dinner the awe-inspiring dishes at The Peterboro, Republic, La Feria or favorites like Slow’s To Go and Traffic Jam & Snug are sure to keep you warm.


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Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. The Old Miami
    3930 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48201313-831-3830Highlight on map | More Details
  2. Third Man Records
    441 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48202313-209-5205Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Jolly Pumpkin
    441 W. Canfield St., Ste. 9, Detroit, MI 48202313-262-6115Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Motor City Brewing Works
    470 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201313-832-2700Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Anchor Bar Detroit
    450 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI 48226313-964-9127Highlight on map | More Details
  6. Fisher Theatre
    3011 W. Grand Blvd., Fisher Bldg., Detroit, MI 48202313-872-1000Highlight on map | More Details
  7. Wayne State University
    5221 Gullen Mall, 573 Student Center Bldg., Detroit, MI 48202313-577-2424Highlight on map | More Details
  8. Detroit Public Library
    5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-481-1300Highlight on map | More Details
  9. Cass Corridog
    4240 Cass Ave., Ste. 110, Detroit, MI 48202313-887-9684Highlight on map | More Details
  10. Carhartt
    5800 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-831-1274Highlight on map | More Details
  11. Third Man Records
    441 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48202313-209-5205Highlight on map | More Details
  12. Hugh
    4240 Cass Ave., Ste. 107, Detroit, MI 48202313-831-4844Highlight on map | More Details
  13. Nora
    4240 Cass Ave., Ste. 109, Detroit, MI 48202313-831-4845Highlight on map | More Details
  14. Shinola
    441 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201313-285-2390Highlight on map | More Details
  15. Avalon International Breads
    422 W. Willis St., Detroit, MI 48201313-308-0150Highlight on map | More Details
  16. Treat Dreams
    4160 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-818-0084Highlight on map | More Details
  17. The Peterboro
    420 Peterboro St., Detroit, MI 48202313-833-1111Highlight on map | More Details
  18. Republic
    1942 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-446-8360Highlight on map | More Details
  19. La Feria Spanish Tapas
    4130 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-285-9081Highlight on map | More Details
  20. Slows To Go
    4107 Cass Ave., Detroit, MI 48202313-309-7560Highlight on map | More Details
  21. Nest Housewares
    460 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA313-831-9776Highlight on map | More Details