Whether you're a casual browser or a serious fashionista, the shopping in Detroit and its suburbs is top notch.
Need some personal retail therapy or are you searching for the perfect present for a family member or friend? Here are some suggestions to get you started on a “shop till you drop” long weekend in The D.
Take a full day of your shopping adventure right in downtown Detroit to kick things off. Hit the unique shops and galleries of Midtown, where you’ll find gems like Shinola, Carhartt, Nest, City Bird, the Peacock Room and Filson. Discover the Cass Corridor and find great gifts for home and more at Nora and Hugh or get in touch with your musical style at Jack White’s Third Man Records. Venture into downtown’s historic Merchants Row (Woodward Avenue near Campus Martius), which is seeing redevelopment as retailers like Moosejaw, lululemon and Nike set up seasonal or permanent shops and local small businesses such as Detroit is the New Black showcase the city’s energetic vibe.
If you’re in town on a Saturday, don’t miss Eastern Market — a six-block public market that attracts thousands and has been feeding Detroit (literally and culturally) since 1891. Hundreds of open-air stalls offer fruits, vegetables, flowers, locally produced specialty food products, meats and more. The surrounding shops and restaurants provide gourmet goodies, antiques and items by local and Michigan artisans. Head to Indian Village (just north of downtown) for a tour of Pewabic Pottery, a national historic landmark, pottery workroom, design studio and gift shop.
Try an Overnight Stay at a Luxury or Boutique Hotel
Experience the elegant lifestyle of a bygone era at the Ford House in scenic Grosse Pointe Shores. At the home of Henry Ford’s only child, Edsel, you’ll see original antique furnishings, an impressive collection of fine and decorative art and much more in a breathtaking 60-room Cotswold mansion. In warmer weather, take a stroll on the 87 acres of breathtaking lakefront gardens and grounds.
Sanders Candy Makers Free Tour
Since chocolate should be part of every shopping excursion, make a stop at Sanders Candy Makers and indulge in its free factory tour. Visitors learn the story of chocolate, how chocolate is made and how Sanders Candy Makers got its start in Detroit. After watching Sanders’ experts create luscious Sanders treats such as Pecan Torties and Coconut Clusters in the 100-foot observation walkway, a free sample and a stop in the candy and gift shop put the finishing touch on your visit.
Shop the Mall at Partridge Creek
The Mall at Partridge Creek offers open-air shopping with nearly 90 distinctive stores and restaurants, including L.L. Bean, Apple and MJR Digital Cinema 14. In addition, The Mall at Partridge Creek has amenities unique to malls in Michigan, including free Wi-Fi, pop jet fountains, a TV court, a 30-foot fireplace and an outdoor play park for kids. Dogs are even welcome — you’ll find several dog comfort stations on site as you shop.
GRAB DINNER MID-SHOP AT BURGERFIN, BAR LOUIE, BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE OR BOBCAT BONNIE’S, AMONG OTHERS.
DAY 3: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Experience Downtown Charm and Sophistication at the Birmingham Principal Shopping District
Birmingham’s downtown shopping district rivals some of the most elegant shopping districts nationwide. Known for being an upscale center for art galleries, this district has an impressive selection of fine antique shops, unique boutiques and havens of couture. Head down East Merrill Street and make a few plush purchases for your pet at Teacups & Toys. Get selfish and shop for accessories and home décor items for yourself at Woodward & Maple. While on your shop-time stroll, take advantage of the many dining offerings and specialty bake shops in the area, or rip yourself away from the retail rush and check out the district’s arts theater, cultural activities and special events.
Shop and Lunch at Somerset Collection
Shop top brands at Somerset Collection in Troy. Offering three levels of upscale stores and boutiques, Somerset Collection attracts thousands of shoppers daily. With stores like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Burberry, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tiffany & Co. and Burberry — Somerset Collection represents the pinnacle of retail excellence.
Get Your Final Shopping Hurrah at Great Lakes Crossing
Blending the hottest concepts in entertainment and dining with an unparalleled offering of more than 200 exciting, value-oriented and regular-priced stores, Great Lakes Crossing Outlets boasts six themed and architecturally distinctive areas in a 1.4 million-square-foot structure. Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is the largest enclosed outlet mall in metro Detroit and brings numerous “firsts” to Michigan, including Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World (five football fields worth of outdoor gear and shopping
fun), Legoland Discovery Center Michigan, Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, Disney Store Outlet, Rainforest Café, Steve Madden, J. Crew Factory, Coach Factory and Victoria’s Secret Outlet — just to name a few.