Shopping in Detroit | A Guide for Canadians

May 1, 2017  |   Story by Heidi Tiano  

Bang for your Buck

Your Canadian dollar may go farther in Detroit than in other nearby U.S. states or even Ontario, based on taxes and duty.

  • Michigan sales tax: 6 percent
  • New York sales tax: up to 8.875 percent
  • Ontario HST: 13 percent

And depending on how long you stay, you may qualify for duty exemptions.

  • Stay 24 hours in Detroit: bring back up to CA$200 duty-free
  • Stay 48 hours or more: bring back up to CA$800 duty-free

An Easy Drive to Deals

Detroit is easily accessible in just minutes from Ontario using the Ambassador Bridge or tunnel. Even from the greater Toronto area, Detroit is less than four hours by car. If you’re coming from that direction, try the Blue Water Bridge for shorter wait times at the border (take the 403 to London, stay right onto the 402 across the bridge, then head west on I-94 to reach most of our recommended shopping options).

Shop the Mega Malls

Several mega shopping malls in the Detroit area provide more selection than you’ll likely ever need, and each offers its own unique twist. Check out each mall’s directory online to see what’s in store.

  • Somerset Collection in Troy: A hub of luxury shopping with stores such as Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Gucci, Luis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and Burberry, along with more mainstream options.
  • The Mall at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township: One of the newer shopping options in metro Detroit, this mall is smaller than the others, but offers an open-air, dog-friendly experience that makes it a fun choice for warm weather. Stores include Carsons, Nordstrom, Apple, Janie and Jack and Banana Republic.
  • Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi: One of the largest malls in the Midwest with stores such as Nordstrom, Macy’s, bebe, Coach and Michael Kors.
  • Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills: Great Lakes Crossing takes the cake as the largest outlet center in Michigan, offering shoppers more than 180 retail and dining options – more than 50 you will find nowhere else in the state.

Tip: Check out our deals section for shop-and-stay packages to turn your shopping spree into a mini vacation.

Shop Downtown

There are tons of new and long-standing shopping options in downtown Detroit. Check out urban fashion and slogan-printed clothing at Détroit is the New Black, or try on trendy eyewear at Warby Parker’s Woodward Avenue store while you sip Vernors Ginger Soda. Women can find vintage-inspired clothing, accessories and handbags at The Peacock Room, and City Bird in Midtown is a great spot to find cute-little-somethings (artsy housewares, paper goods, accessories and knick knacks). You can also check out Shinola watches and bicycles and Third Man Records, and don’t forget something for your four-legged friend at Canine to Five.

Shop Metro Detroit’s Boutique Scene

If you want to venture outside the city of Detroit, the surrounding neighborhoods have some fantastic, smaller downtown areas that are completely walkable — and each has its own unique boutiques. In Oakland County, try historic Rochester (Wanderlust for on-trend, bohemian fashion; Sole Sisters for footwear), upscale Birmingham (Teacups & Toys pet boutique or Lark & Co for unique home finds) or laid-back Royal Oak (Rail & Anchor for clever home items; LIFT Designer Toys & Gallery for kids’ items). Or check out the ritzier shops in one of the Grosse Pointes (POSH by Village Palm for apparel and accessories; Shoe Tree for footwear) in Wayne County.

Mentioned Attractions And Venues
  1. Somerset Collection
    2800 W. Big Beaver Road, Troy, MI 48084248-643-6360 Highlight on map | More Details
  2. The Mall at Partridge Creek
    17420 Hall Road, Clinton Twp., MI 48038586-226-0330 Highlight on map | More Details
  3. Twelve Oaks Mall
    27500 Novi Road, Novi, MI 48377248-348-9400 Highlight on map | More Details
  4. Great Lakes Crossing Outlets
    4000 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326248-454-5000 Highlight on map | More Details
  5. Detroit is the New Black
    1426 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48226313-818-3498 Highlight on map | More Details
  6. The Peacock Room
    15 E. Kirby St., Detroit, MI 48202313-559-5500 Highlight on map | More Details
  7. City Bird
    460 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201313-831-9146 Highlight on map | More Details
  8. Shinola
    441 W. Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201313-285-2390 Highlight on map | More Details
  9. Third Man Records
    441 West Canfield St., Detroit, MI 48201313-209-5205 Highlight on map | More Details