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Explore Detroit Block by Block: Woodward Avenue Edition

Posted on Thursday, November 17 2016 in Culture

Detroit's downtown destinations represent a mix of history, architecture and exciting new additions in art, food culture and shopping. True to our Motor City roots, visitors can make the most of any city corridor, by taking it block by block along a main stretch of road. What better road to wander first than Woodward Avenue?


Michigan's own Highway 1 extends from the northern suburbs to the city center in Campus Martius Park then heads straight toward the scenic international waterfront of the Detroit River. Along the way, we'd suggest a stop at the following:

Woodward Avenue is home to sports, theater and music fans alike. Take in a Detroit Tiger's game or concert at Comerica Park. Make it a night out with live music at The Fillmore Detroit, The Garden Theater or The Majestic Theatre complex. Grab tickets to a show at the stunning, historical Fox Theatre, or travel north and find a flare for drama at the Bonstelle Theatre.

Visitors to Detroit won't go thirsty along Woodward Avenue, either. Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. rules Midtown with a full bar and menu along with fine coffees, while The Roasting Plant and Starbucks manage crowds closer to the river. Seeking something stronger? Discover your favorite whiskey at The Whiskey Parlor, Cornerstone Barrel House or the Whiskey Disco. Sip wines and sample charcuterie at newcomer The Royce.

Make time to take in the scenery, whether that means snapping a selfie with the Spirit of Detroit or the Monument to Joe Louis known locally as the Joe Louis Fist. Those who appreciate art and architecture may opt to get lost in the beauty of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Public Library and Detroit Historical Museum. The art deco, awe-inspiring interior of the Guardian Building is a must-see to add to any list.

Take a little slice of Detroit where ever you go, or find what you need in the shops along Woodward Avenue Fashion found a new home within Detroit is the New Black, Kit and Ace and John Varvatos. The Nike Store, Bob's Classic Kicks and Moosejaw have outdoor types and urban adventurers fully covered.

Water Ice
 Photo credit: @mmmitch1123

It's virtually impossible to wander Woodward Avenue without getting hungry. From longtime favorites like breakfast at The Hudson Café or happy hour at Grand Trunk Pub to exciting new additions like Chef Nikita Sanches' adventurous menu at Rock City Eatery; Townhouse; The Fountain or the elegance of Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year – Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails, the dining scene has never been more vibrant. Woodward Avenue also plays host to small plates and serious libations with a second-story view at Wright & Company; Pho Lucky's comforting Vietnamese choices, Calexico's take on Mexican, a menu made for cocktail fans and carnivores at recently-opened Grey Ghost and sweet finds at Detroit Water Ice Factory. Coming soon? Avalon International Breads and Detroit's first Shake Shack.


Writer Stephanie Angelyn Casola can hardly wait to wander Woodward Avenue during some downtime. She owns the PR and events firm Prologue and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Photo credit: @Zarate1079