The Best Markets in Detroit

Photo of Kate Harrington
9 February 2017

Locally-sourced food is a big thing in Detroit. It’s almost a trend, when it comes to restaurants, but it’s essential for sustaining the community. The Detroit markets represent this type of communal shopping. Here are some of the biggest markets that happen in the area.

Detroit Eastern Market | © Michigan Municipal League/Flickr

Eastern Market

Essentially, Eastern Market is a mini city. With a number of restaurants, clothing vendors and other shops operating in this area, it’s become one of the busiest districts in Detroit. All these spots are open daily; however, the weekend market is the opportune time to visit. The Saturday Market hosts the vendors, with a main focus on fresh and local produce. On Sunday, the Eastern Market district operates as a street market with stands selling local foods, flowers, and antique goods. There is an Eastern Market pavilion, located in the center of the district that houses local farm vendors. The surrounding shops, however, all function according to the weekend market. Some note-worthies are: Supino Pizzeria and Russell Street Deli.

Eastern Market, 2934 Russell St, Detroit, MI, USA

Royal Oak Farmers Market

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Royal Oak Farmers Market
Royal Oak Farmers Market | © Michigan Municipal League/Flickr
Royal Oak Farmers Market is based in the city of Royal Oak, about a fifteen-minute drive from downtown Detroit. Royal Oak is an artistic hub in Metro Detroit, and the farmers market reflects this climate by offering local produce, artwork, and antiques. You can also find little gems like hand-made soap and candles. It’s a blend of a farmers market and a flea market. Outside of the market, Royal Oak is home to a number of unique boutiques and restaurants. If you find yourself here, be sure to check out the nearby vintage store, Lost & Found Vintage. It has a fine selection of men and women’s vintage clothing from the 40s-90s.

Corktown Farmers Market

Located in the historic district of Corktown, Corktown Farmers Market is dedicated to providing the local community with chemical-free food products, along with other vendors. There are a variety of vendors whose goods range from handcrafted marshmallows (Detroit Marshmallow Co.) to Motor City Soap’s handmade vegan soap to What Up Dough’s cookie dough and ice cream sandwiches. Corktown’s Detroit Institute of Bagels – a new and highly popular bagel shop that specializes in artful bagel sandwiches, is open during market hours as well. Although this farmers market is heavily food-based, the surrounding shops in Corktown offer vintage clothing to distillery tasting rooms (Two James). Other Corktown note-worthies: Gold Cash Gold and the new-ish vintage store El Dorado General Store. Thursdays from 4-7 pm.

Corktown Farmers Market, 1236 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI, USA

By Kate Harrington

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