An Ann Arbor street in winter
Ann Arbor  — often abbreviated as AA or A2 — is a city 35 miles north of the Ohio border and 45 miles west of Detroit, near where the furthest exurban fringes give way to country and small towns. Founded in 1824, it was originally named "Annarbour" after the two founders' wives (Ann Allen and Mary Ann Rumsey) and an arbor of burr oak trees on the village site (although some have theorized that the name arose from an arbor of roses or grapes). Today the city has a population of about 115,000 people, not including the transient college students, or the thousands of visitors who come to town for football games and various festivals.
Ann Arbor is a picturesque city surrounding the University of Michigan. It has a strong bent toward the arts, and an attractive and pedestrian-friendly downtown. Visitors enjoy the city's wonderful sidewalk cafe dining, unique shops, lots of bookstores, and abundant cultural opportunities.
Ann Arbor is centered around the University of Michigan . The U-M campus intermingles with downtown, and the whole area is walkable, though day buses run between the campuses and the central business district. Toyota, General Motors, Ford, Thomson, Google, Domino's, and Borders Group have a major presence in the area. The University is well known for its medical school complex.
Farther out, the city fades into urban sprawl (a mall and business parks in the south), then countryside dotted with towns, and to the east, Detroit suburbs. Buses here are sparse or nonexistent; you'll want a car unless you have several hours to spare. On some autumn Saturdays, transport is difficult as 100,000-odd people pour in for university football games.
Tree town is, as one might expect, full of trees; they line the streets, and from the air, in summer, all that can be seen is a green swath with a few buildings sticking out. (In the early 20th century, after having leveled the forest that once occupied the area, the city instituted an aggressive tree-planting program that's since borne fruit.)
Like most of Michigan, summers can be hot, with temperatures occasionally hitting 90 degrees, but averaging in the mid 80s. Winters are fairly normal for the lower Great Lakes region, which enjoys 4 seasons. It starts to be chilly in late October and it starts to warm up again in mid-March (but the occasional early April snowfall is not unheard of! Average temperatures are generally in the range of 30°F and in January temps can dip below 20°F or lower if it's windy. The equivalent of this low temp in the summer is when mid-July it can hit deep into the 90's with high humidity. Same difference!
Downtown is a solid block of restaurants and art galleries. The university hosts cultural events, and venues such as the Michigan Theater host first-run independent films and high-profile music groups. The original Borders bookstore is also here, as are several good independent bookshops, and the Ann Arbor Art Fair draws a million visitors each summer.
- Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau, 120 W Huron Street, ☎ +1 734 995-7281 or +1 800 888-9487, .
Ann Arbor is bounded by I-94 (between Detroit and Jackson) on the south and west, US-23 (between Flint and Toledo, Ohio) on the east, and M-14 (which leads to Detroit) on the north. From Toledo and points south, take US-23 north; from Detroit, the airport, and points east, take I-94 west (or I-96 west to M-14 west); from Chicago and points west, take I-94 east; from the north, take US-23 south. There is ample paid parking downtown, but very little is on the curb (most is in parking garages). An option is to use the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA) park and ride lots, which lie on the outskirts of Ann Arbor. There are five such lots with free parking around the city, and bus service to each.
The nearest major airport is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (IATA: DTW, ICAO: KDTW), about 25 minutes away, from which it will probably be necessary to rent a car or have a friend pick you up. A taxi will cost you in the neighborhood of $45 one-way; alternatively, several shuttle services offer pre-booked trips for around $25, with the cost per person decreasing as the size of the group increases. There are quite a lot of airport shuttle services, but the following will give you a place to start:
- Ann Arbor Airport Shuttle, ☎ +1 734 394-1665, . Reservations should be made at least one day in advance. 1 passenger is $35 one-way, $55 round-trip.
- Ann Arbor - Detroit Metro Airport Shuttle, ☎ +1 734 507-9220, . 1 passenger is $35 one-way, $55 round-trip.
- Custom Transit, ☎ +1 734 971-5555, . $57 round-trip.
- Michigan Flyer, ☎ +1 888 643-5637, . This is a scheduled coach service rather than a taxi service, and so is significantly cheaper. Drops you off at the Sheraton Four Points hotel; use AATA route 36 (weekday only) to get to U-M central campus and downtown. $30 round-trip.
- SelectRide, ☎ +1 734 663-8898 or 866-663-8898, . Reservations should be made at least two days in advance. $24 per person to the airport, $31 per person from.
Ann Arbor Airport (IATA: ARB), (intersection of State Street and Ellsworth Road) +1 734 994-2841,  is a small 24-hour airport that handles business, corporate, public and private flights, air ambulance service, flight instruction and charter services.
- Amtrak, 325 Depot Street, ☎ +1 734 994-4906 or +1 800 872-7245, . daily, 7AM-12AM; ticketing is available from 7:15AM-11:30PM. The station is located within walking distance of downtown, just beyond the Kerrytown district. You can also take bus route 1 to downtown, and there are usually taxis waiting outside the station. The Ann Arbor stop is situated on the Wolverine line, which travels between Pontiac (north of Detroit) and Chicago. There are three westbound and three eastbound departures daily. Detroit is about 1 hour away by train, and costs $10 - 15 one-way. The train is about 4:45 hours from Chicago, and usually costs between $25 and $50 one-way. The train from Chicago generally arrives fiteen minutes to half an hour behind schedule.
- Greyhound, 116 W Huron Street, ☎ +1 734 662-5511, . M-F 9AM-6PM, Sa-Su 9AM-4:30PM. The bus station is located downtown, near Main Street. Detroit is a little over 1 hour away via bus; a one-way ticket costs $7 - $8, round-trip is $13 - $15. Chicago is 5 to 6.5 hours away; a one-way ticket is $34 - $37, round-trip is $65 - $70.
- Megabus, ☎ +1 877 462-6342, . Service available between Ann Arbor and Chicago, fares start at $1. Buses arrive and depart at the University of Michigan's State Street Commuter Park & Ride lot. The lot is on the west side of South State Street about 0.5 mile north of Eisenhower Parkway. The bus stop is on the east side of the parking lot between the entrance and exit. Take AATA route 36 (weekdays only) to campus and downtown.
- Michigan Flyer, ☎ +1 888 643-5637, . Bus service from Detroit Metro to Lansing MI via Jackson MI. Connects with the Ann Arbor Transit Authority 36 route at the Sheraton.
Map of downtown Ann Arbor
Downtown Ann Arbor is not large, so it's easy to get around just by walking. In fact, free parking is almost nonexistent, especially when the town is full of students, so you'll probably prefer to walk anyway. Occasionally you'll find an unused parking meter; you'll have to feed it money between 8AM-6PM on weekdays and Saturdays, otherwise they're free. There are parking lots and buildings scattered around downtown; they're free on Sundays, otherwise you can generally expect to pay around 80 cents to $1 per hour.
- Ann Arbor Transportation Authority (AATA), 331 S Fourth Avenue, ☎ +1 734 973-6500 or +1 734 996-0400, . 6:30AM-11:30PM on weekdays, and 8AM-7PM on weekends, depending on the route.. Provides bus service in and around Ann Arbor and downtown Ypsilanti. During the school year, the city also operates an express service called the Link, a fleet of purple buses that only travels between Central Campus, the downtown area and Kerrytown. Adult fares for regular AATA routes are $1 each way (free for U-M faculty, staff and students), and the Link is free to ride.
- University of Michigan Buses, . Most commonly used by students traveling between the different campuses to and from classes, run on weekday (full) and weekend (reduced) schedules year-round, except for Thanksgiving day Thursday and Friday, Christmas day, and New Year's day. The routes connect the North, Central, and South campuses. free.
Ann Arbor has several reliable 24-hour taxicab companies. Note that you can't hail a cab from the sidewalk, although there are certain spots in town where they often hang out waiting for passengers, notably in front of the Michigan Union on State Street, and the Federal Building on Liberty Street.
- Amazing Blue Taxi, ☎ +1 734 846-0007, . Also offers flat rates to destinations around Michigan and nearby major cities.
- Ann Arbor Yellow Cab Company, 2050 Commerce Drive, ☎ +1 734 663-3355.
- Blue Cab Company, ☎ +1 734 547-2222, .
- Wonder Wheels Segway Rentals, Tours, Sales, 338 Catherine Street, Apt #4, ☎ +1 313 318 6159, . Segway rental and tour company, if you want to explore Ann Arbor without the hassle of parking fees. $45 (1 hour), $65 (2 hours), $100 (daily).
If you want to know what's going on in town, the best guide to the entertainment scene in Washtenaw County is the Current, 212 E Huron Street, +1 734 668-4044, . There's information on music, films, dance and theatre events, poetry and novel readings, lectures, art exhibits, festivals, and more, as well as restaurant reviews, general information about the town, and so much more. If you're interested in the Ann Arbor arts scene, this should be one of the first things you pick up; one easy spot to find copies is outside the Michigan Theatre on E Liberty Street.
- Downtown Ann Arbor. Most of the shops and restaurants line State , Liberty, and Main  streets, with the quality becoming more upscale as you approach Main. The other popular student hangouts are along South University  street. A few blocks north of downtown is the historic Kerrytown district , full of remodeled old homes and pleasant shopping.
- Michigan Theater, 603 E Liberty Street, ☎ +1 734 668-8397 or +1 734 668-TIME (8463), . A restored 1928 cinema, complete with two organs, one of them a vintage 1927 pipe organ. The theater shows mainly independent and foreign films, with special classic-film showings throughout the year. The organ is often played before performances, and during the Michigan Theater's special silent-film showings. The main auditorium also hosts other events throughout the year, particular musical groups and comedy shows, many fairly well-known.
- State Theater, 233 S State Street, ☎ +1 734 761-8667, . An art-deco cinema from 1942, the State Theater works in conjunction with the Michigan Theater, and often plays films that have stopped showing at the Michigan.
- The Ark, 316 S Main Street, ☎ +1 734 761-1451, . A nonprofit, intimate music club with 400 seats, which usually hosts folk/rock performers.
- University Musical Society, ☎ 734-764-2538, . The University Musical Society annually presents a series of concerts by world-renowned artists at Hill Auditorium, the Power Center, the Michigan Theater, or Rackham Auditorium. Price varies according to performance.
University of Michigan Stadium
- University of Michigan Stadium, 1201 S Main Street, . Nicknamed the "Big House", the U-M stadium is the largest American football stadium in the world, with a seating capacity of 107,501. Home games are played in autumn on the well-known "Football Saturdays", when thousands of visitors clog the Ann Arbor streets to watch the Wolverines (or their opponents) play.
- The University of Michigan Law School Quadrangle, on South University Street between State Street and Tappan Street, . The Law School's "Quad", nationally renowned for its serene environment and beautiful gothic-style architecture, is situated just south of the center of campus. Built in the early twentieth century, the Quad is comprised of Hutchins Hall — the main law school building — the reading room and the U-shaped Lawyer's Club. The reading room (open to visitors) is an enormous cathedral-like building with stained glass windows featuring the colors of major universities in the US and around the world. The underground law library is naturally lit by enormous windowed shafts just beyond the Quad. The Quad itself is a grassy open space ringed by trees and seasonal flower beds. During the warmer seasons, students relax and toss the ball around, or sit and study in the Quad, making it an integral part of the Law School.
- University of Michigan Diag, between N University Street and S University Street. The heart of the University of Michigan's Central Campus, the Diag is the main quadrangle around which most of the key buildings on campus are arranged. Its name comes from the primary walkway that runs from the northwest to southeast corners of the Diag. In the middle of the Diag, just in front of the graduate library, is a brick courtyard with a brass M in the center; according to student legend, if you step on the M during your first semester at the university, you are doomed to fail your first exam. The Diag is often used for demonstrations, booths or student fairs, and is a popular hangout in warm weather.
- The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Tower, at the center of the North Campus of the University of Michigan, . A 165-foot tall structure which houses an operational carillon. The tower is open to visitors when the bells are being played, with two floors accessible by elevator. The top floor allows the visitors to see the carillonneur playing, while the lower floor provides a view of the carillon bells, as well as a skyline view of the Ann Arbor area. The current operational hours are posted at the base of the tower.
- Domino's Farms, US-23 and Plymouth Road, +1 734 930-4425, . A large office park in a pastoral location, home to the world headquarters of Domino's Pizza. Visitors will go mostly for one of two attractions:
- Ave Maria Fine Art Gallery, 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, +1 734 930-2514, . Tu-F 9AM-6PM, Sa 10AM-2PM, closed Su-M. The largest art gallery in Michigan, specializing in eary 20th century and Old World art.
- Domino's Petting Farm, 24 Frank Lloyd Wright Drive, +1 734 998-0182, . M-F 9:30AM-4PM, Sa-Su 10:30AM-5PM. 15 acres of land with farm animals from around the world, including rare and near-extinct species, like the French Poitou donkey (only 200 reportedly in existence), African watusi cow, Horned Dorset ram, and Tibetan yak. The barn was once part of a working 1925-era farm, but was opened as a petting zoo in 1984. Tours, hay rides and educational presentations available. $5 (adults), $4.50 (children and seniors).
- Ann Arbor Alpacas, 4805 Stone School Road, ☎ +1 734 369-3200, . Visitors can watch the alpacas being shorn at the end of May, or attend the open farm days on the second Saturday of the month from April through July.
The Cube, taking a breather between spins
Ann Arbor has a number of public sculptures and murals that can be viewed both on campus and downtown. Of these, several are particularly well-known:
- The Cube, Maynard Street and E Jefferson Street (Regents Plaza north of the Michigan Union), . A 15-foot-tall, 2400-lb glossy black cube created by Tony Rosenthal; there's an identical one in the East Village of New York City. The Cube spins on its axis when pushed, which is a tradition among U-M students. Folklore has it that the university's president "starts" the university each day by turning the cube early in the morning.
- The Wave Field, Hayward Avenue (in the courtyard outside the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud building), . Created by Maya Lin, the Wave Field is an earth sculpture, 90 feet by 90 feet square, consisting of a series of fifty grass waves in eight rows.
- Alley mural, E Liberty Street, by the Liberty Square parking structure. The alley mural began as a one-man project in the 1980s and became a popular spot for graffiti artists. The city took the spot over in 1999 by hiring artist Katherine Tombeau Cost to paint over the original mural and graffiti with a new 5,000-square-foot mural. The graffiti artists haven't entirely relinquished their claim to it, meaning that Cost's mural has been partially defaced with large bubble lettering, but it's still an interesting (and out-of-the-way) sight. Be sure to seek out the "trippers'" bubble gum wall toward the back. During warmer weather, you'll often find musicians or dancers putting on solo performances in the alley entrance, hoping to glean donations.
- Bookstore mural, corner of E Liberty Street and S State Street. Painted in 1984, when the corner location was still occupied by David's Books, this mural depicts the five authorial visages of Woody Allen, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Hesse, Franz Kafka, and Anaïs Nin.
- Painted fixtures, throughout downtown. Fire hydrants and transformers, painted in bright colors by local artists and schoolchildren.
- Fairy Doors, throughout downtown. Keep your eyes near the ground for fairy doors-- miniature colorful doors through which fairies can enter local businesses. According to Jonathan B. Wright of urban-fairies.com , the doors began appearing around town in the early 1990s.
Parks and Gardens
Ann Arbor has 147 city parks, ranging from less than a block wide to over 100 acres. Some of the more prominent ones include:
- Nichols Arboretum, 1610 Washington Heights, ☎ +1 734 647-7600, . "The Arb" comprises 123 acres of hilly woodland along the Huron River, with collections of North American plants interspersed throughout. Peony garden, prairie, constructed wetland and Appalachian plant collection.
- Matthei Botanical Gardens, 1800 N Dixboro Road, ☎ +1 734 647-7600, . The grounds are open daily from 8AM-dusk. Conservatory and gift shop open Tu & Th-Sa 10AM-4:30PM, W 10AM-8PM, closed Mondays. A 300-acre site with outdoor display gardens, a 10,000-square-foot conservatory filled with tropical plants, and miles of nature trails. Free (gardens), $5 (conservatory, but free on Fridays from 12PM-4:30PM).
- Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road, ☎ +1 734 662-9319, . A 69-acre park along the Huron River and Geddes Pond, and Ann Arbor's most popular recreation area. Walkways with pedestrian bridges over the water, two playgrounds, picnic areas, open fields, over 3 miles of asphalt trails. Canoe, kayak and paddleboat rental (canoes can also be taken from the Argo Park livery, 1055 Longshore Drive, +1 734 668-7411, to the Gallup livery).
- Buhr Park, 2751 Packard Street, ☎ +1 734 971-3228, . A 39-acre park with picnic areas, children's play area, softball diamond, soccer fields, outdoor tennis courts, 25-yard swimming pool, children's wading pool, outdoor ice arena for public skating and ice hockey, cross-country ski center, and snowmobile trails. Ski and skate rentals available.
A tornado demonstration in the Hands-On Museum
- Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, 220 E Ann Street, ☎ +1 734 995-5439, . Nine galleries with more than 250 interactive science demos and exhibits, on topics from physics to health to nature to mathematics. Kids will like it a lot; adults will be fairly entertained. $7 (donations gratefully accepted).
- Artrain USA, 1100 N Main Street, ☎ +1 800 ART-1971 (278-1971), . Check the website to see if the Artrain will be in town during your visit. A traveling art museum, housed in vintage rail cars, that tours the nation but is based in Ann Arbor. Each exhibition tours the country for three to four years, offering creative partnerships with local artists at each stop along the tour.
- Cobblestone Farm Museum, 2781 Packard Street, ☎ +1 734 994-2928 or +1 734 973-7267, . Tours offered 10AM-1PM on the last Saturday of the month, beginning in May. On-site gift shop open during tours or by appointment. An 1845 two-family home, notable for its façade made of cobblestones in herringbone rows, now restored and interpreted to give a view of past rural life in Washtenaw County. $2.
- Kempf House, 312 S Division Street, ☎ +1 734 994-4898, . Tours offered 1PM-4PM on Sundays, September through December and March through June, or by appointment. A restored Greek Revival house museum from 1853; once home to Reuben and Pauline Kempf, prominent Ann Arbor musicians, now offering guided tours and a glimpse into Victorian life in Ann Arbor. $1.
- Leslie Science Center, 1831 Traver Street, ☎ +1 734 997-1553, . Park open daily sunrise to sunset; Critter House open Su 12PM-3PM. 50 acres of fields, woods and prairie, featuring outdoor, hands-on and discovery-based educational programs. Features an environmentally-friendly Nature House; a Critter House with frogs, turtles, snakes, and rabbits; live birds of prey, including owls, falcons, kestrels, hawks, vultures, and a bald eagle; and a mile-long trail through the Black Pond Woods. Free (donations gratefully accepted).
University of Michigan Museums
Open to the Public
- Exhibit Museum of Natural History, 1109 Geddes Avenue, ☎ +1 734 764-0478, . M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Exhibits on natural sciences and anthropology, including prehistoric life, Michigan wildlife, Native American and other cultures, and rock and mineral specimens. Free (donations gratefully accepted).
- Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S State Street, ☎ +1 734 764-9304, . Tu-F 9AM-4PM, Sa-Su 1PM-4PM, closed Mondays. Galleries featuring nearly 100,000 artefacts from Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern civilizations. Free (donations gratefully accepted).
- Museum of Art, 525 S State Street (temporarily located at 1301 S University Avenue through mid-2008, while the main museum building is under construction for expansion and restoration), ☎ +1 734 764-0395 or +1 734 763-UMMA (8662), . Tu W F S 10AM-5PM, Th 10AM-9PM, Su 12PM-5PM, closed Mondays. Collections of African, American, Asian, European, and Middle Eastern art; modern and contemporary artwork; prints, drawings and photographs; and frequent rotating collections. Gift shop on-site. Free ($5 donation suggested).
- U of M School of Art and Design, 2000 Bonisteel Boulevard, ☎ +1 734 764-0397, . M-F 9AM-5PM. Exhibitions by art students and faculty in two galleries on North Campus: the Warren Robbins Graduate Center and the Slusser Gallery. Also check out their small downtown gallery "Work". Free.
- Work Gallery, 306 S State Street, ☎ +1 734 998-6178. Tu-Th 12PM-7PM, F-Sa 12PM-8PM, Su 12PM-5PM, closed Mondays. Run by U of M School of Art and Design, it's smaller, downtown, and much the same. Free.
- Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, 1011 N University Avenue (School of Dentistry, room G532), . M-F 8AM-6PM. Over 10,000 artifacts focused on the history of dentistry, with particular interest in dental practice and technology in the United States and Michigan dating from the 18th century to today. Free.
- Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, 1100 Baits Drive, ☎ +1 734 764-0583, . M-F 10AM-5PM. Housed in the School of Music, the Stearns Collection holds over 2500 pieces of historical and contemporary musical instruments from all over the world. Free.
Closed to the Public
Several of the University collections are hosted by institutions that are primarily research-oriented, and so generally don't have exhibits on permanent display. However, it may be possible to arrange to view the collections through contacting the curators.
- Herbarium, 3600 Varsity Drive, ☎ +1 734 764-2407 (fax: +1 734 647-5719), . Collections of algae, bryophytes, pteridophytes, gymnosperms, monocots, dicots, fungi and lichens.
- Museum of Anthropology, 1109 Geddes Avenue, ☎ +1 734 764-0485 (fax: +1 734 763-7783), . Archaeological collections of pottery, flaked and groundstone tools, animal bones, ethnobotanical and sediment samples, and accompanying field notes, site and survey maps, photographs, and other relevant documents and records; ethnographic collections of pottery, basketry, textiles, wood, and many other materials; and extensive photographic collections.
- Museum of Paleontology, 1109 Geddes Avenue, ☎ +1 734 764-0489 (fax: +1 734 936-1380), . Collections of paleobotany, micropaleontology, invertebrate paleontology and vertebrate paleontology.
- Museum of Zoology, 1109 Geddes Avenue, ☎ +1 734 764-0476 (fax: +1 734 763-4080), . Collections of birds, fishes, insects, mollusks, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
- Michigan Athletics, ☎ +1 734 764-0247, . Ann Arbor is a college town, and is very enthusiastic when it comes to Michigan sports. No visit is complete without taking in at least one Michigan Sporting Event. Michigan's football program has won more games in it's history than any other program, and sells out every game at "The Big House", capacity 107,501. Michigan's Ice Hockey program has developed into a national powerhouse, winning an NCAA record 9 national championships, and packing a boisterous 6,377 sellout crowd into historic Yost Ice Arena. Michigan also has a strong tradition in Men's Basketball, Swimming, Baseball, Softball, Field Hockey, Gymnastics, Cross Country and Track. Michigan also fields teams in Women's Basketball, golf, rowing, soccer, diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling. Football, Field Hockey, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, and Volleyball take place in the fall. Ice Hockey, Basketball, Swimming, Gymnastics, and Wresting compete in Winter. Baseball, Softball, Track and Tennis are Spring Sports.
- Blue Karaoke, 404 W Liberty Street, ☎ +1 734 302–3673, . Mo-Th 6PM-4AM, Fr-Sa 5PM-5AM, Su 5PM-4AM. 9 private, sound-proofed rooms for groups of 2 to 30. Over 10,000 song selections in seven different languages. Reservations are encouraged, especially for larger parties and weekend nights. $35 - $100 per hour.
- Pinball Pete's, 1214 S University Avenue, ☎ +1 734 213-2502. Large video arcade featuring pinball machines, air hockey, pool tables, shot clock basketball and football, ticketed games, Dance Dance Revolution, and classic arcade games from the 1980s as well as popular new fighting games.
- Makielski Berry Farm, 7130 Platt Road (1 mile south of US 12 on Platt Road), ☎ +1 734 572-0060, . Every day 8AM-8PM. Mid-July through the end of October, pick your own insecticide-free blackberries ($4/qt) then red, yellow, or amber raspberries ($3/Qt). The owners also sell raspberry honey. This is the 58th year at the farm. Children are welcome! Please no pets; working farm dogs on premises may sometimes be aggressive. (42.2013,-83.6999)
- Planet Rock, 82 Aprill Drive, ☎ +1 734 827-2680, . M Tu W F 3PM-10PM , Th 3PM-11PM, Sa 11AM-8PM and Su 10AM-6PM. Over 22,000 square feet of climbing terrain, with 50-foot walls, a motorized climbing wall, three bouldering areas and adventure racing including rappelling. Day passes $15, climbing lessons $39 - $50.
- Zap Zone, 2809 Boardwalk Street, ☎ +1 734 930-6670, . M-Th 4PM-10PM, F 3PM-12AM, Sa 12PM-12AM, and Su 12PM-9PM. Multi-level laser tag and an arcade. Laser tag $7, bumper cars $3.
- Canoeing is popular in the area through the Huron-Clinton Metroparks.
- Kensington Beach is 20 minutes north of Ann Arbor.
at Shakespeare in the Arb
Part of the South University Art Fair
- Ann Arbor Film Festival, 203 E Ann Street, ☎ +1 734 995-5356, . Held during six days in late March at the Michigan Theater (603 E Liberty Street). The oldest festival of its kind in North America, showcasing over 100 independent and experimental films and videos annually, since 1963. Over 20 prizes are awarded to the best films. Passes are available for single screenings, single days, weekends or the entire week.
- Hash Bash, University of Michigan Diag near State Street and N University Street, . Held the first Saturday in April. The Hash Bash began when poet John Sinclair was jailed for marijuana possession, leading John Lennon and Yoko Ono to headline a protest rally in Ann Arbor in 1971. Beginning in 1972, it became an annual event to commemorate the occasion and support the reform of marijuana laws. The Hash Bash is a gathering point for thousands of cannabis aficionados from all around, with guest speakers in the Diag attracting large crowds. Given the nature of the event, you probably will see people smoking marijuana; those who do light up tend to take advantage of the difference in fines between the town ($25) and the university ($100 and possible jail time), which basically means that your punishment depends on which side of State Street you stand on. Vendors sell everything from hemp bracelets to "glass art" (actually pipes and bongs, but who's quibbling?), bongo drums are played, and people-watching can be an event in itself.
- Naked Mile, University of Michigan campus. Once held in mid-April at midnight on the last day of classes. A tradition at the University of Michigan which began in 1986, in which hundreds of students - traditionally graduating seniors, although in practice there's a broader spread - ran across campus naked, while spectators cheered them on, to celebrate the end of the school year. Although technically illegal, it was tolerated by local police until 1998, when they began attempting to strongly discourage continuation of the Naked Mile, fueled in part by concerns over outsiders videotaping the event and selling the recordings online. In recent years, to avoid being arrested, students have run the Mile in body paint, underwear, or a day earlier than usual.
- Ann Arbor Book Festival, 311-315 S State Street, ☎ +1 734 369-3366, . Held in mid-May. First organized in 2004 to promote reading, heighten awareness of literacy challenges, and showcase the rich culture of the written word in Michigan and beyond. The festival features a bookstore crawl, antiquarian book fair, author readings, symposiums and panels on literacy and writing, tours of the U-M library conservation and preservation lab, and a street festival.
- African American Downtown Festival, E Ann Street and N Fourth Avenue, ☎ +1 734 769–0288 ([email protected]). 10AM-8:30PM. Held the first Saturday in June since 1995. Crafts, merchandise, food, live music.
- Taste of Ann Arbor, Main Street. Held the first Sunday in June, from 11AM-5PM. Kiosks along Main Street offer people the chance to sample menu items from over 35 local restaurants. Also includes three stages of live music, dancing and more. Admission is free, although you'll want to purchase tickets to trade for the yummy goodies ($0.50 per ticket, or $10 for a sheet of 20, with most items ranging between 3 - 11 tickets apiece).
- Shakespeare in the Arb, 1610 Washington Heights, ☎ +1 734 647-7600, . Shows begin at 6:30PM. Annual outdoor Shakespearean production since 2001, held on weekends in June. Roving performance requires the actors and audience to shift locations throughout the Arb from scene to scene. Previous productions have included A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It and Love's Labour's Lost. $15.
- Ann Arbor Summer Festival, 522 S Fourth Avenue, Suite B, ☎ +1 734 994-5999, . Held from mid-June to mid-July. An annual event since 1983 with different nightly indoor cultural performances: singers, musical bands, dancers, comedians, plays, and other acts including acrobats and animal handlers.
- Top of the Park, Ingalls Mall, . Held from mid-June to early July. Nightly local and regional live bands, outdoor film screenings at 10PM, and concession booths from eight local eateries. Traditionally this event was held on the upper level of the Fletcher parking structure, next to the Power Center - hence the name - but it has been temporarily moved outside the Rackham School of Graduate Studies. In inclement weather, performances and films may be cancelled. Free.
- Ann Arbor Art Fairs, ☎ +1 734 994-5260 (toll free: +1 800 888-9487), . One Wednesday through Saturday in late July. W-F 10AM-9PM, Sa 10AM-6PM. Held throughout downtown, four juried art fairs that display and sell art: the original Ann Arbor Street Art Fair  along N University; the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair  along Main, Liberty, William and State; the State Street Area Art Fair ; and the South University Art Fair . In practical terms, it's all one great big fair that takes about a full day to explore if you move quickly and don't look at every booth. Prices are generally rather high, as befitting an art show of this calibre, but there are definitely bargains to be found, as well as some less expensive non-juried booths that tag along for the ride. Loads of concessions, live entertainment, and booths with great sales from local businesses are scattered throughout. During the Art Fair, hotels are generally booked up and parking can be difficult to find, so book a room early (by February or March) and find a spot at one of the park-and-ride stops to catch a bus into downtown.
the University of Michigan Diag
- University of Michigan, ☎ +1 734 764-1817, . A highly-ranked research university with a strong athletics tradition, the University of Michigan has been located in Ann Arbor since 1837 and is deeply intertwined with the town, being one of the major employers in the area. It offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in social sciences, sciences, humanities and arts, engineering, law, business and medicine. The average student population is around 40,000, with about 5,000 faculty members. There are three campuses - North, Central, and South - with downtown Ann Arbor being adjacent to, and somewhat intermingled with, Central Campus.
- The University of Michigan and the infrastructure and support services for it are major employers in Ann Arbor.
- Borders Group Inc., 100 Phoenix Drive, ☎ +1 734 477-1100, . Borders Group owns Borders Books & Music stores, as well as Borders Express and Waldenbooks. The corporate office is located on the south side of Ann Arbor and employs hundreds of people.
- Google, 112 S Main Street, 2nd floor, ☎ +1 734 332-6500 (fax: +1 734 332-6501), . Google opened the headquarters of AdWords, their advertising system, in the McKinley Towne Centre building in 2007; currently they employ about 150 sales and customer services representatives, with plans to expand their workforce to between 850 and 1,000 by around 2012.
- Pfizer Global Research and Development, 2800 Plymouth Road, ☎ +1 734 622-7000, . Currently employs approximately 2,100 people in research and development functions. These include discovery, drug metabolism, pharmaceutical sciences, drug safety evaluation, development, and therapeutic research. On January 22, 2007, the company announced that the entire Ann Arbor facility will be shut down by the end of 2008.
The book-laden halls of the Dawn Treader
It's been said that Ann Arbor has more bookstores per capita than any other town in the US – certainly a walking tour of downtown will take you past quite a few, although the number is beginning to slowly dwindle.
- Borders No. 001, 612 E Liberty Street, +1 734 668-7652, . M-Sa 9AM-11PM, Su 9AM-9PM. The flagship Borders bookstore, although it's moved a block away from its original location since the store opened in 1971.
- Aunt Agatha's, 213 S Fourth Avenue, +1 734 769-1114, . M-Th 11AM-7PM, F-Sa 11AM-8PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Specializing in new and used mystery, detection, and true crime books.
- Common Language, 317 Braun Court, +1 734 663-0036, . M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-midnight, Su 11AM-7PM. The only gay-owned-and-operated bookstore in Ann Arbor, specializing in gay, lesbian, and feminist works, with books, magazines, gifts and cards.
- Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room, 114 S Main Street, +1 734 665-2757, . Specializing in spirituality, psychology and integrative medicine. Also carries gifts, cards, jewelry, crafts, art, music, incense, ritual items, candles, aromatherapy, body tools, and yoga supplies. The tea room, on the second floor, is quite good, though not cheap.
- David's Books, 516-B E William Street, +1 734 665-8017, . In business for over 25 years, David's buys and sells used, rare, and out of print books. They also have an online store, if you want to do some virtual shopping.
- The Dawn Treader, 514 E Liberty Street, +1 734 995-1008, . M-Th 11AM-8PM, F-Sa 11AM-9PM, Su 12PM-5PM. A great place to browse – probably has the largest and widest selection of the downtown used bookstores.
- Kaleidoscope Books & Collectibles, 200 N 4th Avenue at Ann, +1 734 995-9887. Packed full of rare & used books, including vintage pulps, children's titles, mysteries, science fiction, modern firsts, vintage paperbacks with some really amusing pulp fiction titles, 1000s of postcards, sheet music, collectibles and memorabilia, movie posters, action figures, classic toys, and more.
- Motte & Bailey, 212 N 4th Avenue, +1 734 669-0451, . Specializes in history.
- Shaman Drum, 311 - 315 S State Street, +1 734 662-7407, . An academic, scholarly, literary, and independent bookstore for over 20 years, with a highly knowledgeable staff.
- West Side Book Shop, 113 W Liberty Street, +1 734 995-1891. Used and rare books, maps, and photographs. A strong literary bent.
- Encore Records, 417 E Liberty Street, +1 734 662-6776, . M-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 12PM-PM. One of the best used record stores in the country. Encyclopedic staff.
- PJ's Used Records & CDs, 617 Packard Street (upstairs from Subway between Hill Street & State Street), +1 734 663-3441. Very friendly staff, amazing selection of vinyl in excellent condition and fairly priced.
- Wazoo Records, 336 1/2 S. State Street, +1 734 761-8686, . M-F 10AM-8PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-6PM. New and used CDs and vinyl. Small but very well-picked selection.
Art and Gifts
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- 16 Hands, 216 S Main Street, +1 734 761-1110, . M-Th 10AM-6PM, F-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Offers fine furniture, lighting, jewelry, wearables, housewares and gifts by artists throughout the United States.
- Dixboro General Store, 5206 Plymouth Road, +1 734 663-5558, . M-Sa 10AM-6PM, F 10AM-8PM, Su 11AM-5PM. One of the busiest country gift and furnishing stores in Michigan, located in a historic store in the village of Dixboro. Furniture, candles, collectables, garden decor, tabletops, bath and body supplies, home accessories, lighting, and edible goodies.
- Four Directions, 329 S Main Street, +1 734 996-9250, . A great gift store offering jewelry, crystals, minerals, fossils, and gifts from around the world. Their jewelry is very pretty and generally at quite reasonable prices. If you want something local to the area, you can find samples of Michigan greenstone aka chlorastrolite (the state gem, from Isle Royale, which is fairly pricey), Petoskey stone (the state stone, usually found loose rather than in jewelry) and native Michigan copper (as bookends or free-flowing verdigris-encrusted sculptures).
- John Leidy, 601 E Liberty Street, +1 734 668-6779, . M-Sa 9:30AM-5:30PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Fine gifts including china, stemware, flatware, ceramics, metalware, woodware, giftware, collectibles, jewelry, clothing, and textiles.
- Middle Earth, 1209 S University Avenue, +1 734 769-1488. Wacky and kitschy gifts, home decor, handcrafted contemporary and fashion jewelry, fashion accessories, T-shirts, books, candy, toys, and much more. It's a must-see if you're looking for something out of the ordinary.
- Motawi Tileworks, 170 Enterprise Drive, +1 734 213-0017, . M-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-3AM. Low-relief and polychrome tiles, using locally-produced clay and glazes, which can be purchased as individual art pieces or for installation. Guided tours available (free at 11AM every Thursday, or $5 per person for tours of 4 or more people by appointment).
- Occasionally, 223 S Main Street, +1 734 769-5151, . The best place in town for local and Michigan gifts, including T-shirts, food, Michigan lighthouses, and gift baskets.
- Selo/Shevel Gallery, 310 S Main Street, +1 734 761-4620; 335 S Main Street, +1 734 761-6263; . M-Th 10AM-7PM, F-Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 12PM-5PM. The gallery at 310 S Main specializes in ceramics, woodcraft, mixed media, folk art, textiles, and Judaica; the gallery at 335 S Main specializes in glass art and jewelry.
- Ten Thousand Villages, 303 S Main Street, +1 734 332-1270, . Su M 12PM-5PM,, Tu-Th 11AM-7PM, F Sa 11AM-9PM. A non-profit retail store staffed by volunteers, featuring fairly-traded handicrafts from around the world.
- Acme Mercantile, 111 W Liberty Street, +1 734 213-3722, . M-Th 10AM-8PM, F-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-7PM. Constantly adding new playful and useful items such as mystery grab bags and local favorite Mighty Good Coffee, as well as keeping old favorites in stock, like 7 Days of Moustaches and stylish Readers and Sunglasses. The inventory now includes over 4,000 items available both in store and online at www.acmemercantile.com. They're all about function and fun. They have hardware items, office supply items, health and beauty aids, pet supplies, books and stationary, kitchen and household items, cleaning and laundry supplies, men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, candy and toys as well as gifts, cards and gift wrap. They have exclusive lines including Flax clothing for women and Chilewich bags. They also offer many natural and organic items for pets, people and their homes. They also gift wrap for free and validate parking!
- Downtown Home and Garden, 210 S Ashley Street, +1 734 662-8122. M-Sa 7:30AM-7PM, Su 11AM-4PM. Gardening, greenhouse, cookware, and housewares, in a historic livery stable.
- Morgan and York, Fine Wines and Specialty Foods, 1928 Packard Street, +1 734 662-0798, . M-Sa 9AM-9PM, Su 12PM-6PM. Known as the Big Ten Party Store until 2005, the name change better reflects the quality of the merchandise. Long popular with locals of discriminating taste, Morgan and York is one of the best spots in town to find a broad selection of wines, spirits, and beers, as well as cheeses, imported candies, and other quality foods.
- Vault of Midnight, 219 S Main Street, +1 734 998-1413, . M-Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 11AM-8PM. Comic books, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, manga, action figures, board games, statues, DVDs, T-shirts, posters, art prints, stickers and toys. The store also hosts art exhibitions, signings, and regular board-game nights with a selection of in-house games.
- Wizzywig Collectibles, 4720 S State Street, +1 734 213-1112, . F Sa 12PM-8PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Large store specializing in Japanese pop culture, with anime videos for purchase or rental, toys, apparel, books, CDs, DVDs, trading cards, wallscrolls, and Japanese snacks. (closed as of 2008)
- Kerrytown Market, 407 N Fifth Avenue, +1 734 662-5008, . Over 20 shops and restaurants, including a very nice produce and seafood market.
- Ann Arbor Farmer's Market and Artisan Market, 315 Detroit Street, +1 734 994-3276. Spring through Autumn, W Sa 7AM-3PM (Farmer's Market), SU 11AM-4PM (Artisan's Market). Local farmers bring fresh produce, baked goods, and plants to the Farmer's Market for sale at excellent prices, while the Artisan Market features the work of local craftspeople.
- Nickels Arcade, between State Street and Maynard Street south of Liberty Street, +1 734 995-7281. Shops and galleries housed in a historic indoor walkway with a glass atrium-style ceiling, built in 1915 and modelled after a European arcade.
- Briarwood Mall, 100 Briarwood Circle, +1 734 761-9550, . M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Over 125 shops and restaurants.
Outdoor dining on Main Street
For a relatively small Great Lakes town, Ann Arbor boasts a large variety of cheap (and sometimes quirky) eateries (thanks in part to the large student population) such as pizza restaurants, quick Chinese food and lots of sandwich and wrap shops downtown. You'll also notice hot dog carts on many street corners, particularly in the summer, selling basic hot dogs for $1 with complimentary toppings, as well as a few carts selling more exotic things like tamales and arepas.
One thing you won't see much of, however, at least in the downtown area, is popular nationwide fast-food chains: there are two Wendy's downtown, in the basement of the Michigan Union and Michigan League, and that's it. The only McDonald's near campus closed around 2003, to be replaced by a bubble-tea café. The impression is that Ann Arbor is proud enough of its small independent restaurants that it has no need for mass-produced french fries (although with rental costs rising in the downtown area, many local restaurants — and shops — are being ousted in favor of wealthier small chains, like Bruegger's and Great Wraps).
For the more refined palate, there's no shortage of fine dining. Between Ann Arbor's vibrant cultural life and its sizeable international population, there seems to be considerable demand for the fancy and the exotic. There are certainly a few restaurants in town that can empty your wallet singlehandedly, but don't let their reputations scare you away: at even the priciest restaurants, there are dishes that you can order for a more modest fee, if you just want to sample the atmosphere. During warmer weather, be sure to check out the eateries on Main Street that offer outdoor sidewalk dining. It's a popular alternative, especially for the locals who have just suffered through six months of winter, and even though you're sitting right by the street, it's more relaxing than you might expect.
If you're looking for an Ann Arbor specialty, the fragel — a raisin bagel that has been deep-fried and rolled in cinnamon sugar — seems to have originated here. Once available all over town, now you can only find them at the Bagel Fragel on Plymouth Road.
- A Knife's Work, Kerrytown Market and Shops, ☎ +1 734 827-9463 ([email protected]), . M-F 9AM-7PM, Sa 8AM-6PM, Su 12AM-5PM. A Knife's Work offers delicious take-home meals prepared with local, organic and hormone-free ingredients. The seasonal menu changes weekly representing the most creative and honest food being made in Ann Arbor today. Meals are sold at Everyday Wines in the Kerrytown Market and Shops. Weekly menu's can be found at . $5-$13.
- Angelo's, 1104 E Catherine Street, ☎ +1 734 663-7222, . M-F 7AM-4PM, Sa 7AM-3PM, Su 7AM-2PM. Angelo's is popularly known as the best breakfast spot in town, offering eggs, omelettes, waffles, pancakes, French toast and lots of sides. They also serve soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers. Be sure to try the homemade raisin bread they're famous for. $4-$9.
- Asian Legend, 516 E William Street suite A, ☎ +1 734 622-0750. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-10:30PM, Su 11AM-9PM. Taiwanese and Szechuan cuisine, with a separate menu of over 50 traditional Taiwanese dishes making it a popular hangout for Taiwanese students. The salt-and-pepper crispy chicken wings are one of their most popular dishes. $4 - $12.
- Ayse's Courtyard Cafe, 1703 Plymouth Road, ☎ +1 734 662-1711. M-F 11AM-2PM, Sa 11:30AM-3PM (lunch); M-Th 5PM-8PM, F 5PM-9PM; closed Sundays. Ann Arbor's only Turkish restaurant, offering soups, salads, pilavs, boreks, lamb, beef, chicken, and many vegetarian stews. $7 - $10.
- Bagel Fragel, 1754 Plymouth Road, ☎ +1 734 332-1555. M-F 6AM-3:30PM, Sa-Su 6AM-3PM. The only place left in town where you can buy fragels, a delicacy that was apparently created here in Ann Arbor. It's best to go early and get them piping hot.
- BTB Burrito, 810 S State Street, ☎ +1 734 222-4822, . aily 11AM-4AM. Salads, nachos, burritos, chimichangas, quesadillas and tacos, made with fresh ingredients and fresh salsa. $3 (regular) - $9 (giant).
- Bubble Island, 1220 S University Avenue, ☎ +1 734 222-9013. M-Th 11AM-2AM, F-Sa 11AM-3AM, Su 12PM-2AM. Hot and cold milk tea (black or green), calpico, Thai iced tea, coffee and frozen smoothies, with black or rainbow pearls, mango stars and lychee jellies. Drinks come in a variety of cream-based and fruit-based flavors, with the cream-based taro being especially popular. They also offer snacks like chicken wings, fried foods and mochi ice cream. Students often hang out in the lounge to play board games. $2 - $5.
- Cafe Felix, 204 S Main Street, ☎ +1 734 662-8650, . A French-style cafe with the best morning cappuccino in town. Food is great including the evening tapas menu and excellent wine and martini selections. Come sit and read, drink, and people watch. Breads and pastries, soups, salads, omelettes, crepes, gourmet sandwiches and entrée croissants. $2 - $8.50 (lunch), $4 - $9 (tapas).
- Cafe Habana, 211 E Washington Street, ☎ +1 734 332-6046. Mo-Fr 7AM-2AM, Sa 8AM-2AM, Su 8AM-10PM. Traditional Cuban and Latin American dishes.
- Cafe Japon, 113 E. Liberty Street, ☎ +1 734 332-6200 (fax: +1 734 332-6262), . M-Sa 8:00AM-8:00PM, Su closed. French pastries and bread; Japanese entrées, soups, sushi, and teas; fusion sandwiches. The breads and croissants are outstanding. If you dine in, the entrées are tasty and exquisitely presented. No liquor license. $2-3 (breads and pastries), $6-7 (sandwiches), $9-12 (entrées).
- Cafe Verde, 214 N Fourth Avenue, ☎ +1 734 302-7032, . M-Sa 7AM-9:30PM, Su 9AM-8PM. Next to the People's Food Coop, this is a vegetarian-friendly hot bar and salad bar and cafe featuring local, organic and fair trade items.
- Cake Nouveau, 206 N Fourth Street, ☎ +1 734 994–4033, . Mo-Sa 10AM-7PM, closed Sundays. Artistic wedding and party cakes that have been featured on the Food Network; the storefront also sells four varieties of cupcake (chocolate truffle, vanilla beany and two weekly-rotating flavors). Cake slices, cookies and drinks.
- China Gate, 1201 S University Avenue, ☎ +1 734 668-2445. Great food with fast service, and relatively inexpensive. $5 - $14.
- Cottage Inn, 512 E William Street, ☎ +1 734 663-3379, . The first pizza restaurant in Ann Arbor, established in 1948. Pizza, salads, subs and pasta. A cheese pizza runs $6 - $10 (10-inch to 14-inch); specialty pizzas are $11 to $19 (10-inch to 16-inch).
- Earl of Sandwich, 307 S State Street, ☎ +1 734 213-6762, . Daily 7AM-11PM. Small quick-service chain founded by the a direct descendant of the fourth Earl of Sandwich. Hot sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, desserts. $6.
- Earthen Jar, 311 S. Fifth Ave, ☎ +1 734 327-9464 (fax: (734) 327-9346), . M- Th and Sa 11AM-8PM, F 11AM-9PM closed Sundays. This tiny restaurant is full of flavor and the only all-vegetarian Indian restaurant in town. Don't come here expecting your standard Indian food because this is a restaurant of family recipes. Catering is also available. The salad bar and mostly vegan buffet are only $4.99/lb with side items and beverages ranging from $.30 to $3.00.
- Eastern Accents, 214 S Fourth Avenue, ☎ +1 734 332-8782. M-Th 7AM-10PM, F 7AM-12AM, Sa 8AM-12AM, Su 10AM-7PM. A Korean-run Asian bakery specializing in baked filled buns (the custard is especially delicious), egg tarts and light Chinese and Korean lunches.
- Everyday Cook, 407 N Fifth Avenue (on the second floor, above Hollanders), ☎ +1 734 827-2665 (COOK), . Tu-Sa 11AM-2PM. Rotating menu daily with a focus on fresh, local ingredients and a wide range of international approaches to food. Check their website for the daily selections. $6 - $16.
- Exotic Bakeries, 1721 Plymouth Road, ☎ +1 734 665-4430, . M-F 11AM-8PM, Sa 11AM-6PM; closed Sundays. Featuring Syrian vegan, vegetarian and meat dishes, as well as cakes and traditional Middle Eastern sweets. $4.49 - $5.49 (sandwiches), $7.49 (combo plates), $0.75 - $2.50 (baked goods), $25 - $30 (cakes).
- The Fleetwood Diner, 300 S Ashley Street, ☎ +1 734 995-5502. Daily 24 hours. Diner food, and because it's Ann Arbor, there are many vegetarian options. You can't miss the shiny metal exterior, and will most likely leave with a story. Try the Hippie Hash, a mixture of potatoes, vegetables and cheese. $4-$7.
- Great Lake Seafood Restaurant, 2910 Carpenter Road, ☎ +1 734 973-6666. M-W 11AM-12AM, Th-Su 11AM-2AM. Hong-Kong style cuisine specializing in seafood; dim sum is served through the early afternoon. $4.50 - $14 (most dishes).
- Jamaican Jerk Pit, 314 S Thayer Street, ☎ +1 734 995-JERK (5375). M-Th 7AM-10PM, F 7AM-12AM, Sa 10AM-12AM, Su 11AM-7PM. Jamaican food including soups, salads, patties, seafood, sandwiches, jerk chicken and pork, and more. $5 - $9.
- Jerusalem Garden, 307 S Fifth Avenue, ☎ +1 734 995-5060, . M-Th 10AM-9PM, F 10AM-9:30PM, Sa 11AM-9:30PM, Su 12PM-8PM. Palestinian restaurant highly popular for its cheap but tasty falafel. Consistently voted the best Middle Eastern, and best cheap eats in Ann Arbor for over a decade. $3.50 - $5.50 (sandwiches), $8.00 (most combination plates).
- Kai Garden, 116 S Main Street, ☎ +1 734 995-1401. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 12PM-10PM. Lighter, healthier Chinese fare incorporating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Highlights are their clay-pot dishes, their fruited entrees (beef with strawberry, chicken with mango or pineapple, prawns with papaya) and the to-die-for eight-treasures rice pudding. Be sure to look at the Chinese menu as well. $7.50 - $13 (most dishes).
- Kagayaki Sushi, 4037 Carpenter Rd. (technically in Ypsilanti), ☎ +1 734 677-2688, . M-F 11:30AM-2PM 5PM-9PM, Sa-Su 12PM-9PM. A lot of fun – sushi goes past you on a conveyor belt, and you simply grab the plates you want. You can also order from the menu like in a normal restaurant – the tempura is very good. $1.50-$4 (small plates off conveyor belt) $4-$8 (maki from menu).
- Kang's, 1327 S University Avenue, ☎ +1 734 761-1327. M-Sa 9:30AM-8PM; closed Sundays. A popular restaurant among Korean students, serving traditional favorites along with some Japanese food. $6.35 - $7.50.
- Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger, 551 S Division Street, ☎ +1 734 663-3103. M-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 12PM-8PM. Despite the official slogan ("Cheaper than food since 1953"), the food's great. Infinitely customizable within the burger-and-fries milieu (plus sandwiches, deep fried vegetables, etc.). $5-$10.
- Le Dog, 306 S Main Street (indoor location), +1 734 327-0091; 410 E Liberty Street (outdoor kiosk), +1 734 665-2114. M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM; closed weekends, and when the owners take ski trips during the winter. As the name suggests, Le Dog does sell hot dogs, but the true star of the show is the rotating selection of 84 homemade soups, of which around 6 are available on any given day. Try the Tuscan squash with blue cheese, the curried wintermelon, the pozole or the famous lobster bisque, which is only available on Thursdays and Fridays. Their fresh-squeezed lemon and orangeades are also delicious. Soups $4-$7.
- Madras Masala, 328 Maynard Street, ☎ +1 734 222-9006, . M-Th 11:30AM-3PM, F 11:30AM-3PM on Friday (lunch); M-F 5PM-10PM, Sa 12PM-10:30PM, Su 12PM-9:30PM (dinner). South Indian, Indo-Chinese and Moghlai dishes, with a daily lunch buffet. The Manchurian cauliflower is delicious, and they have a wide variety of dosas and uttappams. For an interesting beverage, try the rose milk. $10 - $12.
- Maru, 414 E William Street, ☎ +1 734 761-1977. M-F 11AM-9:30PM, Sa 12PM-9PM, Su 12PM-9PM. A tasty Korean restaurant in the downtown area, specializing in Korean stews and traditional entrees. Also serves lunch specials and many types of bibimbap. $6 - $10.
- MisSaigon, 4085 Stone School Road, ☎ +1 734 971-8880, . M-Sa 11AM-9PM; closed Sundays. Appetizers, soups, pho, Vietnamese crepes, rice plates, vermicelli noodles, rice stick and noodle soups, Vietnamese lo mein, pan-fried noodles, beef, poultry, seafood, pork and vegetarian dishes. $7 - $11.
- No Thai!, 1317 S. University Ave., +1 734 222-8080; 226 N. Fourth Ave., +1 734 2130808, . M-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 12AM-10PM. Opened a few years ago, No Thai! has quickly become one of the most popular restaurants on campus. Pad Thai is excellent, so expect crowds during lunchtime and dinnertime on the weekends. $8 for an Entree, Sides run about $4.
- New York Pizza Depot, 605 E William Street, +1 734 669-6973; 1235 S. University, +1 734 222-9850, . M-Sa 10AM-4AM, Su 11AM-4AM. Considered by some to be the best pizza in town. Pizzas (including stuffed and Chicago-style), calzones, salads, subs, chapatis and entrées. Open until 4am each night, it's a popular spot for partygoers and gets crowded between 1:30am and 3:00am on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. A cheese pizza runs $7.50 to $13.50 (10-inch to Sicilian; extra toppings $1 - $3); specialty pizzas are $10 - $22 (10-inch to stuffed).
- Pita Kabob Grill, 619 E William Street, ☎ +1 734 622-8082. M-Sa 11AM-12AM, Su 12PM-8PM. Middle Eastern salads, sandwiches and traditional dishes at very reasonable prices (most sandwiches are under $4), and the owner is extremely friendly. Their vegetarian pitas are unusually diverse; try the makalee pita (cauliflower, potato, hummus, lettuce, pickles and garlic sauce) and the riz b-harr pita (spicy eggplant, potato, cilantro, garlic, rice, lettuce, tomato and pickles). $3 - $12.
- Pizza Pino, 221 W Liberty Street, ☎ +1 734 994–9858. Daily 10:30AM-4AM. Pizzas, calzones, subs, sandwiches, entrées and soups. Wide range of toppings.
- Raja Rani, 400 S Division Street, ☎ +1 734 995-1545. M-F 11:30AM-3PM, Sa-Su 12PM-4PM (lunch buffet); daily 5PM-10:30PM (dinner). North Indian cuisine. Frequently voted the best Indian restaurant in town. $7 - $11.
- Red Hot Lovers, 629 E University Avenue, ☎ +1 734 996-3663. M-F 11AM-8PM, Sa 12PM-8PM, Su 12PM-6PM. A small but adored hot-dog restaurant offering Chicago-style hot dogs as well as sausages, burgers, chicken and tofu or tempeh substitutes for vegetarians. The restaurant has won local awards for "best hot dog" and "best french fries".
- Rich JC, 1313 S University Avenue, ☎ +1 734 769-2288. M-F 10:30AM-8:30PM, Sa 11AM-8:30PM; closed Sundays. Korean food in a casual diner-style setting, and the only place in town where you can get pot bing su (a dessert of ice cream, shaved ice, tropical fruits, sweet beans, rice cake and flavored syrup) in warm weather. $5.50 - $9.
- Sabor Latino, 211 N Main Street, ☎ +1 734 214-7775. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-12AM, Sa 12PM-12AM, Su 12PM-9PM. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas, enchiladas, tamales, and other Latin American specialties. $1.55 - $9.25.
- Sava's Cafe, 211 S State Street, ☎ +1 734 623–2233. Mo-Fr 10:30AM-9PM, Sa-Su 8:30AM-3PM. Soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers, with an emphasis on Mediterranean food. $5-$10.
- Seajoy's Kitchen, 207 N Main Street, ☎ +1 734 302-3711, . Tu-Th 11:30AM-10PM, Fr-Sa 11:30AM-10:30PM, Su 11:30AM-9PM; closed Mondays. North and South Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine, with a weekend buffet. $7 - $14 (most items).
- Shalimar, 307 S Main Street, ☎ +1 734 663-1500, . Daily at 11:30AM. Typically cited by locals as the city's all-around best Indian food. Authentic Indian and Tandoori dishes, Indian and domestic beer served. Full bar. Carryout and catering available.
- Silvio's Organic Pizza, 715 N University Avenue, ☎ +1 734 214-6666, . M-Th 10AM-12AM, F-Sa 10AM-3AM, Su 10AM-10PM. Probably the only authentic Italian pizza in Ann Arbor; the owner is from Abruzzo, where he baked pizzas for 25 years. The pizza is made from organic flour, herbs and tomatoes, with lots of organic toppings including zucchini, potatoes, asparagus, rapini and shrimp. Stuffed pizzas, pasta, soup, salad, calzones, sandwiches, and a wide variety of Italian pastries are also available. A cheese pizza runs $9.50 to $13.50 (10-inch to 16-inch); specialty pizzas are $9 - $19.50 (10-inch to 16-inch)..
- Stucchi's, 302 S State Street, +1 734 662-1700; 1121 S University Avenue, +1 734 662–1716, . Daily 11AM-10:30PM (during summer, closing hours extend to 11PM Su-Th, and 11:30PM F-Sa). An award-winning Ann Arbor ice-cream chain started by two brothers in 1986, with several franchise locations in southeastern Michigan. 65 flavors of super-premium ice cream, 50 flavors of gourmet frozen yogurt and 6 flavors of sorbet and sherbet.
- Sushi.come, 715 N University Avenue, ☎ +1 734 213-3044. Very popular among university students. Good sushi at good prices; consequently there can be a wait at lunch. Nice selection of specialty rolls, always fresh. $2 - $10 (maki).
- Sushi Town, 740 Packard Street, ☎ +1 734 327-8646, . M-F 11AM-11PM, Sa 5PM-12AM, Su 5PM-10PM. Appetizers, soup, sushi and sashimi, with a broad selection of rolls and combos. Try the Florida Beach roll (tuna, mango and avocado wrapped with kiwi), the Dynamite roll (special california topped with cooked mixed seafood and spicy sauce), or create your own roll. $2 - 8.50 (maki).
- Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea, 123 W. Washington, ☎ +1 734 769-2331, . A fantastic collection of exotic teas and intricate coffees. Soothing atmosphere, free Wi-fi and great locations. Also in Kerrytown Market. $2 - 8.50.
- Tio's, 333 E Huron Street, ☎ +1 734 761-6650. Daily 10AM-4AM. Appetizers, salads, breakfast dishes, nachos, burritos, fajitas, dinners, desserts, milkshakes, and other Mexican-American favorites. Popular with students for their low prices and late-night delivery. The store also stocks 300 varieties of hot sauce. $2 - $15.
- Totoro, 215 S State Street, ☎ +1 734 302-3510. Another excellent downtown sushi restaurant, also serving tempura, a wide variety of udon, and bento boxes. $2 - $11 (maki).
- University Cafe, 621 Church Street, ☎ +1 734 662-7162. M-F 11AM-9:30PM, Sa 12PM-9:30PM; closed Sundays. Claimed, by some Korean students, to be the best Korean restaurant in town, University Cafe certainly has a wide selection of Korean favorites like bibimbap, oh moo rice, spicy entrees, stews, noodles and ramen. $5 - $9.
- Washtenaw Dairy, 602 S Ashley Street, ☎ +1 734 662-3244, . Daily 5AM-10PM. Delivering quality dairy products to Washtenaw County for over 70 years. A popular local hangout, the shop carries fresh homemade doughnuts, hand-dipped shakes, malts and ice cream sodas, and over 30 flavors of Stroh's ice cream.
- Za's, 615 E University Avenue, ☎ no phone. Daily 10AM-9PM. Traditional Italian restaurant with pasta, gourmet pizza, salads and sandwiches with a twist: you can either select from the specialty menu, or you can create your own meal from their custom list of ingredients, sauces, cheeses, meats, vegetables and toppings. Desserts, fruit smoothies and ten varieties of coffee also available. $4 - $6.
Regionally-renowned Zingerman's Deli
- Amadeus, 122 E Washington Street, ☎ +1 734 665-8767, . An Eastern European cafe with an emphasis on Polish and Hungarian food, and a Viennese patisserie. The pierogies and goulash are delicious, as are their homemade soups. It's best to go for lunch, when the food is practically identical but the prices are much lower. $9 - $21 (dinner).
- Argiero's, 300 Detroit Street, ☎ +1 734 665-0444. M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10:30PM, Su 12PM-9PM. Family-owned southern Italian restaurant. Appetizers, soups, salads, pizza, meat, fish, Italian entrees, sandwiches and desserts. Try the pasta with spicy eggplant sauce. $6 - $16.
- Banh Na, 4837 Washtenaw Avenue, ☎ +1 734 528-2336. M-F 11AM-10PM, Sa 12PM-10PM, Su 12PM-9PM. Mostly Thai food but with quite a few specialties from Laos as well, such as salads, Laotian sausage, and fried rice. $6 - 16.
- Blue Nile, 221 E Washington Street, ☎ +1 734 948-4746, . Ethiopian cuisine, with both meat and vegetable dishes served in their all-you-can-eat Ethiopian Feast and Vegetarian Feast options. All meals are served with traditional bread called injera, and Ethiopian coffee and tea are also available. Try the Ethiopian honey wine.
- Chia Shiang, 2016 Packard Street, ☎ +1 734 741-0778, . M-Sa 11:30AM-9:30PM, Su 12PM-8:30PM. Chinese, Taiwanese and Malaysian cuisine and Shanghai dim sum, with a vast vegetarian and vegan menu. Lots of interesting dishes, like amazing sue rou (a soybean product), Shanghai-style vegetarian salad, stir-fried lima beans with mixed pickled vegetables, and laksa. $6.25 - $18.95 (most dishes).
- Heidelberg Restaurant, 215 N Main Street, ☎ +1 734 663-7758, . M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 3PM-2AM. American and German specialties, including sauerbraten, rouladen, sausages, spaetzle, salads, pasta, sandwiches, beef, poultry and seafood. An upstairs club features nightly entertainment. $6 - $18.
- Lotus Thai, 2803 Oak Valley Drive, ☎ +1 734 668-2828, . Tu-F 11AM-2PM and 4:30PM-9:30PM, Sa-Su 11AM-9:30PM; closed Mondays. A US branch of a genuine Thai restaurant chain, so the food is as authentic as you're likely to find. The som tam is delicious, and the Lotus tofu - a stew of tofu, chicken, crabmeat, white asparagus, ham, sausage and shiitake mushroom - is a dish that people tend to order repeatedly. $7 - $19.
- Marnee Thai, 414 S Main Street, ☎ +1 734 929–9933. M-Th 11:15AM-2:30PM and 5:30-9:30PM, Fr 11:15AM-2:30PM and 5:30-10PM, Sa 11:15AM-10PM, Su 5:30-9:30PM. A downtown branch of Lotus Thai, featuring a nearly-identical menu. Try the grilled seafood with herbs.
- Mediterrano, 2900 S State Street, ☎ +1 734 332-9700, . M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-11PM, Sa 12PM-11PM, Su 10:30AM-9PM. Specializing in the cuisines of the Mediterranean, featuring dishes from southern France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey and north Africa. Appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, seafood, steaks, and regional Mediterranean entrees. Try their tortilla de camarones and Moroccan seabass fufarran. The complimentary taramosalata is excellent, and they're justifiably proud of their bright-green extra-virgin olive oil, which you can also buy at the restaurant. $11 - $23.
- Metzger's, 305 N Zeeb Road, ☎ +1 734 668-8987, . M-W 11AM-9PM, Th-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 11AM-8PM. Traditional German cuisine since 1928. Appetizers, soups, salads, seafood, chicken, American entrees, wursts and platters, sandwiches, German side dishes, desserts, beers and spirits. Traditional German entrées include sauerbraten, rouladen, schnitzel, cabbage rolls and chicken livers. $7 - $24.
- Middle Kingdom, 332 S Main Street, ☎ +1 734 668-6638. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 12PM-9PM. Specializing in Cantonese, Szechuan, Shanghai, Hunan and Beijing cuisine. Dishes include chicken breast sauteed in white wine with fresh tofu and Chinese greens, spicy Tangerine Beef, and homemade Silver Noodles. $8 - $18.
- Pacific Rim by Kana, 114 W Liberty Street, ☎ +1 734 662-9303, . M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM (lunch); M-Th 5PM-9PM, F-Sa 5PM-10PM (dinner); closed Sundays. Originally an upscale Korean restaurant called Kana, the owners branched out into pan-Asian cuisine (largely Korean and Thai) and tweaked the name. Excellent food in a relaxing setting. Be sure to try the homemade, naturally-sweet hot ginger tea. $12 - $22.
- Paesano's, 3411 Washtenaw Avenue, ☎ +1 734 971-0484, . M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-12AM, Sa 12PM-12AM, Su 12PM-10PM. Family-owned Italian restaurant featuring appetizers, salads, pasta, Italian entrées, desserts, and an award-winning selection of Italian wines. Try their rigatoni with country greens, sausage and hot peppers. $9.50 - $23.
- Palio, 347 S Main Street, ☎ +1 734 930-6100 or +1 888 456-DINE (3463), . M-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-11PM, Su 4PM-9PM. Appetizers, salads, pasta, fish, meat and desserts. $12 - $25.
- Prickly Pear Southwest Cafe, 328 S Main Street, ☎ +1 734 930-0047. M 5PM-9PM, Tu-Th 11:30AM-9PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10PM, Su 11:30AM-8:30PM. Southwestern food. Try the black bean rellenos and the empanadas. $10 - $20.
- Red Hawk, 316 S. State Street, ☎ +1 734 994-40046, . A contender for the best burger in town, Red Hawk also features a large variety of American classics, as well as a large beer selection. $8-$15.
- Saigon Garden, 1220 S University Avenue, ☎ +1 734 747-7006. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-11PM, Sa 11:30AM-11PM, Su 12PM-10PM. Offers Chinese cuisine as well, but Vietnamese is definitely the reason to come here. Excellent dishes include the pho, grilled meat vermicelli, hot pots and the cilantro chicken. Be sure to try the Vietnamese-style coffee. $5 - $18.
- Seoul Garden, 3125 Boardwalk Street, ☎ +1 734 997-2121, . M-F 11:30AM-10PM, Sa 12PM-10:30PM, Su 12PM-10PM.. The only Korean place in Ann Arbor where you can have Korean-style galbi grilled right at your table. Side dishes (ban-chan) are authentic Korean style, and group tables (4-60) available. Wider selection of Korean food such as galbi, galbi-jjim, boiled mixed seafood, bulgogi, and tofu-kimchi. $12 - $25.
- Seva, 314 E Liberty Street, ☎ +1 734 662-1111. M-Th 10:30AM-9PM, F 10:30AM-10PM, Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 10AM-9PM (Sunday brunch served 10AM-3PM). With entirely vegetarian cuisine (and many vegan options, too), this is one of the best restaurants in Ann Arbor. Their creative dishes are inspired by Mexican, Italian, North African, Indian, Asian and American cuisine. Tons of options, some delicious offerings and generous portions, though the prices can be surprisingly high (such as $14 for grilled eggplant, steamed broccoli and brown rice with cilantro-peanut sauce). The butternut squash enchiladas are one of their best-sellers. $8-$14.
- Tuptim, 4896 Washtenaw Avenue, ☎ +1 734 528-5588, . Tu 5PM-9:30PM, W-Sa 11AM-9:30PM, Su 12PM-9PM; closed Mondays. Housed in an old Long John Silver's, Tuptim quickly became a local favorite for its high quality Thai cuisine. $10 - $15.
- Yamato, 403 N Fifth Avenue, ☎ +1 734 998–3484, . Tu-Th 11:30AM-2PM and 5PM-9PM, F 11:30AM-2PM and 5-9:30PM, Sa 12PM-2:30PM and 5-9:30PM, Su 12-2:30PM and 5-9PM; closed Mondays. Appetizers, salads, tempura, teriyaki, rice and noodle bowls, sashimi, sushi and dessert. $9.50 - $18 (entrées), $3 - $11 (maki).
- Yotsuba, 2222 Hogback Road, ☎ +1 734 971-5168, . M-F 11:30AM-2PM and 5PM-10PM, Sa 12PM-10PM, Su 12PM-9PM. Broad Japanese menu including an array of authentic appetizers, teriyaki and tempura entrees, donburi, udon, curry rice, noodles, sushi, ochazuke, nabemono and bento. $3.50 - $9.50 (appetizers), $8 - $23 (entrées), $3 - $13 (maki).
- Zanzibar, 216 S State Street, ☎ +1 734'' 994-7777, . International fusion cuisine with a heavy tropical influence. The desserts alone are worth the trip. Sunday brunch features eggs, pancakes, french toast and brunch plates. $5 - $12 (lunch), $16 - $24 (dinner).
- Zingerman's Delicatessen, 422 Detroit Street, ☎ +1 734 663-DELI (3354), . Daily 7AM-10PM. Vanity Fair called it "the best deli in America." The prices are higher than at a typical deli, but so is the quality of the ingredients, although some people find the serving sizes to be small. Sandwiches, hot dogs, soups, salads, traditional Jewish favorites, breakfast foods and desserts. Baked goods, ice cream and chocolates are also available on the premises, and you'll enjoy browsing their world-renowned selection of gourmet groceries with the help of their very knowledgeable staff. Sandwiches range from $5.50 (nosher) to $14 (fresser).
- The Chop House, 322 S Main Street, ☎ +1 734 669-8826 or +1 888 456-DINE (3463), . M-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-11PM, Su 4PM-9PM. Appetizers, soups, salads, steaks, chops, poultry and seafood. The Chop House is considered to be one of Ann Arbor's priciest restaurants, so many people only visit on their birthday, when their entree is free! If you just want a little something sweet, gourmet pastries and desserts are available in the adjacent La Dolce Vita for around $7 each (try the crème brûlée with fresh fruits). There's also a cigar lounge downstairs, where you can smoke a hand-rolled cigar while you sip port or cognac. $10 - $50 (appetizers), $25 - $44 (entrees).
- The Earle, 121 W Washington Street, ☎ +1 734 994-0211, . Provincial Italian and French country cuisine. The escargots in puff pastry are delicious. $18 - $30.
- Eve, 415 N Fifth Avenue, ☎ +1 734 222-0711, . Contemporary cuisine based on the philosophy of French cooking, with influences from north and west African, Cuban, and Vietnamese. Appetizers, salads, entrées and dessert. Try the jamtini, made with homemade Michigan plum jam. $22 - $32.
- The Gandy Dancer, 401 Depot Street, ☎ +1 734 769-0592, . M-Th 11AM-3:30PM and 3:30-10PM, F 11AM-3:30PM and 3:30-11PM, Sa 3:30-11PM, Su 10AM-2PM and 3:30PM-9PM. Great seafood (check the buffet) in a former train station. Eat here and watch the tracks or, if you're broke (and you will be after the meal), walk along the tracks and watch the diners.
- Gratzi, 326 S Main Street, ☎ +1 734 663-6387 or +1 888 456-DINE (3463), . Northern Italian cuisine, featuring no spices other than saffron. Rotating menu featuring appetizers, salads, soups, vegetables, pizza, pasta, risotto, fish, chicken and beef. $16 - $32.
- Knight's Steak House, 2324 Dexter Avenue, ☎ +1 734 665-8644, . M-Sa 11AM-11PM; closed Sundays. The place where locals go for excellent steaks, prime rib and veal, along with salads, side dishes, seafood and desserts. $5 - $33.
- Lord Fox, 5400 Plymouth Road, ☎ +1 734 662-1647. M-F 11:30AM-2PM (lunch); M-Sa 5PM-10PM, Su 3PM-9PM (dinner). Located in an 1880 farmhouse on 6 acres near Dixboro, which has been operating as a restaurant since the 1920s, when Henry Ford used to dine here. Rotating seasonal menu featuring steaks, poultry, wild game, seafood and an extensive wine list. Classic dishes include their veal Oscar and beef Wellington, and the flaming desserts (including baked Alaska and cherries jubilee) are worth the trip all by themselves. $15 - $25.
- Rush Street, 314 S Main Street, ☎ +1 734 913-0330, . Mo-Th 4PM-10PM, F-Sa 4PM-11PM. Cocktail lounge open until 2AM on weekends. Hot and cold small plates, salads and entrées. $4 - $12 (small plates), $11 - $29 (entrées).
- Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Avenue, ☎ +1 734 665-3636, . M-Th 6:30AM-10PM, F 6:30AM-11:30PM, Sa 8AM-11:30PM, Su 8AM-9PM. Featuring prime rib, steaks, seafood and an award-winning wine cellar since 1937. Appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, pasta and desserts. Sunday breakfast brunch served from 9:30AM-1PM for $9.25. $14 - $35.
- Zingerman's Roadhouse, 2501 Jackson Avenue, ☎ +1 734 663-FOOD (3663), . M-Th 11AM-10PM, F Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 10AM-9PM. Serving "really good American food", including regional specialties from around the country with an emphasis on down-home Southern food, spicy Southwestern and fresh Californian cuisine. Soups, salads, $16 burgers, sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, desserts and $8 cocktails. $10 - $19 (lunch), $10 - $27 (dinner).
- Arbor Brewing Company, 114 E Washington Street, +1 734 213-1393, . M-Sa 11:30AM-1AM, and Su 12PM-12AM. Happy hour is all day Monday, and Tu-F 4PM-7PM. Known to the pub faithful as ABC, this establishment has outdoor seating in the warmer months and a fabulous block party Oktoberfest celebration in the fall. ABC has good food (especially the nachos) and a good variety of unique brews. They also offer a selection of Belgian-style ales brewed onsite. ABC offers monthly beer tastings ($40), with a schedule posted on their website.
- The Arena, 203 E Washington Street, +1 734 222-9999, . M-Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 12PM-12AM. Sports bar featuring pub appetizers, soups, salads, steaks, chicken, fish, pasta, sandwiches and desserts. $7 - $20.
- Ashley's Restaurant & Pub, 338 S State Street, +1 734 996-9191, . M-Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su 11AM-midnight. A busy establishment with good food and an excellent assortment of beers (over 60 on tap). Ashley's is always a good time and worth the wait on the weekends. Sandwiches, wraps, pub pizzas and entrées. $7 - $14.
- Babs' Underground Lounge, 213 S Ashley Street, +1 734 997-0800. Tu-Sa 7PM-2AM, closed Su-M. A popular, low-key, secluded underground drinking establishment known for its cocktails.
- Brown Jug, 1204 S University Avenue, +1 734 761-3355, . Every day 11AM-2AM. Early bird specials are from 2PM-5PM, and happy hour is from 7:30PM-10PM. A popular hangout since 1938, the Brown Jug offers appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, chicken and fish dinners, and pizza. $5 - $16.
- Casa Dominick's, 812 Monroe Street, +1 734 662–5414. M-Sa 10AM-10PM, closed Sundays and closed during the winter months. A popular hangout south of campus next to the Business School and Law School, with lots of outdoor seating on the two porches or in the rear garden. Mostly Italian food, with pizza, pasta, subs and salads. The sangria, served in Mason jars, is very popular. Service can be hit-or-miss.
- Casey's Tavern, 304 Depot Street, ☎ +1 734 665-6775 ([email protected]), . M-Sa 11AM-11PM (bar open until 12AM Fr-Sa), closed Sundays. Non-smoking tavern near the Amtrak station. Soups, salads, snacks, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and entrées, with beers for $3.25 - $4.95. Very helpful wait staff who will gladly steer you away from items they don't recommend. $6 - $12.
- Conor O'Neill's, 318 S Main Street, +1 734 665–2968, . Every day 11:30AM-2AM. Food is served 11:30AM-11PM Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30AM-12AM Friday and Saturday. Serving wine, beer, Irish coffee and other hot drinks. The menu is a mixture of pub food (burgers, sandwiches, soups and salads) and traditional Irish favorites (mussels, shepherd's pie, boxty, fish and chips, and more). The strawberry and rhubarb crumble is delicious. $6 - $10.
- Good Time Charley's, 1140 S University, +1 734 668-8411, . M-Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 12PM-12AM. A popular undergraduate hangout with a menu featuring breadsticks, pub food, salads, pizza, sandwiches and burgers. Popular for their bombs, Long Island iced teas and specialty drinks. $4.25 - $8.
- Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, 120 W Washington Street, +1 734 741-7325, . M-Th 11AM-11PM, F-Sa 11AM-midnight, Su 12PM-11PM. Features a number of their own brews. In addition to its brews, Grizzly Peak has excellent food and friendly wait staff. In the fall, Grizzly Peak and other area breweries host an Oktoberfest block party, and last year celebrated the season with drink specials and an Oktoberfest beer glass. American cuisine featuring pizza, burgers, ribs, fresh fish, pasta, sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts. The cheddar ale soup is not to be missed! $5 - $15 for lunch, $10 - $20 for dinner.
- Melange Bistro, 314 S Main Street, +1 734 222-0202. Asian-French fusion cuisine in a subterranean bistro and wine bar, with a separate sushi menu and an extensive wine and martini selection. Live music or DJs in the lounge W-Sa 10PM-2AM. On Mondays they host a movie night featuring salad, entrée and dessert, followed by a screening of a classic or contemporary film. Try the Pasta Va-Va. $5 - $30.
- Monkey Bar, 207 S Main Street, +1 734 994-8484. Every day 5PM-2AM. Salads, sandwiches, burgers, fajitas and specialty margaritas. 11 billiard tables.
- Old Town Tavern, 122 W Liberty Street, +1 734 662-9291, . Appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, Southwestern entrées, rotating weekend entrées, and a broad selection of mixed drinks. Popular but non-rowdy watering hole for townies. Smoky in the evenings. $6.35 - $10.25.
- Scorekeepers, 320 Maynard Street, +1 734 995–0581. M-Th 5PM-2AM, Fr-Sa 11:30AM-2AM, closed Sundays (except during NFL season). Food is served until 10PM Monday through Wednesday, and 12AM Thursday through Saturday. Sports bar serving burgers, chicken and sandwiches.
- Vinology Wine Bar and Restaurant, 110 S Main Street, +1 734 222-9841, . Seasonally-rotating menu with inventive small plates, specialty artisan cheeses, traditional entrées with a twist, and housemade desserts. Extensive wine list and full bar. Small plates $5 - $11, platters $9 - $16, entrées $14 - $29.
Bars and Nightclubs
- Aut Bar, 325 Braun Court, +1 734 994-3677, . M-Sa 4PM-2AM, Su 12PM-2AM. Food is served M-Th 4PM-11PM, F-Sa 4PM-1AM, and on Sunday, brunch is 10AM-3PM, dinner is 4PM-11PM. Ann Arbor's main LGBT bar, with a cafe serving largely Mexican food, including burgers, burritos and sandwiches.
- Blind Pig, 208 S First Street, +1 734 996-8555, . A popular local nightclub and concert venue since 1971, featuring local talent and occasionally larger acts. The 8 Ball Saloon, located beneath the club, is open daily from 3PM, with pool tournaments Sunday through Tuesday and a darts tournament on Monday.
- Cavern Club, Gotham City and Millennium Club, 210 S First Street, +1 734 332–9900 (Cavern/Gotham) and +1 734 913–8890 (Millennium). F-Sa 9PM-2AM; Su-Th closed. Three clubs with one combined cover charge. Cavern Club features live music; the other two play techno, house, and hip-hop.
- Firefly Club, 637 South Main Street, +1 734 665–9090, . M-W 7PM-2AM, Th-F 5PM-2AM, Sa 8PM-2AM, Su 5PM-2AM. Ann Arbor's premiere jazz and blues club, with live music nightly and a small dance floor. The kitchen serves appetizers, dinner salads, sandwiches, and desserts, and there's a full bar for martinis, cocktails, beer and liquor. $3 - $10 cover charge.
- Goodnite Gracie, 301 W Huron Street, +1 734 623–2070, . Tu-Th Sa 7PM-2AM, F 5PM-2AM closed Su-M. A jazz and martini bar featuring local musicians, DJs, open mike entertainment and party events. No cover charge.
- Necto, 516 E Liberty Street, +1 734 994-5436, . Doors open at 9PM; $3 - $8 cover charge. Ann Arbor's hottest nightclub with DJs and live music, and nightly drink specials.
- Studio 4, 314 S Fourth Avenue, +1 734 302–3687, . Every day 9:30PM-2AM. A sophisticated nightclub featuring house DJs, a lounge, and a dance floor with the best sound and light system in town. Their lax ID policy has made them a household name with Ann Arbor's underage crowd.
Coffee, Tea and Chocolate
- Biggby Coffee, 539 E Liberty Street, ☎ +1 734 997–0992, . Mo-Fr 6AM-12AM, Sa 7AM-1AM, Su 7AM-11PM. Chain coffeeshop offering specialty cookies and pastries, fruit cups, yogurt parfaits, bagel sandwiches, salads and wraps.
- Café Ambrosia, 326 Maynard Street, ☎ +1 734 929–9979. Mo-Fr 6:30AM-12AM, Sa 7AM-12AM, Su 8AM-12AM. Local coffeeshop offering coffee, tea, juice and locally made pastries.
- Café Verde, 214 N Fourth Avenue (next to the People's Food Co-op), ☎ +1 734 302–7032, . Mo-Sa 7AM-9:30PM, Su 9AM-8PM. Organic fair trade coffee, juice blends, chai, maté, hot cocoa and hot or iced tea; homemade cookies, cakes and pastries, and locally made sweets. The adjacent café offers soups, salads, hot entrees (by the pound), sandwiches and grilled panini.
- Chocolate House, 330 S Main Street, ☎ +1 734 222-0552. Mo-Th 10AM-10PM, Fr-Sa 10AM-11PM, Su 12PM-10PM. Hot chocolate drinks, coffee drinks, fruit smoothies and ice cream, along with chocolate truffles, chocolate-covered nuts and fruits. Blended iced coffee drinks in summer are superb.
- Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S Main Street, ☎ +1 734 665–9468, . Mo-Th 10AM-10PM, Fr-Sa 10AM-11PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Local tearoom offering organic fair-trade locally-roasted coffee, chai, a wide variety of teas (black, green, white, red and herbal), and entrées from Seva. Offers periodic reading series and special events. $1.20 - $4.25.
- Espresso Royale, 324 S State Street, ☎ +1 734 662–2770, . Mo-Fr 6:30AM-12AM, Sa 7AM-12AM, Su 8AM-12AM (closing at 11PM in summer). Chain coffeeshop offering coffees, teas and baked goods. Other locations in Ann Arbor include 214 S Main Street (+1 734 668–1838) and 1101 S University Street (+1 734 327–0740); hours may vary.
- Mighty Good Coffee Roasting Co., 202 Huronview Blvd, ☎ +1 734 277-3060, . Specialty coffee roasting business with a singular focus on quality and freshness. Open during roasting on Mondays and Thursdays 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm. Tours welcome by appointment. Home delivery provided in Ann Arbor at no extra charge.
- Primo Coffeehouse, 301 E Liberty Street, suite 110, ☎ +1 734 929–0040, . Mo-Fr 6AM-12AM, Sa-Su 7AM-11PM. Coffees, teas, milkshakes and fresh bakery items from Zingerman's Bakehouse.
- Schakolad Chocolate Factory, ☎ +1 734 213–1700, . 110 E Washington Street. Organic fair-trade coffees, teas, chai, and European-style hot chocolate. The store also offers fresh, handmade European style chocolates and chocolate novelties.
- Starbucks, 222 S State Street, ☎ +1 734 623–8067. Mo-Th 6AM-12AM, Fr 6AM-1AM, Sa 7AM-1AM, Su 7AM-11PM (closes early in summer). Coffees, teas and frappuccinos. Other locations include 300 S Main Street (+1 734 222–9046) and 1241 S University Street (+1 734 994–5437); hours may vary.
- Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea, 407 N Fifth Avenue (in the Kerrytown Market and Shops), ☎ +1 734 622–0084, . Coffees, teas, frozen drinks, hot chocolate, Italian sodas and juices, as well as soups, sandwiches, parfaits, quiche, pastries, sweets and desserts. Their ginger lemon tea is a popular choice. Also located at 123 W Washington Street, +1 734 769-2331, Mo-Fr 7AM-12AM and Sa-Su 7:30AM-12AM.
- TeaHaus, 204 N Fourth Avenue, ☎ +1 734 622-0460 ([email protected]), . Mo-Sa 1OAM-7PM, Su 11AM-4PM. Over 160 classic black and green, oolong, white, rooibush, herbal, ayurveda, fruit, aroma and seasonal teas sold loose, as well as tea accessories. Tea tastings offered periodically.
- Zingerman's Next Door, 418 Detroit Street, ☎ +1 734 663–5282. Daily 7AM-10PM. Coffees, teas, ice cream, chocolates and pastries from Zingerman's Bakehouse.
Map showing the hotel districts in Ann Arbor
There are four main hotel districts in Ann Arbor: near campus; in the southern part of town, where State Street meets I-94 (including Boardwalk Street, Briarwood Circle and Victors Way); in the southeastern part of town, near the intersection of Washtenaw Road and US-23 (including Carpenter Road); and in the northeastern part of town, by the intersection of Plymouth Road and US-23 (including Green Road). There are also a few in the northwestern part of town, near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and I-94. Accommodations tend to be the most expensive in the campus area, so unless you're here for a conference or business trip that's being paid for, you'll probably want to look further out.
Hotels in the campus area are within easy walking distance of downtown Ann Arbor and most of the attractions. The southeastern area is served by two AATA bus lines, route 4 (along Washtenaw) and route 22 (along Carpenter), and the northwestern area is along route 9. The other two areas aren't quite as well linked, although route 2 does go along part of Plymouth Road, and the commuter 36 stops at Wolverine Tower, which is a short walk from the hotels along State and Boardwalk. However, you'll most likely want to use your car to get around if you're staying outside of downtown.
- Americas Best Value Inn, 3505 S State Street, ☎ +1 734 665-3500, . 108 rooms. Jacuzzi suites available. $50 - $70.
- Comfort Inn & Business Center, 2455 Carpenter Road, ☎ +1 734 973-6100, . 126 rooms. Indoor heated pool. Complimentary continental breakfast and weekday newspaper. $69 - $75.
- Days Inn, 2380 Carpenter Road, ☎ +1 734 971-0700, . 127 rooms. Complimentary expanded daybreak breakfast, indoor heated pool and whirlpool, sauna, onsite workout facility. Jacuzzi suites available. $60 - $100.
- Embassy Hotel, 200 E Huron Street, ☎ +1 734 662-7100. 30 rooms. Built in 1889. $39 - $49 (daily), $159 - $179 (weekly).
- Extended StayAmerica, 1501 Briarwood Circle, ☎ +1 734 332-1980, . 112 rooms. Fully-equipped kitchens and workspaces, dining and cooking utensils provided. Free access to Bally's Total Fitness Center. Adjacent to Briarwood Mall. $66 (daily), $42/day (weekly).
- Lamp Post Inn, 2424 E Stadium Boulevard, ☎ +1 734 971–8000, . 54 rooms, 20 with kitchenette. All rooms have a microwave oven and refrigerator or full kitchenette (with stove, oven and dishwasher, along with dishes, pots and pans). Complimentary continental breakfast. Lamp Post Plaza is adjacent for shopping. Daily $45 - $60, weekly $259 - $299 (regular) or $279 - $319 (kitchenette).
- Microtel Inn, 3610 Plymouth Road, ☎ +1 734 997-9100, . 83 rooms. Complimentary continental breakfast. $56 - $76.
- Motel 6, 3764 S State Street, ☎ +1 734 665-9900, . 107 rooms. Outdoor pool. $56.
- Red Arrow Motel, 5577 Plymouth Road, ☎ +1 734 662-9944. 10 rooms. Located just outside the city limits, near Dixboro. $48.
- Red Roof Inn, 3621 Plymouth Road, ☎ +1 734 996-5800, . 108 rooms. $58 - $64.
- StudioPLUS Deluxe Studios, 3265 Boardwalk Street, ☎ +1 734 997-7623, . 71 rooms. Fully-equipped kitchens and workspaces, dishwasher, on-site fitness center, outdoor pool. Free access to Bally's Total Fitness Center. $43 - $55.
- Super 8, 2910 Jackson Avenue, ☎ +1 734 741-8888, . 55 rooms. Complimentary continental breakfast, outdoor pool. $55.
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- The Eighth Street Trekkers' Lodge, 120 Eighth Street, ☎ +1 734 369-3107, . 1 room, with twin beds and shared bath; guests can also camp in the yard or in the garage. 1895 house on the West Side, about a 20-minute walk from campus. Customized adventure trekking in the Nepal Himalayas. Hungarian watch cat and vegetarian breakfast included. Innkeeper: Heather O'Neal. $75 (camping), $75 (rooms).
- Ann Arbor University Hotel & Suites, 3750 Washtenaw Avenue, ☎ ''+1 734 971-2000. 103 rooms. Outdoor pool, on-site Thai restaurant. Complimentary continental breakfast, jacuzzi rooms available. $70 - $90.
- Baymont Inn & Suites, 2376 Carpenter Road, ☎ +1 734 477-9977, . 50 rooms. Indoor swimming pool, hot tub, fitness center. Complimentary continental breakfast, free newspaper, whirlpool suites available. $89 - $129.
- Best Western Executive Plaza, 2900 Jackson Avenue, ☎ +1 734 665-4444, . 165 rooms. Indoor and outdoor pool, whirlpool, exercise facility, steam room, on-site restaurant and lounge. Complimentary continental breakfast and newspaper, jacuzzi rooms available. $79 - $89, $250 (3-room suites).
- Candlewood Suites, 701 Waymarket Drive, ☎ +1 734 663-2818 or +1 877 226-3539, . 122 rooms. Full kitchen, VCR and CD player, fitness center. On-site gift shop. $82 - $119.
- Comfort Inn & Suites, 3501 S State Street, ☎ +1 734 761-8838, . 83 rooms. Indoor heated pool, whirlpool and fitness center. Free deluxe continental breakfast and USA Today, jacuzzi rooms available. $89 - $139.
- Fairfield Inn, 3285 Boardwalk Street, ☎ +1 734 995-5200, . 110 rooms. Indoor heated pool and whirlpool. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast. $69 - $99.
- Hampton Inn, 2300 Green Road, ☎ +1 734 996-4444, . 130 rooms. Indoor pool, oversized hot tub (open 24 hours for adults), fitness center. Complimentary hot breakfast and USA Today. $99.
- Hampton Inn, 925 Victors Way, ☎ +1 734 665-5000, . 149 rooms. Exercise gym, indoor pool, hot tub. Complimentary deluxe hot breakfast and to-go breakfast bags, and free USA Today.
- Hawthorn Suites, 3535 Green Road, ☎ +1 734 327-0011 or +1 800 527-1133, . 82 rooms. Full kitchenette. Evening social hour Monday through Thursday featuring light supper and drinks, fitness room, indoor pool, whirlpool, picnic area, tennis and basketball courts, on-site convenience store. Complimentary daily hot breakfast buffet, shuttle service, grocery shopping, USA Today and Japanese newspaper. $105.
- Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Road, ☎ +1 734 769-9800, . 223 rooms. Indoor / outdoor swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, restaurant and lounge. Complimentary local shuttle service and USA Today. $104.
- Holiday Inn Express, 600 Briarwood Circle, ☎ +1 734 761-2929, . 107 rooms. Indoor pool, whirlpool. Complimentary continental breakfast. Adjacent to Briarwood Mall. $88 - $104, $98 - $149 (suites).
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- Vitosha Guest Haus, 1917 Washtenaw Avenue, ☎ +1 734 741-4969, . 11 rooms. An English gothic inn composed of a castle stone chalet house, a Frank-Lloyd-Wright-inspired church, a neo-gothic parsonage, and a coach house tearoom. All rooms have private bath and fireplace. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast; afternoon tea $10/person. $89 - $119 (single), $129 - $199 (2 to 4 people).
- Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest 1275 S Huron Street, Ypsilanti with 30,000 sq ft. of meeting space, championship golf, and a view of Ford Lake. Resort/lodge atmosphere.
- Bell Tower Hotel, 300 S Thayer Street, ☎ +1 734 769-3010 or +1 800 562-3559, . 66 rooms. A small European-style inn which has received the city's Award for Outstanding Historic Preservation. The Earle Uptown restaurant, serving French cuisine, is on-site. Complimentary continental breakfast, free valet parking. $149 - $173.
- Courtyard Ann Arbor, 3205 Boardwalk Street, ☎ +1 734 995-5900, . 160 rooms. Breakfast buffet, lounge, indoor pool, whirlpool, exercise room. $124 - $149.
- Dahlmann Campus Inn, 615 E Huron Street, ☎ +1 734 769-2200 or +1 800 666-8693, . 208 rooms. Fitness center, outdoor pool, sauna, sundeck. Passes available to Central Campus Recreation Building gymnasium. Victors Bar & Restaurant and gift shop on-site. $166 - $188, suites $226.
- Four Points Sheraton, 3200 Boardwalk Street, ☎ +1 734 996-0600 or +1 800 848–2770, . 197 rooms. Fitness center, indoor / outdoor heated pool, whirlpool, sauna, Michael's Chop House restaurant on-site. $125.
- Inn at the Michigan League, 911 N University Avenue, ☎ +1 734 764-3177, . 21 rooms on the fourth floor of the Michigan League. Complimentary breakfast voucher. $130 - $135, suites $225 - $230.
- Kensington Court, 610 Hilton Boulevard, ☎ +1 800 344-7829, . 200 rooms. Exercise room, heated indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, Graham's Restaurant and Lounge on-site. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast available for Executive Level. $109 - $144, $124 - $164 (executive rooms).
- Residence Inn, 800 Victors Way, ☎ +1 734 996-5666, . 114 rooms. Daily breakfast buffet with American favorites and Asian specialties, weekly catered dinner, evening socials Monday through Thursday, fitness center, pool and whirlpool. Complimentary grocery shopping. Studio, 1- and 2-bedroom suites available, with fully-equipped kitchen and optional fireplace. $139 - $149, $169 (penthouse).
- Weber's Inn, 3050 Jackson Avenue, ☎ +1 734 769-2500 or +1 800 443-3050, . 158 rooms. Pool and recreation area, exercise room, sauna, outdoor patio. Popular on-site Weber's Restaurant and Lounge. Complimentary continental breakfast. $120 - $170.
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- Ann Arbor Bed and Breakfast, 921 E Huron Street, ☎ +1 734 994-9100, . 9 unique guest rooms with private bathrooms on the University of Michigan Central Campus by Power, Hill, League, and Rackham. Wireless & wired internet, public internet with printer, DVD/TV, on-site parking and a full, hearty breakfast. Coffee, tea, pop, water, and snacks anytime. Innkeeper: Pat Materka ([email protected]). $169 - $189.
- Apple and Pear Street Home Stay, 1505 Pear Street, ☎ +1 734 769-2795, . 3 guest rooms. Each guest room has Egyptian cotton linens, down comforters, extra plump pillows, a cozy feather bed, sitting area, reading lamp, closet, and workspace, including wireless Internet! Full breakfast; coffee, tea, and snacks. Innkeepers: Joni Strickfaden. $149.
- Burnt Toast Inn, 415 W William Street, ☎ +1 734 662-6685, . 4 rooms. Art and antiques gallery on-site. Complimentary continental breakfast. Adults only. $80 - $165 (single-person occupancy).
- First Street Garden Inn, 549 S First Street, ☎ +1 734 741-9786, . 2 rooms. The home was built at the turn of the century in the Old West Side. Garden, full breakfast with homemade pastries. Innkeepers: Kathleen Clark and Michael Anglin. $100 - $130.
Free wifi access is plentiful at local cafes. Additionally, a county government project  is underway to bring free or low-cost wireless Internet access to all of Washtenaw County, starting with downtown Ann Arbor. As of April 2008, the Wireless Washtenaw network is visible but not consistently usable, so seeking out a cafe is a better bet.
- Digital Ops, 525 E Liberty Street, +1 734 994-1595, . Internet access and multiplayer gaming facility with mostly PC video games. The atmosphere is very friendly and social.
- Espresso Royale Caffe, 324 S. State Street, +1 734 662-2770, . This particular ERC location, across the street from the University of Michigan Diag, has a handful of desktop computers set up for customer use. (Most cafes in town, including the other ERC locations, provide only wifi, not computers.)
- Ann Arbor District Library, 343 South Fifth Avenue (Main Branch), +1 734 327-4200 (all branches), . The main branch of the public library, located downtown a couple of blocks from Main Street , offers wifi and a couple dozen desktop computers for visitor use. Check in at the desk on the second floor.
Ann Arbor is generally a very safe town, though the usual rules about common sense (i.e. being aware of your surroundings after dark) apply here as they would anywhere. The only really common crimes in town are those that you find in any university town. Theft is the biggie, as many university students who leave their bags unattended in the library or those who fail to lock their bikes can tell you. There's also the occasional mugging or sexual assault, but these tend to occur after dark, so if you're not wandering the streets at 2 am, you probably don't have anything to worry about. Having said that, wandering the streets at 2 am in downtown Ann Arbor is generally quite safe and not at all frightening; there are usually enough students out partying or hanging out with friends until the wee hours that you won't feel like a lone target, or like you're in a dangerous crowd. U of M Police, Ann Arbor Police, and the Washtenaw County Sheriff patrol regularly and are not difficult to find--indeed, alcohol violations such as drinking on the street from an open container are vigorously policed. There are emergency phones located all over campus.
Four good public radio stations are within listening distance.
- WCBN-FM Ann Arbor, 88.3 FM, . Located in the basement of the Student Activities building at the University of Michigan you will find the studios of WCBN. The format is total freeform -- DJs have complete control over their shows -- which makes the broadcasts a mixed bag. The variety is stunning, though, from Sounds of the Subcontinent to emo to classic jazz to Noise Till Noon. They also broadcast a list of upcoming concerts around town at regular intervals.
- WEMU, 89.1 FM, . News, jazz and blues, with a tilt toward little-known fusion and crossover, from the campus of Eastern Michigan University. Consistent quality -- you'll either like almost all of it, or very little. News updates on the hour, and in the early morning and midafternoon.
- WUOM, 91.7 FM, . Talk radio from NPR and PRI.
- WDET, 101.9 FM, . News and music during the day; electronica-tinged underground music at night. Broadcast from Wayne State University in Detroit.
- Ann Arbor News, 340 E Huron Street, ☎ +1 734-994-6989, . The local newspaper.
- Michigan Daily, ☎ +1 734-763-2459, . The student newspaper.
The rest of Washtenaw County has quite a few charming little towns and villages that you might enjoy visiting.
- Ypsilanti is about 15 minutes east on I-94, but practically contiguous with Ann Arbor if you're driving down Washtenaw Road.
- Dexter is about 15 minutes west on I-94.
- Saline is about 15 minutes south on US-23.
- Chelsea is about 20 minutes west on I-94.
- Manchester is about 30 minutes southwest on I-94 and MI-52.
- Milan is about 30 minutes south on US-23.
If you'd rather get out of the county, there are some larger cities and towns a short drive away.
- Dundee is about 30 minutes south on I-23. Most people go for the nearest branch of Cabela's, an enormous outdoor outfitter and hunting/fishing/camping store, but it also has a nice little downtown. A 20-minute drive from Dundee along MI-50 will bring you to Tecumseh, a charming village with a great downtown and some very nice restaurants, including a British imports shop with a quaint tea café.
- Detroit is about 45 minutes east on either I-94 or I-96. If you're not visiting downtown Detroit, you might want to stop in some of the suburbs. There's a nice movie theatre and good restaurants in nearby Canton; Novi and Troy (home of the impressive Somerset Collection mall) are good for shopping; Hamtramck has a sizeable Polish population, and Dearborn is home to the largest Middle Eastern community in the United States, as well as the fantastic Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
- Lansing is about 1 hour west on I-96. It's the state capital, and home to rival college Michigan State University.
- Frankenmuth, which bills itself as "Michigan's #1 tourist attraction", is about 1 hour north on US-23. It's a great little tourist town with a Bavarian-style downtown, delicious all-you-can-eat fried chicken dinners, and a year-round Christmas store.
- Toledo, Ohio is about 1 hour south on US-23. You'll pass several nice little villages on the way. In town, there's a great art museum, the world-class Toledo Zoo, and a neighborhood of old Victorian homes.
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