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Detroit/Northwest Side

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Detroit/Northwest Side

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The Northwest Side is in Detroit. While primarily a residential area, Northwest Detroit is home to some great historic neighborhoods.


Get in


  • Cranbrook House and Gardens, 39221 Woodward Ave.,Bloomfield Hills, [1]. Public tours. Cranbrook House is part of the Cranbrook Kingswood Educational Community. The house belonged to the Booth Family, who founded the Cranbrook and Kingswood schools in the early 1900s. The house is currently used as an administrative office for the school. The gardens are extensive and open all year.
  • Chrysler Museum[9] Auburn Hills.
  • Cranbrook[10] Bloomfield Hills. Art Museum, Science Center, House & Gardens, 300 acre campus, and School.
  • Meadow Brook Hall[11] Rochester. Dodge House, located near Oakland University. Public tours.
  • Detroit Zoo [12], Royal Oak. A world class zoological park which includes among its many exhibits an artic ring of wild life and the world's largest polar bear exhibit.
  • Palmer Park, bordered by Woodward Avenue to the east, 7 mile road to the north, Fairway Drive to the west, and West McNichols Road to the south. Most of this historic neighborhood/park was made before World War II. The 1960's brought a large influx of gay male residents to the Palmer Park neighborhood. By the 1970's Palmer Park was the center of gay life in Detroit. The area along West McNichols road consisted of many gay bars and nightclubs. The number is smaller today, but the annual gay pride festival is still held in Palmer Park.
  • S.S Kresge House, 70 West Boston Boulevard, [13].
  • Palmer Woods, [2]. A private historic neighborhood in the city of Detroit west of Woodward Ave. and north of Palmer Park.


Events and festivals

  • Meadowbrook Concours d' Elegance [14]Rochester. A formal occassion, traditionally held in August.
  • Meadowbrook Music Festival [15]
  • Palazzo di Bocce [16] 4291 S. Lapeer Road in Orion Township, about 40 minutes north of Downtown, is the largest and most elaborate bocce facility in the United States, and perhaps the world. You can play bocce on one of 10 indoor tournament-sized courts with court hosts and hostesses to help if you don't know the game. You can have cocktails and eat courtside while playing, or later in the restaurant, which serves authentic Italian food. Palazzo was the site of the 2005 U.S. national tournament, and hosted the 2005 Singles World Bocce Championships attended by athletes from 17 nations in September. Very popular for group events; Friday and Saturday nights are more crowded.
  • Michigan State Fair Grounds & Exposition Center, 1120 W. State Fair Ave., Detroit.
  • Woodward Dream Cruise [17] A car fanatic's paradise, this is an informal drive along Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac, where anything imaginable can be seen, from Vipers to vintage cruisers to tricked-out garbage trucks. Happens every August at the height of summer.

Performing arts

  • DTE Music Theater[18] Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston. Formerly known as Pine Knob.
  • Reford Theatre [19] 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit. Features classic movies & free supervised parking.


  • Beaches, Canoeing, Kayaking, and more [20] Metro Detroit's popular destinations include Metropolitan Beach in St. Clair Shores, Stony Creek Beach, and Kensington Beach. Detroit's Huron Clinton Metro Park sytem is a great source of fun. Enjoy canoe trips on the Huron River [21].
  • Dave & Busters 45511 Park Avenue, Utica.(586)930-1515. Famous high quality entertainment arcade with food and fun. The food here is not highly recommended. (Minors need an adult, up to four minors may be accompanied by one adult).
  • Skiing and Snowboarding in Metro Detroit [22] Mt. Brighton Ski Area, 4141 Bauer Rd., Brighton, MI. Near I-96 & M-23 in Metro Detroit. See also, Alpine Valley ski area, Apple Mountain Ski Resort, Baki Maountain Cross Country Ski Trails, Mt. Holly ski area, Pine Knob ski area.
  • Waterparks, including Belle Isle Waterslide, Waterford Oaks, Red Oaks, Four Bears Water Park & Entertainment Complex.


  • Downtown Birmingham [23] Old Woodward. Lots of Boutiques.
  • Great Lakes Crossing Mall [24] 4000 Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hils. Super-sized enclosed outlet mall, popular.
  • Lakeside Mall [25] Sterling Heights. Large suburban shopping mall with 180 stores.
  • Laurel Park Place [26] 37700 West 6 Mile Road, Livonia. Very nice, upscale, convenient, 70 stores in an enclosed mall connected to the Livonia Marriott. Try the Michigan Wild store for unique souvenirs.
  • Oakland Mall [27] On 14 Mile, just off of I-75.
  • Olde World Canterbury Village [28] 2369 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion. Near Auburn Hills. Specialty items, Christmas collectables, restaurant.
  • The Mall at Partridge Creek [29] 17420 Hall Rd., Clinton Township. Upscale, popular, outdoor lifestyle center with 85-90 stores and restaurants.
  • Somerset Collection Mall[30] 2800 W. Big Beaver, Troy. I-75 & Big Beaver exit 69. Upscale, impressive, 180 stores, two malls connected by a 700 foot moving skywalk.
  • Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk [31] 44175 W. Twelve Mile Rd., Novi. Outdoor lifestyle center and restaurants across from Twelve Oaks Mall.
  • Twelve Oaks Mall [32] 27500 Novi Rd. Novi. I-96 Exit 162. Very nice, large suburban shopping mall with 180 stores.


Vegetarian Friendly

  • 2nd Street Sub Shop, 108 W 2nd St, Royal Oak, +1 248 543-7474. M-F 10:30AM-7PM, Sa 11AM-3PM, Su noon-4PM. Large Delicious Submarine Sandwiches; this isn't your typical Subway or Jimmy John's fare.
  • Inn Season Cafe, 500 E. Fourth St, Royal Oak, +1 248 547-7916. Tu-Th 11:30AM-9PM , F 11:30AM-9:30PM , Sa 12PM-9:30PM, Sun 11AM-3PM. Open since 1981, features assorted cuisine such as Mexican dishes and stir fries. 7-10 per entree.


Detroit is known for its "Detroit-Style" Pizza:

Benito's Pizza, various locations, [3]. Wonderful pizza. Carry-out. Well worth it.

The Green Lantern Lounge, 28960 John R Rd, Madison Heights, +1 248 541-5439, [4]. Su - W 9:00 am - 12:00 am Th - Sa 9:00 am - 2:00 am. Voted Michigan's Best Pizza By The Detroit Free Press. Is a smoking establishment and has a bar. Crowded on the weekends. Pizza: $5.35-$16.35.

Loui's Pizza, 23141 Dequindre Rd, Hazel Park, +1 248 547-1711. Tasty deep-dish pizza, A local favorite. Entrees: $6.50-$18.75.

PizzaPapalis, 553 Monroe St, +1 313 961-8020 (fax: +1 313 961-2204), [5]. Famous Award Winning Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Locations downtown and metro area. Dine-in.

Shield's Pizza, [6]. Award Winning square pizza. 5 locations outside of Detroit. A Detroit location is opening up soon.


  • Baker's Keyboard Lounge, 20510 Livernois, +1 313 345-6300, [7]. Closed Monday, Lunch 11am-3pm, Entertainment begins 7 p.m. Su - Th, 9:30 pm Fr - Sa. Described as the The world's oldest jazz club, this restaurant serves up excellent southern fare, try the Catfish.
  • Bastone - Restaurant and Brewery - [33] 419 S. Main., Royal Oak. Belgian - French style cuisine.
  • Beans and Cornbread, 29508 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield., +1 248 208-1680 (fax: +1 248 208-6144), [8]. Lunch: M - F 11 AM - 4 PM Dinner: M - Th 4 PM - 9 PM Fr 4 - 10 PM Sa 12-10 PM Su 12-9 PM. Soul food, if you're closer to Detroit proper then try Baker's Keyboard Lounge which also serves excellent southern food.
  • Cadieux Cafe [34] 4300 Cadieux Rd., Detroit. Known for some great Mussels. Belgian cuisine and beers.
  • Pita Cafe. Locations in downtown Birmingham & Oak Park. Middle Eastern Cuisine. Try the crushed lentil soup, fresh juices, and Shwarmas.


  • Andiamo's Italian [35] Eleven locations including downtown inside the Renaissance Center, Grosse Pointe Woods, St. Clair Shores lakefront, and Bloomfield Township. Celebrity showroom in Warren. Great atmosphere, fine dining experience.
  • Capital Grille - Steak and Seafood - [36] Somerset Collection Mall, Troy.
  • Morton's the Steakhouse [37] One Towne Square. Southfield-Detroit.
  • McCormick & Schmick's - Seafood - [38] Somerset Collection Mall, Troy.
  • Mushashi International [39] Southfield. Inside Southfield Town Center. Japanese cuisine. Also serves lunch during the week inside the Renaissance Center.
  • Rugby Grille [40]100 Townsend Street, Birmingham. Located inside of The Townsend Hotel, this elegant dining venue has been ranked as one of the "Top Ten Best Restaurants in the United States" by Zagat's Restaurant Guide. For reservations, please call: 248.642.5999
  • Tribute Restaurant [41] 31425 West Twelve Mile Rd., Farmington Hills. +1 248 848-9393. Awarding winning fine dining.


  • Baker's Keyboard Lounge[42] The world's oldest jazz club.



  • Courtyard Inn by Marriott, 31525 W 12 Mile Rd. Farmington Hills.
  • Courtyard Inn by Marriott Detroit-Southfield. 27027 Northwestern Highway, Southfield. Centrally located near I-696 and M-10.
  • Courtyard Inn by Marriott. 17200 N Laurel Park Dr, Livonia. Near Laurel Park Place Mall.
  • Econo Lodge Detroit Hotel. 17729 Telegraph Road. Tel: +1 313 531-2550. Fax: +1 313 531-5148. Minutes away from local restaurants, as well as shopping, businesses and the Detroit area attractions.
  • Holiday Resort Hotel - Southfield.[43] 26555 Telegraph Rd., Southfield. Convenient to downtown Detoit and the airport with 11,464 sq ft of meeting space. Indoor pool.
  • Marriott Residence Inn. 26700 Central Park Blvd, Southfield.
  • Milner Hotel, 1538 Centre St, +1 313 963-3950, [44]. Located in downtown Detroit.


  • Courtyard Inn by Marriott.[45] 333 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit. Prime downtown location, across from the Renaissance Center. Well appointed, full service hotel. Indoor pool, fitness center, restaurants, lounges, and meeting rooms.
  • Crown Plaza Hotel - Auburn Hills. [46] 1500 Opdyke Rd., Auburn Hills. Well apponted. Near the Palace of Auburn Hills, restaurants, lounges, ballroom, indoor pool, fitness center, full service hotel. Could be considered a luxury hotel.
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel[47] Detroit Metropolitan Airport. 8000 Meriman Rd., Romulus. Well appointed. Full service hotel.
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel. 27000 Sheraton Dr., Novi. Next to the popular Twelve Oaks Mall with 180 stores. Well appointed. Full service Hotel.
  • Detroit Marriott Livonia[48]17100 Laurel Park Drive North, Livonia. Suburban hotel connected to the popular Laurel Park Place Mall with 70 stores. Well appointed. Convenient to Metropolitan Airport, Ann Arbor, and downtown Detroit. Near I-275 & 6 Mile Rd. Indoor pool, fitness center, restaurants, full service hotel.
  • Embassy Suites Hotel Livonia/Novi.[49] Well apponted. Full service hotel.
  • Hotel Baronette.[50] 27790 Novi Rd., Novi. Next to the popular Twelve Oaks Mall with 180 stores. Well appointed. Indoor swimming pool, restaurants, full service hotel. Could be considered a luxury hotel.
  • Hyatt Place Detroit/AuburnHills, 1545 North Opdyke Road, 248 475 9393, fax 248 475 9399, [51].
  • Hyatt Place Detroit/Livonia , 19300 Haggerty Road, 734 953 9224, [52].
  • Hyatt Place Detroit/Utica , 45400 Park Ave., 586 803 0100, [53].
  • Sheraton Detroit Novi.[54]. 21111 Haggerty Rd., Novi. Well appointed. Indoor pool, restaurants, lounges, ballrooms, meeting rooms. Full service hotel


  • Royal Park Hotel[55] Rochester. Luxury hotel, rich colonial elegance in the suburbs with fine dining and over 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Convenient to Chrysler headquarters, Great Lakes Crossing enclosed outlet mall [56], and Canturbury Village [57].
  • Somerset Inn [58] Troy. I-75 and Big Beaver Rd. Contemporary hotel, boutique style, casual, across from the upscale Somerset Collection Mall, fine restaurants, and golf, near Birmingham.
  • Townsend Hotel [59]Birmingham. Luxury hotel, rich intercontinental elegance with fine restaurants, award winning, intimate setting, formal, nestled in the beautiful Detroit suburb of Birmingham. Nearby are Somerset Collection Mall, Birmingham shops, and area attractions.
  • Westin Southfield-Detroit [60] 1500 Town Center, Southfield [61]. Luxury hotel, stunning contemporary with fine restaurants and an enclosed atrium, hosts conferences for up to 1,000 attendees. 15 to 20 minutes from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Centrally located, minutes from downtown Detroit, Dearborn, and the suburbs. Near suburban shopping malls and the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Convenient for seeing the entire metro area. A world-class hotel inside the Southfield Town Center [62], across from Lawrence Technological University. In addition to Tangos restaurant, the atrium features Mushashi International (Japanese) Restaurant.


  • Detroit Convention and Visitor's Bureau [63].
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