Detroit Neighborhoods

Featured Neighborhoods in Detroit

1 Downtown

The central business district of Detroit, downtown is home to one of the most striking skylines in the United States—a signal of it's long history as a leader of industry, particularly with auto manufacturers. It's also architecturally significant with several art deco high-rises mixing with post-modern design. In addition to serving as hub for business, downtown is also home to the Detroit Lions football team and the Tigers MLB baseball team.

2 Greektown Historic District

Richly historic and packing enough entertainment into a few short blocks to please the Gods of Mount Olympus, Greektown has been a centerpiece of downtown Detroit for well over a century. Formed in 1880 by immigrants migrating from southern Greece, the community started out as place for Greek immigrants to eat, live and shop. About a half-mile from the heart of Downtown Detroit, Greektown today is well know for food, fun and replicas of famous Greek architecture like the Parthenon. The bustling streets and shops all center on Monroe Street, the heart of Greektown. The cuisine is not be missed, with more than 20 neighborhood eateries, and a vibrant nightlife scene also fills the streets when the sun goes down. The Greektown Casino boasts 75,000 square feet of gaming space, and several bars, clubs and lounges keep the lights on and party going until the early morning.

3 Rivertown

Occupying a narrow strip along the eastern riverfront of the Detroit River, Rivertown provides a break from Detroit's urban environment with the RiverWalk and nearby green spaces. Rivard Plaza is home to many popular attractions, including the Cullen Family Carousel (closed during winter months) and a large granite map of the city—a great opportunity for visitors to get acquainted with the local landscape. Bike tours and rentals are also available here, and it's the starting point for public and charter tours of the Detroit River. The nearby 6,000-capacity Chene Park amphitheater is a popular summer destination that features a variety of touring and local performers. The Rivertown Warehouse District is also home several chic and hip residential lofts, some of which are available as vacation rentals.

4 Midtown

One of Detroit's trendiest neighborhoods, Midtown is home to numerous restaurants, specialty markets and shops, cultural destinations and green spaces. It's one of the city's best destinations for boutique shopping followed by a tasty meal at one of more than 40 restaurants in the area. There are nine museums, several theaters and community gardens that serve the neighborhood. The Detroit Medical Center and Henry Ford Health System and Wayne State University are also located in Midtown. [Photo Credit: Courtesy of Art Center Community Garden]

5 Wayne State

With an enrollment of more than 25,000 students, the area surrounding Wayne State University is a hub for student activity. The campus is one of the largest in Michigan with more than 100 buildings, some older than 100 years old. Located in the thriving Midtown neighborhood, numerous cultural, entertainment and dining destinations are located nearby.

6 Grosse Pointe

Affluent and picturesque, the suburb of Grosse Pointe offers a historic peek into upper-class Detroit life. It is home to the Edsel and Elenor Ford house, which is open to the public for daily tours. Grosse Point has long been the setting for movies and popular TV shows, including the 1997 film Grosse Pointe Blank. Fine dining and shopping are also abundant in the area.

7 Boston Edison

Popular among families, artists, and working professionals, Boston-Edison is a multi-cultural, diverse community whose residents share appreciation for well-appointed historic homes. With an address at the geographic center of the city, Boston-Edison is close to iconic landmarks such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Museum of African-American History, and the Science Center. Located in the heart of Detroit, the Boston-Edison Historic District contains more than 900 homes. One of the largest historic districts in the U.S., it’s a Michigan State Historic Site, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Beautifully constructed, spacious, unique homes fill the tree-lined streets, most built from 1905 to 1925. With wide lawns and a neighborhood park, the area was once home to residents including Henry Ford and Joe Louis. This community is less than five minutes from the Fisher Theater, home of Broadway in Detroit, the renowned Henry Ford Hospital, and the shops and public transport hub of Cadillac Center in the former General Motors tower. Another historic area, Arden Park- East Boston, abuts the area.

8 Eastern Market Historic District

Flowers blossom all year in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Detroit. Located in the eastern central portion of the city near Lafayette Park, it’s home to the Eastern Market, which contains the largest open flower-bed market in the United States. It’s not all about the dahlias and daisies though, there are also more than 150 food and specialty purveyors here. Eastern Market is listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and as a Michigan Historic Site. Modern murals are prevalent in the area, and so are hip restaurants like Supino’s Pizza, Bert’s Market Place Jazz, and the Sala Thai restaurant. Urban and very walkable, the community offers lofts, condos, and artist studios. A favorite for hip young professionals, artists, and foodies, this is an evolving community with galleries, shops like the Detroit Cheese Company and Savvy Chic, and long time Detroit gems like the Germack Pistachio Company.

9 Black Bottom/Paradise Valley

On the east side of Detroit, just south of the Eastern Market Historic District, Black Bottom–Paradise Valley was once a hot spot for blues and jazz, packed with nightclubs and bars. Now, Comerica Park, Ford Field, and the I-75 occupy much of this space today. Lafayette Park is also located here, a residential development designed by Mies van der Rohe combining residential apartments and townhouses with shops and open space. The 78 acre community includes nineteen acres of green space, near Belle Isle and the MacArthur Bridge, as well as the historic St. Joseph’s Church. Close to the Detroit River, Mt. Elliot Park offers walking trails. Local hotspots include Atwater Brewery, housed in a warehouse circa 1919, and hip cocktail bar Prive serve as a link to the storied nightlife of the area’s past. Andrews on the Corner is a local eatery packed on game days by Tigers and Lions fans, with fresh fish and produce from the Eastern Market, and a variety of burgers and brews on the menu.

10 New Center

New Center is a busy shopping, business, and residential community in uptown Detroit. Named for the free newspaper the New Center News, General Motors was headquartered here in Cadillac Place, which is now a transportation and shopping hub. New Center is also home to musical theater and national touring companies at the historic Fisher Theatre, the charming Hotel St. Regis, and the Henry Ford Hospital. Every summer, New Center Park hosts large outdoor concerts for national and regional acts. Some of the historic homes and small apartments in the community line pedestrian-only blocks like Pallister Avenue, with plenty of green space and trees. Along with concerts and theater venues, New Center is home to many fine restaurants. Located inside a restored mansion, the elegant restaurant Cuisine serves locally sourced French fare. The Zenith offers eclectic Mexican meals in a hip space adjacent to the Fisher Theater. Maccabees is famous for its potato pancake sandwiches. For Italian, it’s Mario’s, with an old-school ambiance that includes tuxedo-clad waitstaff. [Photo courtesy of New Center Park]

11 Allen Park

Allen Park is home to several Ford Motor Company offices and manufacturing facilities, as well as team headquarters and the practice facilities for the Detroit Lions. Seven miles in size, this suburban community is also renowned as the home of the Uniroyal Giant Tire, an enormous, kitschy roadside attraction that was once a Ferris Wheel, and now an iconic landmark. Bowlers can also have a ball here—the Professional Bowlers Association frequently stages its World Series of Bowling at Thunderbowl Lanes here. Allen Park is also home to a two-day arts and crafts street fair every August. Home to families, young professionals, and an established automotive business community, Allen Park is no slouch when it comes to dining and entertainment options, either. Several restaurants and bars are located in the area.

12 Romulus

Romulus is a Detroit suburb that loves it’s sports. The farthest west of the Downriver communities just outside the city, the Gateway Golf Club and the Romulus Sports Center get residents in the swing of things. Dining is a sport itself with several popular dining destinations in the area. The community is the location of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and the General Motors Romulus Engine Plant. Lower Huron Metropolitan Park offers plenty of open space, walking paths, and great bird watching along the Huron River at the edge of town. The Romulus area is rich in history. Set in the community’s first one room school house in a larger historical park, the Romulus Historical Museum gives visitors a look at the town’s artifacts and past; there’s also a 1923 windmill, a 1949 caboose, and the historic Kingsley House, a landmark stop on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.

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