Restaurants, Shopping & Art in Midtown Detroit

By: Amber Ogden | March 7, 2016
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It’s a new month in the Motor City, and you know what that means: it’s time for our next adventure in a new Detroit neighborhood! This month, we’re heading to Midtown.

Plan a trip to Midtown, and allow the following to be your guide:


Selden Standard

(Selden Standard photo courtesy of Midtown Detroit, Inc.)

Selden Standard

Named Freep’s 2015 Restaurant of the Year and Hour Detroit’s 2016 Restaurant of the Year, you’re in for an unforgettable experience at Selden Standard. The menu is full of fresh, local flavors, and the restaurant partners with a number of local suppliers, including Clark Farms and Anthology Coffee.

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From backyard projects to weekend getaways, the Chevy Blazer offers unmatched cargo space and convenience for all your adventures.

Try the pear, pancetta and red cabbage flatbread or Lobster Salad off the dinner menu.

Jolly Pumpkin Brewery

When President Barack Obama visited the brewery in January, he ordered the JP Burger minus the frilly toppings. You too could go for the same, or choose from a variety of salads, sandwiches and pizzas on the menu.

Opt for The Perfect Fried Chicken Sandwich, Korean Shortrib Pizza or Harvest Salad. You’ll find the current draft list of brews here.

More restaurants for your dining pleasure include: The Whitney, Dangerously Delicious Pies, HopCat, Traffic Jam & Snug and (coming soon!) The Peterboro.


Jolly Pumpkin/Third Man Records

(Jolly Pumpkin and Third Man Records, photo courtesy of David Lewinski Photography)

Third Man Records

Does the name Jack White ring a bell? White, who hails from Detroit, opened the Midtown shop last November. You’ll find even the most obscure vinyl and can catch live performances all under one roof.

Source Booksellers

An independent nonfiction bookseller, genres include history and culture to health and well-being. Source Booksellers often hosts local and national authors, as well as book discussions and Tai Chi classes.

Also check out: City Bird, Hugh, Nest, Pure Detroit and Shinola.

Art, Fun and Education

Detroit Historical Museum

This weekend, the museum hosts its Winter Film Series Detroit: Remember When on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13. Also, mark your calendars for next month’s Third Annual Storytellers Festival on Sunday, April 10!

Signature exhibitions include America’s Motor City, Kid Rock Music Lab and The Gallery of Innovation.

Detroit Institute of Arts

(DIA, photo courtesy of David Lewinski Photography)

Detroit Institute of Arts

Current exhibits at the DIA include Detroit Weather: 365 Days (now through Saturday, April 16) and an anniversary exhibition collection of prints, drawings and photographs (now through Saturday, June 18).

Drop-in workshops and special events are great for families, couples and friends.

While you’re in Midtown, also consider: the Detroit Artists Market, Cass Corridor Museum, Michigan Science Center and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

Enjoy your time in Midtown, and keep an eye out to see where we’re headed next month!