Neighborhood Spotlight: Royal Oak

By: Katie Goncalves | October 22, 2023
aerial view of royal oak at sunset

Royal Oak is centrally located in Metro Detroit and is a local favorite for food, entertainment, and so much more. The vibrant downtown area is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat or catch a show because of its walkable social scene. The next time you’re looking for something to do, consider heading over to Royal Oak for a fun day or night at some of their most popular local businesses.


511 South Main Street, Royal Oak

The Morrie is a great spot to grab some classic American bar cuisine, craft cocktails, or watch a live band or DJ play on their stage. Their events calendar is always filled with something to experience including weekend brunch times. 

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308 West 4th Street, Royal Oak

Saffron is a local women’s boutique specializing in Bohemian styles. They’ve been an area favorite for 14 years and have everything you need to have classic style from daytime to date night.


318 South Main Street, Royal Oak 

An area staple for more than 30 years, Tom’s Oyster Bar is known for their fresh oysters and seafood. Their menu also contains an extensive sushi and sandwich selection that will keep you coming back time and again. 

Oysters close-up. A dozen of raw oysters on a platter, with lemon


415 South Lafayette Avenue, Royal Oak

Stagecrafters Baldwin Theatre is a nonprofit community theater that allows members of the community to develop their talents and volunteer their time. The theater includes the Main Stage, 2nd Stage, and Youth Theatre. Their seasons include shows from dramas to musicals. 


316 South Main Street, Royal Oak 

Ale Mary’s Beer Hall is a great place to take everyone in your group because of their extensive menu. Not only do they serve up delicious bar fare, but they have an entire menu with vegan and vegetarian options as well. You’ll also love sitting on their patio and enjoying a day or evening with friends. 

two glasses of beer being cheersed


706 South Washington Avenue, Royal Oak

Made in the Mitten is the go-to spot for everything Michigan made. This is a great place to get a gift for someone just moving to Michigan or to find something unique that you may not have tried before. They have products from all over the state, including things made right here in Metro Detroit.


419 South Main Street, Royal Oak

Jolly Pumpkin is a local Michigan brewery with a great selection of craft beers and tasty food. This is a great place to watch the game or play some trivia with friends. Jolly Pumpkin also hosts happy hour on weekdays with half-off beer, cocktails, and food specials.