Shopping Malls and Centers

Go for convenience, accessibility, and selection. Those are the perks of Detroit's best malls and shopping centers. You can get in and out quickly and see a ton of things. Loads of local shopping options include high-brow and low-brow stores, along with food offerings should you need a drink or a bite along the way. Check out the wide variety at places like Eastern Market or Dearborn. Indoors or outdoors, there's a bounty to be had.


Centered around charming, park-like areas and boasting tree-lined streets and colorful planting beds, this eminently appealing downtown district makes for terrific browsing. With approximately fifty shops and restaurants, the village isn't the area's biggest shopping center, but its inviting ambience is wonderful, and the retailers include lots of top-notch options. Expect to find businesses like Whole Foods, Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, Williams-Sonoma, American Eagle, Chico's, J. Crew, Talbots, and Parisian.

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This enormous, one-level complex is fantastic for bargain shoppers because it has tons of outlet shops and a wealth of great sales. The mile-long shopping center has an oval racetrack-like layout, lots of anchors, a number of restaurants, a movie theater, a kids' play area, a food court, and even a vintage merry-go-round. Six themed districts within the mall are a good way to keep yourself oriented, and approximately 200 stores ensure that you're never at a loss for something to see. Representative retailers include Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Neiman Marcus Last Call Clearance Center, and OFF 5th - Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet.

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At upscale Twelve Oaks Mall, shoppers find a variety of ways to while away an afternoon, from the mall's 170-plus retailers to myriad restaurants and sweet shops. For fashion-conscious shoppers, Twelve Oaks offers the likes of Pottery Barn, Bebe, Gap, Champs Sports, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Banana Republic. Anchors include Sears, JCPenney, Macy's, Nordstrom, and Lord & Taylor.

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Check out its store directory, and you'll see that there are more than 160 reasons to stop by upscale Fairlane Town Center, whose contemporary design and natural lighting create a perfect environment for shopping. Anchor stores include Macy's, JCPenney, and Sears; the mall also boasts popular retailers like Victoria's Secret and Forever 21. After shopping, hop over to the 21-screen movie theater to catch a flick.

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Originally built with Ford money, this expansive, versatile complex is now the world headquarters of General Motors. Its multi-cylindrical design is the most distinctive aspect of Detroit's skyline, and the Ren Cen, as it's affectionately termed, houses offices, shops, banks, movie theaters, and restaurants. It's also convenient to the river and is the site of Detroit Marriott at the GM Renaissance Center and Courtyard by Marriott Detroit Downtown.

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Little has changed at Detroit's historic Eastern Market, which, since 1892, has provided downtown shoppers with a terrific place to find fresh produce, meats, fish, and plants. The open-air market is open throughout the week, usually hanging on until stock runs out. However, if you want to experience the Eastern Market in its truest form, stop by early on a Saturday morning and see the place a-bustle with pro and amateur barterers trying to get the best deals possible. A "must see" if you're visiting Detroit for the first time.

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Downtown Birmingham offers a variety of shopping experiences, making it ideal for the entire family. A traditional "Main Street" atmosphere abounds, including pedestrian-friendly zones that allow shoppers to stroll past attractive storefronts – fine art galleries, exclusive antique shops, upscale boutiques, and cozy street-side eateries. After perusing the shops along Woodward, be sure to explore a few of the side streets, many of them laced with beautifully restored Victorian homes. The district is also home to several family-friendly events and festivals, such as Day on the Town, Summer in the City, and the Woodward Dream Cruise.

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Detroit's most well known ethnic neighborhood, Greektown includes Monroe Avenue and its various side streets. Aside from boasting the Motor City's most intoxicating night-life scene, Greektown hums with activity during the daytime, as people flock here to check out the deals in boutique and specialty shops. In addition, some of the city's top restaurants call this part of town "home," as does the ever-popular Greektown Casino.

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Royal Oak

A bohemian village located on the outskirts of Detroit, Royal Oak offers a fashionable selection of specialty shops, art galleries, antique stores, Parisian-style streetside cafés, and restaurants. Explore Main Street and its quaint side- and cross-streets – 11 Mile Road, 12 Mile Road, Washington Avenue, and Woodward Avenue. Royal Oak is also home to Detroit Zoological Park.

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For upscale shopping in the northwestern suburbs, these enormous complexes (North and South) are without parallel. Offering a wide range of options, from Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus to Nordstrom and Macy's, Somerset Collection is a haven for dedicated, driven, perennial shoppers, who enjoy strolling elegant marble commons year-round. Skylights light both the North and South buildings, and the main corridors feature modern artwork. In addition to department stores, the two buildings boast a combined 150 specialty shops, not to mention several casual and fine dining options.

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