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Specialty & Boutique Shopping Tour


A number of specialty and boutique stores can be found in the city of Detroit, but they're a bit scattered throughout the Downtown area.  The heaviest concentration of specialty shops and boutiques can be found on some of the main streets of suburban Detroit.  Our Specialty and Boutique Shopping Tour guides you to three suburban Detroit locations we find to have a broadest and most eclectic range of shops and boutiques to fit any taste.  The best part is that all three destinations are located just off Woodward Avenue within 10 minutes of one another.  We recommend you allocate a full day for this tour, anticipating the myriad of shopping, dining, nightlife, and entertainment establishments will make it difficult for you to leave!




Ferndale [A]

Vicinity of Woodward Avenue and 9 Mile Road



This tour begins along Woodward Avenue just over the 8 Mile Road border with Detroit in "Fashionable Ferndale."  Park your car on the streets near 9 Mile or in any of the public lots and walk from store to store.  Ferndale has debatably taken over the crown of "most hip" from Royal Oak, its neighbor just to the north.  Diversity is a way of life in Ferndale as evidenced not only by in the residents of the city but the wide variety of shops, cafes, and restaurants as well.






Royal Oak [B]

Main & Washington between Lincoln & 12 Mile



Royal Oak is still the trendy home to many of the independent shops and boutiques that made it a hub for starving artists, musicians, and independent restauranteurs more than a decade ago.  In addition, the city has added several national retailers and restaurants along with exciting new residential loft developments.  Royal Oak boasts an array of specialty stores and entertainment options along Main Street and Washington Avenue (one block to the west of Main).  All of this action exists within blocks of quiet, family-friendly neighborhoods lined with charming bungalows and an abundance of parks.




Birmingham [C]

Bounded by Woodward, 14 Mile, Southfield, and Quarton



The most upscale of the three tour destinations, Birmingham is home to higher-end galleries, salons, and boutiques.  It has successfully maintained the feel of a small town while providing the benefits of an affluent urban setting.  The city draws not only residents from the Metro Detroit area but celebrities and sports figures that are frequently housed in the 5-star Townsend Hotel located in the center of town.  Time permitting, take a drive or walk through some of the neighborhoods just south of Brown street near downtown or south of Maple Road just west of downtown to see beautiful residential areas comprised of new contemporary and restored Tudor homes.




Tour Map

Number of Destinations:  3

Overall Tour Time:  1 day


Specialty Boutique Shopping



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More Information

A number of other specialty / boutique suburban shopping areas you may be interested in are listed below.  For those that prefer a more mainstream shopping experience, have a look at our Shopping Malls Tour.

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