Exterior of the Shinola Detroit shop.

The Shinola flagship, where you can try one of the brand’s watches and even walk out with a bike.

Whether making a watch, a bicycle or a leather journal, the Detroit-based brand Shinola is taking Motor City’s long and vibrant tradition of manufacturing into the 21st century. Working with storied factories and craftspeople across the U.S., their products “define American luxury through American quality.” To kick off our pop-up shop in both Shinola’s New York and Detroit stores, where you can find KM classics like our exclusive waxed canvas apron, we asked the good folks at the company’s Detroit flagship to share their top spots around the city.

New York 177 Franklin St.
Detroit 441 W. Canfield St.


Astro Coffee in Detroit.

Start the morning at Astro Coffee with an egg sammie and a seriously good latte.

Supino Pizzeria Serves up the best pies in town. You can make your own, or go with the classic Supino: roasted garlic, black olives, chili oil, ricotta, mozzarella. Closed on Sundays.
2457 Russell St.

Astro Coffee A worthy morning stop with West Coast-leaning coffee options (Ritual, Heart, George Howell) and baked goods laid out for you to point at and drool over. Cheat sheet: Get the egg sandwich (and yes, you want it toasted).
2124 Michigan Ave.

Eastern Market Welcome to the oldest outdoor farmer’s market in the country. While the produce is outstanding, no one wants to eat handfuls of greens for lunch. Check out food trucks like El Guapo for tacos and burritos and Mac Shack for the pho special.
2934 Russell St.

El Barzon A Mexican chef couldn’t decide whether to devote his new restaurant’s cuisine to the dishes he grew up making with his family, or the classic Italian he cooked for years as an exec chef, so he split the menu in half. Everyone wins. A top hits selection: Barbacoa tacos app, strozapretti entree, another round of margaritas… An Uber-there dinner option that pays off.
3710 Junction St.

Rose’s Fine Food Soon-to-open diner run by two cousins, with experience ranging from San Francisco’s Tartine bakery to Zingerman’s. Currently in soft opening mode, they’re still doing some serious recipe testing and are usually accommodating to any curious/hungry walk-ins.
10551 East Jefferson Ave.


Sugar House cocktail in Detroit.

Sugar House: cocktail HQ in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.

Sugar House Another Corktown gem (a few doors down from Astro Coffee and Slows) for creative cocktails like the Scotch Egg (Laphroaig Scotch, grade C maple syrup, bacon bitters and a whole egg). If it’s warm, sit in the patio out back.
2130 Michigan Ave.

Slows Bar BBQ Slows is probably the one place people tell you to check out when you say “Detroit” – and they’re right. Grab a seat at the bar, get an app and bask in the beer selection.
2138 Michigan Ave.

Bronx Bar Mingle with the college kids, eat fried pickles and kick back at one of Detroit’s best dives.
4476 2nd Ave.

Roast The beer and cocktail lists at this Michael Symon spot (in the lobby of the Westin Book Cadillac) taste even better if you’re lucky enough to be an elevator ride away. Skip the iPad menus and ask the staff for recommendations. Hotel lobby bar this is not.
1128 Washington Blvd.


Interior of Shinola Detroit shop.

A look inside Shinola Detroit.

Shinola Detroit The company’s first retail location and a place for the public to experience Shinola’s core values – from why we make the products we do, to why we’re passionate about making them in America. In addition to hand-crafted watches, leather goods, journals and bicycles, the store also stocks collaboratively-produced items and carefully curated products. Complete bicycle assembly happens on the premises, too, and a full schedule of community events is programmed on a weekly basis.
485 West Milwaukee St.

Salt & Cedar Letterpress studio launched by artists Megan O’Connell and Leon Johnson in the heart of Eastern Market. Pop in for a workshop on bookbinding or ’zine making. Open Fridays and Saturdays.
2448 Riopelle St.


Salt & Cedar front gallery

The front gallery at Salt & Cedar letterpress. (Image courtesy Sam Sefton)

Library St Collective Pick up a book or print (like the excellent “Detroit Manifesto”) at this contemporary art gallery, known for projects like the recent indoor graffiti mural series that drew in artists from around the world.
1260 Library St.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) The classic. Performances, films and readings (plus fun activities for the kiddies) can all be had here. And the onsite vegan/vegetarian restaurant Topsoil – from the Russell Street Deli folks – is a solid lunch spot.
4454 Woodward Ave.

Trinosophes A cultural hub housing everything from the soon-to-open Michigan Audio Heritage Society Museum to a little something called the Mental Machine… Only the magic city of sound could have an events space like this.
1464 Gratiot Ave.

MOCAD mural in Detroit.

A mural outside Detroit art institution MOCAD.

Did we miss something? Tell us your favorite Detroit hot spot in the comments below.

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  1. Caroline
    Posted June 20, 2014 at 4:32 AM | Permalink

    John K King Books and Avalon Bakery seem appropriate to add.

  2. alexredgrave
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 8:49 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the reco, Caroline. (I spent a good afternoon lost in JKK a few years back. Definitely a gem of a place.)

  3. Jamie
    Posted July 1, 2014 at 8:40 AM | Permalink

    John King Books, Bucharest Grill, Mongo's, …

  4. alexredgrave
    Posted July 2, 2014 at 7:58 AM | Permalink

    d'Mongo's! Yes!

  5. seasonedwemoon
    Posted September 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM | Permalink

    I am so very pleased to know that Detroit is experiencing a renewed passionate awakening!

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