A vibrant gathering place. As many as 40,000 people flock to Eastern Market for its Saturday Market to enjoy one of the most authentic urban adventures in the United States. The market (open Saturday 5am-5pm) and the adjacent district are rare finds in a global economy – a local food district with more than 250 independent vendors and merchants processing, wholesaling, and retailing food. At the heart of Eastern Market is a six-block public market that has been feeding Detroit since 1891. Every Saturday it is transformed into a vibrant marketplace with hundreds of open-air stalls where everyone from toddlers to tycoons to moguls enjoys the strong conviviality served up along with great selections of fruits, veggies, fresh-cut flowers, homemade jams, maple syrups, pasture-raised proteins, and even an occasional goose or rabbit. Get The Eastern Market Map! (pdf)
Itinerary: Eastern Market Fun
District: Eastern Market
Free parking lots fill quickly; free street parking throughout. The City of Detroit Parking Department operates a 300-car parking deck on Riopelle Street between Division and Alfred behind Shed 4.
What To Do
Eastern Market Antiques — Glassware, china, collectibles.
Cost Plus Wine Warehouse — A wide selection of imported wine and beer.
Dequindre Cut Greenway — Take a 1.3-mile stroll or bike ride to the Detroit Riverfront.
Eastern Market Tours — History, tips, and tastings on themed Feet on the Street tours.
Farmers Restaurant — Enjoy a hearty breakfast or homemade soup (expect a line).
Germack Pistachio Co. — Quality nuts from the nation’s oldest roaster of pistachios.
Gratiot Central Market — Specialty meats, fish, and bakery under one historic roof.
Louie’s Ham & Corned Beef — Thick sandwiches, hash and omelets.
R.J. Hirt — Gourmet cheese, sausage, bread, specialty foods, kitchen tools and baskets.
Rocky Peanut Company — Bulk candy, nuts, coffee, tea, and spices.
Roma Cafe — Traditional specialties at Detroit’s oldest Italian restaurant, since 1890.
Russell Street Deli — Fluffy pancakes, sandwiches and from-scratch soups made daily.
Taste of Eastern Market — Cooking demonstrations by local chefs, 10 a.m. – Noon, Shed 2.
Vivio’s Detroit — Eggs and jumbo sausages, lunch, famous Bloody Marys.
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Wear comfy clothes and walking shoes. Bring tote bags to carry produce and goods. Most vendors accept only cash. Shop early for best selection, late in the day for best prices. Check the Eastern Market and websites above for hours and other details. The Welcome Center, between Sheds 2 and 3, has maps, information, market merchandise and restrooms.