The Best Shopping Destinations in Michigan

With a mix of specialty boutiques, markets, and malls, Michigan’s shopping destinations are as unique as our cities. Here are some of our favorite places to shop.

Eastern Market

Open year-round and one of America’s oldest and largest outdoor markets, Detroit’s Eastern Market has shops that carry everything from food to clothing. The market offers the unique opportunity to pick up the week’s groceries while browsing through goods from Detroit-based companies such as Detroit Vs. Everybody, Detroit Mercantile Company, and Detroit City Distillery.


Downtown Holland has a mix of high-end stores such as White House Black Market alongside specialty shops like Sandcastle for Kids, a locally-owned toy store. Holland’s downtown offers a diverse range of refreshment options, from cafes and restaurants to dessert and coffee bars. The area’s cobblestone sidewalks and charming landscaping have rightfully earned the area several awards.


Frankenmuth is famous for their German-themed shopping experience. The city’s River Place Shops has over 40 stores ranging from classics like Yankee Candle Company to exclusives like Hello Cats and Dogs. Stop by Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland nearby to shop their enormous year-round collection of Christmas decor. Visit Main Street to browse one-of-a-kind stores Covered Bridge and Leather Gift Shop, Calla Lilies, The Enchanted Forest, and more.

Tanger Outlets Grand Rapids

Set in a plaza amongst sculptures and landscaping, Grand Rapids’ Tanger Outlets sets shopaholics and bargain shoppers alike up for a pleasant afternoon. The mall has a mix of classic, coveted outlets such as Columbia Factory Store, J.Crew Factory, and Kate Spade New York along with more uncommon stores such as Shinola Detroit.

Midtown Detroit

Skip the Twelve Oaks Mall and head to Detroit’s Midtown to find shops that beat with the heart and history of the city. For high-quality watches, bikes, and leather goods, visit the Shinola Detroit flagship store. For Michigan and Detroit-themed art and trinkets, visit City Bird. To get your desired dose of vintage and thrift-shopping, hit up Thrift on the AVE. If you brought Fido along for your adventure, be sure to check out Cass Corridog, a specialty pet store.

Cherry Republic of Glen Arbor

If you missed Traverse City’s annual National Cherry Festival, check out the Glen Arbor’s Cherry Republic location, where they celebrate cherries year-round. The lush gardens, trees, and log cabin style shops set the mood for a relaxing day sampling cherry products, wine tasting, browsing cherry-inspired goods, and dining at the location’s Grand Cafe & Bakery.

Grand Rapids Downtown Market

Foodies rejoice— Grand Rapids Downtown Market will not disappoint. With an impressive selection and few distractions, it’s the perfect place to savor flavors while purchasing the ingredients for your next meal. Mix up your weekly grocery trip and avoid the Sunday-night frenzy at Meijer by choosing your meats from a butcher, your bread from a baker, and your fish from a fishmonger. The market has locally-owned gems like Aperitivo, a cheese, wine, beer, and cider shop, and Dorothy & Tony’s Gourmet Popcorn, a kettle corn shop that thrives on a family’s secret recipe. If the samples aren’t cutting it, the location has two full-service restaurants along with several shops that sell prepared meals, including Tacos El Cunado and Rocket Pies.

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