Every Saturday, Eastern Market, the largest historic market district in the country, draws thousands of metro Detroiters as it transforms into a vibrant marketplace with hundreds of open-air stalls. Everyone from toddlers to tycoons enjoy the strong conviviality, along with great selections of fruits, veggies, fresh-cut flowers, homemade jams, maple syrups, locally produced specialty food products, pasture and/or grass-fed meat and even an occasional goose or rabbit. During the summer, the market is also open to the public on Tuesdays.

All week long, Eastern Market remains a vibrant neighborhood filled with great restaurants, bars, shops and a burgeoning foodie community. It’s a walkable urban center close to downtown, Midtown, Wayne State University, the RiverWalk and all the hubs of cultural centers within them.
Emerging food entrepreneurs are beginning to settle down in this district. For a taste, you can find some of the best pizza Detroit has to offer at Supino Pizzeria. Then travel a few blocks over to Roma Cafe, Detroit’s oldest Italian restaurant. Every type of cuisine, from Ethiopian and Thai to soul food and Creole, is within walking distance.

Eastern Market is committed to increasing the supply of healthy foods available in Detroit without duplicating nearby food retail. The challenge is to keep the selection compelling enough and draw from a wide geographic area similar to the Saturday market, which attracts both city and suburban customers. To meet this goal, it focuses on food made on site to differentiate its market hall and build a job-intense facility that honors the market’s authentic character.

The Dequindre Cut is a re-imagined and re-built Grand Trunk Western Railroad line that is now a pedestrian path extending more than a mile. It connects Detroit’s RiverWalk to Eastern Market with several neighborhoods and parks in between. The greenway looks the way it sounds: the sides are brimming with local plant life as well as the work of local street artists.