Neighbourhood Feature: Corktown, Detroit
Formerly the neighbourhood of the now torn-down Detroit Tigers baseball stadium and abandoned central train station, Corktown is located just west of downtown Detroit. But don’t let that last statement deter you. With the combination of some of the city’s oldest restaurants and bars and the trendiest coffee and cocktail joints, Corktown is oozing with character and Instagrammable moments.
Here’s where to shop, sip, snack and stay in one of Detroit’s coolest neighbourhoods.
Eldorado General Store
1700 Michigan Ave.; eldoradogeneralstore.com
With a funky storefront in a historic building on Michigan Avenue, the Eldorado General Store is the perfect twist of old and new. This vintage shop is styled to perfection, with only the hippest vintage clothing, bohemian jewelry & handcrafted gifts. In this welcoming and homey space, you’ll find a variety of locally-made goods and one-of-a-kind treasures to take home with you.
Gold Cash Gold
2100 Michigan Ave.; goldcashgolddetroit.com
Set up in an old Corktown Pawn Shop, Gold Cash Gold serves up a mix of creative food, crafted cocktails and a doughnut of the day that will keep you coming back for more. The restaurant’s amazing atmosphere and cool vibes put their elevated eats and boozing drinks on display, leaving you with the perfect subjects for a few snaps to up your social game.
The Farmer’s Hand
1701 Trumbull Ave.; thefarmershand.com
Located at the corner of Bagley and Trumbull Avenue, The Farmer’s Hand is an artisanal grocery and takeout counter. Quaint but jam-packed with delicious goods, The Farmer’s Hand sources 100% of their products from small-to-mid-sized food producers who maintain ethical, sustainable, humane food practices. And if that didn’t convince you of how thoughtful their shop is, they work with over 100 partners from all over the state of Michigan to help provide living wages and support the growth of their businesses.
1948, 1701 Trumbull Ave. Suite B; folkdetroit.com
The new kid on the block, FOLK Detroit features an all-day brunch menu, espresso bar, handmade pastries and a craft ice-cream counter. An extension of The Farmer’s Hand, the café allows all those delicious locally-curated products from their shop to be put to good use for customers dining in a perfectly-styled, minimalist space.
Trumbull and Porter
1331 Trumbull Ave.; trumbullandporterhotel.com
The recently refurbished Trumbull & Porter is the upgraded remix of Detroit’s beloved Corktown Inn. Located just steps from Michigan Avenue on the corner of Trumbull and Porter, the contemporary Detroit hotel boasts 144 guest rooms, award-winning dining, delicious cocktails, and an outdoor courtyard guests can enjoy.
The light and airy modern rooms feature custom furniture built by Michigan artisans paired with thoughtful amenities for everything you may need during your stay. But, the icing on the cake? Taking one of their locally made custom built bikes out for a spin to explore the neighbourhood.
If you feel inspired to visit Corktown, book a flight to Windsor on Porter and arrive in Detroit in less than 30 minutes.