Elmwood/Eastern Market/Lafayette Park – Detroit, MI

The Elmwood nieghborhood houses the famous Eastern Market and sits less than a mile from the Detroit River. This premier area of the city features an attractive combination of green spaces, residential sections and truly unique amenities. Residents of the Elmwood area get to experience all the best aspects of the city right out their front doors. From riverfront entertainment venues and plenty of public transportation to some of the city's most historic architecture and theaters, the Elmwood neighborhood provides the perfect location for those who like to be right in the thick of it all.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

The Elmwood neighborhood sits right in a pocket of parks, houses and condos, with restaurants and shops lining the perimeter. Residents enjoy easy access to a whole host of great choices while still enjoying a quiet living environment. From Southern-style soul food and Jamaican-inspired eateries to high-class steakhouses, diners have their choice of casual spots to great date-night destinations or family meals. For a more sophisticated evening out, head to the Rattlesnake Club located right on the river. It specializes in designing seasonally fresh dishes that incorporate the best ingredients available. During the winter months, be sure to start with the Michigan Brussels sprouts that come drizzled in a sriracha-honey glaze. As a main entree, the fermented garlic-tumbled filet of beef with Parmesan-herb dusted sweet potato frites shouldn't be missed. This luxurious restaurant features beautiful decor, modern lighting and plenty of thoughtful details — not to mention a great view. The Rattlesnake creates a complete dining experience, and great food comprises only one part of the equation. At the Atwater Brewery just a couple blocks down the street, the casual dress code makes it convenient for diners to get their hands dirty with some spicy hot wings and wash them down with a seasonal brew. The restaurant and brewery sit in an old factory from 1919, providing a great atmosphere to spend the afternoon socializing with friends. To learn more about its selection and the brewing process, sign up for one of their tasting events. Visitors to these events will leave with a new appreciation for German and American hops. When just stop by for a beer, make sure to try the popular Dirty Blond brew, which can usually be found on tap throughout the year. With the Joe Louis Arena, Ford Field and Comerica Park all located just a few blocks away, not only do sports fans have their choice of events throughout the year, they also have plenty of great sports bars to celebrate post-game. Founded by a former professional hockey player, Cheli's Chili Bar provides a fun-filled setting to watch a game or three. Thomas Magee's Sporting House Whiskey Bar elevates game day drinks above and beyond beer with great specialty cocktails. For a night out that doesn't involve a sports theme, visit Studio 51 located just a few blocks from the river. The unassuming exterior gives way to a spacious dance floor and DJs who play top 40 hip-hop hits and their own mash-ups of popular tunes. Residents can also catch performances at the Fisher Theater, Masonic Temple Theater, City Theater and many others. Entertainment and cultural options abound in this active city.

History & Culture

The history of the Elmwood neighborhood coincides with the arrival of the Eastern Market in the 1850s. Originally, the market mainly supplied hay and wood, but continued to expand over the years and eventually came to include hundreds of stalls for produce. Today, the market spreads across 43 acres of land and houses the nation's largest outdoors flower bed. Elmwood sits right in the center of the city, serving as a hub for commerce and cultural activity throughout the economic ups and downs of Detroit. It continues to thrive and stands as home to the historic Elmwood Cemetery, where many notable Detroiters lie buried. Residents can sign up for tours and learn more about local history in a beautiful setting. The Detroit Institute of Art, Museum of African American History, Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and Detroit Hydroplane Museum all reside close by.


With so many public transportation options in the Elmwood neighborhood, drivers can leave the car at home and eliminate the need for finding a parking spot. The SMART bus system features frequent stops and regular routes as well as affordable fares. The People Mover also loops around the central downtown area providing free rides. Residents can also easily hail a cab or use Uber to locate a driver nearby. Pedestrians safely walk to many destinations, and the majority of the streets have dedicated bike lanes, making Detroit an extremely bike-friendly city. Drivers who want to venture to parts outside of the neighborhood can quickly hop on the Fisher Freeway and use the major interchange to head in any direction. Plenty of parking decks and on-street spots also make it easy to park downtown. Fees may apply during peak business hours, but night and weekend parking won't cost a thing if drivers come prepared to walk a couple of blocks.


While the cost of living in Elmwood runs above other Detroit neighborhoods, it still trends well below prices in other major urban cities. A one-bedroom apartment rents for $800 a month. Catch a ride on one of the city buses, and pay just $1.25 per ride or save by purchasing a monthly pass. Drivers pay about 15 percent below national averages for a gallon a gas and revellers enjoy beers at local bars for around $4 a bottle.


Specialty stores and boutiques tend to be scattered throughout the city, but the Detroit Artists Market does provide at least one centralized area for a unique shopping experience. This market sits in a multi-story building where visitors can tour special exhibits, learn about local artists and shop for unique pieces in a variety of price ranges. New and seasoned collectors can walk out with something special from created by a world-class artist. To shop at a true Detroit institution stop by Henry the Hatter. Located at the south end of the Elmwood neighborhood this local favorite has been in business since 1893. Anyone with some nostalgia for the days when men and women didn't leave the house without a hat will love browsing the shelves. The selection of materials and styles make it hard to choose just one or two hats, but shoppers can always come back for more. Whole Foods and Save-A-Lot both have locations in the neighborhood to serve residents and meet all their grocery needs. Best of all, residents enjoy easy access to the Eastern Market with hundreds of vendors selling fresh produce and international food items every day.


Residents of the Elmwood neighborhood can head in any direction and run into a sprawling local park. Campau Park is best known for its basketball courts that attract competitive players from around the city for a pick-up game. It sits just to the northeast. At the Elmwood Central Park, visitors can walk the dog around paved pedestrian paths, use the baseball fields and tennis courts or enjoy the open spaces however they choose. Head down to the William G. Milliken State Park and Harbor for shore fishing, boardwalk trails and guided bike tours of the area. Visitors and residents alike can use the parks for free.
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