Detroit Neighborhood Tour: East Side

Belle Isle Fountain | Photo Credit: Michelle & Chris Gerard

Belle Isle Fountain | Photo Credit: Michelle & Chris Gerard

As we mentioned in our Studio Tour, our HQ is located on the Eastside of Detroit, inside the co-working space/storefront POST. We love this neighborhood, and feel incredibly lucky to be here. Today, we wanted to give you a full guide to our favorite places on the Eastside of Detroit, focusing on the Jefferson-Chalmers and The Villages (West Village & Indian Village) neighborhoods. 

Breakfast: 
For a sweet breakfast, our go-to spot is the seasonally-inspired bakery Sister Pie. While their pies are their most popular option, we can’t get enough of their salted rosemary and rose pistachio shortbreads. 

Sister Pie | Photo Credit: Jesse David Green

Sister Pie | Photo Credit: Jesse David Green

Down the street a few minutes is another favorite, Rose’s Fine Foods. They’re an all-day diner that makes a mean stack of pancakes. We’re also partial to their bakery case, which is full of a rotating spread of homemade cookies, cakes, and donuts. 

Coffee:
A great new spot in the neighborhood is The Commons, a laundromat, coffee shop, and community space. Not only do we swing by for coffee, but we often stay and work for a while. There’s a huge space upstairs as well!

The Commons | Photo Credit: Michelle & Chris Gerard

The Commons | Photo Credit: Michelle & Chris Gerard

Our longtime favorite is Red Hook, who besides high-quality coffee has a daily spread of freshly baked morning treats. We never leave without picking up at least one cornmeal blueberry muffin.

Lunch:
Once lunchtime rolls around, we have a few go-to’s. Right by our studio is Norma G’s, a Caribbean restaurant that has a beautiful patio for summer days. We recommend their jerk chicken sliders and mango tango dessert. 

Norma G’s | Photo Credit: Michelle & Chris Gerard

Norma G’s | Photo Credit: Michelle & Chris Gerard

Over in West Village, our favorite sandwiches can be found at the butcher shop/restaurant Marrow. When you walk in, go straight to the refrigerated case, where you’ll see sandwiches wrapped in brown butcher paper. They make a vegetarian and meat option daily, and just ten of each. Our biggest tip is to arrive right at noon! 

Our honorable mention is Sprout House Natural Market. Technically it’s located in Grosse Pointe, but as it’s just a few blocks East from our studio, you’ll find us there for lunch most days. Check out the veggie wrap or any of their homemade soups!

Dinner & Drinks:
The best happy hour in our neighborhood can be found at Craft Work, a restaurant and bar with a seasonally rotating menu. Our whole team agrees that we could be vegetarians if it wasn’t for their incredible fried chicken.

Craft Work | Photo Credit: Michelle & Chris Gerard

Craft Work | Photo Credit: Michelle & Chris Gerard

If you’re looking for vegan options, head over (right next door!) to Detroit Vegan Soul. They specialize in cooking up delicious comfort food that is 100% plant-based. We love their special, the DVS Burger. 

Shop:
A short drive away is Pewabic Pottery, a ceramic studio and school that’s been here in Detroit since 1903. Swing by to take a class, attend one of their open houses, or sign up for a full tour of their space! They also have a store in the front, where you can bring home a piece of Pewabic.

Pewabic Pottery | Photo Credit: Michelle & Chris Gerard

Pewabic Pottery | Photo Credit: Michelle & Chris Gerard

A hidden gem right by our studio is the organic cut flower farm and florist Detroit Abloom. They offer CSA subscriptions of beautiful bouquets and host yoga classes, community workshops on topics like raising monarch butterflies, and flower shopping days. 

I couldn’t write this guide without mentioning POST! Stop by the store to check out goods from over 100 independent artists, sign up for one of their popular workshops, and come see our studio. (If you’d like an actual tour, email us to make sure we’re around!)

Do:
We’re very lucky that our studio is just a short drive to Belle Isle Park, a 982 acre island park located directly in-between Detroit and Ontario, Canada in the Detroit River. It’s one of our favorite spots in the whole city, and especially in the summer we’re there nearly every day after work. 

Belle Isle

Belle Isle

There’s plenty to do at Belle Isle, it’s a hub for recreation. Start by seeing cacti and rare flowers bloom at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and walk next door to the historic Belle Isle Aquarium. The island is full of play structures and beautiful old trees –– it’s a perfect spot for a picnic, bike ride, or to read a book. Pro tip: when you enter the island, turn right and follow the road until it’s time to turn left. You’ll be at a spot nicknamed “The Point”, which has the best view of the international skylines.  

Belle Isle is also where the Detroit Kite Festival takes place every summer! Matt was one of the founders of the festival a few years back, and now a percentage of sales from each of our Kite Kits goes back to support it.

Our final stop? River Breeze Dairy Freeze! This family owned frozen yogurt shop is just a few minutes away from Belle Isle and located right on Jefferson. It’s a walk up window and their menu is quite extensive. There’s nothing like a twist with M&Ms to beat the summer heat!

Do you have any favorite spots that we missed in our neighborhood? Let us know in the comments below, we’re always looking for new places to try. 

Thanks for reading!
Audrey / Co-Founder

Audrey Elkus

Co-founder of TAIT Design Co.