Whether you’re a trend chaser or just hunting for that perfect gift, Detroit is a city teeming with shopping opportunities. The metro area offers a great blend of one-stop shopping malls, premium outlets, and hip downtown districts with plenty of opportunities to shop local.

    Big-brand stores attract visitors to Detroit’s major shopping district, Woodward Avenue, with unique local boutiques are sprinkled in between. Plan weekday excursions exploring vintage finds in Corktown, or see what’s in vogue at Eastern Market. But don't leave without perusing Detroit's 2 very own global trendsetting brands, upscale retailer Shinola and vintage designer The Peacock Room. Check out our guide to the best places to go shopping in Detroit.

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    Woodward Avenue

    Wander Detroit’s bustling shopping mecca

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    Downtown Detroit’s main shopping strip, Woodward Avenue, was once the home of the largest department store in the USA – Hudson’s. Today, this main thoroughfare has transformed into a unique blend of big-brand stores and local boutiques.

    International names like Nike, Under Armour, and Lululemon are some of the biggest draws of the strip. There are also some unique Detroit staples sprinkled in, such as The New Black, which offers stylish elevated streetwear, and Shinola, where you can find upscale watches at affordable prices. Take a break from shopping by heading across the street to House of Pure Vin for a glass of wine.

    Location: Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI, USA

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    Eastern Market

    Home to the best D-swag in Detroit

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    Eastern Market is a once low-key area a mile north of downtown that has become one of the busiest shopping districts in the city. Most popular for its bustling farmers market, the area is also home to a plethora of unique Detroit-centric stores.

    You can’t go wrong with D-swag from Division Street Boutique, DETROIT HUSTLES HARDER, or the Detroit vs. Everybody store. All are situated right off of Russell Street. Head to Detroit Mercantile and peruse all kinds of home décor and hand-crafted goods if a unique gift is what you seek. Try to visit on a weekday as the locals invade Eastern Market on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Location: Eastern Market, Detroit, MI, USA

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    Corktown

    Historic district with vintage-inspired shopping

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    Corktown is an excellent place in Detroit for vintage, handcrafted goods. The large number of Irish immigrants flooding into the district in the 19th century gave this historic area its name, but it’s being redefined as the most interesting place to shop in the city.

    Bring a bohemian influence into your wardrobe at Eldorado General Store, or try Mama Coo’s Boutique for a huge selection of one-of-a-kind handmade goods. Take a break from shopping to stop by the Corktown Farmers Market – dedicated to providing chemical-free food products, with delectable sounding vendors such as What Up Dough. Corktown bustles daily and is centred on Trumbull Avenue.

    Location: Corktown, Detroit, MI, USA

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    Shinola

    Trendsetting luxury goods retailer

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    Shinola has become synonymous with American fashion, selling beautiful hand-crafted goods to all corners of the world. From leather wares to jewellery and their world-renowned luxury timepieces, Shinola has become the Detroit destination for visitors and locals alike within just 10 years of existence.

    The flagship store is in downtown on Woodward Avenue, but the real magic happens behinds the scenes at the leather and watch factories – where over 400 local artisans work on the timepieces.

    Location: 1424 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from noon to 6 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 313-356-3118

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    Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

    Where designer labels meet affordability

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    Great Lakes Crossing Outlets offers some of the best deals in Detroit. Offering shoppers more than 180 retail and dining options, with over 50 shops that you won’t find anywhere else in the state. It’s just a short 30-minute drive north of downtown Detroit.

    Outdoor enthusiasts will love browsing staples like Brass Pro Shops and Mountain Warehouse. Upscale retailers such as Kate Spade, Michael Kors, and Shinola offer trendy options at rock-bottom prices. Plan to spend a whole day shopping as the 1,000-seat food court and on-site movie theatres are attraction compliments to keep you going.

    Location: 4000 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 248-454-5000

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    Midtown

    A quirky shopping strip booming with boutiques and art galleries

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    The boutique-haven of Midtown is just north of downtown Detroit, along Woodward Avenue. Home to a medley of chic women’s clothing retailers, art galleries, and record shops.

    Head to The Black Dress Company for fun custom-made women's clothing. Shop eclectic styles in homey digs at Flo Boutique, or take a stroll down West Canfield St where you’ll find unique Detroit-centric gift shops such as City Bird and Nest Housewares. Don’t leave without checking out Jack White’s Third Man Records, where you can actually see record pressing in action.

    Location: Midtown, Detroit, MI, USA

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    Fairlane Town Center

    Spend a day at a classic American shopping mall

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    Fairlane Town Centre is your quintessential American shopping mall, with over 125 stores and restaurants. Conveniently located off I-94, across the street from the Henry Ford Experience, you will find just about everything on your shopping list here.

    Prominent department stores such as Macy's and JCPenney are the cornerstones of the mall. Forever 21, Hollister and Claires attract throngs of millennials looking to upgrade their wardrobe at affordable prices. You can even buy high-end jewellery for that special someone at M J Diamonds. The mall closes in the early evening but you can stick around for a surround-sound movie at the onsite AMC theatre.

    Location: 18900 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 800-992-9500

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    Twelve Oaks Mall

    Detroit's premier shopping destination

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    Head 20-minutes west of downtown along I-696, and you’ll wind up at Novi’s spacious Twelve Oaks Mall. This is where classic American mall meets upscale vibes, from the mall-front valet service to the plush leather seats lining the walkways.

    Grab some pretzel bites for the kids (and yourself) from Auntie Anne’s before shopping for shoes at Journeys, Foot Locker and The Walking Company. Peruse in-season trendy apparel at Lord + Taylor, followed with a bite of lunch at Nordstrom's Ebar Artisan Café. A stroll through the Oakland's Hills Memorial Gardens across the street is a great way to wind down after a day of shopping.

    Location: 27650 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48377, USA

    Open: Thursday–Friday from noon to 6 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 248-348-3400

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    Ferndale Shopping District

    Where entertainment meets local shopping

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    The Ferndale Shopping District is a bustling thoroughfare centred on iconic 9-Mile Road and Woodward Avenue. You have a plethora of shopping options, and the area is easily accessible via foot, bike, or car.

    The Rust Belt Market is the main attraction, hosting different vendors weekly, offering loads of choices for shopping small. What makes Ferndale unique is its myriad of events throughout the year, offering dynamite shopping alongside incredible live music and plays. Insider tip: parking is free all day on Fridays and Saturdays.

    Location: Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220, USA

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    The Peacock Room

    The place to find your next party dress

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    The Peacock Room is one of the best places to shop vintage women’s fashion and unique jewellery in Detroit. Whether you need a great holiday party dress or a distinctive gift, this is the place to find it.

    The hand-selected collections from around the world are best described as vintage Hollywood-inspired, with stunning casual, cocktail and formal finds for all budgets. Located in the historic Fisher House at the northern end of Midtown, the Peacock Room is inclusive to all women. If you are a curvy girl, don't worry as the owner makes sure to order clothing for all body types.

    Location: Fisher Bldg, 3011 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 313-315-3061

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    Ryan Thomas McNutt | Contributing Writer

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