Corktown: Detroit’s Oldest New Neighborhood


Located just west of Downtown Detroit on Michigan Ave. you will find the oldest neighborhood embracing new culture and new business.

Photo of Corktown homes by Flickr user Diane Piper       

Corktown, originally settled in the 1800’s and forgotten about after the tear down of Tigers Stadium is now being re-settled by artists, musicians, chefs, and families alike. Once abandoned buildings and homes find new hope as they are being re-purposed into colorful Victorian homes, industrial lofts and funky storefronts. The neighborhood is quickly growing and provides extremely affordable rent to its new patrons, making it a great destination for new business and community. There is no shortage of cool places to check out.                        

Places to consider checking out

Two James SpiritsTwo James Handcrafted Spirits

-Detroits first licensed distillery since Prohibition, commited to making the highest quality environmentally conscience spirits with the aim to give back to the community and lift Detroits spirit.

Mudgies Deli

– Voted Metro Detroits Best Deli six years in a row, Mudgies offers 100+ craft beers, house roasted meats, and locally sourced products, making Mudgies a must stop for any Deli lovers list.

Slows BBQ

– Slows BBQ offers slow cooked meats, plenty of craft beers with happy hour promotions and tap take overs. Slows “Yardbird” sandwich made it to the finals on Travel Channels show Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America, I think the meat speaks for its self.                                                                                                            

Astro Coffee

Photo of Astro Coffee by Flickr user Sam Beebe.
Photo of Astro Coffee by Flickr user Sam Beebe


– Astro Coffe shop is is a small Cafe in Corktown featuring a unique menu that constantly changes depending on seasonality and availability. Great spot to grab a fresh coffee, or a delicious lunch.

Mercury Burger Bar

Stop by Mercury Burger Bar for a bite to    eat before any Tigers game and it will not disappoint. You cant beat thier fresh-ground, hand-pressed burgers. Aside from the beef, nearly everything else is sourced from Michigan. You can even find some of your favorite Slows BBQ sauces on site to spice up your already delicious meal and wash it down with one of 16 beers on tap.

Click here for a map of the town and more information on local business and things to do

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