With a daytime population of 50,000, a growing residential base, new commercial and residential developments, and two million visitors annually, Midtown Detroit is becoming one of the most significant revitalized areas in the City.  SHOPDINE MIDTOWN highlights some of the areas offerings in food, retail and culture.

Known to many as Detroit’s Cultural Center, Midtown is the area just north of Downtown and south of New Center. It is bounded by the Ford Freeway on the north, the Chrysler Freeway on the east, the Fisher Freeway on the south and the Lodge Freeway on the west.

Midtown is home to world-renowned cultural and research institutions, including Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies, Detroit Medical Center, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Public Library, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

For music, theater and cinema buffs, you can catch a film at the Burton Theatre or the Detroit Film Theatre, live music at The Majestic or The Masonic, or a play at The Hilberry and The Bonstelle. For art lovers, you can enjoy a rich mix of galleries, including the newly expanded G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Dell Pryor Gallery, Re:View Contemporary and Detroit Artists Market.

Midtown is home to many of Detroit’s favorite dining destinations, with menus ranging from artisanal breads and cheeses to local micro-brews, brick oven pizza, traditional French crepes, dim sum, sushi and more. Popular eateries include: Atlas Global Bistro, Avalon International Breads, Bangkok Cuisine, Byblos Cafe & Grill, Cass Cafe, Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes, Majestic Cafe, Mario’s, Motor City Brewing Works, Shangri-La, Traffic Jam & Snug, Union Street, Wasabi and The Whitney. New additions include The Raw Cafe, Thistle Coffee House, Fourteen East Cafe, and Slow’s To Go.

The initiative is spearheaded by Midtown Detroit Inc. (MDI).  MDI is a nonprofit planning and development organization that supports the physical maintenance and revitalization of the Midtown Detroit neighborhood, while working to enhance public awareness, appreciation and use of the district.