The Ultimate Guide to Royal Oak, MI

The Ultimate Guide to Royal Oak, MI

  • SK Group
  • 04/4/24

Royal Oak, Michigan, nestled in the heart of Metro Detroit, beckons with its vibrant energy and diverse offerings. From its eclectic dining scene to its thriving arts community and picturesque parks, Royal Oak is a city that pulses with life and excitement.

Whether you're a local resident looking to uncover hidden gems or a visitor eager to explore its charms, this guide will take you on a journey through the best that Royal Oak has to offer.

Where to Eat - Royal Oak's Best Restaurants 

Kruse & Muer 


Whether it's for a special occasion, celebration, or just friends gathering for a good meal, they take great pride in creating and sharing dishes inspired by their own family traditions and travels. So come on in and eat, toast, enjoy!

Cafe Muse


For a cozy brunch or lunch spot, head to Cafe Muse, where you can enjoy delicious sandwiches, salads, and specialty coffee in a relaxed setting.

Ale Mary's Beer Hall

Ale Mary's Beer Hall

Ale Mary's Beer Hall is a go-to destination for craft beer enthusiasts, offering an extensive selection of brews along with hearty pub fare.

Ronin Sushi

The Vendry

Experience the art of sushi at Ronin Sushi, where skilled chefs prepare fresh and flavorful Japanese dishes in a sleek and modern environment.

Bandit Tavern and Hideaway

Crain's Detroit

Housed in the historic B&C Grocery building in Royal Oak, Bandit Tavern & Hideaway invites you to embark on a culinary adventure that celebrates the spirit of the open road, Southern flavors, & cherished memories.


Eater Detroit

Late-night diner serving creative takes on Mexican-American comfort food in industrial-chic digs. 

Jim Brady's Detroit

Detroit Metro Times

Jim Brady's Detroit is a homage to the 1954 legendary original location on 7 mile & Greenfield. Sticking with tradition, they are serving World Class Food and Drinks using local products and companies.

The Morrie

Eater Detroit

Barbecue plates, American eats & cocktails in a music-themed roadhouse with live entertainment.

Where to Socialize - Royal Oak's Best Bars

Royal Oak Brewery

Sample locally brewed beers and mingle with friends at Royal Oak Brewery, a welcoming brewpub known for its laid-back ambiance and friendly staff.

Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue Royal Oak

A popular spot for burgers, beer, and sports, Fifth Avenue is a lively pub-style restaurant known for its casual atmosphere and outdoor patio. 

The Pearl Room 

SEEN Magazine

Nestled within the Bohemia Nightclub, enjoy innovative, flavorful beverages as you listen to some of the best DJs around at The Pearl Room!


O'Tooles Royal Oak

Casual public house with an Irish-American bar menu, sports HDTVs, theme nights & a stone fireplace.

North End Taproom

North End Tap Room

Located in downtown Royal Oak, North End Taproom is a unique gathering place where the ability to pour your own drink comes alive! Their self pour tap wall has 40 different options to choose from, including craft beers, seltzers, ciders and wines.

Pinky's Rooftop

Pinky's Rooftop

Flashy destination with a terrace & playful decor offering hearty meals & a cocktail menu.

Where to Indulge - Royal Oak's Best Cafes and Bakeries

Give Thanks Bakery 

Crain's Detroit

Michigan's premier European artisan bakery. Their love of food, a passion for cooking and baking, and the German-American heritage in their family, are the foundation of their desire to usher the Bakery into a new chapter. 

Astoria Pastry Shop


Astoria Pastry Shop takes great pride and maintains the highest of standards to transform their passion for sweet confections into over 100 fine pastries for your enjoyment.


Atomic Coffee 


Atomic Coffee is an independent shop preparing handcrafted coffee, raw juices, fresh smoothies, & made-to-order food. Locally owned & operated, they are committed to serving quality products with phenomenal service. 

The Office Coffee Shop 


Available for a quick coffee on the go or a place to read, study or visit with friends. No matter what you need, they are not your average coworking facility nor your mega chain coffee shop. Their community is everything to them and they can't wait to see you there. 

Where to Shop - Retail Therapy  

Downtown Royal Oak


Explore the eclectic mix of shops and boutiques in Downtown Royal Oak, where you'll find everything from trendy clothing stores to unique gift shops. 

Royal Oak Farmers Market

Royal Oak Public Library

Stock up on fresh produce, artisanal goods, and local crafts at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, open year-round with special events and vendors.

The Rust Belt Market

Handmade Detroit

Head a little down Woodward to Ferndale and discover handmade treasures and vintage finds at The Rust Belt Market, a hip marketplace featuring local artisans, designers, and entrepreneurs.

Where to Play - Tranquil Parks

Royal Oak Memorial Park

Northwoods League

Enjoy outdoor recreation and scenic views at Royal Oak Memorial Park, which features walking trails, sports fields, and picnic areas for families and friends to gather.

Whittier Park


Let the kids burn off energy at Whittier Park, a community park with playgrounds, basketball courts, and open green spaces for play and relaxation.

Centennial Commons


Centennial Commons offers several seating, gathering, and picnic options, a water feature, and a stage. Located in the heart of downtown Royal Oak adjacent to City Hall and the Royal Oak Library, the park is within walking distances of downtown restaurants and businesses.

Meininger Park

Sitting on over 8.45 acres, Meininger Park is located in the Catalpa Park neighborhood. The park has a significant mature tree canopy that is valued highly by residents. 

Where to Stay - Hotel Retreats 

Hyatt Place Detroit/Royal Oak


Experience comfort and convenience at Hyatt Place Detroit/Royal Oak, a modern hotel located near downtown attractions and entertainment venues.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Royal Oak

Rest and recharge at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Royal Oak, where you'll find spacious rooms, complimentary breakfast, and a fitness center for guests.

Where to Connect - Community Events and Gatherings 

Royal Oak in Bloom

Royal Oak in Bloom

Join the community for Royal Oak in Bloom, an annual event celebrating springtime with flower displays, gardening workshops, and family-friendly activities.

Arts, Beats & Eats

Arts, Beats, & Eats

Experience the vibrant arts and culture scene of Royal Oak at Arts, Beats & Eats, a Labor Day weekend festival featuring live music, art exhibits, a large carnival, and delicious food from local vendors.

Royal Oak Farmers Market Food Truck Rally

Metro Detroit Mommy

Savor a variety of culinary delights at the Royal Oak Farmers Market Food Truck Rally, held monthly with a rotating lineup of food trucks offering gourmet street food.

Royal Oak Music Theater 

Royal Oak Music Theater 

Originally owned by Detroit area businessman and film house entrepreneur John H. Kunsky, the “Kunsky Royal Oak”, as it was known then, opened to a sold out audience in 1928. Lavishly decorated and superbly appointed, the art-deco movie palace quickly made its mark as one of Detroit's finest suburban theatres. In 1978 programming moved toward hosting live entertainment and the venue became known as the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Today, it stands as a beautiful space to gather for all types of live music and events.

As you explore Royal Oak, you'll discover a city that's as diverse as it is dynamic, with something to delight every palate and interest.

From its charming downtown streets to its lively entertainment venues and welcoming community events, Royal Oak invites you to experience the best of Metro Detroit living. So come, explore, and make memories in Royal Oak – a city that's sure to leave a lasting impression.

Visit Royal Oak today! You won't regret it.

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