Welcome to Ann Arbor!
During your visit to this college town, home to the University of Michigan, take time to enjoy some of our best-known places. In this guide, you will find these places sorted into the following categories: Restaurants, Bars, Drinks & Snacks, Stores, The Great Outdoors, Museums & Art, and Entertainment. Each of these categories will provide a list of our very best places to eat, relax, and enjoy Ann Arbor!
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A breakfast place on the corner of Fifth and Liberty, Afternoon Delight is well known in the Ann Arbor community. It is a favorite with students on weekend mornings but it also has a strong resident customer base. Some of its unique dishes include house-baked cinnamon raisin bread French toast, breakfast boules and frozen yogurt-filled muffins. Well-priced with large portions!
251 East Liberty Street
This Viennese-inspired restaurant features delicious lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch specialties from Austria, Hungary and Poland. Enjoy the classical music wafting from the speakers as you sip your coffee or stop in to pick up a pastry to go.
122 East Washington Street
Amer’s (State Street)
Amer’s is a central location on campus, great for coffee, tea, bagels, sandwiches, lunch/dinner dishes and, especially, their frozen yogurt. It is a typical Ann Arbor deli, where you can get just about any meal or beverage you want! A quick lunch stop not far from conference locations.
530 South State Street
Angelo’s is a family-owned restaurant located near the medical research buildings on the north side of campus. Its famous specialties are eggs Benedict, omelets, and especially raisin toast. Serving breakfast and lunch to Ann Arbor residents for 55 years, this is a key place to try for brunch!
1100 East Catherine Street
Delicious downtown Spanish tapas bar serving brunch, lunch, and dinner. Highly recommended.
216 E. Washington Street
This European-inspired bistro features a vast wine list and plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy people watching on Main Street. The food offerings are limited, but they have great calamari and cheese plates.
204 South Main Street
Cafe Zola is more of a restaurant, with all of the available coffees and teas typical of a cafe as well. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a more French flair for the first two meals (think crepes and country omelettes), and a Mediterranean/Turkish influence for dinner (try the grilled octopus). Also serves a good Bloody Mary and Sazerac. It is rather pricey but with creative menu options, it’s worth it.
112 West Washington Street
From The Earle’s website: Located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, The Earle serves award-winning French and Italian country cuisine. Our wine list offers over 1,000 selections and has received the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for 20 consecutive years. Our dining room features live jazz five nights a week.
121 West Washington Street
One of the hidden treasures in Ann Arbor, it is located down Liberty street, off of Fifth. A vegan buffet with very fair prices, it is an excellent place to try new versions of traditional curries and other Indian cuisine. There are also a few American dishes, such mac n’ cheese and lasagna. Fill your plate and pay by the weight; the pastries in the display case below the cashier are delicious.
311 South Fifth Avenue
One of the newest favorite food options in town, Frita Batidos specializes in its namesakes — fritas (think soft buns, shoestring fries, spicy mayo, and your choice of chorizo, fish, black bean, and more) and batidos (decadently rich milkshakes in flavors like pina colada and orangesicle). Stylishly white interior with communal seating at long picnic tables, it also serves beer, Cuban coffee, and wicked spicy huevos in their weekend brunch menu. Open till midnight.
117 West Washington Street
Grange Kitchen and Bar
The Grange serves locally-sourced foodie-worthy food including such delights as scotch eggs, fried pig’s head, and French fries made in duck fat. A great place to try something old-fashioned yet trendy. They also have a great bar upstairs.
118 West Liberty Street
HopCat was envisioned, designed, stocked, and staffed with one mission in mind: to bring you great beer. It might be a local beer or one from across the globe. It could be your usual pint, or a beer that you had no idea existed. Good burgers and bar food options, including the beloved Crack fries.
311 Maynard St
Isalita’s menu is inspired by the street stall food found in open air markets throughout Mexico where culinary roads converge and morph with cross-cultural influences. The result is a diverse menu of dishes best shared with friends and colleagues and a cold drink. Think Mexican tapas. Dining inside is lively and on the louder side, but the food is delicious.
341A E. Liberty Street
Best Sunday brunches ever! French toast, pancakes, egg burritos—all with Jeffersonian names.
609 West Jefferson Street
If you are looking for delicious and affordable Middle Eastern food, Jerusalem Garden is the place to fill up! Try the chicken shwarma, lentil soup, and finish off with Baklava for dessert. Outdoor seating is available, but alcoholic beverages are not.
314 E Liberty St
In 1984, Ray opened Knight’s Steakhouse on Dexter Road in Ann Arbor. In 2001 the family opened Knight’s Steakhouse & Grill in Jackson. The newest location, Knight’s Downtown at Liberty and Maynard, is the best place in town to grab a delicious steak and a strong drink! Plentiful outdoor seating.
600 E Liberty St
Madras Masala has some of the best Indian food in Ann Arbor, for fair prices. It specializes in Southern Indian cuisine. Recommended items include garlic naan, any khorma dish, and dosas.
328 Maynard Street
Mani Osteria is an independently owned, family friendly restaurant, specializing in artisanal pizzas and other creative Italian dishes prepared in wood-burning ovens. The menu is composed of small plates that are designed for sharing. A favorite of chef Mario Batali. The food the delicious but the ambiance can be on the loud side.
341 E Liberty St.
Mezes Greek Grill
A tasty authentic Greek grill with great gyros, greek salad, and other offerings with locally sourced ingredients. Inside dining space is limited but you can sit outside at a table, or grab it to go and enjoy your food on the nearby Diag or Ingalls Mall. A quick lunch stop not far from conference locations.
715 N University Ave
Sava’s is located on Central Campus. While it is very popular with students, it is also a great place for professors, residents, and visitors. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and have an extensive mixed drinks menu, as well as a good wine and beer selection. With a variety of quality and unique dishes, as well as a chic but cozy atmosphere, Sava’s is an excellent spot to relax and have affordable food and drink!
216 South State Street
Slurping Turtle strives to recreate for their guests Chef Takashi’s childhood culinary experiences in Japan, the essence of Japanese comfort food, including noodle bowls with house-made ramen. We invite you to join in our quest for the Everlasting Noodle.
608 E Liberty St.
A quaint little Chinese restaurant located on Central campus, it is an excellent example of Chinese cuisine in Ann Arbor.
510 East Liberty Street
Tomukun Noodle Bar
Stylish, sleek, authentic, and delicious noodle bar. I eat there as often as I can — favorites include duck udon, Tomukun ramen, curry udon, and grilled mackerel.
505 East Liberty Street
Zingerman’s is probably the best known and most popular food enterprise in Ann Arbor. Originally a deli, they have now opened a cafe next door, and a roadhouse, dairy, candy, and coffee businesses within the city. If you have time to visit one place in Ann Arbor, Zingerman’s deli is the place to go! The deli is a short walk from downtown in the Kerrytown district.
2501 Jackson Avenue (Roadhouse) & 422 Detroit Street (Deli)
(734) 663-3363 (Roadhouse) & (734) 663-3354 (Deli)
This hole-in-the-wall bar makes old-fashioned, unique drinks. Some of the ingredients include cucumber water, absinthe, and sugar cubes. They also have a wide selection of beers and whiskeys, including scotch. And, they pride themselves in providing the pickle shot (which should be tried before judged).
12 West Liberty Street
Arbor Brewing Company
This restaurant has a pub atmosphere, with many booths and the bar located at the center. The food is great, at a fair price, with a wide drink selection. They also brew their own beer. A local business, it has a lot of charm!
114 East Washington Street
Ashley’s is known as the main beer bar in Ann Arbor. With dozens of beers on tap, it is the best place to find your favorite ale, cider, and heavy and light beers. Their food is hearty and typical for a bar. Located near campus, you can sit in booths with open windows to watch the street life.
338 South State Street
Known for publicly and directly supporting the LGBT community, this bar and Mexican restaurant has a lot of character and is a great find in Ann Arbor.
315 Braun Court
Bab’s Underground Lounge
This bar is located underneath an office building just west of downtown. With dim lighting, lounge seating, and the bar located in the corner, the place is set up to feel cozy but chic. There are also pool tables available. Usually filled with young professionals, this is one of Ann Arbor’s hidden secrets.
213 South Ashley Street
The Bar at 327 Braun Court
This “off the map” place offers cocktails of original creation. Ask Eric or Charles to make you a drink–you won’t be disappointed! It offers a refined atmosphere, away from more student oriented places.
The Black Pearl
This seafood and martini bar is bit on the pricey side, but offers exceptional service and live music entertainment. It has a very laid back but chic ambience with dim lighting and high-top tables. Be sure to try the Black Pearl, Pearcicle, and Lychee martinis.
302 South Main Street
Blue Tractor has its own brewed beers, as well as cocktails and wine. Its cuisine is similar to many places that specialize in beer: hearty barbecue, grilled burgers, and side dishes. The restaurant itself has a slightly industrial ambiance.
207 East Washington Street
Conor O’Neill’s Pub
An Irish pub on Main Street, they have good food for decently fair price and a large selection of beers and other spirits. While it is a restaurant chain, it still has charm and local taste inside–and frequently live music on the weekends.
318 South Main Street
Dominick’s on Monroe Street is a great place for a seasonally delicious jar of sangria or constant buzz (a strawberry daiquiri-like cocktail). Both are great places to spend an afternoon or evening if you need to get away from the bustle for a while. Its decor is a little shabby; the tables are decades old; but, this is part of its charm. The food (pasta, pizza, nachos, etc.) is cheap and not bad. And, it’s only open during the summer, until 10 PM.
812 Monroe Street
Good Time Charley’s
Charley’s is the most famous undergraduate bar in Ann Arbor. Located among a strip of bars on South University, in the South Campus area, it has a large window wall, to look out on the street. Known for its cheaper drinks, especially its fishbowls (3 long islands in one very large mason jar), be prepared for an evening of crowded socializing and heavy drinking.
1140 South University
Grizzly Peak Brewing Co.
From Grizzly Peak’s website: Grizzly Peak is housed in a century-old building with wood floors, tin ceilings and exposed brick walls, which create a warm, casual atmosphere. The progressive menu focuses on fresh ingredients and seasonal features produced in a “from-scratch” kitchen. Families, students, couples, and professionals enjoy the aged steaks, fresh fish, BBQ Ribs, hearth-baked pizzas, sandwiches and burgers. They also have their own brewery.
120 West Washington Street
Heidelberg has a definite German-bar ambience and is known for serving drinks out of boots. With a main bar downstairs, a restaurant on the main floor, and a poker room upstairs, the Heidelberg is a great place to spend an evening!
215 North Main Street
Another local brewery, located on Main Street, it also serves unique and delicious food. It may be known for its beer, but it’s food must be tried, as they combine unexpected ingredients and have unusual but delicious dishes. A little expensive but worth the price!
311 South Main Street
The Last Word
A local favorite for craft cocktails, this underground gem won’t leave you thirsty.
301 W Huron
Old Town Tavern
A casual downtown restaurant/bar popular with townies and grad students. Decent food and great drink specials for later in the evening!
122 West Liberty Street
The Raven’s Club
From The Raven’s Club’s website: Whether you’ve come for our award winning food, our Old Fashioned cocktail made with housemade bitters or our extensive American whiskey selection, we want to captivate you from start to finish. Let us lead you, and your taste buds, on a journey through adventurous, yet approachable, cuisine and libations.
207 S. Main St.
Vinology is a wine bar located on Main Street. With a very tasteful decor, and a relaxed atmosphere, it is a great place to go with a small group and split a couple of bottles of wine. The servers are well informed about the wine selection and are friendly and willing to assist you in your exploration of their collection. They also have lunch and dinner menus if you want to have food with your wine.
110 South Main Street
DRINKS & SNACKS
This Taiwanese tea and snack shop was the first of many “boba,” or “bubble,” tea places to pop up in Ann Arbor. It is on South University and offers bubble tea, smoothies, frozen yogurt, mochi ice cream, Asian sweets and candies, light food, and lots of board games to check out. If you stop by before 1pm on a weekday, you can get a medium bubble tea for only $2.
1220 South University Avenue
Located in the only place in Ann Arbor reminiscent of nineteenth-century Paris, the Nickels Arcade, Comet Coffee has the best lattes in town (and the best latte art), the best almond croissants, and the strongest, richest single origin single drip cups. They also have free wireless (of course) and stylish concrete counters. For the hipster coffee lover in you.
16 Nickels Arcade
Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room
One of the more abstract but cozy bookstores in town, Crazy Wisdom is filled with an odd selection of books. Upstairs, there is a small seating area for those who order their fresh, individually brewed tea and sandwiches from Zingerman’s. The tea comes in prettily decorated tea pots, completing the quaint, comfy atmosphere.
114 South Main Street
A cafe on Liberty, close to State Street, Lab has a very mod, “hipster” feeling to it. Mostly occupied by students and young adults but the prices are fair and they have a wide selection of coffees, teas, pastries, and frozen yogurt.
505 East Liberty Street, Suite 300
Mighty Good Coffee
A local, small-scale coffee roaster opened his own shop in an off-the-beaten-path block of N. Main Street. A comfortable, friendly place for a great cup of coffee, and you can take the beans home with you (they even deliver!). Try the Almighty Blend.
217 North Main Street
Roos Roast is a fair-trade, mostly organic coffee company, now in a new, second location downtown. The owners are some of the friendliest people, and absolutely love to have a shot of espresso or a cup of coffee with customers.
117 E. Liberty
In a town that loves its coffee, TeaHaus is devoted entirely to high-quality teas. They sell and serve 200 varieties in their Tea Room, along with delicious homemade goodies. The Quickie English Tea comes with tea sandwiches, petite scones with clotted cream, homemade lemon curd, and more.
204 North Fourth Avenue
Ice cream, milkshakes, homemade donuts, and more! Open since 1931; come hang out with Ann Arbor’s finest.
602 South Ashley Street
From Babo’s website: We purposefully designed our markets to be “Grocerants” where you have the best of both worlds. Browse our selection of responsibly sourced, chef inspired packaged meals and meal starters or select an insanely delicious and nutritious gourmet food item from our deli-style hot and cold cases.
403 E Washington
Dawn Treader Book Shop
There are several nice used bookstores around downtown Ann Arbor, but if you really want to lose yourself for a while surrounded by shelf after shelf of wonderfully dusty and musty-smelling tomes on every subject imaginable, the Dawn Treader on Liberty Street is by far the dustiest and the mustiest of all.
514 East Liberty Street
Downtown Home and Garden
For over 100 years, this emporium has supplied Ann Arbor with everything from organic gardening supplies to gourmet kitchenware. If you work up an appetite browsing through the large selection of house wares and plants, you can grab a snack and a locally-roasted coffee at their in-store café, Zingerman’s Breadbox.
210 South Ashley Street
Located just a block-and-a-half from campus, Encore Records is not to be missed by the audiophile and seeker of rare (and often cheap) audio goodies. They specialize in used CDs of all eras, but also deal in vinyl. The store is literally lined from floor to ceiling with shelves of sound. Don’t trip over the stacks in front of the counter!
417 East Liberty Street
The Farmer’s Market is one of the main attractions of Kerrytown, located on Detroit St. Open on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the summer, 7 AM – 3 PM. With dozens of farmers selling their fresh produce, bread, meats, cheese, and dairy at fair prices, it is an excellent way to support the local community and experience true Ann Arbor charm. Crafts are also sold at market but more are available at the Artisan fair, which occurs on Sundays.
315 Detroit Street
Morgan and York
Morgan and York has an unbelievable selection of cheese, salami, and other cured meats, and its selection of wine and beer cannot be beat. They also have a neat old-fashioned candy section where you can find bubble gum cigars, jawbreakers, and the like. A short drive from campus.
Ann Arbor’s newest independent bookstore has quickly become a local favorite. Literati great place to pick up a recommendation for a new book to read. Grab a drink at the Espresso Bar located upstairs.
124 E Washington St
A fair trade clothing store near State Street, this is a great place to browse and shop. The Warehouse has clothing for $15 or less as well. Be sure to try on a few of their scarves and/or dresses!
419 (store) & 421 (warehouse), East Liberty Street
People’s Food Co-op of Ann Arbor
The People’s Food Co-op (PFC) is a central location in Kerrytown for many Ann Arbor residents. It is one of the neighborhood’s main grocery stores, but it has other services as well. The Co-op sells select beer and wine, herbal medicines, and healthy snacks. The Co-op also has a sit-down eatery, Cafe Verde, where you can get a dish of their delicious buffet food or purchase a fresh meal, coffee, and/or tea.
216 North Fourth Avenue
The Produce Station
The Produce Station is a specialty grocery store, green grocer, and garden supply all in one. You cannot beat the quality of their produce, and you can get fava beans, imported pasta, a fantastic bottle of wine, and a basil plant all in one stop.
1629 South State Street
Vault of Midnight
From their website: Vault of Midnight’s Prime Directive: To provide our customers with a unique and remarkable shopping experience that confounds the expectations of what is typically associated with a comic shop; To act as ambassadors for all things geeky and to present our wares as the awesome, fun, and universally accessible pieces of entertainment that they are.
219 S Main St.
West Side Bookshop
This bookshop is known for its good taste in old, new, used, and rare books. Located in the Main Street area, it’s a great place to stop by and take a look!
113 West Liberty Street
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Campus Greenspace: The Diag and Law Quad
If Michigan weather permits, the central campus diagonal is the perfect place to spend time outside reading, people watching, or tossing around a Frisbee. When hanging out around the Union or UMMA, you can also wander across South University Street and check out UM’s Law Quad. The Gothic architecture is worth close examination: 12 distinct limestone corbels dwell in the passageways representing different seasons, sports, and professions. Students frequently hang out in the quad and study in the law library, known for its intense quietness (look up for some amazing stained glass).
625 South State Street
A fantastic UM outreach program that offers hands-on experience in sustainable food systems through small-scale organic gardening. Anyone can visit the on-campus gardens at the Ginsberg Center for Community Service Learning (Hill Street), and at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens (N. Dixboro Road).
1024 Hill Street OR 1800 North Dixboro Road
A scenic and peaceful waterway winding through town, the Huron River can be reached in 15 minutes by foot from the UM campus. Hiking and bike trails run all the way along the river, and it’s a good place to spot fuzzy goslings and ducklings in spring. Also great for paddling: canoes and kayaks can be rented at the canoe livery at the Gallup Canoe Livery.
Leslie Science and Nature Center
You’ll need a car to get there (though it isn’t far), but if you want to see at least five species of raptors face-to-face, the Leslie Science and Nature Center is the only place in town. You’ll also find a Critter Room with a range of creepy-crawly, slinking, and swimming creatures, along with wooded trails, and a pond.
1831 Traver Road
Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Go for a walk through the Botanical Gardens at dusk and you’ll see plenty of deer, peeping frogs, and muskrats swimming in the river. This 300-acre property includes the UM campus farm, a conservatory, a children’s garden, demonstration gardens, and a variety of trails for walking.
1800 North Dixboro Road
Stroll the garden paths, sit on the grassy hill, then walk down the path to the Huron River and the vast network of arboretum trails. Enjoy Shakespeare in the Arb’s production of Love’s Labours Lost, performed by UM students and community members in various locations throughout the arboretum on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings in June.
1610 Washington Heights
MUSEUMS & ART
Located in Regents’ Plaza behind the Michigan Union, the enormous black steel cube can be rotated on its axis when pushed. It has a sister cube at Astor Place in New York City. Artist: UM alum Tony Rosenthal (1936). Acquired in 1956.
The Gallery Project
This is the only gallery in town that showcases work from a variety of nationally and internationally renowned artists every six weeks in response to a theme. The work is always well-curated and offers an exciting mixture of genres, from formal painting to sound projects to elaborate wood-built environments. You’ll leave the gallery feeling expanded by what you see there.
215 South Fourth Avenue
Institute for the Humanities Gallery
This small gallery space can really pack a punch. The Institute for the Humanities brings in artists from around the world who address global issues from cross-disciplinary perspectives. The work displayed encourages the viewer to reflect on larger issues from unexpected visual starting points. And it’s conveniently located near the Michigan League.
202 South Thayer, Room 1010
Kelsey Museum of Archeology
Retrieved from the Kelsey Museum’s website: The Kelsey Museum houses a collection of nearly 100,000 ancient and medieval objects from the civilizations of the Mediterranean and the Near East. The Kelsey also offers regularly changing special exhibitions and sponsors research, educational programs for children, and fieldwork projects, as well as housing the Interdepartmental Program in Classical Art and Archaeology.
434 South State Street
The giant reddish-orange steel is one of the newest and most modern pieces of public art on campus. Located between the new Frankel Family Wing of the University of Michigan Museum of Art and Angell Hall, the piece is on loan courtesy of the artist and the Hill Gallery in Birmingham, Michigan. Arist: Mark di Suvero. Created in 2006. Acquired in 2009.
Ruthven Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum, located on Central Campus, has many exhibits of insects, birds, animals, fish, anthropology, and ancient life (i.e., dinosaurs). The museum also has a planetarium that offers shows daily. The staff and researchers here take great pride in their work and it is evident in the presentation of their exhibits. It is an excellent museum to explore!
1109 Geddes Avenue
Sunday Morning in Deep Waters
The bronze fountain is located in Ingalls Mall between the Michigan League and Burton Memorial Tower. The figures depict Father Triton and his sons on a holiday excursion. Incoming students walk counterclockwise through the fountain during orientation as a rite of passage. Upon graduation, they often return to the fountain and walk clockwise, bookending their UM experience. Artist: Carl Milles. Acquired in 1940.
The University of Michigan Museum of Art is one of the many grand and elegant buildings on Central Campus. Located opposite the Michigan Union, it is a close walk from many of the conference events! It has a wide selection of contemporary and classic art from many eras and countries. Donations are encouraged but admission is free.
525 South State Street
A pure earth sculpture occupying a square space of 90′ x 90′ and representing a naturally occurring wave pattern, artist Maya Lin described it as “. . . pure poetry. It is a very gentle space that exists on a very human scale. It is a sanctuary, yet it’s playful, and with the changing shadows of the sun, it is completely transformed throughout the day.” Lin is best known as the artist who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, and the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, AL. Located on U-M’s North Campus (a short bus or bike ride away).
Courtyard, SE side of Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Building
More Public Art on Campus
For a complete guide to public art at the University of Michigan visit http://public-art.umich.edu/
Ann Arbor District Library
The Ann Arbor library system has several branches but the closest one is downtown. Stop by for access to its book and media selections.
343 South Fifth Avenue
For over 30 years the Blind Pig club has served Ann Arbor’s music-loving population, making it a venue as iconic to Ann Arbor as the CBGB is to New York. Though The Pig began as a blues club, it currently hosts a wide range of music acts from garage rock bands to electro-hip-hop artists. Check their website calendar for cover prices and performance line-ups.
208 South First Street
A nonprofit theater located near central campus, the Michigan specializes in independent and foreign films. This theater also puts on concerts and lectures and is the performing home of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. The Barton Theater Pipe Organ, played live before most evening performances, was installed in 1927.
603 East Liberty Street
The State Theater, also owned by the nonprofit Michigan Theater Foundation, is another eclectic theater near Central Campus. This theater has more of a student feel to it, with a more basic and budgeted atmosphere. They also play very obscure films, always different than the ones at Michigan Theater. Their prices are very affordable though, so if you enjoy more abstract films, this is a great place to check out!
233 South State Street
The Ark is a concert venue on Main Street and hosts 300 performances of folk, ethnic, and roots music each year. When walking down the street on a weekend evening, one will often come upon a line waiting on Main Street to enter an event in the Ark.
316 S. State Street