It's rare to find the artful blend of upscale sophistication and downhome comfort that can be experienced in this tasteful neighborhood. Home to the Midland Area Farmers Market, the third largest market in Pure Michigan, and worthy of a day trip itself for artisan goods and homegrown flavors, Downtown Midland is also a neighborhood where one can experience artistic innovation and dine upon plates of absolute elegance.
Both timeless and trendy, a walk down this neighborhood's Main Street will at once pave way to hand-crafted martinis and plentiful pints of craft brew, high-end boutiques to remarkable resale shops, a hometown deli to remember and restaurants you won't soon forget. Enjoy all that's available in the neighborhood of Downtown Midland, where regal and real meet in the most memorable of ways!
Which Way to Wine and Craft Brews?
Their slogan is, "Drink local. Drink well." With more than 80 varieties of craft-brewed beer exclusively from Michigan available, a visit to WhichCraft Taproom will certainly land you in a casual gathering spot to do so! Serving up Michigan-made cider, mead and wine, too, WhichCraft also features predominantly local and Michigan-based ingredients in their food menu. Locals rave about everything from the Mediterranean Mezze to the Weekly Dinner Specials, although the hot plates of crab puffs and Gorgonzola honey bruschetta at Grape Beginnings Winery are locally infamous as well. Featuring sweet to dry wines produced on-site, Grape Beginnings Winery offers public and private tastings to please every palette and preference.
Should you find yourself in this neighborhood on a Thursday or Friday evening, Larkin Beer Garden is an outdoor locale featuring live music, a hearty selection of craft brews, and owners who seek to provide your "hoppy place" through warm months (and even into seasons of cool nights). Or, for a different kind of fresh air, find your way to Downtown Midland's Bar Oxygen O2, located inside luxurious The H Hotel, to enjoy an extensive wine and drink menu, lunch and dinner options, and a casual upscale atmosphere.
Dining is Fine in This Neighborhood
For high-class ambiance and exquisite selections, sample a modern, 40-seat bistro that is Café Zinc, and be prepared to order breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the hands of a French pastry chef (and possibly dine on the terrace during summer months).
Or enjoy modern elegance at The Table and their featured Angus Prime steaks, line-caught seafood and Michigan-raised poultry, with vegetarian options available, too. Great Lakes Perch, Pan Seared Scallops or Bay of Fundy Salmon? Decisions, decisions ... and that doesn't include Table's decadent dessert menu!
Looking to satisfy a more casual craving? Saunter into Amazing Deli, and sink your teeth into an unforgettable Hot Pastrami or Sweet Smokey sandwich, or head into Oscar's Bar & Grill for a hearty burger, Pot Roast Bread Bowl, or multiple Mexican food crowd pleasers served with award-winning salsa.
Unique Spots to Shop
Main Street specialty shops and unique, one-of-a-kinds found inside round out the neighborhood of Downtown Midland's memorable charm. Step into Heather & Holly for handmade chocolates, custom-created gift baskets and other sweet treats, or have an adventure inside Little Forks Outfitters while gearing up with cutting-edge clothing and footwear for outdoor escapades.
Shop for something completely unique at Willow Classic Ladies Apparel, or try Twice Is Nice Resale Boutique for high-end apparel, accessories and more for less. And, no matter what, have a "scent-sational" experience enjoying handmade soy candles named after places in Michigan at Coyer Candle Co. (Psst! Think one-of-a-kind souvenir and check out Coyer Candle Co.'s Make and Take Candle Classes!)
Only In This Neighborhood
Whether you choose to peruse contemporary fine art from local and global artists inside Northwood Gallery, marvel at the architectural gem that is The Tridge, a three-legged pedestrian footbridge spanning the confluence of Go Great's Tittabawassee and Chippewa Rivers (and an epic picnic location), or gather artisan goods at the Midland Area Farmers Market, enjoy your time spent in the upscale and downhome neighborhood of Downtown Midland!