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Things to do in Oakland County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Zoo
“The Detroit Zoo is home to more than 2,400 animals representing 235 species. The zoo includes a 4-d Theater, Simulator ride, Carousel, and many more experiences for you to enjoy. Not only does the Detroit Zoo have all the animals to visit but they also host a number of fun events for children and adults including Wild Lights, Polar Beers, Sensory Dinner with Santa, Breakfast with Santa, Cookies with the Clauses and Run wild to name a few.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Somerset Collection is an upscale, luxury, super-regional shopping mall, located in Troy, Michigan with more than 180 specialty stores.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great Lakes Crossing Outlets has over 180 stores and restaurants, Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, Legoland Discovery Center, AMC Star Great Lakes Movie Theater to name a few!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“This is the oldest and coolest jazz club in the US. Absolutely a must experience. There is a parking, but be safe - take a Lyft or Uber.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Cinema
“Entertainment, reclining seats available and skybox seats, its one of the best theaters nearby. Also bowling bar and grill is available.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Lively atmosphere, usually busy. Tacos are great, but very small. A lot of very long farm house style tables for shared seating.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
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“Enjoy some of the best burgers in town! You won't be disappointed with the food, the drinks and the retro vibe.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“There are several sushi options in downtown Royal Oak. I think this one has the best atmosphere. It's dimly lit and has some interesting seating options. I generally find a seat without trouble, but you might have a wait on weekend nights. Add this to the list of great happy hours. This one is throughout the restaurant - not just at the bar. It starts at 5:00. I feel comfortable bringing my kids in the early evening. This is a popular date spot.”
  • 15 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Check out this unique dining experience! Vinsetta Garage is a diner in an ex-garage serves classic grub & charbroiled burgers amid relics of classic car culture.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“For contrast, this is a gourmet grocery store on the south end of downtown Royal Oak. They have exceptional cheeses, wines, and baked goods along with everything else you'd expect a grocery store to have. I'm especially impressed with their seafood counter. They are an excellent option for gourmet quality pre-made meals (sandwiches, pastas, BBQ, meats, and more). It's a well loved local option for special occasions and special meals.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Entertainment
“I recommend checking ahead for the days you're coming to see if you're interested in tickets for any particular show. Popular acts sell out. There is a wide variety of shows.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Flea Market
“The Rustbelt Market is made up of many shops featuring local Detroit vendors. You'll find things ranging from unique souvenirs to handmade wooden tables, to homemade soaps.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Great little breakfast/lunch spot, wonderful menu and specials, love their omelets, and pancakes. Expect a very long wait on weekends!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Get the burrata & prosciutto appetizer! Trust me, you will not be disappointed!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
  • 7 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
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“If your feeling generous with your money I recommend this mall because it has all the upscale designer stores.”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Taco Place
“Lively atmosphere, usually busy. Tacos are great, but very small. A lot of very long farm house style tables for shared seating.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“There are several sushi options in downtown Royal Oak. I think this one has the best atmosphere. It's dimly lit and has some interesting seating options. I generally find a seat without trouble, but you might have a wait on weekend nights. Add this to the list of great happy hours. This one is throughout the restaurant - not just at the bar. It starts at 5:00. I feel comfortable bringing my kids in the early evening. This is a popular date spot.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Great little breakfast/lunch spot, wonderful menu and specials, love their omelets, and pancakes. Expect a very long wait on weekends!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Get the burrata & prosciutto appetizer! Trust me, you will not be disappointed!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“Great open space, usually pretty lively, a few pinball machines, great beer selection and small plates. Love the brussel sprouts!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“You don't have to travel all the way west for chicken and waffles. Or if you're travelling from the west coast we are still certain you'll enjoy Kuzzo's and it'll remind you of home. This hip breakfast place serves breakfast for lunch and dinner. Don't eat meat like us we urge you to try the lip smacking grits, hearty harvest bowl, buttery waffles, any of their desserts or other vegetarian options.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great breakfast, cute place, I’ve never been for dinner so that’s all I got🤷‍♀️. Oh, also, as with many of the favorite breakfast spots in Ferndale, expect a very long wait on the weekend:/”
  • 17 locals recommend
Middle Eastern Restaurant
“Great Mediterranean place, love their chicken shawarma, spinach pie, and they have the best rice pudding around(I know the secret ingredient;). Nice outdoor patio space.”
  • 14 locals recommend

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