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Downtown Royal Oak

If you get a chance, go to see Downtown Royal Oak. This is truly one of our best walking towns.

Park your car in a structure or lot and start the walk up and down Main Street and Washington Street. You will find a mishmash of shops selling anything from boutique wears to heavy-metal leather goods. Hair salons to jewelry shops, trendy to classical to resale, it's all here.

There are tons of restaurants in case you are hungry: Mongolian BBQ, Beruit Palace, Fuddruckers, Memphis Smoke, Little Tree (sushi), and the list goes on and on. There are diner-style hamburger joints all the way to elegant Italian. Goodnight Graceies is a cigar bar, whereas just a few blocks away, you'll find Tom's oyster bar. Every taste can really be satisfied. There are many great dessert places as well, like ColdStone creamery, Astoria bakery, and Stucci's, just to name a few. If you want coffee, there are plenty of coffee houses, too.

There is the Royal Oak Music theater that is host to many concerts and shows, as well as the Main Art theater for the artsy film buff.

Royal Oak used to be the "city next door." If you couldn't afford a new house in a neighboring city, Royal Oak would have an affordable option. All that has changed. Now the city has hit its "the place to be" status, with high-priced homes and new loft condos going up everywhere. If you don't live there already, it'll cost ya to get there now.

Once a year in the summer, they have a huge flea market/garage sale held in the main parking structure off Washington. There are four floors of treasures to shop the whole weekend long.

The Farmer's Market on 11 Mile, just east of Main Street, is open every Saturday morning. Farmers will come with their veggies, fruit, chickens, and eggs. There's a baker usually with fresh bread, and once in a while, you get flats of flowers and potted plants, depending on the season.

Thursday evenings in the summer bring out all the motorcycles, and they park up and down Main Street for viewing.

They have Mark Ridleys Comedy Club and plenty of bars and nightclubs for all the night owls and dancers. Check out the upstairs at Sangrias for a party good time!!

The city of Royal Oak sits between 10 and 14 Mile roads from south to north and from Woodward Avenue to Campbell road from west to east. Currently, lodging is not available in the city, but not for long. They have plans for a beautiful luxury hotel right there on Washington Street.

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