Known as one of Ann Arbor’s most vibrant neighborhoods, Kerrytown is an historic enclave located steps away from the city’s downtown area. The picturesque setting is a draw for locals and visitors alike due to its walkability and unique features.
Experience all Kerrytown has to offer by spending some time taking in the sights and sounds of this eclectic community.
Tucked in the northern end of the business district is an open-air Farmer’s Market that carries a variety of locally-grown produce. Saturdays were made for shopping trips to the market. Spend a leisurely morning choosing from a glorious display of fruits and vegetables, plus an assortment of gourmet delights. Pick up a lovely bouquet of flowers for the table while chatting with the person who grew them. Imagine stepping out the front door and walking a few blocks to find exactly what you need for the upcoming dinner party you’re hosting.
The courtyard is an area filled with public seating nestled underneath a canopy of shade trees. This park-like atmosphere is the perfect spot to rest or take in a live performance. From July through August, music can be heard on Sunday afternoons, as part of the Summer Concert Series. The scene is bustling with activity from April through December, when local craftspeople showcase their wares at the Artisan’s Market.
Over 150 unique shops can be found in Kerrytown. Specialty boutiques are filled with handcrafted wares made by artisans. Lining the cobblestone streets are galleries, bookstores, eateries and places to find clothing, home decor and gifts. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else to spend an afternoon browsing this assortment of shops. It’s the perfect place to find a special trinket, meet a friend for lunch or spend the afternoon window-shopping with family.
When it comes to dining in Kerrytown, the options are seemingly endless. Foodies will find one million and one reasons to fall in love with the local eateries and watering holes.
Not only is Zingerman’s a delicious option for a casual dining experience, this popular deli features scheduled events and tastings, depending on what time of year it is. The Lunch Room offers vegetarian and vegan entrees and desserts that everyone will love, and their menu includes gluten-free options, too.
Check out the fresh catch of the day at Monahan’s Seafood Market, where not only can visitors dine in for lunch, there is also an option to place an order and prepare it yourself at home.
Stop by The Bar at Braun Court for hand-crafted cocktails, the perfect way to start out before the main event: dinner.
For that meal, there’s Italian on the menu at Argiero’s or Latin American cuisine at Sabor Latino. No Thai is a great choice for lovers of Thai food. Don’t forget the unique Heidelberg Restaurant for the best in German food and experience in town.
Kerrytown is in the unique position of truly having something for everybody. From family-friendly entertainment to chic spots to enjoy a cocktail, there is an array of attractions in the vicinity to fill the days or evenings with excitement.
Children and parents alike will be drawn to the whimsical environment Kerrytown offers. Plan an educational (and fun) trip to the Hands On Museum, followed by a short trek to one of the toy shops in the area- Mudpuddles delights for high-quality toys, and Elephant Ears is the place to find an adorable new outfit. Make a plan to swing by Sweetwaters for some treats for the little ones before heading back home to settle in for the day.
Couples love spending time exploring Kerrytown together. Weekends can be spent viewing art and design at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Don’t forget to stop by Mighty Good Coffee in the morning for espresso and pastries, and there’s always TeaHaus for tea and treats.
Plan the perfect date night with dinner and music. Start with a romantic stroll along the avenue, hand in hand, on the way to dinner. Consider outdoor dining at Cafe Verde, or there are always plenty of other options to choose from. Next it’s time to spend the evening at the Kerrytown Concert House. Music takes center stage in a Victorian home, which is an intimate setting for a variety of live performances.
Saturdays are made for browsing at Treasure Mart- the place for antiques and collectibles. Follow that by rifling through the stacks of albums at Encore Records, where it’s almost a guarantee to score an old favorite for the record player.
When trying to find new goods for your home and your closet, take a peek into V2V- the ultimate boutique to find unique apparel and decorative items you don’t need, but simply must have.
The finishing touch for an unforgettable experience includes ringing the Kerrytown Chime! Listen for the tell-tale sound of the bell, located at the top of the tower, at the Kerrytown Market & Shops. The fun begins at noon on Wednesdays and Fridays, and mid-mornings on Saturdays.
Explore the Kerrytown neighborhood for yourself to see what the fuss is about- it’s even better in person! The best part is, it’s all located right outside your front door, making it easy to discover the charm of this special place.