Royal Oak

Royal Oak offers the best of both worlds - with quiet neighborhood streets and a buzzing downtown district.


Welcome to Royal Oak

Detroit’s perfect balance of tranquility and vibrancy
Conveniently located 11 miles north of downtown Detroit is the dynamic suburban community of Royal Oak. Known for tree-lined streets and a lively cultural scene, Royal Oak offers the best of both worlds - with quiet neighborhood streets and a buzzing downtown district. Locally-owned bars and eateries from a variety of different cuisines are sprinkled throughout Royal Oak, so residents don't need to travel far for tasty treats from across the globe. With a motto of “Life Now Playing,” it’s clear this is the best place to live life to the fullest in the heart of Detroit.
Greatly influenced by Native American, British, and French history, Royal Oak was originally a province of Quebec before the state of Michigan gradually became part of the United States. The population grew rapidly in the 20th century, with baby boomers and automobile industry workers flocking to Royal Oak for its quiet, yet close, location.

What to Love

  • Royal Oak is a well-balanced suburb with something for everyone.
  • Local treats are in no shortage - in addition to brunch and bars, there are dozens of family-friendly options available.
  • Residents need not stray too far for entertainment, as festivals are frequent in Royal Oak. 
  • A strong arts and culture scene features several theaters and museums. 
  • Royal Oak is home to the Detroit Zoo.

Local Lifestyle

Royal Oak possesses a winning combination of arts, culture, a strong sense of community, and, quite simply put, overall higher quality of life. Over 50 parks with playgrounds, walking paths, picnic tables, and sporting fields make up 310 acres of outdoor space, meaning residents have easy access to the great outdoors without leaving the city. The Royal Oak Farmers Market is also a routine part of life and is one of the premium farm market venues in Southeast Michigan.

Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping

One of the best things about living in Metro Detroit is the presence of immigrant culture from across the globe. Their influence has brought a diverse array of art, tradition, and food. First and second-generation restaurants are run by those from all over the world, serving a varied lineup of cuisines ranging from Italian to British, sushi, and late-night treats.
One local favorite can be found at Bigalora Wood-Fired Cucina. Founder and head chef Luciano Del Signore is the son of Italian immigrants and grew up working in his parents’ restaurant. Chef Luciano opened his own restaurant in 2002, and after much success, he opened Bigalora, with an emphasis on clean eating. Every dish is made fresh, from scratch, and with ingredients not containing preservatives or other unnecessary additives. Nearby, traditional English pub fare has been served at Redcoat Tavern since 1972, with one of the most popular burgers in the city of Detroit and an extensive, unique list of additional toppings.
Ronin Sushi is the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion. Both classic rolls and unique creations by the chefs are offered, like the cha cha roll and pink blossom roll. When late-night celebrations turn into early mornings, O.W.L. is the place to go. Open till midnight six days of the week and 11 pm on Sunday, their tacos, wings, and breakfast for dinner are all great ways to cap off the night with the perfect meal.
Metro Detroit is home to a number of art museums and theaters, a very high concentration of which are located within the city of Royal Oak. Other entertainment options are a short walk or very quick drive away. One of the most popular attractions would be the Detroit Zoo. The Detroit Zoo is home to over 2,000 animals of 237 species, situated on 125 acres. It is the largest paid family attraction in the state of Michigan, with over 1,300,000 visitors per year.

Things To Do

Arts Beats & Eats is an annual festival held in Royal Oak every Labor Day Weekend. The festival features over 200 musical acts, several art displays, jewelry, furniture, and food trucks stretching down the street as far as the eye can see. More quiet weekends can be spent at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. The market was established in 1925 to fulfill the basic needs of the then-growing town. In more recent times, the market is situated between Woodward Avenue, Interstate 696, and Interstate 75, the three main thoroughfares of Detroit, and serves three Counties. The market is open every weekend all year long.


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