West Village was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
Life in the West Village is peaceful. Older homes from Detroit’s past have been renovated and restored to their former glory over the past few years, breathing new life into the district. The influx of new denizens has brought in new and unique businesses, providing West Village dwellers with hip coffee shops, authentic ethnic cuisine, and funky variety stores, all set against the backdrop of mature trees and lush, green lawns.
Neighborhood revitalization has brought new life to the West Village and with it, a fresh generation of businesses, coffee roasters, shops, and things to do. Some feature classics like signature Detroit-style pizza, while others have brought recipes from their own homelands, giving residents a taste of the South, the Mediterranean, and more.
Belle Isle Pizza serves up fresh, artisanal Detroit-style pizza seven days a week in the heart of the West Village, with delivery also available. Sandwiches and oven-baked subs are also sold, along with salads, for those looking for something lighter. Another healthy option can be found at Detroit Vegan Soul. In 2010, the owners adopted a vegan lifestyle after one of the co-owners lost their father to cancer. Their recipes were a hit, and by 2012, the dream of Detroit Vegan Soul had been realized. Re-vamped southern favorites on their menu include the soul food plate and tofu “catfish.”
For nights when meat is a necessity, Marrow is the go-to. Detroit’s first neighborhood butcher shop is also a two-time James Beard Award-nominated restaurant offering the freshest “farm-to-fork” meat in the city. Patrons can select from fresh cuts to bring back home, or dine in-house on beef tartare, pork belly, or dry-aged steaks. If you’re taking it home to cook, why not pick up something for dessert on the way? Sister Pie is an adored spot for sweet treats and seasonal pies like apple sage gouda and salted maple.