Family Neighborhood Guide: Visiting Hamtramck with Kids

Hamtramck is a great place to visit as a family. Discover cool things to do in the city including where to eat, play, explore and shop with your family.

Hamtramck may be best known for its rich Polish history and diverse community, but did you know it was named for French-Canadian soldier Jean François Hamtramck? Located in Wayne County, Hamtramck is surrounded by the city of Detroit, except for one part that borders on Highland Park. A variety of popular festivals throughout the year attract visitors from all over the area, and it is a destination for many to get paczkis on Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras.

Here are some places to check out there the next time you visit!

Getting There: Hamtramck is accessible via I-75 or I-94 depending on which side of town and direction you are coming from, Hamtramck is about 5 miles from the center of Detroit.

Where to eat

Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage Co.

Address: 9601 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck

A second generation, family-owned and operated Polish and European-style market with authentic, quality products, this mainstay has been serving the community since 1981. Pick up everything you need for lunch or dinner, including store-made pierogi and soup.

Boostan Cafe

Address: 3470 Holbrook Ave., Hamtramck

One of the go-to local spots for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Find all of your favorite main dishes, salads, sandwiches and more.

Polish Village Cafe

Address: 2990 Yemans St., Hamtramck

This café specializes in serving up traditional Polish dishes, including weekday family dinner specials and packages.

New Palace Bakery

Address: 9833 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck

Known as the Paczki Headquarters, this bakery serves up a plethora of homemade pastries. Grab a coffee and some muffins, cookies, doughnuts — all the sweets — to enjoy!

le detroit macaron

Address: 2756 Evaline St., Hamtramck

Did someone say macaron? However you say it — ldm has them made in the traditional French method. Available for retail purchase or bulk orders for special occasions and events.

Where to shop

Tekla Vintage

Address: 9600 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck

Hunt for unique finds at this old-world boutique with a new-style flair. The collection includes vintage-modern clothing that you can also shop online!

Treehouse Children’s Wear

Address: 9532 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck

Find children’s clothing from infant through pre-teen sizes, including special occasion and school uniforms.

Polish Art Center

Address: 9539 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck

Located in downtown Hamtramck, the Polish Art Center celebrates the rich cultural history of Poland. Take some time to peruse the shop and see all of the treasures this emporium has on display. It offers various workshops and educational programs as well.

Where to play  

The Fowling Warehouse

Address: 3901 Christopher St., Hamtramck

A pastime that has gained popularity in recent years, fowling is a cross between football, bowling and horseshoes. Reservations can be made, but Sundays are available for open play for all ages 10+.

Keyworth Stadium

Address: 3201 Roosevelt St., Hamtramck

Home of the Detroit City Football Club, make it a family outing and take in a match. Concessions feature a rotation of food trucks from local area restaurants. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.detcityfc.com.

Parks

Address: Various locations throughout the city

Run and play at one of the many parks, including Zussman Park, Veterans Park, Pope Park, Holbrook Garden Park, Sarah Garrett Park, and the new Salam Peace Park.

What to explore

Ukrainian American Archives & Museum

Address: 9630 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck

A research and educational center on the Ukrainian immigration to Michigan and their contributions to the United States, it features a collection of folk art and fine art. Guided tours for groups can be scheduled.

Hamtramck Historical Museum

Address: 9525 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck 

A non-profit, owned and operated by the Friends of Historical Hamtramck, the museum is located next to the Polish Art Center and chronicles Hamtramck’s history. Open Saturdays and Sundays, as well as by appointment.

Hamtramck Disneyland

Address: 12087 Klinger, Hamtramck 

Created by Dmytro Szylak over 30 years, the 1,945-square-foot folk art installation known as “Hamtramck Disneyland” can be viewed from the alleyway between Sobieski and Klinger north of Commor and south of Carpenter. Mr. Szylak died in 2015, but today the installation is owned and maintained by Hatch Art. There is an ongoing effort to restore and preserve the original intention of the artist.

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