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
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.
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.
Address: 2990 Yemans St., Hamtramck
This café specializes in serving up traditional Polish dishes, including weekday family dinner specials and packages.
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!
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
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.
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
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+.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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