Live, Work, Play
Whether you’re looking to take a tour, rent a loft space, find a new job, tailgate before a game downtown, or find an event, Eastern Market is the perfect place for you. This page will help you get connected to one of the most accessible and diverse neighborhoods in Detroit.
Ever since the Detroit Lions moved downtown to Ford Field in 2002, Eastern Market has been a lively, open-air gathering place for thousands of enthusiastic Lions fans. Our parking lots provide plenty of space to park and set up a party around your vehicle. Shuttles run continuously between Ford Field and Eastern Market or tailgaters can make the quick 10-minute walk across the bridge to the football stadium.
Proceeds made from tailgating go to support our mission of operating our markets, providing greater access to good food, and growing local food businesses.
Our various market tours provide a great way to gain a deeper understanding of the unique history of our district, regardless of how much you might know about us already. Find full information below on various tours that allow you to explore our history, artwork, neighborhood businesses, food culture, and much more.
Preservation Detroit Eastern Market Tours
This historical walking tour allows you to journey back to the days of the Underground Railroad, horse-drawn carriages, rumrunners, graveyards, breweries and prisons.
Feet on the Street Tours
Feet on the Street walking tours give you an insider's view of Eastern Market, how it works, our behind-the-scenes stories and plans we have for the future. Along the way, our vendors share samples of their tasty goods!
Urban Agriculture Bike Tours by Wheelhouse Detroit
Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop’s tour will allow you to follow your food from farm to fork. Explore our local food system, engage with local farms and travel the route the food takes to where it reaches your plate.
Art in the Market Tour
Explore our Murals in the Market from the Detroit Design Festival! This tour showcases our colorful mix of murals by internationally acclaimed street artists including many from our native Detroit.
If you are looking for further tour options, please contact us about more options!
Beyond The Market
Eastern Market Corporation offers much more than our popular Saturday market days. We work to shepherd the growth of food and agriculture businesses year round. We are a champion of great partnerships including entrepreneurship programs, endeavors to increase food access, and nutrition education. Go beyond the market and learn about our programs at over 40 different offsite locations below.
Detroit Market Garden
With our cities’ growing interest in creating sustainable communities, The Greening of Detroit launched Detroit Market Garden, a pilot program to close the gap between farm and market. This small-scale farm grows and harvests crops to sell solely in Eastern Market sheds including:
- Field production of dozens of fruits, vegetables and cut flowers.
- Three 30' x 96' solar passive greenhouses to grow food 11 months a year.
- A 30' x 96' heated transplant greenhouse to grow all plants from seed.
- A focus on “closing the loop" for on-site waste and consumption.
Detroit Market Garden also offers adult and youth apprenticeship programs, workshops, tastings and tours. Find out how you can get involved at The Greening of Detroit.
The Dequindre Cut is now fully connected with the completion of the Detroit Link. Built on the site of the old Grand Trunk Railroad line, the 1.35-mile greenway is perfect for walking, biking, exercising, discovering artwork and enjoying our beautiful city. It connects all the way from the Riverfront to Eastern Market to Hamtramck! The Link Detroit project is made possible through a partnership between the City of Detroit, Eastern Market Corporation, Midtown Inc., and our wonderful foundation and State of Michigan partners.
Gratiot Central Market
Gratiot Central Market’s specialty is a wide array of meat choices including beef tongue, oxtail, homemade sausages, goat, lamb, crab, lobster, salmon, and many more! The market also includes a local wine and cheese shop, various restaurants, and a health food supplement store just a short distance from Eastern Market.
Within the market, you can find Red Truck Fresh Produce, which offers fresh produce, healthy prepared foods, and a variety of locally produced goods six days a week. Red Truck is the one place in the market district that you can purchase a head of lettuce year round. The store also runs a workforce training long term unemployed Detroiters, with an additional focus on training veterans. Learn more at the Red Truck Fresh Produce website.
Find hours, contact information, and more for Gratiot Central Market shops in our Business Directory.
Detroit Community Markets
Detroit Community Markets are neighborhood locations where you can buy fresh, affordable, and locally produced food. This network is made up of farmers' markets, farm stands, mobile trucks, and food box programs. These markets seek to improve neighborhoods, support local growers, and create public spaces where residents can come together.
As important as it is to fill our market with the freshest fruits and vegetables, it may be even more important to bring them to communities with little access to wholesome foods. Since 2009, we have established pop-up mobile markets in many Detroit-area locations to create a healthier Southeastern Michigan.
Eastern Market Farm Stand proudly accepts cash, credit/debit, SNAP Bridge Cards, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH, and Senior Market Fresh.
We’ve partnered with several Detroit-based independent grocery stores to promote increased produce consumption and healthy lifestyles. Most “Tasting Stations” are set up inside grocery stores near the produce department to promote healthy eating through the distribution of samples and recipe cards. We also help connect grocery store stores with our Wholesale Market.
Live in the Market
Loft Living in the District
If you're drawn to loft living, this is a rare opportunity to live in the heart of our bustling Eastern Market district. Our neighborhood provides one of the most diverse, well-connected, and authentic experiences that Detroit has to offer. Lofts are available to buy or rent as living spaces and workspaces. Here are more resources about lofts in our area:
Work in Eastern Market
Eastern Market Corporation is looking for qualified people like you to help us nourish a healthier, wealthier, and happier Detroit. Our team is dedicated to maintaining a welcoming, safe and clean environment so that we can effectively manage market programs and operations. We have an active work environment steeped in the tradition of five generations of businesses in our market district. If you share our vision, we encourage you to apply a position below.
Welcome Center Hours
Stop in to ask a question, get maps and recipes, or present your Bridge Card to receive tokens accepted at many vendors under the sheds.
- Saturday 7am-4pm (year-round)
- Tuesday 9am-3pm (June-Sept.)
- Sunday 10am-4pm (June-Sept.)
District shops and restaurants are open after shed hours.
Check our directory for specifics.
1445 Adelaide, Detroit, MI 48207
(between Sheds 2 and 3)
Tailgating at Eastern Market
Defend the den! Join thousands of fans who gather in our parking lots for every Lions game. Come cook out, hang out and grab a shuttle to the game. A one-day parking pass is required.FIND OUT MORE
Host your event with us!
Whether you are having a corporate party, wedding, family reunion, business meeting, media event, or numerous other occasions, Eastern Market's historic setting is the perfect venue for any type of event!Find out more