Home to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor is more than just a cute college town—it's also a great weekend getaway. Whether you're looking for books, beer, or bread, here are some spots to choose from for your 48 hours in town.
Grab a sandwich and pull up a seat inside or out at Zingerman's Next Door, which also has baked treats, gelato, and candy.
An Ann Arbor institution, Blimpy Burger serves burgers with all the toppings you can imagine between an onion bun. For sides, the fried vegetables with ranch sauce will make you reconsider your usual fry order.
Eat cheese, drink wine, and be merry.
Dark and cozy, The Earle has French and Italian dishes, like roasted bulbs of garlic that you can smear over bread, and sautéed beef renderloin with Roquefort.
The locally focused restaurant features dishes like Scotch duck eggs, nettle pasta, and gnocchi with ramp pesto. The desserts are inventive, like Riesling popsicles.
The iconic deli offers all sorts of meats, breads, and cheeses, plus sandwiches and gourmet grocery items. Ask for samples while you're making your purchases!
Whether you want a loaf of bread, decadent desserts, or Hungarian langos bread topped with cream and ham, the Bakehouse is the place to go.
Housed in a beautiful building, the art museum focuses on Asian, African, modern and early Western art. Rotating exhibits explore contemporary artworks.
There are eight beers on tap daily, as well as food. The Steelhead Red is a smooth, caramelly brew, while the Sheerwater IPA is a hop bomb.
A throwback to the days of roadhouse restaurants, Zingerman's Roadhouse has a range of American classics, like Thursday's blue plate special: Eastern North Carolina pulled pork, BBQ beef, BBQ chicken wings, a side of greens, and mashed potatoes. The doughnut sundae is a must-order.
Head here to stock up on cheese and gelato, including bacon pimento cheese and coffee gelato.
Part tea shop, part cafe, the Tea Haus has a variety of teas, which you can get hot or iced, and pastries like macarons.
The downtown pub features beers from Jolly Pumpkin and North Peak. Try a flight of five beers if you can't decide on a single pour.
The large, comfortable brew pub, run by a pair of knowledgable beer nerds, features rotating selections on tap, including sours and IPAs.
American dishes are perfectly executed and wine pairings are spot on. The cured salmon with goat cheese and Greek yogurt sauce is a particular standout.
With a mix of both classics and inventive drinks, the Ravens Club is a great place for a cocktail. The decor is gorgeous, while the bites coming out of the kitchen, like charcuterie, are an ideal match for the drinks.
The airy Cuban street food-inspired restaurant in downtown Ann Arbor is just the spot for a quick, tasty lunch. Choose a frita (Cuban burgers) like black bean or fish and a batido (a milkshake) like coconut, then round out your order with conch fritters and twice-fried plantains.
A cute, cherry-focused shop is an ideal spot to pick up take-home gifts. They carry cherry salsa, cherry wine, and any cherry product you can imagine.
The brand new bookshop is a casual place to browse and relax, and offers readings, story time for kids, and other events. There's an excellent selection of specialty magazines, as well.