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Key Info

407 N. 5th Ave.

Price & Hours

Free
Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Details

Free, Cafes, Neighborhood/Area, Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 4.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

If you are looking for an authentic Ann Arbor culinary experience, Kerrytown is the place to find it. Named after County Kerry in Ireland, the district was part of the original Ann Arbor village dating back to the mid-1800s. In the 1960s, developers added a central shopping and dining area to the eclectic neighborhood and called it Kerrytown Market & Shops. Much of the architectural character from decades past still remains; visitors can expect to find brick buildings and sidewalks, original exposed beams, converted 19th-century factories and more.

Kerrytown Market & Shops is home to some of the city's most beloved dining mainstays, including the Ann Arbor Farmers Market and Zingerman's Deli, a local institution that's served up premium deli sandwiches (including its famous Reuben), cheeses, olive oils, smoked fish and more since 1982. Among other meat, fish and produce markets, you'll also find sit-down restaurants with cuisine ranging from vegan to Korean, plus a Sweetwaters coffee shop location.

Food isn’t the only reason to visit the Kerrytown neighborhood. Here, you'll also find Braun Court – a noted LGBTQ-friendly hangout spot – and the Kerrytown Concert House, a 110-seat jazz venue located inside of a residence dating back to the 1860s. On top of that, Kerrytown Market & Shops has an array of local boutiques selling handmade jewelry and art, antiques, spices and teas, toys and paper products.

Most recent visitors loved the farmers market and unique storefronts at Kerrytown Market & Shops, noting it is a great area to stroll around even if you aren't buying anything. However, a few were surprised to discover parking was not free; keep in mind you may have to pay at the meter or in the garage depending on when you visit and where you choose to park. Some parking zones are free all day on Sundays and after 5 or 6 p.m. throughout the week.

The Kerrytown Market & Shops complex lists its hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Individual shops and restaurant hours may differ. Check Kerrytown's website for more information.

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