Greektown – Cool Place to Visit in Detroit #8
Greektown – An exciting entertainment district, located in downtown Detroit. The historic Greektown is on Monroe Avenue between Brush and St. Antoine Streets. Most buildings in the area are open to the public and range from dining, to bars, lounges and even a casino.
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This area was first developed by German immigrants and consisted of mostly housing. In the early 20th century many of the German immigrants moved out of the area and Greek immigrants moved in. Over time it became mostly commercial and the Greek residence moved away; a society was formed to help preserve aspects of the district. The Greektown Preservation Society was created with the goal of preserving the Victorian era style buildings and streets. They also help to promote the areas array of restaurants, shops and nightlife.
There are a couple staple Greek-style restaurants that are worth a try, New Parthenon and Pegasus Taverna. I’ve been to New Parthenon, great place to stop and eat after hitting the night life. They’re open until 3 a.m. everyday!
In 2015, the Greektown Preservation Society did what they called “Greektown at Sundown”, this closed off Monroe Ave to all vehicles. It allowed for events and activities to take place in the street, such as live music and street performers. The streets were blocked on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. during the 4 weeks that the event lasted.
My recommendation on places to visit in the Greektown district:
Astoria Pastry Shop – They offer a large variety of sweets from strawberry shortcake to baklava. Everything is amazing and reasonably priced. My personal favorite is the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake!
New Parthenon – They have amazing late night food options and are very reasonably priced! Don’t forget to order the flaming cheese!
Where can you find Greektown?
Greektown is located on Monroe Avenue between Brush and St. Antoine Streets.