Skip To Content

Royal Oak

A little bit about Royal Oak

The City of Royal Oak requires no introduction to the Detroit metropolitan area. Conveniently located near several major thoroughfares, Royal Oak’s location is prime. This is evident in the steady rise of property values throughout the city. Royal Oak has maintained the appeal of a small town while affording many of the amenities of a large metropolis. Because of its respect for diversity, the city’s composition is truly eclectic. The population represents a diverse mix of individuals, age groups, incomes, and a myriad of residential home styles. Combined efforts of a proactive city government and Downtown Development Authority over the past several years have brought about a metamorphosis of the city’s central business district. Downtown improvements have included changes to the landscape that encourage socialization.

The renaissance of Royal Oak unveiled the city’s charm. Visitors to Main, Washington and other downtown streets experience the city’s unique sense of place and identity. This sentiment can be shared by pedestrians ambling along the downtown streetscapes that feature brick paving, street furniture, tree and flower plantings. It can be felt among patrons of the theatres, upscale restaurants, coffeehouses and distinctive shops. Visitors to downtown Royal Oak enjoy the pedestrian-friendly atmosphere and social interaction.

A multitude of flora paints Royal Oak’s landscape and explains why the city is often called the “City of Trees”. Accounts by early Royal Oak residents describe the area as covered with enormous oak, beech, maple, basswood, linden, elm, hickory, tulip, black and white ash, black walnut and butternut trees. In 1936, the “City of Trees” committee was organized to study suitable tree types and promote their planting throughout the city. In 1938, the committee obtained 60 acorns that were direct descendants of the royal oak tree in England, from which the City of Royal Oak derived its name. The acorns were nurtured and grown at the Detroit Zoo, and some were transplanted to Memorial Park in 1948.

  • Best Restaurants
    • Red Coat Tavern (best burgers)
    • Inn Season Cafe (best vegetarian)
    • D’Amato’s Restaurant & Goodnite Gracie Martini Bar (great martinis)
    • Tom’s Oyster Bar (a royal oak classic)
    • Atomic Coffee (great atmosphere, coffee, and tea)
    • Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina (good pizza, wine, and atmosphere)
    • Ale Mary’s (craft beer specialties)
    • Cupcake station (enough said)
    • Astoria Pastry Shop (large variety)
    • Lockhart’s BBQ (awesome pulled pork)
    • Red Fox (fun outdoor patio, sports, and craft beer)
    • Detroit Taco (delicious Mexican food and quick)
  • Unique Boutiques
    • Rail & Anchor
    • Hermz Boutique
    • Saffron
    • Pitaya
    • Studio Sandra
    • Blu Jean Blues
    • Kitty LaRue Boutique
    • The Dirt Label
    • Noir Leather
    • Made in the Mitten
  • Community Events and Festivals
    • Ford Arts, Beats, and Eats – Labor Day weekend
    • Royal Oak Farmer’s Market
    • Shakespeare in the Park
    • Paws in the Park 
  •    Points of Interest
    • Detroit Zoo
    • Emagine Theater and Star Lanes (movies and luxury bowling, movie bar)
    • Holiday Market (food and wine tasting room)
    • Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle (live stand-up, drinks)
    • Royal Oak Music Theater
    • Main Art Theater