Ann Arbor has a diverse international food scene, with over 300 restaurants offering fare ranging from authentic Ethiopian cuisine to scrumptious Eastern European food, and from award-winning Italian restaurants to delicious American classics. Indulge in gourmet desserts and hand-crafted ice cream just steps from local parks and public playgrounds. For a pet-friendly meal, take advantage of the beautiful patio dining downtown, or consider grabbing a plate to-go from a local food truck. You’ll find a variety of world-class eateries, cafés, delightful farmers markets, and a welcoming environment when you visit Ann Arbor.
Craft beer culture in Ann Arbor is vast and varied. Home to brewers specializing in ales, lagers, sours, and more, you’ll find the perfect beer for you in the Ann Arbor area. Many breweries also serve unique and unusual food pairings - from vegan poutine to Asian street food and everything in between - as well as traditional pub fare like juicy burgers, cheddar ale soup, barbeque and more. Cocktails are more your thing? Ann Arbor does cocktails as well. With multiple distilleries in the area, your spirits may have been produced right here in the city. Cocktail bars in the Main Street Area and beyond boast award-winning bartenders and atmospheres ranging from chic and eclectic to cozy and welcoming.
The diverse city of Ann Arbor provides the perfect atmosphere for internationally-inspired cuisine to thrive. Here, you’ll find food with origins in Moroccan home cooking, Korean comfort food, Polish fine dining, Italian traditions and much more. For internationally-inclined Foodies, you can’t beat the Ann Arbor area!
Special Diets Welcome!
Vegetarians and vegans will find much to love and enjoy in the Ann Arbor area, as well. Several restaurants cater exclusively to plant-based diners, and many more intentionally offer an array of menu items that are designed to be, or can changed to be, appropriate for vegans and vegetarians. Gluten-free dining is also prevalent in Ann Arbor, and the area boasts a gluten-free bakery.
Ann Arborites are especially passionate about their food sourcing. The local food economy is a hot topic in the Ann Arbor area, and it shows through the restaurants and dining experiences available to locals and visitors alike. Local farmers’ products are showcased prominently on a plethora of menus throughout the city, and can be purchased at local-centric shops that work specifically with area farmers, bakers and producers. Want to see for yourself? Head out to one of the area orchards or farms and taste some cider, visit the dairy goats, or pick blackberries or tomatoes.
Ann Arbor’s food scene has generated plenty of attention in the press. Bon Appetit has been particularly impressed with the cheesemakers and fermenters in the area, and Cosmopolitan envies one of our coffee shops in particular. Forbes is interested in the donuts at one of Ann Arbor’s long-standing bakeries, and the Huffington Post published an entire piece about one of the area’s summer camps for adults, centered around bacon. With accolades from The New York Times, the Washington Post and more, we’re proud to see praise for the dining scene in Ann Arbor.
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