Novi: Detroit Moms’ Favorite Metro Area Cities

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Novi is truly a metro Detroit city that has it all. Growing up in Farmington Hills, Novi was the place to go for anything you wanted to do. Dinner out at a restaurant? No problem. Hanging at Twelve Oaks Mall with your friends in middle and high school? I was there almost every week. I thought I knew Novi like the back of my hand when we moved here one year ago. But since moving to our new hometown, I’ve been surprised at how many hidden gems there are hiding underneath the surface.

I love the local spots that are just off the beaten path from where all the frenzied shoppers and diners blaze through. Getting acquainted with the parks and activities Novi has to offer has been one of the best parts of moving here, and we are still uncovering some wonderful spots to spend our time.

Rotary Park is a hidden gem with a great playground.

3 FAVORITE RESTAURANTS

Toasted Oak | 27790 Novi Rd, 248-277-6000
This is my most favorite restaurant of all time. Great for brunch, happy hour, and dinner.

Shiro | 43180 W Nine Mile Rd, 248-348-1212
Open for lunch and dinner; our favorite is the Las Vegas roll. 

Breakfast Club of Novi | 24255 Novi Rd, 248-773-8038
Their daily specials are incredible. We always get a sweet plate and a savory plate to split.

3 FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Lakeshore Park | 601 S Lake Dr
Due to construction at the park, the beach, park shelters, playground, and restrooms are currently closed. Great walking and mountain biking trails. 

Paradise Park | 45799 Grand River Avenue, 248-735-1050
A fun family attraction with mini golf, go karts, and rides, plus a restaurant and bar. Currently open with limited hours.

ITC Trail | 51000 Eight Mile Rd
A 4.66 mile trail that spans the length of Novi beginning at ITC Community Sports Park.

FAVORITE CULTURAL ACTIVITY

Novi Civic Center | 45175 Ten Mile Rd
Regularly hosts cultural events throughout the year such as youth theatre performances and the Day of the Dead celebration.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR SWEET TREATS

Stuart’s of Novi | 41390 Ten Mile Rd, 248-880-2616
The best place in Novi for unique flavors and treats. Serves both soft serve and hard scoop ice cream.

FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP

No.VI Coffee and Tea | 47490 Grand River Ave, 248-308-2879
A huge menu of unique drinks plus a case filled with homemade pastries.

FAVORITE DATE NIGHT

Big Tommy’s Parthenon and Comedy Club | 40380 Grand River Ave, 248-615-2102
Open for dine-in, not currently booking comedy shows due to COVID-19.

FAVORITE GROCERY STORE

One World Market | 42705-B Grand River Ave, 248-374-0846
A great selection of Japanese groceries and sushi being made fresh all day.

FAVORITE PLACE FOR AN ADULT BEVERAGE

Ascension Brewing Company | 42000 Grand River Ave
The best little microbrewery with great beers and good food. Get here early for a table, especially on trivia nights.

BONUS TIPS TO NOVI

  • Don’t forget about the shopping! Twelve Oaks Mall, Novi Town Center, and West Oaks are great places to spend the day shopping until you drop.
  • Restaurants fill up quickly in Novi. Be sure to make a reservation, call ahead, or arrive early.
  • The Novi Public Library is a great place to grab a coffee from their cafe and sit out on their patio for some quiet time.

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