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.
3 FAVORITE RESTAURANTS
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.
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
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
FAVORITE GROCERY STORE
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.