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Detroit Murals in the Market Walking Tour in Eastern Market

Some of the best experiences I’ve had in Detroit up until now have involved murals. The stories they tell, the design and creativity of, and the simple fact that you can touch and interact with them has made for eye-opening experiences when in the city. Recently I was invited by Feet on the Street Tours to go on an Eastern Market mural tour. Of course I jumped at the chance!

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

During a two-week period every year at the market is the world-renowned Murals in the Market, an international mural and public arts festival. Artists of all ages and skill sets from all over the world converge on Eastern Market to create dozens of new murals. They decorate the streets of this historic market and neighborhood.

The Feet on the Street’s “Murals in the Market Walking Tour” I did took place right after this festival.

Tip: Head down to Eastern Market during the festival to catch the artists in action, watching new murals come to life.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Becky, the Business Manager for Feet on the Street, was our tour guide for the two-hour walk. She was very informative throughout, telling us not just about some of the pieces and their backstories, but also gave a lot of good information about the festival and Eastern Market. You could definitely tell the passion she has for this neighborhood and Detroit. Things were kept light, as there was lots of laughter throughout.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

As we were walking we passed by random coffee spots, meat, produce and international markets, breweries, and a lot more. Add In fruits, vegetables, Christmas trees, plants, etc. if you are touring here on a farmers market day. The hustle-and-bustle and all the people just walking around experiencing this part of Detroit is refreshing to see.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

The tour began and ended along Russell Street in the heart of the market. In between a few pieces, amongst the dozens we took in, caught my eye.

The most Instagrammed mural currently in the area is this 2017 festival edition from Brandan “BMike” Odums from New Orleans and Detroit-based Rick Williams. You can find it at the corner of Adelaide and Orleans.

Murals in the Market, Eastern Market, Detroit, Brandan BMike Odums mural

One that has been around a few years right along Russell Street is “Flyboys” by Hebru Brantley. I check it out every time I am down here.

Flyboys mural, Hebru Brantley in Eastern Market, Detroit

I had no idea murals could go 3-D?! Detroit-based artist Ellen Rutt brings various shapes and colors to life in an alley off Orleans between Adelaide and Winder Streets.

Murals in the Market, 3-D mural by Ellen Rutt, Eastern Market, Detroit

I will let the rest of the murals and Eastern Market scenes tell the story.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Todays tour just added to the memorable Detroit mural walk experiences I’ve enjoyed. I highly recommend checking out the Detroit Eastern Market murals, even if on your own.

Detroit Eastern Market Mural Walk - Murals in the Market Festival 2018

Feet on the Street gives other Eastern Market tours, like their “Come Hungry, Leave Happy” food tour, which I have experienced. Private, customized Detroit tours for various size groups are also offered. You can find Feet on the Street on Facebook and Twitter.

Checkout The First Detroit Mural Photo Walk I did many years ago.

Have you ever gone on a city mural walk? Any that you would recommend?

#ElCafeDe2013 Coffee tip of the week: Take Home A Bag.

You’re at the coffee shop and enjoying great, flavorful coffee like I was at Germack Coffee Roasting Company in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Detroit recently.

Germack Coffee, Eastern Market, Detroit, Michigan

Whether your around home or traveling you’ll want to experience the same cup of coffee again so you should…

Tip #5: …take home a bag of coffee beans or grounds.

Germack Coffee, Eastern Market, Detroit, Michigan

You never know when you’ll be back and you’ll have the chance to experience the same coffee deliciousness at home. In this case I also bought a bag to give to a friend to experience what I did. I sent a bag of Germack’s Guatemalan Antigua Panchoy to Karla of Traveller soul. 🙂

The Holidays at Detroit’s Eastern Market.

This past Saturday morning I went down to Detroit’s historic Eastern Market to do some holiday shopping and to consume some local coffee. While I was there, I also captured some photos of the holiday scene. Who doesn’t love being at an outdoor market during the holiday season?

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Eastern Market is a six block long public market that has been open since 1891. People were out in full force on this morning.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Even though it’s the winter season here in the Midwest, you’ll still find lots of fruits and vegetables. On the more festive side you can get some cider.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Eastern Market offers plenty of local coffee choices. I went with a latte from Germack Coffee Roasting Co.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

You will find wreathes, baskets and candle arrangements aplenty along with some people spreading the holiday cheer through music.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

I would have liked to light all those candles up. That would have been a pretty scene. 🙂

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

To a lot of people the holidays mean it is poinsettia time.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

I am always on the lookout for a good red one.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Real holiday trees every where you look.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Pine, pine, pine. You gotta love the smell of pine.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

There are lots of pine options in regards to decorations.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Who knows what kinds of holiday items you’ll come across as you walk around outside. Cute reindeer.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

There was a festive atmosphere inside the stores around the market as well, like at DeVries & Co. which has lots of Detroit and Michigan based products.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus stopped by!

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

Love seeing ice sculpting up close. Hope it gets colder in the Midwest so sculptors can showcase their work for longer periods of time.

Detroit, Michigan Eastern Market - holiday season

I was also inspirated to checkout the holiday market scene by a shot of Krakow’s Christmas Market in Poland from Jetting Around.

What markets do you plan to checkout or have in your travels during the holiday season?