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Shopping at Detroit’s Honey Bee Market

A question I often get asked about living in Detroit is, “Where do you grocery shop?” While there may not be a big grocery chain downtown (at least until Whole Foods opens in Midtown later this year), there are plenty of locally owned stores and specialty food shops to choose from. One of the many options is Honey Bee Market in southwest Detroit.

Located behind the old Michigan Central Station, the Honey Bee Market offers both unique Mexican favorites as well as a large selection of traditional produce, meats and spices. I found the prices to be very reasonable and walked out of there with all the ingredients I needed for my New Year’s Eve taco bar for just over $30 (served 12 people).

Honey Bee Market has a large selection of fresh produce.

Upon entering the store you are greeted with free samples of fresh homemade guacamole, salsa and chips. If you like your guac to have a little kick to it, you’ll love this stuff. I’m personally a huge fan! And the homemade tamales? Muy delicioso.

The aisles were a little crowded for a full size shopping cart, but they make the most of the space they have. Plus I’m sure it seemed that way because I (like many people) waited until New Year’s Eve morning to get my shopping done. The checkout process was quick and the staff were all very friendly and willing to answer my questions. And there’s no need to worry about parking since they have a large surface lot.

If you haven’t ventured over to Honey Bee yet, it’s certainly worth a visit — even if you just go to taste the free chips and salsa…though I’m pretty sure once you try it you’ll be hooked!

Honey Bee Market is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The finished product – a taco bar made with items purchased at Honey Bee Market.

Are you a fan of Honey Bee Market? Any favorite products or items you’d recommend trying?

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