A Guide to Thriving in Detroit

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  • City Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Detroit

  • USA

  • Michigan

  • Hidden Gems

Downtown Detroit buildings and waterfront.
Curator’s statement

Detroit is a revitalized metropolis with an amazing food, art and culture scene. It is home to the most Black-owned businesses in the United States. The diversity in Detroit is one of the reasons that makes this city so special. There are a plethora of eateries, bars and activities. You will never fret about running out of things to do in this urban landscape. Everyone that goes out of their way to spend time in Detroit is surprised how much they love it, but it's no surprise to the local Michiganders! If you are wanting an authentic city experience, take time to visit Detroit.

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Where to stay in Detroit, Michigan

Detroit Foundation Hotel

Art-forward Detroit institution delivering accordingly in design, gastronomy and experiences.

Shinola Hotel Detroit

Historic hotel given a handsome, modern rinse, in the downtown district of Woodward.

Element Detroit at the Metropolitan

A stylish, modern, eco-conscious hotel in downtown Detroit.

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Things to do in Detroit, Michigan

coastal city with skyscrapers

Riverwalk - Take advantage of a beautiful day and stroll, bike, or jog on the Riverwalk. With views of the Detroit River, city skyline,and Canada, this is a must do.

Eastern Market - This market is open on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and is home to many local food and craft vendors.

The Detroit Zoo - One of the best family attractions near the city. If you have little ones (or you are a kid at heart,) the 15 minute drive to the zoo is worth it.

Sports Events - Downtown Detroit is home to professional football, hockey, basketball and baseball teams. All of the stadiums are within walking distance from one another. The newly built Little Caesar's Arena houses both the Detroit Pistons and Detroit Red Wings.

Belle Isle - An island park in the Detroit River is connected to the city via a bridge. There are many areas to enjoy nature, view historic buildings and many events are held here during the summer. The Belle Isle Aquarium, located on Belle Isle, is the oldest aquarium in the country.

Fox Theater - Check out the Fox Theater's events calendar. This beautiful theater is intricately designed and is a venue for many concerts, plays, comedy shows and more.

Henry Ford Museum - Located in Dearborn, just outside Detroit, the Henry Ford Museum is a must see. Sit in the actual bus that Rosa Parks sat on, go back in time to witness the innovation of the automobile and explore an aluminum circular home that never came to fruition.

Fishing Charters - There are many fishing charters you can take on both the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair. Try your hand at catching a huge muskie, a large freshwater predatory fish.

Detroit Institute of Arts - An art museum with one of the largest collections of exhibits in the country.

Day Trips

Frankenmuth - Roughly 1.5 hours from Detroit is Frankenmuth, Michigan, a Bavarian-esque town. It is home to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland, the world's largest Christmas store. Frankenmuth has many shops and restaurants. Stay at Zehnder's Splash Village and Hotel and let your kids run wild in the indoor waterpark.

Places to eat & drink in Detroit, Michigan

A spread of colorful food on a table.

Mad Nice - A modern Italian eatery with speciality cocktails and Instagrammable decor.

Mom's Spaghetti - Opened in 2021 by none other than the king of Detroit himself, Eminem, this restaurant serves spaghetti and sandwiches via a walk-up window.

Oak and Reel - Craving some seafood? Check out Oak and Reel on E. Grand Blvd. Contemporary Italian cuisine that was name "2022 Restaurant of the Year."

Parc - A to-die-for brunch menu and conveniently located in the middle of it all.

Candy Bar - A super intimate setting that will make you feel like a VIP. Pink plush seating and a large chandelier over the bar. Candy Bar is a must stop.

Grey Ghost - Steak and cocktails...what more could you want?

The Whitney - If you are wanting an upscale suit and tie dinner date, The Whitney is your number one spot. Wow your family, friends, or date with a reservation here.

Lost River - A bar with tropical, tiki vibes. The focus is rum and they have a lot of it...the largest selection in Michigan!

Union Assembly - If you are looking for classic americana eats, Union Assembly is the best spot for grabbing some grub before a game or concert.

The Elephant Room - An intimate setting with a gluten free menu.

Bar Pigalle - French inspired menu matched with an award winning mixologist.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Tori Petry's guide, Motor City Revival: Arts, Culture & Food in Detroit. This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Michigan.

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