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Forget what you may have read or heard in the news, Detroit is the place to visit if you want a vibrant urban scene. Urban gardens, the oldest farmers' market in the U.S., galleries and boutiques, craft breweries, even a burgeoning bike scene—the Motor City has it all.
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1529 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Suds fans should book the short tour with the brewmaster at this relatively modern (2003) brewpub, which is located in the restored historic Hartz Building and has a custom-made tank system in its basement. Eight house beers are available on tap...
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612 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Grand Trunk Pub is in the heart of downtown Detroit on its main artery, Woodward Avenue and very close to Campus Martius Park in a historical building that was once used as the Grand Trunk Railway's ticket office. Before that, it was a jewelry...
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10125 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214, USA
My mother first took me to Pewabic Pottery when I was a child. Returning today, I found it as fascinating as ever. The historic Tudor Revival building on Jefferson that houses Pewabic is now a classroom, showroom, working studio, museum, and...
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440 Burroughs St #129, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
D:hive is a walk-in center for residents of Detroit and visitors to the city, conveniently located on Woodward Avenue in the heart of downtown. A large wall map highlights the different sections of the city and what each has to offer, pop-up shops...
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2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208, USA
The story goes that Paul McCartney was in town for a performance when he decided to make a visit to the MoTown Museum. Entering the famed Studio A he was disappointed to find its legendary Steinway Piano was out of tune and desperately in need of...
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5926 Lincoln St, Detroit, MI 48208, USA
Down a side street not far from MoTown Museum and the Wayne State University's main campus is one of the city's hidden art gems. Lincoln Street Art Park is an evolving community collaboration between local artists, the Michigan Council for Arts...
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Macabees at Midtown, right on Woodward Avenue across from the DIA, is a gem for brunch in the Motor City. Beautiful decor, with a graphic nod to Art Deco, makes for an environment that's comfortable for a long stay, and a great soundtrack had me...
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2727 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Slows Bar-B-Q is known as the place to go in Detroit if you want grilled meat sauced to perfection. But if you find yourself in Eastern Market there's an alternative that even the strongest of wills would be hard pressed to pass up. Bert's on...
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511 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Owner Carolyn claims that what was once a neighborhood dive bar got its current name when a brawl broke out—the former owner held up the keys, asked if anyone wanted to buy a bar and a local teacher said, "sure," which prompted one of his friends...
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300 E Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Elwood Bar and Grill now lies in the shadow of Comerica Park on Adams but it was built in 1936 by Charles Noble at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Woodward Avenue. Moved in 1997 to make way for the new Tigers stadium (Comerica Park) it was and...
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2517 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Germack began in Detroit in 1924 as the Germack Pistachio Company and is the oldest roaster of pistachio nuts in the United States. Today, it occupies more than double the retail space it once did and sells more than just nuts—now the highlight...
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4240 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
The light-filled retail space that is Nora on Cass Avenue is a haven of good design, unusual gifts, and all manner of tempting delights you didn't know you needed. The site claims Nora is a collection of "Scandinavian housewares, Japanese pottery,...