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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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13950 Oak Park Blvd, Oak Park, MI 48237, USA
Open seasonally from August till May, lace up your skates and get skimming across the ice at Oak Park. Ice hockey fans can get a workout at the drop-in sessions and you can sharpen up your skate skills by booking one-on-one time with a pro.
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29410 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034, USA
From fun monthly "sommelier SLAM" wine pairing meals to guest chef dinners, you’re sure of an innovative dining experience when you visit this critics’-favorite Italian restaurant. Ingredients are imported daily from across Italy along with fine...
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32336 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073, USA
Is there a better rainy day or cold weather activity than settling in for some serious browsing of the racks at a secondhand book store? I don’t think so. You’ll find treasures of all kinds at this little store from rare antiquities to signed...
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2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208, USA
Fans of Motown can see the studio where famous artists recorded some of their albums, check out memorabilia, and listen to some classics at the Motown Historical Museum. Their collection is extensive and owns a wonderful array of uncommon photos....
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558 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
If you’re in downtown Detroit and notice an unexpected Mediterranean vibe, you’re probably in Greektown. The area is filled with Greek places to dine and drink, but Pegasus Taverna is continually recommended as the best. This family-owned open...
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25150 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, MI 48075, USA
Jimmy John's is the best place for a quick, quality lunch. Everything is prepared in-house—the bread is baked here, the veggies are chopped here, and the meat is even sliced here—making it the freshest sandwich spot. Prices are reasonable too!
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Conveniently located by the Southfield Public Library, Biggby’s serves up cups of joe in a cozy yet bright environment. Locals come for the sweet, creamy lattes and tasty deserts. There’s a full menu of regular and specialty coffees, along with...
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201 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48075, USA
Step into The Oakland and enter a 1920's speakeasy. The antique-inspired interior is completely sophisticated, and perfect for enjoying this spot's one-of-a-kind cocktails, always mixed to perfection. Take advantage of The Oakland's call-ahead...
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380 Lone Pine Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, USA
Cranbrook Gardens are a nice place for an relaxing afternoon walk. Admission is $6, and a walk through the grounds will take about an hour. Be sure to check out the greenhouses.
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556 W Maple Rd, Birmingham, MI 48009, USA
With broad expanses of green space, large shade trees, and beautifully preserved historic structures, the Birmingham Historical Museum and Park could be mistaken as merely a place to relax. It's a peaceful, quiet reserve.However, it's also a...
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19949 West 12 Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48076, USA
Right on Evergreen Road in the middle of Southfield, in a busy section of office buildings and hotels, the Mary Thompson Farmhouse and still-working farm presents a chance for the visitor to imagine exactly what life was like before the skyline...
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215 W Troy St, Ferndale, MI 48220, USA
Rose Szwed has been leading lively and engaging bus tours with 'Step On' in Michigan and Ohio for more than 10 years. I recommend the tour of Detroit's historic East Side neighborhoods, which includes homes on Lakeshore Drive and a tour of Belle...
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27799 Woodward Ave, Berkley, MI 48072, USA
Vinsetta Garage, the Detroit area's oldest auto repair shop, was recently converted into a hip restaurant and bar. The menu is full of all-American comfort foods, like mac and cheese, pizzas, and burgers. A lot of care has gone into the menu, and...
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29101 Greenfield Rd, Southfield, MI 48076, USA
A fresh movement has begun in Detroit, where urban gardens are replacing empty lots and chefs are sourcing food from vendors close enough that they can walk to pick up their produce. However, Lorraine Platman was using local ingredients and...
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300 Hamilton Row, Birmingham, MI 48009, USA
Commonwealth is a cool cafe, serving up coffee made form beans roasted in-house, and with a great, open atmosphere. On warm days, they open up the large windows for a bit of fresh air, adding to the sense that Commonwealth is a meeting place for...
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901 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
If John K. King Used & Rare Bookstore looks more like an enormous factory than a sweet independent bookstore, consider this: The building, which was once an old glove factory, stuffs more than a million secondhand and rare books onto each of its...