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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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29115 Greenfield Rd, Southfield, MI 48076, USA
Enjoy a delicious cup of organic coffee or fresh-pressed juice as your kids have the time of their lives in this fun mini-Detroit play city. From pretending to be pizza makers or post office workers to crewing the automotive factory (of course—it...
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26010 Greenfield Rd, Oak Park, MI 48237, USA
Book Beat is a rare gem—even if independent bookstores weren’t so hard to find. The photography and children’s sections are especially extensive, and there are several pop-culture titles. Browse the many new and used reads, or come for an author...
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29508 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield, MI 48034, USA
Normally, you wouldn’t think of vegetarian fare as comfort food, but Southern Nosh makes it possible. Locals flock for the fried green tomatoes and cornbread, not to mention the homemade blueberry pie. There are also veggie ‘chicken’ dishes and...
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26300 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, MI 48076, USA
Southfield Public Library is an epicenter of community life in metro Detroit. The expansive building is set on a gorgeous campus with water features and an outdoor seating area. They offer three floors of books, multimedia, live performances,...
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Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI 48124, USA
When he wasn't tightening up the assembly line, American innovator Henry Ford was assembling quite a collection of priceless pieces. The Henry Ford museum—located at a midway point between the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County airport and the...
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8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067, USA
Peacocks roam free, you can walk underneath polar bears, you can even get up close and personal with the giraffes. There's also a railroad and carousel. The historic Detroit Zoo is the perfect place to take your children for an afternoon of fun in...
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39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304, USA
On the first Friday of each month, Cranbrook's Science Institute is open free after 5:00 p.m. It's a chance to roam with dinosaurs, gaze at stars through powerful telescopes, chill out in the ice age exhibit, learn more about the history and...
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28123 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334, USA
There are museums and centers scattered around the United States that deal with the tragedy of the Holocaust. What sets the Farmington Hills Holocaust Memorial Center apart from other such establishments is that here, the focus is on highlighting...
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29110 Franklin Rd, Southfield, MI 48034, USA
What sets Pizzeria Biga apart from other Italian restaurants and pizza parlors is the care that goes into their menu and the daily creation of the dishes and pizzas that exit their kitchen. Yet that same care starts long before the wood fired...
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4233 Coolidge Hwy, Royal Oak, MI 48073, USA
If you're near Royal Oak on a hot summer day, don't miss Ray's Ice Cream. This '50s era soda fountain is the real deal, and they still make all their own ice cream on site.
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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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314 S Main St, Royal Oak, MI 48067, USA
Since 1992, Monterrey Cantina has been serving Royal Oak from its downtown position right on Main Street. With vibrantly painted murals by local Michigan artist Janisse Lahti Larsson, Monterrery Cantina has a history of being a favorite hangout...
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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...