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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...
Detroit, MI 48242, USA
Detroit is a colorful, gritty, oft-misunderstood city. If you get a chance to visit, or if you're connecting to somewhere else, there's one colorful aspect of the city that is a can't miss: the rainbow tunnel at DTW. The tunnel connects Concourse...
2233 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Conveniently close to Tiger Stadium, Fox Theatre, and many of the best nightlife spots Detroit can offer, Hot Taco is a great choice for post-event satisfaction. It's also excellent for lunch, a snack, dinner, or really any time of day you might...
2901 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Pair a Wine Spectator Award–winning wine list with the menu of the only Four-Diamond restaurant in the city of Detroit, and the stunning views from the dining room's plush booths and cozy tables are really just a bonus. (It's perfect for a group...
4120 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Garden Bowl was built in 1913 and is America’s oldest, still-active bowling center. In the '20s it was known as the "working man's country club," and now it is a part of one of the largest entertainment venues in Detroit (which includes The...
2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers, is the perfect destination for any group and any person of any age. It's an ideal date spot for sports fans and a place where even a solo traveler can enjoy a fun afternoon. It's also located in the heart...
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...
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...
1 Civic Center Dr, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Someone once told me there's no better way to see a city than from the water. In Detroit, that's also the way to straddle the border between the United States and Canada! Take a ride on the Detroit Princess Riverboat and you'll see downtown, Belle...
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...
Greenfield Village, Dearborn, MI 48124, USA
The Henry Ford Museum is a vast playground for history buffs, children, and couples looking for an unusual date. The collection that was started by Henry Ford himself now contains an estimated 26 million artifacts in displays and collections that...
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...
2200 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
With just over a year in business, Green Dot Stables is still new, but owner Jacques and his wife took over a building in Corktown that isn't. Instead, they took it from abandoned and historical to historical but fresh. The interior still retains...
Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, USA
It's America's largest city-owned island park, and it's right in downtown Detroit. Belle Isle is home to an aquarium, a beach, a museum of Great Lakes maritime memorabilia, and the romantic Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, which holds one of...
1439 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
"Have you heard about d'Mongo's? It is Ryan Gosling's favorite place to visit when he comes to town!" Although I never saw Ryan Gosling, bartender Red knew immediately that I was new in Detroit and that I'd never been in before. She recommended I...
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...
4240 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Detroit has style. It has always had style. From cars to music to art, the city has influenced good design and curated good sense since long before it received its current reputation that would suggest otherwise. Walking into Hugh is a reminder of...
422 W Willis St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Avalon International Bakery has been delighting Midtown residents for 16 years. Many of their breads are made with a sourdough starter and favorites amongst regular clientele include: scallion dill (great for grilled cheese sandwiches), beer...
800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Campus Martius Park changes with the seasons. Situated in the heart of downtown, it is reminiscent of New York City's Bryant Park. In summertime, a beach welcomes children of all ages who desire a little sand between their toes. A beach bar, green...
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...
2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
Detroit's theater district is said to be the second-largest in the United States after New York City's, and the historic Fox Theatre is the nucleus of the district. Although the surrounding area exudes a cosmopolitan cool left over from the days...
2130 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
It doesn't matter what time of day you find yourself at Sugar House, the drinks are always incredible. As is their attitude toward the creation of a good libation. Just take this quote on their menu as proof: "We are still heartily of the opinion...
5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
New York, Washington D.C., and Chicago get a lot of the good press when it comes to the arts and art museums, but the Detroit Institute of Arts helps Detroit give these cities a run for their money. The diverse collection is spread out over 100...
20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124, USA
At Greenfield Village, part of The Henry Ford, the goal is to recreate what life was like in the early days of the United States of America. That goal is more than accomplished through the historic structures, activities, and even the work of the...
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