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Forget what you've read or heard in the news, Detroit is the place to visit if you want a vibrant urban scene ripe with opportunities to dine, shop, learn and explore. From urban gardens within city limits, to the oldest farmer's market in the United States to galleries and boutiques, craft breweries and even a burgeoning bike scene: Detroit has it all.
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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...
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123 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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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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1114 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
The Westin Book Cadillac is located in the heart of downtown Detroit, inside a historic building that has been renovated to reflect the best in modern luxury and amenities. With a pool, spa, fitness center, meeting and conference rooms, gift shop,...
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2233 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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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...
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2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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300 E Adams Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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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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612 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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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2200 West Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
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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...
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22742 Woodward Ave, Ferndale, MI 48220, USA
The Detroit Improv Festival is an annual event that fills theaters in the greater Detroit area with improvisational acts from around the United States. During the night I attended, there were local acts, as well as a group from Chicago. Tickets...
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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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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...
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2457 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
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On a Saturday during the summer, the line for Supino Pizzeria can stretch around the block. The nearby Eastern Market can draw a crowd of 30-40,000 people and most of those have heard just how legendary the pizza is at this artisan outpost. Brave...
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1439 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
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"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...
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1345 Division St #102, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
The Eastern Market neighborhood is expanding to become a haven for the arts as much as for those seeking fresh, locally sourced food. Signal Return is a product of that expansion. Open every Saturday (the main market day) as well as Thursdays and...
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2727 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
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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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2489 Russell St, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
Rocky's has been in business in Detroit since 1969. In its current form on Russell Street in the Eastern Market neighborhood, it's a superstore for candy and nuts. However, it also offers spices, oils, specialty cooking items like gluten-free...
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70 W Alexandrine St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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This cafe in a garden on a side street in Detroit serves up perfect French crepes, fresh salads and a variety of other menu items that really replicate the experience of dining in France. Their coffee drinks come in a mug the size of Paris herself...
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511 W Canfield St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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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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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...
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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,...
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441 West Canfield Street, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
The word "shinola" was popularized during World War II when the phrase, "You don't know shit from Shinola" became a commonplace colloquialism. Back then, it referred to a Texas brand of shoe polish, which was government issue for all soldiers. In...
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422 W Willis St, Detroit, MI 48201, USA
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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...
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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...
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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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5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
The Michigan Science Center is one of Detroit's most kid-friendly museums. Located very close to downtown, right next to the Detroit Institute of Art, it has hosted traveling exhibits like Bodies but the permanent exhibits are more than enough of...
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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...
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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...
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200 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, USA
Efficiently tucked into one of the smallest buildings I've ever been in, at the intersection of Grand River and Griswold in Detroit, lies Urban Bean Co. I do not know if their midcentury modern design and decor is original (though I tried to find...
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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...
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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...