For car enthusiasts, the first stop in Detroit must be the Henry Ford Museum. A company which started in a converted Detroit wagon shop with 10 employees in 1903, has now grown into the second-largest car and truck maker in the world, with a rather significant increase in employees – over 370,000 people now work for the Ford Motor Company world-wide. Started as Henry Ford's personal collection, this museum boasts memorabilia such as the limo in which John F. Kennedy was shot as well as pop culture items, automobiles, locomotives and aircraft.
A musical institution, the Motown Record label launched the careers of some of the most famous artists in history. Founded by Berry Gordy in 1959 on the back of an $800 loan, it grew to sign artists such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. Visit the place where it all started, otherwise known as ‘Hitsville USA’.
For a great insight into American history, a visit to the Wright Museum of African American History is a must. The Museum has a vast permanent collection and ever-changing temporary exhibits; you will see displays and full-scale models of 18th century slaves, in what is an open-minding experience through the exploration of the Afro-American culture.
After the zoo’s opening over 80 years ago, it went on to pioneer the first ‘bar-less’ animal exhibits, which saw exotic animals such as lions and tigers separated from visitors by a series of moats. Nowadays, the zoo houses over 50 endangered species and two entirely extinct elsewhere in the wild.
The man who gave life to the first affordable car, Henry Ford, has left a beautiful legacy in Motor City. One center point of this is the Piquette Avenue Plant, which is now the oldest auto plant open to the public. Admire the first beginnings of the social revolution caused by the ingenuity of Ford.
Standing in the middle of the financial district of Detroit, the Guardian Building is already a feat of engineering on its own, but to actually climb the magnificent landmark skyscraper is, hands down, the best way to view the city. In 1989 this building was designated as a National Historic Landmark and has decorated the Detroit skyline for more than 86 years.
Walk among beautiful murals as you browse the different market stalls. Take in a deep breath of history connected to Detroit and get in touch with the local suppliers. Everything from fresh food to local products, to gifts for anyone. Make sure to check out the Detroit vs. Everybody store which is a real sight to behold.
A grand theater that can bring you to a different world filled with music and visuals. The entire lobby area has been renovated back to how it looked in the early 20th century and will make you stand in awe. Breathtaking view and excellent sound distinguish this momentous Detroit venue.
Rest your feet and release your stress as you take a seat looking at the river that cuts right through the city. Watch as the seagulls go through their daily lives, boats showing off their vivid colors on a dark blue carpet as you feel a soft breeze going through your hair.
Be prepared to experience the different facets Detroit has to offer in a real life setting. Walk the actual cobblestone roads that paved the way during the old Detroit days, or pay a visit to the detailed train exhibit. Don't worry about reading too much, the museum has provided you with very educational video material.
Embrace serenity and peace of mind as you walk through this catholic church beholding the painted ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows. The cornerstone for the first church was laid over 150 years ago and the cavernous feeling you get because of the large rear grottoes is very memorable.
Ford Field is the impressive football stadium where Detroit's pride plays, the Lions. Expect good food, many opportunities to buy from vendors and intense solidarity among fans. The painted faces, the shouting, cheering, doing the wave, are all parts of being in Detroit´s sports arena. Concerts are also held here; the Ford Field has seen several big names just like other significant events.
Developed along Bagley Street and Vernor Street, Mexicantown is a hotspot for cultural engagement. Take a look around and experience all it has to offer. Here, the Mexican community began to settle in the 1940s and it has grown into a district of vivacious-color buildings, hand painted signs and lots of Mexican restaurants. Make sure to visit the Honey Bee Market which offers a variety of food and local products.
The unique location, in the middle of the Detroit River, makes Belle Isle Park a perfect spot to take a stroll and leisurely take delight in beholding the surroundings. A significantly versatile park, it offers exquisite greenhouses, athletic fields, an aquarium and also, what is left of the old forests that covered the entire area prior to settlement.
Detroit´s major activities take place here. Get your swimsuit ready; when the warm season comes this park transforms itself into a lively beach. Still too chilly to reveal your pale skin? Whether it's summertime or wintertime you may experience some real fun here. In fact, it hosts an ice rink and some enchanting Christmas trees every year. As well as being the most desired location for events, the park is also a great place to relax and enjoy a drink or some food at the Fountain Bistro.
Born from an idea of Henry Ford II, this group of seven interconnected skyscrapers was intended to boost Detroit's economy. The central tower is the tallest and certainly the most iconic building in Detroit which, with its majestic figure, offers an ideal observation point. This modernistic construction houses the General Motors and it is doubtlessly worth the visit.
A major crossroad of Detroit's musical scene, it is certainly the crown jewel of Detroit's entertainment district. The historical building boasts exquisite architecture and some magnificently intricate facades at the sides of the stage. It is a fantastic venue featuring staggering performances.
With an award-winning beer selection, the Detroit HopCat certainly does take its beer seriously; from local craft beers to some unique gems from across the world, you will certainly find something that will blow your mind away. Food is also served here: delicious burgers with crispy chips, mouth-watering club sandwiches and much more. You won't be disappointed.
Located by the Detroit River, this elegant and finely decorated restaurant offers a sophisticated, yet casual atmosphere. The name gives it away; seafood at the Joe Muer is what they do best: fresh sushi, shrimp cocktail or peculiarly prepared dover sole, they are all to die for.
Pioneer of the so-called square-pizza in Detroit, Buddy's Pizza has recently celebrated its 70th anniversary: 70 years of great service, attention to detail and of course fantastic Sicilian-style pizza. Since it opened, in 1945, Buddy's Pizza has developed a varied menu which offers not only pizza but also sandwiches, pasta and burgers.
Whether you are a vegetarian foodie or just extremely tired of the broad spectrum of meaty dishes served in Detroit, this is the place for you. Located in Detroit's cultural district, it offers a perfect solution for your post-museum dinner, serving exquisite almond cheese, char-grilled vegetables salad and loads of gluten-free options.
If it's the real Mexican experience you are after, you won't be disappointed here. Located in the quaint Mexican district of Detroit, take a stroll down the street enjoying the view of hand painted colorful murals and finish off your evening at Mexican Town for delicious food, huge portions and unrivaled margaritas.
Carefully selected ingredients captured at the peak of the season and attention to details are some of the peculiarities of this restaurant. The ever changing menu varies with the seasons to give a unique flavor to every single dish which is accurately designed by their passionate chefs.
Great paella, meat and seafood, all rigorously cooked in a traditional Cuban style. And once you've eaten to the limit, the best way to digest the huge dinner is certainly to try out some salsa moves. Every Friday and Saturday evening get ready for free salsa classes.
Offering great events and concerts, this venue is the perfect spot to have a great evening and enjoy a delicious dinner. The decor and the wood curved ceiling will bring you back to a different era while listening to some entertaining jazz music. The wide menu offers steaks, seafood and some interesting appetizers.
Who would have thought that a Mexican-Italian restaurant could offer such a delightful range of dishes. A great combo that will bring food-pleasure to another level, this restaurant located on one of the main roads of Detroit certainly combines the best of the Italian and Mexican cuisine.
Piano music in the background and an old-fashion atmosphere combine perfectly with premium cuts of steaks, mouth-watering appetizers and seafood. Complete your dinner with premium whiskey and the finest cigars; at the Cigar Lounge you will be brought back to a different era.
Detroit appears to be extraordinarily good in combining different cuisines and in making the most of it. Townhouse Detroit has two bars, a whiskey room and a seafood bar and it offers burgers, steaks, pasta and lots of different options for a vegetarian dinner too. The Townhouse represents an innovative dining destination in the heart of downtown Detroit and it certainly won't let you down.
Were you wondering how to maximize your Detroit experience? Eat what Detroiters do: fast food. High-quality and specially-seasoned hot dogs have been served in this family-run business since 1917: infinitely tasty and so full of flavor that you will forget about counting the calories for a while.
Located in the peculiar district of Greektown, Santorini Estiatorio will bring you to a new dimension of Mediterranean flavors and Greek rustic decors. Let yourself be carried away to Santorini Island and forget for a minute you are in Detroit while you experience some Moussaka or some braised lamb shank cooked to perfection.
Choose one of the tempting sandwiches or salads offered on the menu or create your own as you like it. Mudgie's Deli combines the freshest ingredients supplied daily by local farmers and in-house roasted meat, to create unique flavors that will certainly satisfy your appetite.
Elegant interiors and romantic atmosphere further emphasized by the stunning view of the city; located at the top of the Renaissance Center, the Coach Insignia is a crown jewel among dining destinations in Detroit. It serves innovative American cuisine ranging from premium steaks to seafood and it boasts a kids menu and a vegetarian one.
Awarded Detroit's Restaurant of the Year by the Detroit Free Press, it seems to be the finest steakhouse in town. Exceptional steaks served plain with sea salt and olive oil, Crab Bernaise or some other mouth watering sauce. Accompany your meal with a chilled beer, they are all carefully chosen by some expert beer sommeliers.
Rock lovers will be delighted by another great branch of the Hard Rock Cafe. Boasting some legendary memorabilia, it is also a great place to enjoy American cuisine and pleasant music. Located just a few steps away from Detroit´s main attractions such as Detroit Opera House, Campus Martius, and the sport fields, it is ideal for brunch or a terrific dinner.
Located in Detroit's oldest neighborhood, Astro Coffee Shop blends perfectly with the surroundings and it is certainly the spot to hit if you find yourself in the quaint district of Corktown. Although it is such a tiny cafeteria, this family run business will surprise you with freshly baked goods and delicious coffee supplied by reliable roasters from around the country.
The name hints at a peculiar feature of the place: the distinctive piano-shaped bar painted with a keyboard motif, a quirk of the Baker's Keyboard Lounge that reminds of the relevance of music in this classic jazz club. Just like it was over 70 years ago, when it first opened, this intimate venue with Art-Deco furniture and amazing music, creates an enchanting atmosphere and a perfect place to enjoy fine drinks and an unforgettable dining experience .
A tiny classy wine bar and shop where you will enjoy a glass (or two) of some of the most delicious wine from all over the world. Let yourself get carried away by the great jazz music played in the background while nibbling on some snacks. You may also join one of the frequent wine tastings, where you can try 18 different wines accompanied by cheese, charcuterie and antipasti.
With a history that dates back to the 1930s, this Bavarian-style pub was built by German immigrants and it's been handed down from one generation to another to what is now the great-great-nephew of the old ancestor who initially built the place. Great Bavarian food is served here, as well as traditional German beer.
La Casa De la Habana is a great cigar bar, a perfect part of the ultimate Detroit lifestyle. Located in Detroit's downtown area, it's perfect to relax and forget about the stress of daily life for a moment. Let the knowledgeable bar staff suggest you a drink or a cigar. They dedicate themselves to deliver a great experience and to provide a cozy, inviting setting to enjoy a cigar with premium whiskeys or delicious cocktails.
Join the Downtown Louie's Lounge for the happy hour: you will be amazed by the abundance of options to choose from, all rigorously discounted. Cheap drinks and appetizers is the perfect combination for a memorable afternoon. The place also offers plenty of dishes and upscale cocktails.
Upscale lounge bar located on the top floor of the Whitney Restaurant, this old mansion is classically designed and it will certainly make you wonder. Not only for its vaulted ceilings and antique windows but also for its dramatic history. Legend has it that David Whitney Jr died in the mansion and has, since then, infested the house with a supernatural presence.
This intimate venue is located in downtown Detroit, not far from Greektown and other Detroit attractions. Have a traditional Greek dinner or just a cruise around the center and pop into St. Andrew's Hall, which offers great concerts of emerging singers, tribute bands and some other events.
Local craft beer and a wide range of dishes to choose from - Grand Trunk Pub is a hidden gem in the heart of Detroit. If you walk by, you will surely notice it: this historical building dates back to 1879, when it used to serve as a jewelry shop, and its architecture is doubtlessly spectacular.
Another hotspot of downtown Detroit, The Keep is an upscale bar with a romantic atmosphere that will bring you back to the 20s. Sip one of their stylish cocktails at the exquisite patio or at the bar, where an antique TV shows old black and white movies, it will be a memorable experience.
A book shouldn't be judged by its cover. This rule applies also to Abick's Bar. If you passed by, you would never tell this is a bar but if you know where it's located you will certainly come back. Fairly priced drinks and friendly bartenders are some of the ingredients of this tiny but cozy local spot.
An old school country flare with a twist of Detroit, the warm surroundings and rustic interiors complement perfectly the pleasant music and the delightful aroma of whiskey throughout the room. With 100 whiskeys, crafty cocktails and alcohol-infused dishes, the only problem will be what to go for.
Walk among beautiful murals as you browse the different market stalls. Take in a deep breath of history connected to Detroit and get in touch with the local suppliers. Everything from fresh food to local products to gifts for anyone. Make sure to check out the Detroit vs. Everybody store which is a real sight to behold.
Let yourself be fascinated by the charm of this shop of used and rare books. Wander through the three floors of the building and get ready to find some unique pieces. Don't expect to spend only 10 minutes here, though: once you start browsing around you will find something able to amaze you around every corner.
Luxury shops, stunning decors, and valet parking as well as a full-service concierge staff provided; the Somerset Collection is an upscale shopping mall located in Metro Detroit, Troy. With four department stores and 180 shops, it represents the ultimate shopping experience.
Looking for some kitschy souvenirs from Motor Town? Pure Detroit has everything you may look for, from Detroit T-shirts to refrigerator magnets. Located in the lobby of the Fisher Building, it offers also peculiar items you won't find anywhere else. Take a look at the seatbelt belts and the seatbelt bags - they are made from Detroit cars.
Offering a great variety of brands, Moosejaw Detroit is a favorite in Detroit's downtown clothing shopping scene. Here you will find lots of jackets and shoes as well as backpacks and cool Detroit apparel. The friendly and attentive staff will help you choosing the perfect outfit for every occasion, whether it's a romantic date or your heading down to a Tiger game, you will find what you are looking for.
Since 1893 Henry The Hatter has provided exclusive products in Detroit and has become a milestone in hat retail. They provide fellow hat lovers with the many different styles and brands the industry has to offer. They carefully select their suppliers with quality and style in mind, to ensure that only the best, at the best price, is delivered.
Another excellent shop in downtown Detroit, John Varvatos offers exclusive, yet casual, men's clothing. Browse at the shop and try on one of their outfits, they fit perfectly and they are the latest trend in fashion. The decor and furniture will also fascinate you - the 1980s interiors complement the atmosphere perfectly.
Ever heard of a shop entirely committed to producing and selling ice lollies? Featuring a gourmet popsicle shop, Detroit won't stop surprising you. The recently opened shop offers handcraft treats made from the best ingredients. "Happiness is meant to be shared" is the heartfelt motto of the owners and they certainly succeed in doing so.
Inspired by the different elements of Detroit culture, it houses their own peculiar brand designed from innovative ideas suggested by the observation of the world around them. Check out the hip T-shirts and sweatshirts, ideal for those who nostalgically fantasize about the old, dangerous Detroit.
The Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) is located 20 miles from Detroit and, with its two terminals, it is a major airport in the United States. A public bus service connects DTW Airport with the surrounding region from stops located at each airport terminal: the bus company SMART provides buses to and from the airport (route 125 and 280 at the North Terminal and route 125 at McNamara Terminal). Alternatively you can rent a car on the northeast corner of the Airport along Lucas Drive. If you'd like to take a taxi, Luxury Sedans and Taxis are available 24/7 from each terminal’s Ground Transportation Center, and no advanced reservation is required.
The downtown area is well connected by a People Mover that covers all the main attractions. If you're planning to travel to the city suburbs, SMART buses has services that run further on (check out the route on the website prior to departure). Bus stops are designed for commuters and they don't provide information.
The main post offices are located within downtown Detroit. You can buy stamps and send postcards to your beloved ones. You will also find many mailboxes throughout the city center. They are blue, with United States Postal Service written on them. Visit www.mailboxmap.com to find the nearest one.
Pharmacies are ubiquitous in downtown Detroit: Griswold Pharmacy 1411 Washington Blvd +1 313 237 9000 CVS Pharmacy 200 Renaissance Ctr +1 313 567 3523 Wayne County Jail Pharmacy 570 Clinton St +1 313 875 4426 Harper University Hospital Phcy (open 24 hours) 3990 John R St Ste H120 +1 313 745 8216