Detroit is slowly coming back as one of the greatest US cities and with a revitalized and vibrant downtown this city is proving to be a place you have to visit this year. It is renowned as the birthplace of Motown and Techno, and it has one of the largest theatre districts in America. Oh and also four pro sports teams just blocks apart! If you’re not into sports then you can enjoy some outstanding shopping and great innovative food.
In this bustling, revitalized city, it can be hard to figure out just how to best spend 72 hours exploring. So make sure you use our guide on your Detroit adventure as it helps you discover the very best this city offers.
A great trip always starts with a great spot to park your stuff and rest at night. So find a perfect spot that matches what you are looking for. We have two splendid options for you. If you’re looking for a hotel with style and with endless experiences to offer then book at room at Greektown Casino hotel. Here you can stay in a room just a few minutes away from casino fun and great restaurants. The hotel is located in Greektown which is a brilliant spot to explore as well. If you’re more on a budget but still looking for a great place that feels like home then stay at Hostel Detroit. This is a superb option, not just to sleep but also to meet people. And the staff working here love to connect and can share many great stories and suggestions about the city of Detroit!
To begin the first day in Detroit you will make your way to Wasserman Projects for some culture. This is a gallery that features immersive exhibitions and performances from artists working across all disciplines and around the world. Wasserman Projects promotes work from both locals and international artists, and it’s a great spot to soak in some Detroit culture. So head here to start your first day.
This afternoon you will eat lunch at a super cool spot called POP + offworld. They serve some awesome New York style pizza in a space with a full and atmospheric bar. And did we mention that they have a very cool arcade? Basically, you might want to stay here all afternoon and night.
Feel like a delicious treat after your pizza and games? If your answer is yes, which we are sure it is, then it is time for Bon Bon Bon! This is a one of a kind place to hit up in Detroit. Especially if you love chocolate as much as we do! These beautiful, delicious little treats pack two polite bites (if you can contain yourself to two) packed with flavour. Using French techniques, a lot of local ingredients and artistic interpretation you can choose from classic flavours to familiar, to exotic and even bizarre. Trust us, you just have to try it!
Tonight, your first evening in the vibrant city of Detroit, you will have dinner at the fantastic The Rattlesnake Club. This is Detroit’s premier riverfront restaurant. It is locally grown, seasonally sourced and classically inspired and dates back to 1988. You will enjoy a fine dining experience while taking in the views of the skyline in an elegant space, or maybe in their seasonal Garden terrace. You are guaranteed to enjoy a delicious meal in the perfect setting!
Before the night is completely over you have to taste more of Detroit at Two James Spirits. Head to their tasting room where you can try a flight and cocktails made with the spirits produced in house. If you’re really loving what you’re trying, which we bet you are, then you can also buy bottles here to bring back as a souvenir. That is if you don’t open it for a night cap at the hotel.
There is only one right way to start your second day in Detroit. And that is to go to Cacao Tree Cafe. They have organic superfood smoothies and “shots” like wheatgrass, ginger, lemon etc. Cacao Tree Cafe is the freshest and healthiest eatery in town when it comes to quality and integrity, and they have excellent product sourcing. Offering daily specials, events and classes, you got to hit it up!
This afternoon you’re going to enjoy some more art and culture. There are different places to go to for that. Start heading across the river to Arts Council Windsor & Region. This is a non-profit organization that serves all disciplines of individual artists, arts organizations and non-arts partners in promoting, developing and realizing creative activity. After this, head to Hamtramck to find Hatch Art. Their mission is Education, Expression and Exhibition and their café hosts Hatch art exhibits. Finally, you will go to Pewabic Pottery to experience some stunning art and craft. This ceramic art is beautiful and timeless, and you might end up bringing a piece home with you.
To end this afternoon make a stop at Sainte Anne Parish de Detroit. It is a beautiful church definitely worth seeing! The church was founded in 1701, and it is the second oldest continuously operating parish in America. Visitors are welcome to come see it, and if you’re lucky, there might be an event taking place for your visit.
This evening you will be in the company of unparalleled hospitality in a place committed to the art of butchery and refinement of crafting cocktails. This will be at Grey Ghost Detroit. This is a neighbourhood eatery and a fine cocktail bar. We could think of no better place for you to lean back, relax and enjoy some delicious food and drinks this second evening!
When planning your trip to Detroit consider being in town for the Woodward Dream Cruise. This is the world’s largest one-day celebration of classic car culture and it attracts over 1 million visitors, plus more than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles. 2018 will mark the 24th annual cruise, and it’s a blast! Detroit is called Motor City after all!
After this car cruising you’ll probably feel like a bite to eat, and luckily Detroit is not lacking in satisfying places to eat. But one of the better ones and one it would be a real shame to miss is CloverLeaf Pizza. This is where the original square pizza was created years back, and today this is still where you can get a true perfect tasty Detroit pizza! The original Cloverleaf family recipe hasn’t changed in 68 years. Because it’s simply that good!
There are two things to do this last afternoon in Detroit, and if you have time you have to do both! Start by visiting the Scarab Club. They have two gallery spaces in their building with rotating exhibitions that change every six weeks. It is a super cool spot and free and open to the public! Another stop should be with Detroit History Club. They host fun events like Storytime for adults where as they say “an interesting person reads interesting things”. This is a fun stop on your Detroit vacation, so you can simply lean back while listening to an interesting read. Also, check out the Detroit History Tours.
Your final evening in vibrant and exciting Detroit. End your stay with a delicious meal and great cocktails at Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails. You will be surrounded by people in a good mood while you can kick back and relax and let them serve you some spectacular dishes with only quality ingredients. The dining space makes you feel like you’re sitting in someone’s home and, along with the smiles from the staff, you will want to stay here all night long.
We are sorry to tell you, but it’s time to leave Detroit. We know it’s been nothing short of amazing visiting this cool vibrant and revitalized city. Make sure to come back, because there is so much more to see, do, eat and enjoy in Detroit!