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Detroit, Michigan

Mini Guide

Where to eat, stay, shop and explore in Detroit, Michigan.

Detroit has to be one of the most underrated cities in all of North America. After going through major economic shifts, Detroit is a city that you can’t stop. They’ve spent the past decade rebuilding, revitalizing and reimagining. And the results? A true American city that shows off its past triumphs and losses with fast-growing neighbourhoods, buzzy restaurants, speakeasies, music and art. Here’s a downloadable guide of Next Destination’s top things to see, do and eat in the Motor City.


The Siren Hotel

1509 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226
A boutique hotel stay makes sense in this unique city and The Siren Hotel fits the bill perfectly. Stylish with a trendy bar inside and set in an old manufacturing building, this hotel is in a great location for walking the city.


The Riverfront, 588 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48207
The riverfront and riverwalk has gone through two decades of revitalizations. Now it’s one of America’s best river walks with cafes, lounging chairs, a boardwalk and a carousel.


Rebel Nell, 1314 Holden St, Detroit, MI 48202
The woman-owned business allows women who are in the shelter system to design jewellery from old street art and graffiti paint that has fallen. You can visit the studio to shop, or even do a class yourself.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI, 48202
The Detroit Institute of Arts is a mainstay in the art world here. Home to a giant Diego Rivera mural and the first Van Gough purchased for a North American museum, plan to spend an entire afternoon here.

Detroit travel guide: The Detroit Institute of Arts is a must visit for any art lover.


Baobab Fare, 6568 Woodward Ave Suite 100, Detroit, MI 48202
Get your taste buds going with East African cuisine at Boabab Fare. Get there early for lunch because it is always full and dig into curries, spicy rice, plantains and sweet desserts. 


The Eastern Market
Detroit’s Eastern Market is a must on a weekend. The multi-building, partially open-aired market is full of food stalls and vendors, so go hungry.


Cocktails at Kiesling, 449 E Milwaukee Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Hop over to the Milwaukee neighbourhood for crafty cocktails at the local bar, Kiesling. They also have a great beer list if you’re looking for something more casual.


Saffron de Twah, 7636 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48213
Saffron De Twah’s homey approach to Moroccan food means you’ll be sharing family-style plates. And if you’re looking for some true comfort food, this spot is known to have the best fried chicken sandwich and fried fish sandwiches in the city.

— Eat


With a view at Highlands, 400 Renaissance Center floor 71, Detroit, MI 48243
Set at the top of the Renaissance Centre on the 71st floor, Highlands is a beautiful spot for an upscale dinner and drink to catch the sunset over the river.

— Do

Cliff Bell's

Dance at Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
The music scene is alive and well in Detroit and the jazz bar Cliff Bell’s is a hopping, bumping spot to drink, dance and listen to swing and jazz bands.


The Motown Museum, 2648 Berry Gordy Jr. Boulevard, 2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208
You can’t go to Detroit and not visit the Motown Museum–arguably Detroit’s biggest draw and musical contribution.


At The Apparatus Room, 250 W Larned St, Detroit, MI 48226
There’s no shortage of quirky hotels in Detroit, including the Detroit Foundation Hotel (housed in an old fire station), which also happens to have one of the hottest eateries in town, Apparatus Room.

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