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Detroit

Travel Tips

 

Stay

 

LUXE

 

Westin Book-Cadillac

This newly renovated hotel is 2 parts grand and 1 part historical, located in the heart of Downtown Detroit on Washington Boulevard and Michigan Avenue, it gives you true Detroit glamour that hasn't forgotten its roots.

 

http://www.bookcadillacwestin.com/

 

1114 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, MI, 48226

 

COOL

 

Honor + Folly

For the ultimate boutique stay, rent this beautiful design-focused B&B that will have you feeling like a true local with excellent taste. Located in the oldest neighbourhood in Detroit, it has taken its sad history and revamped it into a vibrant, bustling community. The residence is only a second-story, small-scale guesthouse with 2 rooms housing a queen bed each so book well in advance as this is THE place to stay.

 

http://honorandfolly.com/

 

2134 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

 

 

LESS

 

The Inn at Ferry Street

Want something historic and charming? Perfect for romantic getaways or for those with a nostalgic inclination stay at these beautifully restored, Victorian style houses. Located in the East Ferry Street Historic District of Midtown Detroit, some of Detroit's finest museums are only a stones throw away. 

 

http://www.innonferrystreet.com/

 

84 East Ferry Street, Detroit, MI, 48202

 

Eat

 

SLOWS BAR BQ

You get the real Detroit experience here. This shop opened on a mostly-abandoned block at the corner of Michigan and 14th in Detroit in September 2005 with a meticulously designed interior paired with a gourmet spin on barbecue cooked fresh every day, a love of craft beer and a dedication to community. Pulled pork, mac and cheese, cornbread, waffle fries -- need we say more?.

 

https://slowsbarbq.com/

 

2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

 

WEST WARREN BAKERY

Want something warm, sweet, and packed with goodness? Head to West Warren Bakery and try a Paczki (pronounced Poonch-key) also known as a polish doughnut. They are normally full of jelly or some kind of sweet filling, and can draw lines around the block so they've got to be good. 

 

http://www.westwarrenbakery.com/

 

15708 West Warren, Detroit, MI 48228

 

RED HOTS CONEY ISLAND 

Fancy something quick and delicious, look no further than Detroit's iconic hot dog movement. Fully loaded with chilli, cheese, onions - you name it. In addition to their mouth-watering menu, this family-owned restaurant has been around since 1921, now in it's fourth generation it has seen Detroit through all it's trials and tribulations. 

 

http://www.redhotsconeyisland.com/

 

12 Victor St, Highland Park, MI 48203

 

LE PETIT ZINC

For a lighter dining experience, head over to Le Petit Zinc, a French Bistro that uses all local produce and organic flour. Open for breakfast and lunch, this urban hideaway offers delicious crêpes, warming soups and fluffy croissants in a secret garden oasis at an affordable price. 

 

http://www.lepetitzincdetroit.com/

 

1055 Trumbull Street, Detroit, MI 48216

To Do

 

MUSEUMS

Motown Museum 

Detroit has a rich history in music, it's the hometown of Motown and iconic artists such as Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and theTemptations. Located near Detroit's downtown, it is where Berry Gordy Jr. built Motown's powerful roster, including the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and the Jackson 5. 

 

https://www.motownmuseum.org/

 

DIA - Detroit Institute of Art 

The DIA is in the centre of Detroit's cultural scene, and is a must-see for any art enthusiasts. The museum houses one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States.

 

http://www.dia.org/

 

Marvin's Marvellous Mechanical Museum 

Want something more unusual? Let your inner child run amuck in this weird and wonderful place. The owner has been collecting coin-operated machines since 1960 and has not stopped, packing the place with quirky toys and vintage memorabilia. It is even listed in World Almanac's 100 most unusual museums in the U.S. 

 

http://marvin3m.com/

 

THE EASTERN MARKETS

"Nourishing Detroit for over 125 years." Among fresh produce and retail meats, find fresh flowers, antiques, reclaimed Detroit memorabilia, cheeses, homemade jams, bargains and treasures. It's a fun afternoon out, but go with an empty stomach, your most comfortable shoes and a full coin purse. 

 

https://www.easternmarket.com/

 

THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT

Take a tour with the Heidelberg project and see how they are changing the lives of the local community and improving neighbourhoods through art. This city has one of the most interesting and beautiful urban landscapes, where abandoned and decrepit buildings are transformed into works of art and boutique businesses. Feel empowered by community and solidarity.

 

http://www.heidelberg.org/

 

HAMTRACK DISNEYLAND

Now this is just a stop on the way, but worth a visit for there is no place like it on earth - despite the name. A Ukrainian immigrant - Dmytro Szylak, converted his backyard into an art piece, built on top of two adjacent garages, after he retired and wanted a hobby. His whimsical installation weaves through powerlines and bursts out of this residential street like a child's imagination exploding out of a box. Since his recent death, the houses have now been purchased by a local art collective to be converted into flats and an artist-in-residence space to ensure that his final work would not be demolished.

 

12087 Klinger St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

 

Oh... and don't forget to wave "hi" to Canada!!!