Frontdesk is excited to show you around one of our newest cities: Detroit, Michigan! Known as Motor City, Detroit is where the American auto industry came alive with Henry Ford. Detroit is a rising star of a city that is continuing to build and grow each year. This city is filled with art, history, and culture. There is so much to explore around every corner!
This historic district is located just west of downtown Detroit. Corktown is Detroit’s oldest neighborhood dating back to 1834. This part of town is famous for having great dining and drinking options as well as entertainment venues.
Downtown Detroit is full of history, art, architecture, shopping, music, sports, dining, and nightlife. As the part of the city that has been the most heavily invested in during recent years, Downtown Detroit has a lot to offer!
Located approximately 1 mile northeast from downtown, Eastern Market is a historic commercial district in Detroit. Not only is this the city’s favorite market, but it’s also one of the oldest in the US. The Eastern Market features fresh food, restaurants, local jewelers and artists, and so much more!
What to Do
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Monroe Street Midway
Monroe Street Midway is the perfect place to enjoy family fun and outdoor activities. The park features a roller skating rink, basketball courts, local DJs, food trucks, and more! The park is open from late May through late September.
Detroit Institute of Arts
The Detroit Institute of Arts is a staple attraction of Detroit, showcasing one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. The Institute features over 65,000 works of art ranging from classic to contemporary pieces. There is something to offer every visitor!
Photo Courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts Facebook Page
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It’s easy to spend an entire day exploring Belle Isle– a 982-acre island park! The park is a popular destination for picnics, barbecues, spending time at the beach, and enjoying walks on various nature trails. Within the park, you can also find the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory with 13 acres of botanical gardens and Belle Island Golf Range.
One of our favorite spots for breakfast or brunch in Detroit is The Hudson Cafe. The Hudson Cafe is located in the heart of downtown and puts a modern twist on a classic brunch menu. The dishes range from sweet to savory and the menu is sure to have something that appeals to everyone!
One of the best spots to grab a burger in Detroit is the Basement Burger Bar because of their easy build-your-own menu. Their menu offers over a trillion different burger combinations including 10+ proteins and vegan options. Not a fan of burgers? They also offer a build-your-own salad option along with several appetizers.
We recommend SavannahBlue for a nice dinner downtown Detroit. The restaurant features northern soul food- southern cuisine with a Detroit twist. SavannahBlue offers a formal dining room if you’re looking for a sit-down dinner, as well as a casual living room to enjoy tasty cocktails and appetizers.
Detroit is an eclectic city with many different bar options to cater to everyone’s taste! A few of our favorites in the city include Tin Roof for live music, Delmar for a rooftop bar, and La Casa for an elegant cocktail and cigar lounge. If you’re a beer fan, we recommend checking out Founders Brewing.
Photo Courtesy of Delmar Detroit Facebook Page
Best Way to Get Around
Downtown Detroit has no shortage of transportation options. Mogo, Detroit’s bike share system, has 3 stations only blocks away from our Frontdesk suites. Qline is Detroit’s circulating streetcar that runs 3.3 miles along Woodward Avenue between Congress Street and West Grand Boulevard. The Detroit People Mover, an elevated and automated light-rail system, is a quick and easy way to get from one part of the city to another. I-75 and I-375 are also easily accessible. Rideshare programs such as Uber and Lyft are also available and make for a convenient way to get around the city.