Detroit Guidebook

Andrew
Detroit Guidebook

Food Scene

Recently Detroit has been known to have become a foodie scene. With cheaper property cost, plenty of space to grow and an increasing amount of people moving back to the city, Detroit seems to have new restaurants popping up each month. Try looking up Best New Detroit Restaurants from Eater to stay even more up to date.
When this place first opened it was really overhyped and waiting times would be hours long. The hype has kind of died down, I don't think it's the absolute best BBQ I've had but I still think it is a Detroit essential.
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Slows Bar BQ
2138 Michigan Ave
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When this place first opened it was really overhyped and waiting times would be hours long. The hype has kind of died down, I don't think it's the absolute best BBQ I've had but I still think it is a Detroit essential.
Another great Mexican restaurant on the outskirts of Mexicantown that has decent prices and large portions. The menu is borderline intimidating with the amount of different dishes to choose from.
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Taqueria Mi Pueblo
7278 Dix St
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Another great Mexican restaurant on the outskirts of Mexicantown that has decent prices and large portions. The menu is borderline intimidating with the amount of different dishes to choose from.
If you want to get away from the more touristy restaurants in Mexicantown, I would recommend this place where many locals go. They are known for their smoked and seasoned chicken; you can see and smell the smoke from the outdoor kitchen wafting down the street.
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Taqueria El Rey
4730 Vernor Hwy
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If you want to get away from the more touristy restaurants in Mexicantown, I would recommend this place where many locals go. They are known for their smoked and seasoned chicken; you can see and smell the smoke from the outdoor kitchen wafting down the street.
Small intimate ramen noodle place. I recommend getting a house shandy while you are there.
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Johnny Noodle King
2601 W Fort St
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Small intimate ramen noodle place. I recommend getting a house shandy while you are there.
Not only does this place serve coffee but they serve delicious craft beers as well so you can either begin or end your day there.
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The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company
3965 Woodward Ave
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Not only does this place serve coffee but they serve delicious craft beers as well so you can either begin or end your day there.
This is THE chicken shwarma everybody craves in Detroit. There are actually 3 locations in Detroit, but this is the closest
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Bucharest Grill
2684 E Jefferson Ave
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This is THE chicken shwarma everybody craves in Detroit. There are actually 3 locations in Detroit, but this is the closest
This is quality over quatity. A hidden gem in a rough part of Springwells Detroit, you can expect exceptional Mexican food here. There is secure fenced parking and it is BYOB, so you can save money and grab booze from the liquor store down the street.”
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El Asador Steakhouse
1312 Springwells St
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This is quality over quatity. A hidden gem in a rough part of Springwells Detroit, you can expect exceptional Mexican food here. There is secure fenced parking and it is BYOB, so you can save money and grab booze from the liquor store down the street.”
This coney was featured on Anthony Bourdain and is situated in the Southwest neighborhood. This place is known for it's coneys but I actually prefer their hearty served-anytime breakfast. Open 24 hours.
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Duly's Place
5458 Vernor Highway
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This coney was featured on Anthony Bourdain and is situated in the Southwest neighborhood. This place is known for it's coneys but I actually prefer their hearty served-anytime breakfast. Open 24 hours.
In Detroit, it's either Lafayette Coney Island or American Coney Island. These 24 hr, cash only coneys have been competing for years. As for the quality of food, the atmosphere and the crowd, I choose Lafayette every time.
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Lafayette Coney Island
118 W Lafayette Blvd
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In Detroit, it's either Lafayette Coney Island or American Coney Island. These 24 hr, cash only coneys have been competing for years. As for the quality of food, the atmosphere and the crowd, I choose Lafayette every time.
Can you say chicken and waffles?
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New Center Eatery
2911 W Grand Blvd
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Can you say chicken and waffles?
Fantastic baked goods and coffee
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Avalon International Breads
422 W Willis St
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Fantastic baked goods and coffee
If you go to Eastern Market and start to get hungry go here for the city's best thin New York style pizza. That is, only if you are sick of Detroit style pizza...
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Supino Pizzeria
2457 Russell St
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If you go to Eastern Market and start to get hungry go here for the city's best thin New York style pizza. That is, only if you are sick of Detroit style pizza...
This Coney Island may not be the best and be a bit overpriced, but you won't car when you are heading back to Woodbridge at 3 in the morning and have the munchies. Drive Thru is 24/7.
Motor City Grill
3641 Grand River Ave
This Coney Island may not be the best and be a bit overpriced, but you won't car when you are heading back to Woodbridge at 3 in the morning and have the munchies. Drive Thru is 24/7.
Asian Fusion that is a little more expensive but everything I tried has been good.
Maccabees Traders
5057 Woodward Ave
Asian Fusion that is a little more expensive but everything I tried has been good.
Huge variety of beers and don't forget the Crack Fries!
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HopCat
4265 Woodward Ave
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Huge variety of beers and don't forget the Crack Fries!
Experimental pizzas within walking distance! The menu changes biannually but I have never had a bad 'zah from here; I probably order here at least a few times per month. Almost all the pizzas can be ordered as vegan, if that's your thing. Also, small batch Detroit soda on tap.
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Pie-Sci Pizza
5163 Trumbull
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Experimental pizzas within walking distance! The menu changes biannually but I have never had a bad 'zah from here; I probably order here at least a few times per month. Almost all the pizzas can be ordered as vegan, if that's your thing. Also, small batch Detroit soda on tap.
Great thai food in midtown
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Go Sy Thai
4240 Cass Ave
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Great thai food in midtown
Experimental sliders! These little guys run $2-3 each, order 2-3 per person and get a couple different orders of fries to share. You want to get there early, it fills up pretty quick.
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Green Dot Stables
2200 W Lafayette Blvd
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Experimental sliders! These little guys run $2-3 each, order 2-3 per person and get a couple different orders of fries to share. You want to get there early, it fills up pretty quick.
Great coffee within walking distance!
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The Bottom Line Coffee House
4474 3rd Ave
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Great coffee within walking distance!
Upon entering you grab a tray and piece of wax paper and then proceed to pick out pastries from wall-to-wall cabinets encompassing the bakery. These are traditional (and some non-traditional) Mexican desserts that range from $0.50 to $2 each.
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La Gloria Bakery
3345 Bagley St
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Upon entering you grab a tray and piece of wax paper and then proceed to pick out pastries from wall-to-wall cabinets encompassing the bakery. These are traditional (and some non-traditional) Mexican desserts that range from $0.50 to $2 each.
This place is attached to University Foods. Their pizza is pretty good for the price and they have some other good food like Sweet and Spicy chicken and various chicken/pasta salads.
Value Pizzeria & Deli
1127 W Warren Ave
This place is attached to University Foods. Their pizza is pretty good for the price and they have some other good food like Sweet and Spicy chicken and various chicken/pasta salads.
Tasty breakfast sandwiches on handmade bagels.
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Detroit Institute of Bagels
1236 Michigan Ave
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Tasty breakfast sandwiches on handmade bagels.
Specialty coffee drinks & pastries in a corner cafe with floor-to-ceiling windows in a cozy environment.
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Urban Bean Co.
200 Grand River Ave
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Specialty coffee drinks & pastries in a corner cafe with floor-to-ceiling windows in a cozy environment.
Snug Greek staple with gyros, kebabs & other traditional fare, plus a full bar in a cozy atmosphere.
Golden Fleece Restaurant
525 Monroe St
Snug Greek staple with gyros, kebabs & other traditional fare, plus a full bar in a cozy atmosphere.
You can get some interesting pizzas here with a decent selection of beers.
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Motor City Brewing Works
470 W Canfield St
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You can get some interesting pizzas here with a decent selection of beers.
A little juice/smoothie place inside Marcus Market that I frequent.
Juice Joint Detroit
4614 2nd Ave
A little juice/smoothie place inside Marcus Market that I frequent.
A higher end Italian place nestled in Highland park. I usually go here for special occasions, the food is fantastic.
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La Dolce Vita
17546 Woodward Ave
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A higher end Italian place nestled in Highland park. I usually go here for special occasions, the food is fantastic.
A little pricey for breakfast, but they have some very unique and great flavors going on here.
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Parks & Rec Diner
1942 W Grand River Ave
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A little pricey for breakfast, but they have some very unique and great flavors going on here.
Really good vegetarian/vegan cuisine. Kombucha on draft. Sunday brunch is kind of a must do if you are around on the weekend.
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Seva Detroit
66 E Forest Ave
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Really good vegetarian/vegan cuisine. Kombucha on draft. Sunday brunch is kind of a must do if you are around on the weekend.
Solid coffee shop that is walking distance from my house. They sometimes have baked goods, but if you are really hungry you may want to go somewhere else. If you just need a quick, really good coffee then this is your place
Bikes And Coffee
1521 Putnam St
Solid coffee shop that is walking distance from my house. They sometimes have baked goods, but if you are really hungry you may want to go somewhere else. If you just need a quick, really good coffee then this is your place
Great spot for vegan food. They are known for their vegan coney dogs (hence the name), but they also have overall a really good menu.
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Chili Mustard Onions
3411 Brush St
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Great spot for vegan food. They are known for their vegan coney dogs (hence the name), but they also have overall a really good menu.
Another great pizza place. Interesting types of pizza, my favorite is the coney dog pizza. Vegan options also available
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Grandma Bob’s Pizza
2135 Michigan Ave
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Another great pizza place. Interesting types of pizza, my favorite is the coney dog pizza. Vegan options also available
Elevated thai plates and cocktails
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Takoi
2520 Michigan Ave
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Elevated thai plates and cocktails
My favorite ramen place
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ima
2015 Michigan Ave
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My favorite ramen place
I probably go here once a week, I just crave it. Plus the honest bowl is about $12 and I can turn it into two meals with the amount of food you get. It is set up cafeteria style. You pick your rice, your protein, your sauces, you pickled veggies, your salad/coleslaw, and your hummus. You get it all in a big bowl and it is delicious.
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4219 Woodward Ave
I probably go here once a week, I just crave it. Plus the honest bowl is about $12 and I can turn it into two meals with the amount of food you get. It is set up cafeteria style. You pick your rice, your protein, your sauces, you pickled veggies, your salad/coleslaw, and your hummus. You get it all in a big bowl and it is delicious.
Another coffee shop/bakery that is very close to my house, you could walk. Really good baked goods.
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Ochre Bakery
4884 Grand River Ave
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Another coffee shop/bakery that is very close to my house, you could walk. Really good baked goods.
Traditional pizza that would make Italians proud. This isn't your american style pizza, but still delicious. Also, I enjoy the Miller High Life with campari added.
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PizzaPlex
4458 Vernor Hwy
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Traditional pizza that would make Italians proud. This isn't your american style pizza, but still delicious. Also, I enjoy the Miller High Life with campari added.
Tasty deli that not only had a bar and brunch options but is also veggie, vegan and GF friendly.
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Mudgie's Deli and Wine Shop
1413 Brooklyn St
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Tasty deli that not only had a bar and brunch options but is also veggie, vegan and GF friendly.
This place has great sushi and one of the most interesting hi tech toilets I've seen in a bathroom. Heated seat and bidet, you say?
Bash Original Izakaya
5069 Trumbull
This place has great sushi and one of the most interesting hi tech toilets I've seen in a bathroom. Heated seat and bidet, you say?

Drinks & Nightlife

A pretty solid bar that has a good young college crowd. If you are Vegan, look up Street Beet on Instagram (streetbeetdetroit). They were a vegan comfort food pop up that has now taken over the 3rd Street Bar kitchen indefinitely. It is a must try.
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3rd Street Bar
4626 3rd Ave
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A pretty solid bar that has a good young college crowd. If you are Vegan, look up Street Beet on Instagram (streetbeetdetroit). They were a vegan comfort food pop up that has now taken over the 3rd Street Bar kitchen indefinitely. It is a must try.
A place for special occasions because most of these cocktails are $10 a pop. There are a hundred different cocktails that are all masterfully crafted in a prohibition speak easy style lounge. Occasionally has jazz bands playing.
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The Sugar House
2130 Michigan Ave
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A place for special occasions because most of these cocktails are $10 a pop. There are a hundred different cocktails that are all masterfully crafted in a prohibition speak easy style lounge. Occasionally has jazz bands playing.
Iconic lumber baron's mansion with exquisite garden serving upscale New American cuisine. I personally haven't eaten there, but venture up to the top level to visit the supposedly haunted bar and enjoy the classy interior.
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The Whitney
4421 Woodward Ave
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Iconic lumber baron's mansion with exquisite garden serving upscale New American cuisine. I personally haven't eaten there, but venture up to the top level to visit the supposedly haunted bar and enjoy the classy interior.
Another great music venue with laid-back social outdoor area
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Lager House
1254 Michigan Ave
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Another great music venue with laid-back social outdoor area
One of Detroit's newest music venues, El Club is a hip young venue that features a variety of acts and has a great bar and backyard outdoor area
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El Club
4114 Vernor Hwy
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One of Detroit's newest music venues, El Club is a hip young venue that features a variety of acts and has a great bar and backyard outdoor area
One of Detroit's best dives is actually not even technically in Detroit. This place is in the city within the city, Hamtramck. Detroit completely encompasses Hamtramck but they are considered separate cities.
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Bumbo's
3001 Holbrook Ave
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One of Detroit's best dives is actually not even technically in Detroit. This place is in the city within the city, Hamtramck. Detroit completely encompasses Hamtramck but they are considered separate cities.
Another great hole in the wall with a fantastic backyard that will make you feel like you are at a house party more than a bar. Also, pool table and pinball machines”
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The Old Miami
3930 Cass Ave
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Another great hole in the wall with a fantastic backyard that will make you feel like you are at a house party more than a bar. Also, pool table and pinball machines”
If you like sour beers, Jolly Pumpkin is a must visit. The food/pizza is great too
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Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery
441 W Canfield St
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If you like sour beers, Jolly Pumpkin is a must visit. The food/pizza is great too
The music is mostly utter shit, but when you're smashed you just wanna dance right? Plus, this place has the best/rowdiest LGBTQ friendly crowd.
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Temple Bar
2906 Cass Ave
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The music is mostly utter shit, but when you're smashed you just wanna dance right? Plus, this place has the best/rowdiest LGBTQ friendly crowd.
Jolly Pumpkin, HopCat and Motor City Brewery steal the limelight as far as breweries in the city go, but this smaller intimate brewery makes some fantastic beer and the patio is great on a summer night.
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Batch Brewing Company
1400 Porter St
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Jolly Pumpkin, HopCat and Motor City Brewery steal the limelight as far as breweries in the city go, but this smaller intimate brewery makes some fantastic beer and the patio is great on a summer night.
Great hole in the wall with a good crowd, pool table, and some of the best burgers/sandwiches in the city. Get an order of onion rings with their house dipping sauce. Mmmmm...
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Bronx Bar
4476 2nd Ave
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Great hole in the wall with a good crowd, pool table, and some of the best burgers/sandwiches in the city. Get an order of onion rings with their house dipping sauce. Mmmmm...
Another solid bar with a good crowd.
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Honest John's
488 Selden St
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Another solid bar with a good crowd.
"Detroit's Oldest Party", No-frills, neighborhood hangout since 1902 with live music, weekly drink specials & a covered patio. If you are into The Walking Dead, they turn down the lights and put new episodes up on a projector when they are airing every Sunday. A pretty unique way to watch the show amongst other people.
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Nancy Whiskey Pub
2644 Harrison St
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"Detroit's Oldest Party", No-frills, neighborhood hangout since 1902 with live music, weekly drink specials & a covered patio. If you are into The Walking Dead, they turn down the lights and put new episodes up on a projector when they are airing every Sunday. A pretty unique way to watch the show amongst other people.
A bar in the middle of nowhere that has some good dance parties, shows and a solid outdoor section.
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Marble Bar
1501 Holden St
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A bar in the middle of nowhere that has some good dance parties, shows and a solid outdoor section.
This place is great for splitting a bottle of wine and sitting out on the patio. Sometimes they have DJ's playing with solid electronic music.
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Motor City Wine
1949 Michigan Ave
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This place is great for splitting a bottle of wine and sitting out on the patio. Sometimes they have DJ's playing with solid electronic music.
The entrance is unmarked and in an alley. A really hip/upscale bar that is really good for maybe one drink on a special night. The cheapest cocktail I think is $18. It's worth a visit but not more than 2 rounds unless you got money to burn.
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Bad Luck
1218 Griswold St
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The entrance is unmarked and in an alley. A really hip/upscale bar that is really good for maybe one drink on a special night. The cheapest cocktail I think is $18. It's worth a visit but not more than 2 rounds unless you got money to burn.
If you are on Tinder, I guarantee half of the people you swipe through will have pictures from this place. There is a neon area with black lights that light up the whole room, and for some reason people love to share pictures of themselves in that area. They have live music most nights, but they also have good drinks, draft cocktails and DIY arcade games.
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Deluxx Fluxx
1274 Library St
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If you are on Tinder, I guarantee half of the people you swipe through will have pictures from this place. There is a neon area with black lights that light up the whole room, and for some reason people love to share pictures of themselves in that area. They have live music most nights, but they also have good drinks, draft cocktails and DIY arcade games.
Chill bar with historic interior and solid cocktails
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Kiesling
449 E Milwaukee Ave
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Chill bar with historic interior and solid cocktails
I have a love/hate relationship with Woodbridge Pub. It has gotten a lot better with new ownership, but it is pretty mediocre food. Its saving grace is that it is the only bar that is this close and within our neighborhood. Everything else is pretty much a 20 min walk when this is only a 5 min walk.
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Woodbridge Pub
5169 Trumbull
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I have a love/hate relationship with Woodbridge Pub. It has gotten a lot better with new ownership, but it is pretty mediocre food. Its saving grace is that it is the only bar that is this close and within our neighborhood. Everything else is pretty much a 20 min walk when this is only a 5 min walk.
nice bar downtown, usually the best in the summer due to their iced alcoholic beverages.
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The Skip
The Belt
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nice bar downtown, usually the best in the summer due to their iced alcoholic beverages.
Good lounge that sometimes has jazz music and always has shuffleboard
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Northern Lights Lounge
660 W Baltimore St
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Good lounge that sometimes has jazz music and always has shuffleboard
A local watering hole that has some great music/dance parties. There is a small grill inside that serves unique hot dogs with vegan options. This place recently reopened after a true David vs Goliath situation. None of the buildings surrounding the bar were there a couple years ago but when they were being built, construction workers cracked the side of the UFO Factory "accidentally", nearly knocking a whole exterior brick wall down. It was more widely known that the developers wanted the land and were most likely trying to put the local favorite out of business so it could be torn down and built on. UFO fought back and won millions of dollars in a settlement and reopened after being closed for a year.
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UFO Factory
2110 Trumbull
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A local watering hole that has some great music/dance parties. There is a small grill inside that serves unique hot dogs with vegan options. This place recently reopened after a true David vs Goliath situation. None of the buildings surrounding the bar were there a couple years ago but when they were being built, construction workers cracked the side of the UFO Factory "accidentally", nearly knocking a whole exterior brick wall down. It was more widely known that the developers wanted the land and were most likely trying to put the local favorite out of business so it could be torn down and built on. UFO fought back and won millions of dollars in a settlement and reopened after being closed for a year.
Great brewey with a nice open air feeling in the summers
Eastern Market Brewing Co
2515 Riopelle St
Great brewey with a nice open air feeling in the summers

Sightseeing

Another example of the great architecture around Detroit
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Masonic Temple
500 Temple St
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Another example of the great architecture around Detroit
Another well-known Detroit Statue. During playoff runs for the various sports teams in the area, you can see the statue sporting a giant-sized version of the local team's jersey.
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The Spirit of Detroit
2 Woodward Ave
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Another well-known Detroit Statue. During playoff runs for the various sports teams in the area, you can see the statue sporting a giant-sized version of the local team's jersey.
Mexicantown has a bunch of good Mexican restaurants and bakeries to look into
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Mexicantown - Southwest Detroit
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Mexicantown has a bunch of good Mexican restaurants and bakeries to look into
The center of Downtown is Campus Martius where many of the main streets converge into a circle. There are sometimes food trucks lined up here.
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Campus Martius Park
800 Woodward Ave
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The center of Downtown is Campus Martius where many of the main streets converge into a circle. There are sometimes food trucks lined up here.
Another historic neighborhood just north of Woodbridge is Boston Edison. Another neighborhood that is worth driving through, take the Chicago and Boston Boulevards.
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Boston Edison
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Another historic neighborhood just north of Woodbridge is Boston Edison. Another neighborhood that is worth driving through, take the Chicago and Boston Boulevards.
Another iconic abandoned building.
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Packard Automotive Plant
1580 East Grand Boulevard
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Another iconic abandoned building.
Perhaps one of my favorite buildings in Detroit, this is the tallest building away from downtown and the rooftop lit up at night is a sight to behold. If you want a quick look at it, you can see it at certain times of the year from my balcony.
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Fisher Building
3011 E Grand Blvd
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Perhaps one of my favorite buildings in Detroit, this is the tallest building away from downtown and the rooftop lit up at night is a sight to behold. If you want a quick look at it, you can see it at certain times of the year from my balcony.
Oh, the iconic abandoned Michigan Central Station. Back when I was younger there were secret ways to get inside, but since then they have beefed up security and I would urge you not to try and get in because it is much easier to get caught. Nowadays, people just hang out front in Roosevelt Park and take pictures. More recently, Ford Motor company did what evening thought somebody night do eventually, and bought the giant building and is in the process spending millions of dollars fixing it up to be used once again.
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Michigan Central Train Depot
2001 15th St
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Oh, the iconic abandoned Michigan Central Station. Back when I was younger there were secret ways to get inside, but since then they have beefed up security and I would urge you not to try and get in because it is much easier to get caught. Nowadays, people just hang out front in Roosevelt Park and take pictures. More recently, Ford Motor company did what evening thought somebody night do eventually, and bought the giant building and is in the process spending millions of dollars fixing it up to be used once again.
Our house is situated on the western fringe of Woodbridge which is another historical neighborhood that has held stable through the rough years. Walk around the blocks towards the northeast and southeast to see some old Victorian houses with lots of character. This includes the Lorax house at 4759 Trumbull Ave, The House from Up at 4722 Avery St, and many others. Even Tony Hawk recently bought a house off Tumbull! Don't venture west of Grand River Avenue though, that is the border of our neighborhood and things can get rough pretty quick in Core City neighborhood.
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Woodbridge
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Our house is situated on the western fringe of Woodbridge which is another historical neighborhood that has held stable through the rough years. Walk around the blocks towards the northeast and southeast to see some old Victorian houses with lots of character. This includes the Lorax house at 4759 Trumbull Ave, The House from Up at 4722 Avery St, and many others. Even Tony Hawk recently bought a house off Tumbull! Don't venture west of Grand River Avenue though, that is the border of our neighborhood and things can get rough pretty quick in Core City neighborhood.
One of the historic neighborhoods that have anchored Detroit real estate through some rough times, just take a drive through this neighborhood and revel at some amazing mansions
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Indian Village
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One of the historic neighborhoods that have anchored Detroit real estate through some rough times, just take a drive through this neighborhood and revel at some amazing mansions
The interior lobby of this building is open to the public and breath-taking!
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The Guardian Building
500 Griswold St
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The interior lobby of this building is open to the public and breath-taking!
The iconic Detroit Fist
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Joe Louis Monument
5 Woodward Ave
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The iconic Detroit Fist
This 14 acre plaza next to the Detroit River can hold up to 40,000 people for events, but it can be a nice place to visit even when nothing is scheduled.
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Hart Plaza
1 Hart Plaza
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This 14 acre plaza next to the Detroit River can hold up to 40,000 people for events, but it can be a nice place to visit even when nothing is scheduled.
Depending on where you are along the riverfront, you can see the Ambassador Bridge climbing across to Canada. Don't try to go on it though unless you are planning on visiting Canada!
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Ambassador Bridge
Ambassador Bridge
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Depending on where you are along the riverfront, you can see the Ambassador Bridge climbing across to Canada. Don't try to go on it though unless you are planning on visiting Canada!
Pretty touristy part of Detroit where many of the suburbanites frequent, but still a bustling place to walk around.
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Greektown
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Pretty touristy part of Detroit where many of the suburbanites frequent, but still a bustling place to walk around.
The last game ever played in the stadium was in 1999. Go see what is left of the grounds which is basically just a flag pole. It is currently in the process of being turned into a neighborhood ballpark.
Tiger Stadium Site
The last game ever played in the stadium was in 1999. Go see what is left of the grounds which is basically just a flag pole. It is currently in the process of being turned into a neighborhood ballpark.

Parks & Nature

A pedestrian/biking trail that runs from the Riverwalk to Eastern Market. Some great street art is featured along this greenway.
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Dequindre Cut Greenway
Dequindre Cut Greenway
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A pedestrian/biking trail that runs from the Riverwalk to Eastern Market. Some great street art is featured along this greenway.
If you brought your furry friend and he is good with other dogs, this park has a great group of dogs and their humans. More people come on the weekends and after 5 on weekdays
Midtown Dog Park
If you brought your furry friend and he is good with other dogs, this park has a great group of dogs and their humans. More people come on the weekends and after 5 on weekdays
Expanding and improving every year, the Riverwalk is happening in the summer. It features great views, fishing, parks and food, it will eventually connect Downtown to Belle Isle but is about 3/4 there at the moment.
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Detroit River Walk
Detroit RiverWalk
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Expanding and improving every year, the Riverwalk is happening in the summer. It features great views, fishing, parks and food, it will eventually connect Downtown to Belle Isle but is about 3/4 there at the moment.
A hidden gem in Detroit. There is an aquarium and conservatory, but this entire island is a big park where you can bike or have a picnic. You can also rent kayaks, play racquetball and other funtivities. There are beaches to swim as well. You will get one of the best views of Detroit, the Ambassador Bridge and Windsor from the west side of the Island.
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Belle Isle
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A hidden gem in Detroit. There is an aquarium and conservatory, but this entire island is a big park where you can bike or have a picnic. You can also rent kayaks, play racquetball and other funtivities. There are beaches to swim as well. You will get one of the best views of Detroit, the Ambassador Bridge and Windsor from the west side of the Island.

Arts & Culture

An outdoor art gallery that came from the warped mind of one man that encompasses an entire block.
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The Heidelberg Project
3600 Heidelberg St
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An outdoor art gallery that came from the warped mind of one man that encompasses an entire block.
A great place to spend an afternoon with pieces from all different time periods. The main mural in the center is by Diego Rivera.
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Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave
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A great place to spend an afternoon with pieces from all different time periods. The main mural in the center is by Diego Rivera.
If you have ANY interest in funk/soul/Motown music, then you should come here. Many of the great musicians of these genres recorded their albums here
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Motown Museum
2648 W Grand Blvd
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If you have ANY interest in funk/soul/Motown music, then you should come here. Many of the great musicians of these genres recorded their albums here
Small art gallery open on the weekends. They are most known for the place where you can get your aura photographed. Supposedly the color surrounding your head represents your mood.
Grey Area
Small art gallery open on the weekends. They are most known for the place where you can get your aura photographed. Supposedly the color surrounding your head represents your mood.
If you happen to be visiting on a full moon, you may have the chance to experience a Full Moon Party at the Art Park. During the warmed seasons, they have huge parties with hundreds of people in a truly Detroit fashion that last until daybreak. There is usually a bonfire, music, and art sculptures, including a giant metal globe overlooking the park that shoots fire. You can visit the park during the day and look at the graffiti and sculptures made out of random junk but if you happen to be in town for the monthly full moon, you must try to attend one of the Full Moon Parties. It is really a unique Detroit experience.
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Lincoln Street Art Park
5926 Lincoln St
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If you happen to be visiting on a full moon, you may have the chance to experience a Full Moon Party at the Art Park. During the warmed seasons, they have huge parties with hundreds of people in a truly Detroit fashion that last until daybreak. There is usually a bonfire, music, and art sculptures, including a giant metal globe overlooking the park that shoots fire. You can visit the park during the day and look at the graffiti and sculptures made out of random junk but if you happen to be in town for the monthly full moon, you must try to attend one of the Full Moon Parties. It is really a unique Detroit experience.

Shopping

Jack White from the White Stripes has his own record label, and this is the brick and mortar location for it. Even if you aren't the biggest fan of the White Stripes, any vinyl nerd can appreciate visiting this store.
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Third Man Records Cass Corridor
441 W Canfield St
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Jack White from the White Stripes has his own record label, and this is the brick and mortar location for it. Even if you aren't the biggest fan of the White Stripes, any vinyl nerd can appreciate visiting this store.
Saturday Market: Year-round, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday Street Market: June – September, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday Market: June – September, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Lots of flowers and fresh food, and also home goods, art, jewelry, Michigan-made products and more
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Eastern Market
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Saturday Market: Year-round, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday Street Market: June – September, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday Market: June – September, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Lots of flowers and fresh food, and also home goods, art, jewelry, Michigan-made products and more
One of Detroit's vinyl record stores
Hello Records
4165 Fort Street
One of Detroit's vinyl record stores
One of Detroit's vinyl record stores.
Peoples Records
1464 Gratiot Ave
One of Detroit's vinyl record stores.
There aren't many bookstores around like this anymore, let alone one that is one of the largest in the country. They have an estimated 1 million books in stock, with a large collection of rare and used titles. In a 2011 article from the online magazine Salon, the store was described as "one of the largest and strangest collections in North America"
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John K. King Books
901 W Lafayette Blvd
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There aren't many bookstores around like this anymore, let alone one that is one of the largest in the country. They have an estimated 1 million books in stock, with a large collection of rare and used titles. In a 2011 article from the online magazine Salon, the store was described as "one of the largest and strangest collections in North America"
A market/liquor store that is popular in midtown.
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Marcus Market
4614 2nd Ave
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A market/liquor store that is popular in midtown.
Great shop for a variety of vintage Detroit items and handmade Detroit crafts.
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The Detroit Mercantile Co.
3434 Russell St
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Great shop for a variety of vintage Detroit items and handmade Detroit crafts.
Home of the iconic Detroit vs. Everybody shirts/hats.
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DETROIT VS EVERYBODY®
2501 Russell St
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Home of the iconic Detroit vs. Everybody shirts/hats.
Lots of old and unique antiques/pieces. I found this place to be pretty pricy, but sometimes if you find the right item, you can't put a price on it.
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Detroit Artifactry
2135 Michigan Ave
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Lots of old and unique antiques/pieces. I found this place to be pretty pricy, but sometimes if you find the right item, you can't put a price on it.
Local boutique/screen prrinting shop that has made some pretty iconic clothes/t-shirt design in Detroit
SMPLFD
2905 Beaufait St
Local boutique/screen prrinting shop that has made some pretty iconic clothes/t-shirt design in Detroit

Essentials

The closest place to walk and buy your pregame booze. They even have a fairly good collection of craft beer and wine.
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Forest Liquor
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The closest place to walk and buy your pregame booze. They even have a fairly good collection of craft beer and wine.
This store can help in a pinch with just about any basic daily needed household item. When I go in and ask if they have something, more often than not they have it and at a good price.
Value Dollar Store
4539 Trumbull
This store can help in a pinch with just about any basic daily needed household item. When I go in and ask if they have something, more often than not they have it and at a good price.
So, this place is somewhat pricey for a grocer, but it is either this or drive to Dearborn to go to Meijer/Kroger/Walmart or pay way too much at Whole Foods.
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University Foods
1131 W Warren Ave
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So, this place is somewhat pricey for a grocer, but it is either this or drive to Dearborn to go to Meijer/Kroger/Walmart or pay way too much at Whole Foods.