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Downtown Detroit is the central buisness district of Detroit, bordered by the Lodge Freeway to the west, the Fisher Freeway to the north, Interstate 375 to the east, and the Detroit River to the south. The area contains most of the prominent skyscrapers in Detroit, the nation's second largest theatre district, several parks, many of which are linked by the Detroit International Riverfront, and much more.

Understand

Anyone who visits downtown Detroit will be pleasantly surprised to see one of America's best preserved collection of late ninteenth and early twentieth century buildings standing beside the contemporary. Casino resorts add an air of excitement to the entertainment hub of the region. The International Riverfront is teaming with activity. Restaurant clusters emanate from Greektown, the Renaissance Center, and downtown stadiums. Downtown, with its revitalized riverfront area, has evolved into a popular place to reside with many new high rise lofts and restored historic homes. In the past decade, the area and the entire city has seen many historic buildings renovated, many parks open, and much more.

Get in

By car

The best way to get to downtown Detroit is probably by car. The area has many parking garages and is easy to access from the freeways, parking prices aren't too bad.

  • If coming from the south, one should: take I-75 North toward Detroit and exit at Exit 49 to M-10. Exit on the left toward M-10/Lodge Freeway/Civic Center. Take the M-10 South exit toward the Civic Center and then merge onto the Lodge Freeway/M-10 South. The Lodge Freeway/M-10 becomes Jefferson Avenue. Finally, turn left onto Woodward Avenue, and you will be in Downtown.
  • If coming from the west, one should: take I-96 East and take the I-75 North/M-10 exit on the left toward Flint/Civic Center. Continue to the M-10/Lodge Freeway exit toward Rosa Parks Boulevard/Civic Center and then exit on the left toward M-10/Lodge Freeway/Civic Center. Take the M-10 South exit toward the Civic Center and then merge onto John C Lodge Fwy/M-10 South. The Lodge Freeway/M-10 becomes Jefferson Avenue. Finally, turn left onto Woodward Avenue, and you will be in Downtown.
  • If coming from the north, one should: take I-75 South and continue onto I-375 South/Chrysler Fwy via Exit 51C on the left toward the Civic Center. Turn left onto Jefferson Avenue. E and turn right onto Woodward Avenue, and you will be in Downtown.
  • If coming from the east, one should: take I-94 West and merge onto I-75 South/Chrysler Freeway via Exit 261A toward Toledo. Continue onto I-375 South/Chrysler Freeway via Exit 51C on the left toward the Civic Center. Turn left onto Jefferson Ave. E and turn right onto Woodward Avenue, and you will be in Downtown.

See

Brush Street in Downtown Detroit
  • Renaissance Center, Jefferson Ave., between Brush St. and Beaubien, 313.567.3126, [1]. This group of seven interconnected skyscrapers contains the tallest building in Michigan and is considered a symbol of Detroit. The entire complex is owned by General Motors as its headquarters. The central tower, called the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, was built as the tallest hotel in the world, rising 73 stories at 727 feet, but taller hotels have been constructed in recent years in cities such as Dubai, so it has to settle for the title as tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere. It also features the world's largest rooftop restaurant, Coach Insignia. Free tours of the complex are offered Monday thru Saturday at 10 am, noon, 2 pm, and 4 pm. Highlights of the tour include: the GM Wintergraden, a tropical atrium overlooking the Detroit River; GMnext Showroom, a display of classic and concept cars; "Borealis" Glass Sculpture, the tallest vertical glass sculpture in the world; Riverfront Plaza and Promenade; and a glass elevator ride to the 72nd floor, which offers great views that extend 30 miles (48 km) in all directions. The Renaissance Center also has its own station on the People Mover, located in Tower 200 on level 2.


  • Old Mariners' Church, 170 East Jefferson Avenue, 313.259.2206, [2]. The Old Mariners' Church is an Anglican church completed in 1859. Established to serve mariners (hence the name), the church holds a Blessing of the Fleet every March for those going out to sea, and a Great Lakes Memorial Service for those who have lost their lives at sea every November. The nearest People Mover Station to the church is the Financial District Station, located on Larned, between Shelby and Griswold Street.

Historic neighborhoods

  • Greektown, along Monroe Avenue between Brush and St. Antoine Streets, [3]. This historic neighborhood is dominated by Greek restaurants. Some buildings on Monroe Street resemble the Parthenon, Pegasus, and other forms of Ancient Greek architecture. Greek music is also played on Monroe Street throughout the day. One of Detroit's three casino's, Greektown Casino, is located in the neighborhood and has a station on the People Mover on level 3.
  • Bricktown, located between Greektown and the Renaissance Center. Bricktown is an historic district that is home to St. Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church, the oldest standing church in Detroit, and the Italian Renaissance style Wayne County Building. The neighborhood also has its own station on the People Mover on Beaubien Street, north of Congress Street.
  • Broadway Avenue, along Broadway Avenue between Gratiot and East Grand River. This neighborhood is located on a single block of Broadway Avenue and consists of eleven commercial buildings built between 1896 and 1926. The architectural terra cotta used on the buildings gives the neighborhood a distinct look. The Broadway People Mover Station, which is the nearest station, is located at the corner of Broadway and John R.
  • Capitol Park, bounded by Shelby Street, Griswold Street, and State Street, [4]. This park and seventeen surrounding buildings are included in the Capitol Park Historic District. Some of the more famous ones are the Art Deco-style David Stott Building, and the Modern Movement-style Griswold Building. The nearest People Mover station to this historic place is the Times Square Station, located on Grand River, between Cass and Washington Boulevard.
  • Washington Boulevard, bounded by Washington Boulevard between State and Clifford streets. This neighborhood is a multi-block area on which some of Detroit's most architecturally significant buildings are situated. It includes the Book-Cadillac Hotel, the Book Tower, the Industrial-Stevens Apartments, and Washington Square among other buildings. The Times Square Station on the People Mover is located right in this historic district, at Grand River Avenue, between Cass and Washington Boulevards.

Parks and monuments

  • Campus Martius Park, located at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Michigan Avenue, 313.962.0101, [5]. M-Th 7AM-10PM, F 7AM-Midnight, Sa 9AM-Midnight, Su 9AM-8PM. Campus Martius is the main park of Detroit. Hart Plaza, located on the Riverfront, was made to replace Campus Martius, but Hart Plaza is hard-surfaced, so Campus Martius was re-established. The new Campus Martius Park includes two stages, sculptures, public spaces and a seasonal ice skating rink. Cadillac Square Park, located immediately to the east of Campus Martius, was recently made to increase the amount of park space. Several skyscrapers surround Campus Martius Park. The more popular of these include: Compuware World Headquarters, which is home to a beautiful lobby and several shops and stores; Cadillac Tower, which will be connected to the under-construction Cadillac Centre, which will be built in a similar architectural style as the Guggenheim Museums; and 1001 Woodward, which is the only building in Detroit in the Chicago-style architecture. The park is also home to a few historic monuments, such as Michigan Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, which is a Civil War monument first unveiled in 1872, and Bagley Memorial Fountain, which is a monument to 16th governor of Michigan, John J. Bagley, who's will contained $5,000 for the construction of a drinking fountain for the people of Detroit, to have "water cold and pure as the coldest mountain stream." The nearest People Mover station to Campus Martius Park is the Cadillac Center station, located at Gratiot Avenue and Library Street. Free.
  • Grand Circus Park, roughly bounded by Clifford, John R. and Adams Streets, and bisected by Woodward Avenue, [6]. This five-acre park connects Detroit's theatre district to its financial center. The park is home to several statues and monuments, such as the Thomas Edison Memorial Fountain, a statue of former Detroit mayor, William C. Maybury, a statue of Hazen S. Pingree, former mayor of Detroit and former governor of Michigan, and the Russel Alger Memorial Fountain. Across the street from the park is the Victorian Gothic-styled Central United Methodist Church. The new headquarters for Quicken Loans is planned near this park. However, due to the park's proximity to the theatre district, Comerica Park, and Ford Field, the fortunes of these skyscrapers are brighter, as many undergoing or are planned for renovation. Grand Circus Park has its own station on the people mover, located at Park Street, near Woodward Avenue. Free.
  • Detroit International Riverfront, located along the Detroit River from the Ambassador Bridge to the MacArthur Bridge, 313.566.8200, [7]. Detroit's riverfront is a 5½-mile (8.8 km) promenade along the Detroit River running from the Ambassador Bridge to Belle Isle, encompassing a multitude of parks, restaurants, retail shops, skyscrapers, and high rise residential areas. The path is located directly on the river and is 62 feet (18¾ m) wide in most places, with separate lanes for pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Pavilions, fishing piers, and benches are located at intervals along the path. The east RiverWalk connects various riverfront developments, including Hart Plaza, the Renaissance Center, GM Plaza and Promenade, Tri-Centennial State Park, Stroh River Place, Chene Park, and Gabriel Richard Park. The nearest People Mover station to the riverfront is the Joe Louis Arena Station, which is located inside Joe Louis Arena. Free.
  • Hart Plaza, located immediately south of the intersection of Woodward and Jefferson Avenues, [8]. This park is an open, mostly hard-surfaced park along the Detroit River. It is located more or less on the site where Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac landed in 1701 when he founded Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit, the settlement that became Detroit. The 14 acres (5.7 ha) plaza, which is named after the late U.S. Senator Philip Hart, opened in 1975 and has a capacity of 40,000 people. The park conatians several sculptures and monuments, including: Dodge Fountain, which is located at the center of the park; Transcending, which is a Michigan Labor Legacy Landmark, located at the entrance of the park; Monolith, a sculpture by Isamu Noguchi; a statue of George Washington; and the Joe Louis Memorial, which is a giganitc sculpture of Joe Louis' fist. The nearest People Mover station to Hart Plaza is the Financial District Station, located on Larned, between Shelby and Griswold Street. Free.
  • Spirit of Detroit, at the corner of Jefferson and Woodward Avenues. The Spirit of Detroit is a city monument with a large bronze statue situated in front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, home to Detroit's city hall. It was commissioned in 1955 for a cost of $58,000, and dedicated in 1958. In its left hand, the statue holds a bronze sphere with rays to symbolize God. In its right hand, is a family group symbolizing human relationships. The 26 foot (7.9 m) sculpture is frequently dressed in sports jerseys when local professional teams are in the playoffs. The nearest People Mover station to the monument is the Millender Center Station, which is located inside the Millender Center on the 5th floor.

Architecture

Detroit is home to one of the world's largest collections of late nineteenth and early twentieth century buildings. During the past decade, the city has restored many of its architecturally significant buildings. Several of Detroit's buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Detroit is definately one the best destinations for architecture buffs.

Buildings

One Detroit Center (a.k.a. Comerica Tower)
  • Comerica Tower at Detroit Center, 500 Woodward Avenue, [9]. Comerica Tower is the second tallest building in Detroit, after the Renaissance Center, rising 619 ft (189 m). The building was constructed from 1991 to 1993. The building is famous for its postmodern architectural design topped with neo-gothic spires, which makes it blend in with the older buildings in Detroit. Built in 1993, visitors are often surprised to learn of the building's young age.
  • Penobscot Building, 645 Griswold Street, [10]. The building was the tallest in Michigan from its completion in 1928 until the construction of the Renaissance Center's central tower in 1977. It is now the third tallest. Like many of the city's other Roaring Twenties buildings, it has Art Deco influences, including its "H" shape, which allows maximum sunlight into the building, and the sculptural setbacks that cause the upper floors to seem to "erode".
  • Guardian Building, 500 Griswold Street, [11]. Built in 1929, the building is a bold example of Art Deco architecture, including art moderne designs. At the top of the Guardian Building's spire, is a large American Flag, complementing the four smaller flags atop nearby 150 West Jefferson. The Guardian Building's interior is lavishly decorated with mosaic and Pewabic and Rookwood tile. The semi-circular exterior domes are filled with Pewabic Pottery. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989. It was used as headquarters for production during World War II.
  • Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, 1114 Washington Blvd, [12]. Built in 1928, the Book Cadillac Hotel is an architectural gem that, after 20 years of vacancy, was remodeled into an upscale hotel in 2008. It was designed with neo-classical elements and building sculptures, incorporating brick and limestone. Among its notable features are the statues of General Anthony Wayne, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, Chief Pontiac and Robert Navarre along the ornate Michigan Avenue facade and the three copper terraces at top the building.
  • Cadillac Tower, 65 Cadillac Square, [13]. This Beaux Arts skyscraper was the first building outside of New York City and Chicago to have more than 40 floors. Cadillac Tower was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
  • Fort Shelby Hotel, 525 West Lafayette Boulevard, [14]. This historic upscale hotel was designed in the Beaux Arts style. Built in 1916, it underwent renovation in 2008 and is the first full-service Hilton brand hotel to operate in the city in 33 years. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

Other

Wayne County Building
  • Wayne County Building, 600 Randolph, [15]. This building, constructed in 1897, may be the country's finest surviving example of Roman Baroque architecture. The Wayne County Building also has a blend of Beaux-Arts and some elements of the neo-classical architectural style. The courthouse tower was originally 227' - 8 1/2" tall. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
  • Fort Street Presbyterian Church, 631 W. Fort Street, [16]. This church was constructed in 1855, and completely rebuilt in 1876. It is an ornately detailed Gothic Revival structure built of limestone ashlar. The facade features a 265 foot (81 m) tall square tower with a spire on one side and a shorter octagonal turret on the other. A central stained glass window illuminates the sanctuary. There are seven bays along the side of the church with flying buttresses, crocketed finials, lacy stonework and tall windows, which was designed to give the impression of light.

Do

The Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival celebrates Canada's Canada Day and the American Independence

Events and festivals

  • America's Thanksgiving Day Parade [17]
  • Detroit International Jazz Festival[18] Labor Day weekend.
  • Electronic Music Festival [19], Memorial Day weekend.
  • Motown Winter Blast [20] Held in January or February in Campus Martius park, includes ice skating, concerts, and a street party in Greektown. This multi-day event has drawn crowds of over one million people.
  • North America International Auto Show [21] Cobo Hall, Detroit. NAIAS is a multi-day even held in January which draws super-sized crowds of up to one million people.
  • Windsor-Detroit International Freedom Festival - a multi-day event typically held the last week of June which draws super-sized crowds of around three million people.

Gambling

Detroit is the largest American city to offer casino resorts.

  • MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third Street, 1.888.MGM.DTR, [22]. The MGM Grand Detroit is the first luxury casino resort in a major metropolis outside of Las Vegas or Atlantic City, and the first in downtown Detroit. The permanent casino opened its doors to the public on October 3, 2007.
  • MotorCity Casino, 2901 Grand River Avenue, 866.STAY.MCC, [23]. The MotorCity Casino is a newly expanded and renovated $300 million casino hotel. It incorporates the historic Wagner Baking Company building circa 1915. As part of the renovation, the cornerstone of this former Wonder Bread bakery has been fully restored to its original condition, preserving the signature features of the 93-year old Detroit landmark.
  • Greektown Casino, 555 East Lafayette, 1.888.771.4386, [24]. This casino is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2008. The casino is still open for gaming, however the hotel is being finished. Greektown casino is located in Greektown and includes several Greek restaurants. The casino has its own People Mover Station, on level 3.
  • Caesars Windsor Casino Resort Windsor, Ontario.[25] Contemporary luxury resort hotel with spectacular views of the Detroit skyline, 100,000 sq. ft of meeting space and a 5,000 seat performance center. Currently you must have a passport or birth certificate to cross the border.

Performing arts

  • Foxtown, located along Woodward Avenue, is the nickname of Detroit's theatre district. The name comes from the city's Fox Theatre, which is the largest of the nation's fox theatres. Foxtown is home to dozens of performing arts venues. It is the second largest theatre district in the United States, after New York City's Broadway. The theatre district lies in the northern end of downtown Detroit, bordering Midtown. The nearest People Mover stations to the area are the Grand Circus Park Station, which is located at Park Street, near Woodward Avenue, and the Broadway Station, which is located at the corner of Broadway and John R. Some of the more popular theatres include:
    • Fox Theatre, 2111 Woodward Avenue, 248.433.1515, [26]. The Fox is the second largest theatre in the country after Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The theatre was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1989 and was one of the first theatres to feature live sound. The exterior of the attached 10-story building features an Art Deco facade, which lights up at night and can be seen for several blocks. The Fox is Detroit’s top venue for Broadway shows.
    • Detroit Masonic Temple, 500 Temple Avenue, 313.832.7100, [27]. This theatre is the second largest in Detroit. The 4,404-seat theatre is a prominent venue for concerts, Broadway shows, and other events. Detroit Masonic Temple was designed in the neo-gothic architectural style, using a great deal of limestone.
    • The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Avenue. Known as the State Theatre throughout most of its history, The Fillmore Detroit is located next to the larger Fox Theatre. The theater was designed as a movie house in the Renaissance Revival style of architecture
    • Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway Street, 313.237.7464, [28]. The Detroit Opera House is the venue for all Michigan Opera Theatre productions and other events. This theatre, which seats 2,700 people, first opened in 1922.
    • Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Avenue, 313.576.5111, [29]. This orchestra hall is the home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The hall is renowned for its marvellous acoustic properties.
    • Music Hall Center For The Performing Arts 250 Madison Ave., Detroit. Phone (313) 963-2366. Originally known as the Wilson Theatre.
    • The City Theater[30] 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit.
    • Majestic Theatre, 4126-4140 Woodward Avenue, 313.833.9700, [31]. A beautiful theatre designed in Art Deco, now boasting the largest enameled metal panel Art Deco facade in the Detroit metropolitan area. The theatre is currently hosts live musical acts.
    • Bonstelle Theatre, 3424 Woodward Avenue, 313.577.2960, [32]. The Bonstelle Theatre is the undergraduate theatre used by Wayne State University. It was originally built in 1902 as the Temple Beth-El. The theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
    • Gem Theatre, 333 Madison Avenue, 313.963.9800, [33]. This two-level theatre used to be located in Foxtown, however due to the construction of Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers, it was moved on wheels five blocks to its present location. It is the furthest known relocation of a sizable building.

Recreation

  • Diamond Jack's River Tours [34] Detroit.
  • Historic Tours of Detroit [35], [36]
  • Cruise Ships, the Great Lakes Cruising Coalition [37] The Dock of Detroit [38] receives major cruise lines on the Great Lakes. Adjacent to the Renaissance Center on Hart Plaza. Chartered tours are also available. Take a cruise.

Other

  • Discover Detroit TV[39] The Detroit travel show sponsored by the Detroit Convention & Visitor's Bureau airs weekly on Mondays at 5:30 PM on Detroit Public Television.

Buy

  • Eastern Market [40] 2934 Russell St., Detroit. Historic Farmers Market. Hours 7 AM - 5 PM. Monday-Saturday. Closed Sundays.
  • John K. King Books [41] 901 W. Lafayette, 313-961-0622 One of the best used bookstores in America with over 500,000 books in stock.
  • Pure Detroit [42] Detroit. Detroit Souvenirs. Stores inside the Renaissance Center, the Fisher Building, and the Guardian Building.
  • Riverfront Shops [43] Detroit. Inside the GM Renaissance Center Winter Garden.

Eat

Greektown

Explore Detroit's Greektown, with its Greek restaurants and shops surrounding the Greektown Casino. Detroit is home to many American classics including the Coney Island Hotdog, Sanders Bumpy Cakes, Dominos Pizza, Little Caesars Pizza, Better Made Potato Chips, and Vernor's Ginger Ale. (Vernor's Ginger Ale shares the distinction as America's oldest soft drink with Hire's Root Beer).

Vegetarian Friendly

  • Sala Thai, 3400 Russell St, +1 313 831-1302, [44]. M-F 10.30AM-10PM (Dinner starts at 3PM), Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 12PM-9PM (dinner all day on Sa-Su). Located in an old fire house in the Eastern Market district. Great food. Also has another location in Detroit on Lafayette & one in Sterling Heights. Lunch: $6.50 - 9.50 Dinner: $9.00 - 13.00.


Mexicantown

  • Evie's Tamales, 3454 Bagley St, +1 313 843-5056 (), [45]. Authentic cuisine, Second eldest restaurant in Mexicantown, unpretentious setting. $5 to $10.
  • Taqueria Lupita, 3443 Bagley St, +1 313 843-1105. Su-Thu 9am-10pm, Fr-Sa 9am-11pm. Authentic Mexican fare. $5 to $10.
  • Xochimilchos, 3409 Bagley St, +1 313 843-0179. 11 AM - 2 AM All Week. Large portions of excellent Mexican fare. They have menudo (tripe stew) on the menu, as well as many more mainstream dishes. Open late and serves alcohol. For authentic Mexican food try another restaurant in Mexican Town or Mi Pueblo. $5 to $10.

Greektown

  • Astoria Pastry Shop, 541 Monroe St, +1 313 963-9603 (, fax: +1 313 963-2530), [46]. Sun-Thurs 8am-12am, Fri-Sat 8am-1am. This European bakery has some of Detroit's best desserts you will ever taste. Additional location in Royal Oaks.
  • Cyprus Taverna, 579 Monroe St, +1 313 961-1550. Sun-Thurs 11am-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-4am. Excellent Greek food.
  • Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Cafe, 400 Monroe St, +1 313 965-4600 (fax: +1 313 965-1449), [47]. Daily 6:30am-2am. Excellent Cajun cuisine. Also serves great steak, seafood, and sushi. Additional locations in St. Clair Shores and Southfield.
  • Pegasus Taverna, 558 Monroe St, +1 313 964-6800 (fax: +1 313 965-1449), [48]. Mon-Thurs 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-3am, Sun 11am-12am. Another place in Greektown that serves great Greek food.

Pizza

Detroit is known for its "Detroit-Style" Pizza:

Benito's Pizza, various locations, [49]. Wonderful pizza. Carry-out. Well worth it.

Buddy's Pizza, 17125 Conant, +1 313 892-9001 (fax: +1 313 313-892-6619), [50]. Mon - Thur 11 am - 9 pm Fri 11 am - 11 pm Sat 12 pm - 11 pm Sun 1 pm - 8 pm. Excellent square deep dish pizza. Voted the best pizza in Detroit several times. 7 Locations outside of Detroit

Little Caesars, [51]. Also known as Little Squeezers, pumps out 5 dollar "hot 'n' ready" pizzas. More of a fast food place than an actual restaurant. Carry-out and available inside Comerica Park during events.

PizzaPapalis, 553 Monroe St, +1 313 961-8020 (fax: +1 313 961-2204), [52]. Famous Award Winning Chicago-style deep dish pizza. Locations downtown and metro area. Dine-in.

Coney Island

Detroit is known for the greasy and messy Coney Island hot dog and for its Coney Island Restaurants which are open very late or even 24 hours to catch the late-night bar crowd.

  • American Coney Island, 114 W. Lafayette, Detroit, +1 586 219-0995 (), [53]. 24 hours. Rival of the Lafayette Coney Island right next door Inexpensive.
  • Lafayette Coney Island, 118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, +1 313 964-8198. Rival of the American Coney Island right next door Inexpensive.
  • Leo's Coney Island, The Detroit location is inside Comerica Park., +1 313 471-2888, [54]. A chain that can be found all over metropolitan Detroit.
  • National Coney Island, 19019 Mack Avenue, +1 313 881-5509 (fax: +1 313 881-3958), [55]. Sun 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM Mon - Thu 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM Fri & Sat 6:30 AM - 11:00 PM. A chain that can be found all over surburban Detroit. Inexpensive.

Mid-range

  • Beans and Cornbread, 29508 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield., +1 248 208-1680 (fax: +1 248 208-6144), [56]. Lunch: M - F 11 AM - 4 PM Dinner: M - Th 4 PM - 9 PM Fr 4 - 10 PM Sa 12-10 PM Su 12-9 PM. Soul food, if you're closer to Detroit proper then try Baker's Keyboard Lounge which also serves excellent southern food.
  • Cadieux Cafe [57] 4300 Cadieux Rd., Detroit. Known for some great Mussels. Belgian cuisine and beers.
  • Cheli's Chili Bar, 47 E. Adams, Detroit, [58]. Offers a full menu. Mid-range.
  • Hard Rock Cafe Detroit. On Campus Martius downtown near the Compuware building.
  • Hockey Town Cafe[59] Detroit. Across from Comerica Park. This restaurant doubles as a museum with Detroit Red Wings history and memorabilia as well as Tigers memorabilia and motorcycles.
  • River Cafe Detroit. Inside the Renaissance Center.

Upscale

  • Andiamo's Italian [60] Eleven locations including downtown inside the Renaissance Center, Grosse Pointe Woods, St. Clair Shores lakefront, and Bloomfield Township. Celebrity showroom in Warren. Great atmosphere, fine dining experience.
  • Coach Insignia [61] Detroit. +1 313 567-2622. Top floor of the Renaissance Center. Fine dining with spectacular views.
  • Seldom Blues [62] Detroit. Located inside the Renaissance Center. Fine dining and Jazz.
  • Rattlesnake Club[63] 300 Riverplace, Detroit. (313) 567-4400. Riverfront dining experience.

Drink

Vernor's Ginger Ale, created by Detroit pharmacist James Vernor, shares the distinction as America's oldest softdrink with Hire's Rootbeer. A local favorite, Detroiters pour Vernor's over ice cream. Also try Faygo soft drinks, another former Detroit based soft drink company. Detroiters enjoy Michigan Wines[64]. A family of GM heritage, the Fisher family Coach Wines are served at the Coach Insignia Restaurant atop the GM Renaissance Center.

  • Jacoby's German Biergarten [65] 624 Brush, Detroit. Near Greektown, Jacoby's is Detroit's oldest saloon and restaurant since 1904.
  • MGM Grand Detroit[66] 177 Third St., Detroit. Live entertainment and dancing in a world class venue.
  • Tom's Oyster Bar [67] 519 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit. Also locations in St. Clair Shores, Royal Oak, and Rochester Hills. Upscale, a local favorite.
  • Town Pump Tavern[68] 100 W. Montcalm, Detroit. This local favorite is an upscale Detroit pub behind the Fox Theatre.

Sleep

Budget

  • Comfort Inn Downtown Detroit Hotel. 1999 E. Jefferson Ave. Tel: +1 313 567-8888. Fax: +1 313 567-5842. On Jefferson Avenue - approximately 1/2 mile east of the Renaissance Center and 1 mile from the Cobo Conference Center, Joe Louis Arena, among other downtown attractions of Detroit, Comerica Park (Tigers Baseball) and the new Ford Field (Lions Football) are only 2.5 miles from the hotel.
  • Milner Hotel, 1538 Centre St, +1 313 963-3950, [69]. Located in downtown Detroit.

Mid-range

  • Detroit Riverside Hotel, 2 Washington Boulevard, 313.965.0200, [70]. Well appointed, full service hotel. Contemporary French elegance with fine restaurants. Located between Cobo Hall Convention Center and GM World Headquarters, nearby are Greektown, casinos, museums, Windsor, Ontario and area attractions. Guests have included George H.W. Bush. Prime location, could be considered a luxury hotel. $119-$169.
  • Dobson House Bed & Breakfast 1439 Bagley Ave., Detroit. +1 313 965-1887.
  • Courtyard Inn by Marriott.[71] 333 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit. Prime downtown location, across from the Renaissance Center. Well appointed, full service hotel. Indoor pool, fitness center, restaurants, lounges, and meeting rooms.
  • Fort Shelby Hotel and Conference Center Doubltree. 525 West Lafayette Blvd., Detroit. Historic hotel, opening 2009.
  • Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown[72] Near stadiums, Greektown, restaurants.

Splurge

  • The Atheneum Suite Hotel [73] 1000 Brush Avenue, Detroit. +1 313 962-2323. Luxury hotel, stunning Greco-Roman contemporary in the heart of downtown's Greektown, near stadiums, accommodates large conferences.
  • Caesars Windsor Casino Resort Windsor, Ontario.[74] Contemporary luxury resort hotel with spectacular views of the Detroit skyline, 100,000 sq. ft of meeting space and a 5,000 seat performance center. Currently you must have a passport or birth certificate to cross the border.
  • Detroit Marriot at the Renaissance Center, Jefferson Ave., between Brush St. and Beaubien, 313.568.8000, [75]. Contemporary luxury hotel, overlooks the spectacular International Riverfront with many restaurants including Coach Insignia rooftop restaurant, shops, and 100,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. This is the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere, a world-class facility. This facility connects to the elevated rail system known as the People Mover which encircles the downtown area. Near Cobo Hall Convention Center, cruise ship dock, stadiums, Greektown, casinos, museums, Windsor, and area attractions. Guests have included Ronald Reagan. Rooms from $130 & up.
  • Greektown Casino Resort. Detroit.[76] Luxury resort hotel with 25,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and a 1,200 seat theater (2009).
  • Inn at 97 Winder.[77]. 97 Winder St., Detroit. Elegant, luxurious, Victorian mansion in downtown just two blocks from Comerica Park.
  • MGM Grand Detroit Casino Resort. [78] Luxury resort hotel with 30,000 sq. ft. of meeting space and an 1,200 seat theater.
  • Omni Detroit Hotel at Riverplace [79] 1000 Riverplace, Detroit. Historic luxury hotel with fine restaurants, spectacular waterfront location, intimate setting, 8,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Near GM World Headquarters, Greektown, casinos, and Windsor, Ontario.
  • Westin Book-Cadillac Hotel [80] 1114 Washington Blvd., Detroit. The city's historic flagship luxury hotel, European elegance, downtown location, world-class facility with attached parking garage. Guests have included Presidents Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and many celebrities.

Contact

Detroit Convention and Visitor's Bureau [81].

Get out

Although Detroit itself provides the majority of the region's visitor attractions, the metropolitan area is large and diverse and contains many hot spots and attractions that are also well worth visiting.

  • Ann Arbor - Home to the University of Michigan [82], Ann Arbor offers many attractions of a self-enclosed small city. A thriving downtown, lots of culture, and plenty of students. Cannabis possesion in this city outside of University of Michigan property is only a 25 dollar fine, making this one of the most liberal cities in Michigan. Canoeing is a favorite pastime on the Huron River, available through Metro parks [83] near Ann Arbor. Additionally, the city boasts the number one rated Ann Arbor Street Art Fair [84] which attracts over 500,000 attendees from across the nation each July. Enjoy the Beach at Kensington Metropark, or winter skiing at nearby Mt. Holly, and Brighton.
  • Dearborn - Detroit's suburb to the Southwest and home of Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, has a leading attraction, The Henry Ford (the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village) [85] a large historical and entertainment complex, and the Automotive Hall of Fame. Dearborn has the second largest Middle-Eastern population in the World, with mosques being a common sight and a wide selection of Middle-Eastern food and shopping. Detroit's public information campaign, "The World is Coming, Get in the Game" has created an online tour (see section "Do" for the link) of Dearborn's cultural scene.
  • Ferndale - The city that is trying to be the "New Royal Oak", big bar scene with some good restaurants.
  • Flint -- The home of the modern labor union movement in the US. While not as tourist-friendly as Ann Arbor, Flint has a great art scene for a city of its size and is much less pretentious.
  • Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River - Waterfront activities and living are among the luxuries of the metropolitan Detroit area. Experience cruises and boating on beautiful Lake St. Clair. The St. Clair River connects Lake St. Clair to Lake Huron. In the quiet town of St. Clair, along the St. Clair River, dine at the Voyager Seafood restaurant at 525 South Riverside. Enjoy the charm of a small town lifestyle in a major metropolitan area in and around Lake St. Clair's Anchor Bay [86]. Visitors to downtown Detroit may reserve a dock at Tri-Centennial State Park and Harbor [87]. Or enjoy a Great Lakes cruise [88].
  • Plymouth - With attractive downtown, the suburb is popular with local youth. Enjoy a world class golf experience at Plymouth's luxury resort, the Inn at St. John. Each year, the Plymouth Art Fair in July is well worth a visit.
  • Royal Oak - Home to the Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak is a gentrified suburb outside of Detroit which boasts a night scene with exciting dining and a diverse avant-garde bar culture.
  • Troy - Troy contains the Somerset Collection, one of the largest malls in the midwest. Visit Nordstom, Macy's, Henri Bendel, Ralph Lauren/Polo, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co, Barney's New York, and more than 180 other specialty shops. Follow Big Beaver Road east as it becomes the Metropolitan Parkway toward Metropolitan Beach on beautiful Lake St. Clair.
  • Wyandotte - The "Downriver Royal Oak" as it has been dubbed by locals, Wyandotte has a bustling, family-friendly downtown strip with mom-and-pop shopping, art galleries, a golf course, ice-cream parlor, a charming riverside park, and numerous dining opportunities. Come the third Friday of the month for free food, trolley and carriage rides, and themed fun events sponsored by local businesses. July of each year sees the Wyandotte Art Fair, one of the best in the country.

Other destinations outside the Metro Detroit area include:

  • Windsor, Ontario, Canada -- lies just across the Ambassador Bridge [89]. Or through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel which is located right next to the Renaissance Center (good to use if you see traffic backed up onto I-75) This heavily trafficked border crossing has shaped Windsor more than anything else; well-maintained, walkable streets, shops and restaurants, Casino Windsor (Canada's largest), and adult entertainment. The lower drinking age (19) draws young Americans and ensures a vibrant club scene on weekends. Windsor provides great views of the Detroit skyline, especially on summer nights from waterfront Dieppe Park. Crossing the border requires a passport or original birth certificate (soon to be passport-only).
  • Lake Erie Tour Route and Lighthouses. Go back to the mainland and see the shoreline. The drive (or boat ride) around Lake Erie takes you through the Working Waterfronts around Buffalo NY, Cleveland OH, Detroit MI, Erie PA, Toledo, OH, and southern Ontario and is intermingled with beautiful preservations of flora and fauna as well as the history of North America's first westward expansion, the Old Northwest Territory.




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