48HRS Detroit

So you don't live under a rock and you've heard the news, Detroit is officially one of the top travel destinations in the world that you must visit. Maybe you're traveling for work or a mini vacation but here's my list of go to spots if you're in the 313 for 48 hours.

K, lets do this. I'm going to assume you are coming in on a weekend.

Plane lands, Car is parked, you get checked in, now what? 


DAY 1

8:30 am | Breakfast. Start your morning out at Trinosophes off of Gratiot ave. Grab yourself some coffee and mango chia seed pudding or vegan breakfast sandwich, both favorites of mine. If you are just grabbing a coffee to go pop next door to the record store that has all the classics.

9:30 am | Cross over the bridge to get to Eastern Market, Walk around and see what Detroit growers have in season. DeVries is located right outside of shed 2, if you are lucky go up to the third floor as an award winning artist is known to hangout and have "band practice" with some friends. After walk the alleys and streets surrounding the sheds to see which new murals were installed for that years Murals in the Market campaign.

11:30 am | After strolling the alleys pop into Red Bull House of Art and see what their latest cycle of artists has created. Artists from all around come to Detroit to live and work in this space and eventually showcase their pieces in the gallery below.

1:00 pm | Lunch. Hailed for their southern Italy take on pizza, Suppinos Pizzeria is the known spot to go in Detroit. Their pies are large enough to feed 4 but any pizza can be a personal pizza if you really try. Their pizzas range from a classic margheritta to pizzas with novelty ingriedents like turkey or an egg are thrown on top. 

2:30 pm | Rent a MoGo Bike for the next few hours and cruise the Dequindre Cut down to the Riverwalk. Head up Woodward Ave to Campus Martius to check out the beach and food trucks. If you still have some time to kill head over to Detroit's well known art alleys The Belt. The public space is home to murals and installations by local, national and international artists. 

5:00 pm | Happy Hour. Option 1; Wright and Co is located on the second story above John Varvatos over looking Woodward Ave. Sit at the marble bar and watch the mixologists create something special just for you. Option 2; The Skip located in The Belt is a more vibrant spot with garage doors that open to let fresh air in. Grab a frozen cucumber margherita or a tecate, they got it all.

6:30 | Home to freshen up

7:30 | Dinner. Option 1; Selden Standard offers a true farm to table experience. The space is open and minimal, the kitchen is bright and bustling, all while you watch the fire roar in the stove. Option 2; Gather has put together a thoughtful menu that focuses on the seasonality of its ingredients. A local laid back gathering spot where you grab a beer and share a meal. 

9:30 | The Apparatus Room offers classic cocktails underneath a room adorned with historic architecture and modern touches. Its the perfect cap to a great day.

late night | Marble bar / Lafayette Coney


DAY 2

8:30 am | Scoot over to West Villages go to café spot Red Hook, after grabbing a fresh baked muffin and golden milk latte take a walk around the surrounding neighborhood to see the old historic homes.

9:30 | Breakfast. Roses Fine Foods menu offers a made from scratch recipes focusing on local seasonal ingredients.

11:00 | Belle Isle; walk the isle, Belle Isle Conservatory, Belle Isle Aquarium, perfect for a picninc and sunsets

2:00 | Lunch. Grab a sandwich to go from the Farmers Hand. Its a local market so feel free to grab some produce or even a trip treat made in the area. Option 2; Bronx Bar to get an unreal burger and a beer. Play some pool or sit on their "patio".

2:30 | A mid day coffee pick me up. Option 1; Astro coffee. Option 2; Shinola Cafe

3:00 | Get lost for a couple hours in the DIA. These pillars are home to 66,000 pieces of history making it one of the top 6 museums in the country. Besides all of the art a big draw to the museum is Kresge Court, a comfy sundrenched courtyard. Grab a glass of wine and some snacks and rest your feet while you catch up on emails or those last few pages of your book. 

5:00 | Happy Hour. The Royce wine bar. Perfect for an intimate get together or a large group the Royce offers a wine selection that would put any wine section to shame. They have hands down the best charcuterie in town and on wendisdays they host wine tastings open to the public. 

6:00 | Freshen up for the evening

7:30 | Dinner. After a fire destroyed the award winning restaurant Katoi, like a phoenix from the ashes it has risen again better than ever. Its not a visit to Detroit without visiting everyone's favorite spot Takoi . With a northern-Thai influence menu, "out of this world" atmosphere and specially curated cocktails you will quickly come to see why this is not just a local favorite. 

9:00 | Option 1; Two James Spirits is a Corktown distillery that makes a mean craft cocktail. Option 2; Standby boasts a cocktail lab always updating their bar and food menu.

Late Night | Cafe D'Mongos is one of the oldest speakeasy establishments in Detroit. Bad Luck Bar call and make a reservation, this can also be hard to find which adds to the speakeasy vibe.


I have listed out some other options that are some of my other favorites below;

Eats | Sister Pie, Bronx Bar, Grey Ghost, Chartreuse, Gold Cash Gold, Ottava Via, Republic, Detroit Institute of Bagels, Green Dot

Drinks | Old Miami, Motor City Wine, Republic, Standby

Cafes | New Order Café, Ashe Supply Co.

To Do | Guardian building, Fischer Theatre, Fox Theatre, Little Ceasars Arena, Kayak the Detroit River, MOCAD, Cliff Bells, Fowling, Library Street Collective

Shopping | Nest + City Bird, Shinola, Bird Bee, El Dorado, Boro Resale