Between Meetings: 10 Places To Visit In Detroit

By: Chantelle Symester

October 13, 2014

If you happen to be in Detroit for business, make the most of this busy metropolis and pay a visit to its top rated attractions. The largest city in the state of Michigan may be the home of America’s automobile industry, but there’s more to Detroit than just cars. Here are a few suggestions for great places to visit in Detroit when you have a spare hour or two between meetings.
Places to visit in Detroit between meetings | Hart Plaza
Wander through the Philip A. Hart Plaza, located downtown by the river © William Stuben/Flickr

Dine out in Detroit

Places To Visit In Detroit Between Meetings | Detroit Seafood Market
If you like seafood, you’ll love Detroit Seafood Market © Christina Xu/Flickr

The Detroit Seafood Market isn’t hailed as the city’s best seafood restaurant for nothing. Veteran chef Leonardo Vulagi has crafted a menu of classic dishes alongside signature plates like the Flounder Rockefeller served topped with a beurre blanc sauce, and deep-fried lobster tails with garlic mash.

See some world-class art

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Stop off at the impressive Rivera Court at the DIA’s North wall for some creative inspiration © Detroit Institute of Art

Engross yourself in over 60,000 glorious works of art from around the world at the Detroit Institute of Art. Dubbed the “˜temple of arts’ by locals, art lovers can marvel at the museum’s impressive Rivera Court – a 27-panel tribute to Detroit’s industry by famed Mexican artist Diego Rivera.

Visit the home of American R&B

Places To Visit In Detroit Between Meetings | Motown Museum
Where the magic happens: inside the Mowtown Historical Museum © Bill Bowen/Meet Detroit

If walls could talk, then Hitsville U.S.A on West Grand Boulevard would have plenty of remarkable tales to tell. As the birthplace of Motown Records there’s no better place to experience a unique slice of pop culture history. Bursting with memorabilia and rare photos, visitors to the Motown Museum can uncover the humble beginnings of one of America’s most successful record labels.

Be inspired

Places To Visit In Detroit Between Meetings | Henry Ford Museum
Walk through the ‘Driving America’ exhibition at the Henry Ford Museum © Henry Ford Museum

The vast indoor and outdoor Henry Ford Museum complex celebrates the great innovations, ideas and events that have shaped American history. From observing the infamous Rosa Parks bus, to the chair Abraham Lincoln sat on the night he was shot, there are numerous artefacts to help get your creative juices flowing in between meetings.

Indulge in some café culture

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Sip a perfect freshly roasted organic brew at Chazzano Coffee whilst in town © Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock

Reboot your brain cells at Chazzano Coffee in Ferndale, hailed as the best café in the city, where husband and wife duo, Frank and Lisa, serve up a perfect freshly roasted organic brew. Alternatively, classically trained chef Tom Teknos brings his French culinary flair to Detroit at Hudson Cafe, producing delectable dishes like apple walnut stuffed French toast – the perfect accompaniment to your midday latte.

Discover the driving spirit of the city

Places To Visit In Detroit Between Meetings | Automotive Hall of Fame
Detroit’s close ties to the American automotive industry makes the Automotive Hall of Fame a must © Automotive Hall of Fame

Discover the fascinating stories behind some of the most bedazzling motors in America and learn about the city’s illustrious ties to the automotive industry at the Automotive Hall of Fame. A must for car lovers.

Shop for rare books

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Bookworms will love the colossal choice of titles available at John K. Kings bookstore © John K. King

Tipped as one of the world’s coolest bookstores by CNN, John K. King’s colossal collection on Lafayette Blvd has over a million titles under its roof. Get lost in the old glove factory’s four floors and leaf through (or splurge on) rarities like the first edition Book of Mormon, which costs an eye-watering $100,000.

Explore Belle Isle Park

Places To Visit In Detroit Between Meetings | Belle Isle Conservatory
Spend some time in the peaceful surrounds of Belle Isle Park © River North Photography/iStock/Thinkstock

Belle Isle Park is the best place to get some fresh air. Popular with cyclists and runners who litter the labyrinth of walkways, the park also includes a free admission zoo, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory filled with 600 species of exotic flora and fauna, and the 80-foot tall Livingstone Memorial Lighthouse.

Head to Greektown

Places To Visit In Detroit Between Meetings | Greektown
Detroit’s Greektown is full of action and is a great place to sample some delicious food too © Vito Palmissano/Meet Detroit

A long established neighbourhood in Detroit and home to a lively and welcoming Greek community, this area offers a smattering of great bars, restaurants and even a casino. Amble through this downtown neighbourhood and take a detour along Monroe Street, stopping off at Pegasus Tavernas for some classic Greek grub.

Appreciate the local history

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Step back in time by visiting the Streets of Old Detroit exhibition at the Detroit Historical Museum © Detroit Historical Museum

Understand the city’s beguiling past at the Detroit Historical Museum and step back in time to the 19th century at the Streets of Old Detroit permanent exhibition, which comes complete with classic shop fronts such as the Sanders Confectionary Store.

Header image © dmason2006/iStock/Thinkstock

Virgin Atlantic operate direct flights from London to Detroit, making it easy to book your next trip.

Tell us your favourite places to visit in Detroit in the comments section below.

Written by Chantelle Symester


Chantelle Symester

Chantelle Symester is a writer and editor based in London. When she’s not chained to her laptop working she can be found hopping on a plane to far flung places across the globe. Trips so far include adventures to Mexico, South America and North Africa and she now has her heart set on discovering the East. You can find her @csymester

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