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.
Dine out in Detroit
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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Virgin Atlantic operate direct flights from London to Detroit, making it easy to book your next trip.
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Written by Chantelle Symester