Detroit Neighborhood Guide

If you are looking to venture off of the beaten path and discover local favorites during your visit to Detroit, it’s best to do a bit of research to find the very best of what each neighborhood has to offer. Rather than simply sticking to the tried and true tourist destinations, take an unexpected turn and you may discover your new favorite café or bookstore. Whether you are looking for five star restaurants or the new up-and-coming hipster hangout, Detroit’s varied neighborhoods have so much to see and do, you may want to extend your trip by a day or two.

Image via (Punch Bowl Social, above): Crain's Detroit

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Entertainment District

This tourist-mecca is perfect for the first-time visitor or anyone looking for a fun night out. You will find theaters and music venues, as well as sporting centers such as Comerica Park and Ford Field in this neighborhood.

When in the Entertainment District…

1. Angelina Italian Bistro - One quick google search will tell you that Angelina Italian Bistro is one of the best Italian restaurant's in the city. Book a table and see what all the fuss is about yourself.

2. Punch Bowl Social - This complex will keep you entertained all day long. From the bowling alley to the Karaoke setup, the killer food and beverage program is the icing on top.

3. Comerica Park - There's nothing more American than a day spent at the ballpark! Cheer on the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.

4. Ford Field - Football season is extra fun at Ford Field, home to the Detroit Lions as well as host to an onslaught of A-list entertainers.
 
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The District Detroit

Just next to the Entertainment District is The District Detroit (a bit confusing, we know!). The District Detroit’s main attraction will be Little Caesars Arena where visitors can cheer on the Detroit Red Wings during hockey season, as well as the Detroit Pistons come September 2017.

When in The District Detroit…

1. Little Caesars Arena - The arena isn't open quite yet, but you can still make your plans to visit the brand new arena for a full lineup of hockey games, concerts and more.

2. Detroit Opera House - Treat yourself to a fancy night at the theater while in Detroit. There's something for all kinds of art-enthusiasts, from choirs to ballet recitals and more.

3. QLine – Take a ride on the new modern street car. Getting around the city has never been easier.
 
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 Image via We Heart (Wasserman Projects)

Eastern Market

Home to the incredibly popular farmers market, Eastern Market is a large market space bustling with vendors and local businesses selling everything from fresh food to artwork. The market offers something different nearly every day, so plan ahead by visiting their website before you visit.

When in Eastern Market…

1. Saturday Market - The Saturday Market is the place to be, seeing as many as 45,000 visitors! Shop from local artists, floral shops, and local farmers.

2. Supino Pizzeria - A stop at the Eastern Market's Supino Pizzeria is a must for lovers of New York style pizza.

3. Wasserman Projects - Step outside the typical tourist favorites and visit the Wasserman Projects, a modern art experience with a constantly evolving art collection.
 
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Greektown

You likely guessed from the name; however, Greektown offers the atmosphere of old world Greece. Delicious dining, coffee houses, Greek festivals, locally owned boutiques and one of the cities three casinos await in this vibrant neighborhood. Greektown also participates in a neighborhood-wide Happy Hour every Thursday, during which drinks are $3 and food items are $5 at a slew of restaurants in the area.

When in Greektown…

1. Greektown Casino - Roll the dice at Greektown Casino, for a fun-filled night in this culturally rich neighborhood.

2. Santorini Estiatorio - Experience delicious Greek cuisine at Santorini Estiatorio, one of the newest restuarants in the neighborhood.

3. Old St. Mary’s Church - The architecture of Old St. Mary's Church is breathtaking for all visitors.

4. St. Andrews Hall - This beloved music venue opened in 1907 and has been going strong ever since. Spend an evening listening to local bands, indie performers, DJ's, and more.
 
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Image via Detroit River Front (Milliken State Park Lighthouse)

Rivertown

Rivertown offers a blissful afternoon for bikers, sightseers, those looking for a relaxing stroll or those on a serious run. Currently 2.5 miles of The Detroit International RiverWalk is complete, set to offer 5.5 miles of paved pathway with easy access to bars, restaurants, and more.

When in Rivertown…

1. Hart Plaza - This lovely 14-acre riverfront plaza has been home to concerts, festivals and more since 1975.
 
2. Milliken State Park Lighthouse - This photogenic spot in the city is perfect for an afternoon picnic or stroll along the riverfront.

3. Gabriel Richard Park - Featuring lovely landscaping, butterfly gardens and more, making it a serene place to relax in the city. 

4. Wheelhouse Detroit - Cover more ground with a bike rental from Wheelhouse. Explore on your own, or sign up for a tour offered by Wheelhouse.
 
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Midtown

Midtown is made up of art galleries and museums, outdoor markets, boutique shops, and the hottest dining scene in the city. Maybe you’re thinking it but we’re going to say it—Midtown is where the cool kids hangout.

When in Midtown…

1. Detroit Institute of Arts - The Detroit Institute of Arts has one of the largest collections in the entire country. Make sure to carve out enough time to visit this top-tier museum. 

2. Avalon Bakery - Over 1,000 customers visit Avalon Bakery every day to get a taste of their delicious baked goods.

3. The Whitney - Once home to the wealthiest man in Detroit, The Whitney Mansion is now home to a restaurant and event space.

4. Shinola - Shop from the iconic Detroit watchmaker, Shinola. 
 
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Corktown

The oldest neighborhood in Detroit is home to the city’s Irish community. Visitors will find pubs, live music filling the bars, breweries, record shops, and more.

When in Corktown…

1. Two James Spirits - Spend an afternoon enhancing your palate at this local distillery. They make a little something of everything, so pick your poison--they've got it!

2. Batch Brewing Co. - This trendy brewery is the place to be for beer enthusiasts.

3. Astro Coffee - Fuel up for a busy day or relax after a long afternoon at Astro Coffee for chill cafe vibes and a tasty cup of coffee, latte art optional.

4. Hello Records - Shop a wide selection of records at this neighborhood favorite. 

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