I’ve been to Detroit a LOT of times now, we have lots of friends there and try to go every couple of years to visit. Normally when I tell people I’m going to Detroit they look at me like I’ve gone mad, and to be fair even the people who live there look at me in a puzzling way and ask why I’ve chosen to visit. But it’s an exciting, interesting and artsy place to visit if you’re in the mid-west (we went to Chicago first this time, around 5 hours drive which is…like nothing in the US) and I’d 100% recommend it.
We went to a beautiful wedding in the centre of Detroit, and stayed in the Trumbull and Porter hotel; basically a hipster Holiday Inn with muted greys, leather furnishings and lots of whisky. There are some amazing places to hang out near the hotel, and with it’s own version of Boris Bikes – the MoGo bikes launched in 2017 – it’s really easy to get around. Here are some of the best restaurants, cafes and bars that you should try while you’re there.
Where to… eat
Detroit Institute of Bagels: Maybe better bagels than NYC. They were HUGE and they sell decent coffee too. Good for breakfast and lunch.
Ottava Via: tasty American-Italian food with an outdoor area
Wright and Company: lovely cocktail bar with a view. Nice for brunch too.
Selden Standard: Tasty brunch if that’s what you’re after.
Where to… drink
Jolly Pumpkin: Excellent selection of beers, would definitely recommend. Really tasty salads and pizza and – apparently – Obama approved!
Batch Brewing Company: Hipster brewery making some delightful pale ales. Also does great food and has outdoor seating for a relaxed evening.
Two James Spirits: Late night cocktails a-plenty!
The Sugar House: craft cocktails in a speakeasy setting
Bronx Bar: Americans love a dive bar, and this is one.
Astro Coffee: Delicious coffee and breakfast. Very hipster.
Shout if you have any questions, I can make more suggestions!