Hey hey! As you guys know, Faisal and I headed to Detroit for the memorial day weekend and had such a good time! Detroit has been getting a lot of buzz in the past few years and even though we have been to Detroit many times before because we both have relatives there, we never actually explored the city as tourists, so this was really exciting.
If you are planning on taking a road trip this summer or going somewhere for a quick getaway, I would highly suggest checking out the Motor City.
We went for three days and hit up the Movement Electronic Music Festival — which was amazing, by the way! Detroit is the birthplace of techno, after all, and this massive festival sees flocks of people from around the world. There are pre-parties and after-parties, all night raves and techno music everywhere, it’s just an incredible experience!
If you are planning a trip to Detroit, then here’s what we did while there. 🙂
We stayed in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit at an adorable artisan hotel called Trumbull & Porter and loved it! The location was very convenient, and the hotel was beautiful and artsy with phenomenal views of the city. Think boho meets modern art. The cool thing is that nearly all the decor in the hotel is locally sourced, and the main lobby is an ode to the city. The rooms were very clean and light and they also had a courtyard with games and some great dining options. My favorite was having almond-buttermilk pancakes in the morning at the onsite restaurant, Red Dunn Kitchen — yum!
There are tons of other great hotel options in the city, and whether you like large hotel chains or boutique ones, all of them are full of charm and history. One of our other favorites is The Detroit Foundation Hotel. Previously a fire station, this hotel is now one of the trendiest in the country!
Honestly, the food scene is lit. There is no shortage of amazing restaurants, so wherever you go, your belly is sure to be happy — I know that!
A must on your trip are Grey Ghost and Folk. We ate quite a bit while on our trip, but these two restaurants were our favorites. Grey Ghost is known for its steaks, while Folk is known for its pink and green lattes and fresh local brunch. Grey Ghost was also featured on the Food Network as some of the best steaks in the entire United States, so if that isn’t incentive, I don’t know what is.
Since we only spent a weekend we could only eat so much, but we’ve got a few things on the list for next time! Al Asador is option we can’t wait to try. They make virtually everything from scratch, like their lobster tacos, chile relleno and mejillones con tres chiles (sauteed mussels and chorizo sausage)
Detroit Fleat Food Truck Park and Boozery, the state’s first and only food truck “park,” is such a cool concept, with food trucks and a 16-tap bar, it’s easy to find something for everyone.
Other delicious dining options:
While we don’t drink, Detroit clearly has a massive mixology scene.
We heard time and time again about Two James Spirits Company and Sugar House. Two James Spirits Company offers tours of its distillery and an awesome barrel-lined tasting room for cocktails, many of which are made with their signature whiskey.
Sugar House is a craft cocktail bar with tons of seasonal options.They also offer upscale bar snacks, paninis and desserts.
Eastern Market Brewing Company just had such an awesome vibe, with its open garage door concept and really cool giant elephant mural inside. They have pop-up events weekly and trivia, too, making it a fun place to drop into.
If you only have two days in Detroit, some of our favorite attractions to see would include Belle Isle Park, Campus Martius Park, Detroit Institute of Arts and the Eastern Market Brewing Company. Belle Isle is just gorgeous and so walkable. It’s a perfect way to spend a half or full day, where you can visit the aquarium, nature center or just relax on the beach.
The Detroit Artists Market, another great place to pop in during a visit, is a non-profit gallery dedicated to featuring local artists; it’s just a neat little spot in Detroit to stop in if you’ve got time. There are also a lot of great neighborhoods you can check out with cute novelty stores and thrift stores that are super fun! Check out our blog post on our top 6 things to do while in Detroit.
All in all, visiting Detroit was unlike any other trip we have taken and we enjoyed our time so much. The culture and history are so rich, you really will appreciate it! We are actually headed back to Detroit over Canada Day long weekend, so watch for our stories. 🙂