Is Detroit worth visiting? With the financial difficulties that have been the city’s headline for so many years, it is a question worth thinking about before planning a trip.
My, how the story has changed. Detroit is on the up and up and the city is thriving. Motor City is America’s comeback kid. Everything aspect in Detroit from the hotels, revitalized downtown, and the blossoming art scene has been changing.
Here are 6 Spots You Have to Visit When Traveling to Detroit
Located close to downtown, Eastern Market draws crowds of over 40,000 each week making it one of the largest markets in America. Before visiting the market, I have two pieces of advice for you. First, come hungry. Second, make sure you wear pants that leave you a little growing room in the waist. Eastern Market is jam-packed with more foods than you could eat in a lifetime. Eat your way through the market over indulging on everything from cheesy pizza to the tender corned beef and cabbage.
Nowadays, Eastern Market offers more to do than just expanding your waistline. The market has little stalls, independent shops, and even art galleries.
Until recently, the market was only open on Saturdays, but due to popular demand the market is now open on Tuesdays and Sundays.
Who doesn’t love Motown? One of my favorite childhood bands was The Temptations. Motor City is more than just cars, factories, and markets. Detriot was the birth of Motown, and it is where artists like the Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, and Smokey Robinson careers kicked off.
You cannot visit Detroit without visiting the historical museum. It is almost overwhelming to stand in the studio where numerous musical geniuses sang their way into history.
Campus Martius Park
This large public square has entertainment all year round. In the summer the park transforms into a little beach, and during the winter it becomes an ice skating rink.
It seems that there is always something creative happening in the park and there is definitely always some sort of fun going on. Campus Martius Park has become a favorite spot for both locals and tourist. It is now a major gathering point for events in the city. One cool thing about the park is that it is free!
The Henry Ford
We can’t talk about Detroit without mentioning one of the city’s biggest claims to fame. The Henry Ford is known as one of the best museums in the country.
While I am not huge on museums, the Henry Ford has some iconic treasures that help you discover American history in an exciting way. Step into the lab of Edison and take a seat on Rosa Park’s bus. Spend an afternoon exploring The Henry Ford and see history comes to life for yourself.
Midtown has exploded in popularity in the last few years. This area is the cultural hub of Detroit and its where you will find many of the places I talk about in this post.
The city has invested a lot in restyling and growing Midtown. It was a gamble that has paid off. Now, Midtown is the hottest spot in the city.
Wandering through this area is a day well spent. Stop at the coffee shops and bakeries. Visit the museums and galleries. Midtown is the heart of the city with over 80 restaurants, over a dozens theaters and galleries, and historic buildings.
The Food, Restaurants, and Café’s
Not only has the city been revamped but also Detroit’s cafe, bar, and food scene has also been brought back to life. Pop Up restaurants are now a huge part trend throughout the city. Of course, there is the Supino’s Pizzeria in the Eastern Market, which is hailed as one of the best pizza places in the country.
You have vibrant neighborhoods like Mexicantown which is known for its delicious Mexican cuisine and bakeries (who would have thought?).
Another part of Detroit to check out for great food is Corktown. This area, which has worked hard, has changed itself into a neighborhood famous for its colorful bars, craft beers, creative cocktails, and succulent coffee.
If you are a coffee addict, like me, then head to the Great Lakes Roasting Plant or Astro Coffee.
With a cool atmosphere, tons of cafes, trendy restaurants, and fun museums, and a rich history Detroit is a city on the rise. Now is a great time to visit Motor City. Make sure to check out these six spots in the city to get a full experience of what Detroit has to offer.