Out-of-towners might not realize it but Detroit has become as much of a hub for creative folk as it has for sports fans and car aficionados. With the many art installations and the increasing esports presence in the city, those of us who enjoy more creative activities will feel right at home in the Motor City.
What should art-loving, game-loving, book-loving and other similar visitors make sure to check out? Let’s take a look at some of Detroit’s must-sees.
Detroit Institute Of Arts (DIA)
The DIA boasts more than 65,000 pieces of artwork across 100+ galleries. That’s a lot of art, so make sure you give yourself enough time to see some of the museum’s most famous pieces from artists like Diego Rivera, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet and more.
Also be sure to check out the General Motors Center for African American Art, a collection devoted to highlighting African Americans’ contributions to the arts community.
The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue. DIA tickets are $14 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for college students, $6 for youth (6-17) and free for children (five and under). For residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, admission is free. Parking is $7.
Found throughout the city, Detroit’s many murals are a testament to locals’ commitment to art as a revitalizing force. Keep an eye out for these impressive works of art as you walk through the city. You can also use the Detroit Museum of Public Art website to locate specific pieces.
Food And Drink
Ready Player One
Located at 407 East Fort Street, Ready Player One is the ideal hangout for game-lovers who want to relax after a long day. This bar and grill features walls lined with everybody’s favorite old-school arcade games, cleverly named signature cocktails, beer and tasty traditional bar fare.
Punch Bowl Social
Another spot that guarantees a fun time is Punch Bowl Social, a restaurant located at 1331 Broadway Street that offers vintage arcade games, table games, bowling, drinks and food.
American Vs. Lafayette
Every Detroiter has a favorite, and as a visitor it’s your duty to pick a side: American or Lafayette?
We’re talking about the two side-by-side Coney dog restaurants, American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island. Located right next to each other on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lafayette Boulevard, these two spots serve up the famous Coney Island hot dog – a Michigan favorite.
Local opinions on the ongoing competition run the gamut from those who prefer the taste of one but the ambiance of the other to diehards who refuse to even set foot in one of the restaurants. To get a true taste of the rivalry, take some time to sit down at each restaurant and enjoy a Coney dog before deciding which side you’re on.
Attractions And Shopping
Looking for a place to get away, go for a walk or snap photographs of Canada? The Detroit RiverWalk gives you a beautiful view of the Detroit River which separates Detroit from the Canadian city of Windsor. Just head down to the riverfront and start walking.
Eastern Market is a destination for produce, flowers, handmade crafts and more. It’s one of the oldest and largest year-round public markets in the U.S.
Offerings vary depending on the day and time of year. The Saturday Market is more of a traditional farmer’s market where vendors sell fruits, veggies and other local foods. Meanwhile, the Sunday Market is all non-food items, instead showcasing handmade goods from local artists and crafters.
Tuesday Markets also offer produce and local food with a focus on wellness. They even feature free events such as yoga and Zumba classes. On Thursdays, you can head over to Eastern Market for its Thursday Night Market and find food, drinking, music, art and shopping opportunities.
John K. King Books
Booklovers need to carve out some time during their visit to check out John K. King Used & Rare Books at 901 West Lafayette Boulevard. Owner John K. King, a used book lover, bought the four-story Advance Glove factory building in 1983 to be the home for his growing business. Today, John K. King Books boasts an impressive stock of over a million titles.
Vault Of Midnight Comics
If you’re looking for a comic book fix, Vault of Midnight at 1226 Library Street is a great place to get it. They sell comic books, games, action figures, graphic novels and more. The Detroit store is the third location (the other locations being Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids) of the Eisner Award-winning, family-owned comic shop.