Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and since the holiday falls on a Saturday, you have a whole day to celebrate with your loved one! You could do the standard flowers and chocolate exchange, but if you and your valentine love Detroit, why not celebrate your love in the city? There are plenty of romantic, fun and quirky date ideas in Detroit!
Check out our list of nine Valentine’s Day date ideas in the city we all love: Detroit!
Eastern Market Date
Most farmers markets close in winter, but not Eastern Market! Their winter market is open every Saturday from 6 a.m.–4 p.m. Vendors are in the indoor, heated sheds (sheds 3 and 5) so people can support Michigan businesses, growers and artisans 52 Saturdays a year!
Start your date by checking out the vendors. You can print out a vendor map before you go so you know where to find some of your favorites. It’s Valentine’s Day, so pick up a bouquet or a nice arrangement while you’re there!
Next stop, Signal-Return! This letterpress studio turns out beautiful and unique prints you can hang in your home or office or you can give out as gifts! For Valentine’s Day, the studio is offering its Valentine’s Day card and a four-pack of Bon Bon Bon chocolates for just $14! Pick up a card for each other and save your chocolates for dessert!
Finish the day at Roma Cafe; Detroit’s oldest Italian restaurant! They have wonderful veal and pasta dishes and more than 80 wines to choose from. It’s the perfect way to finish a Valentine’s Day spent in the market! Since Roma Cafe is a Detroit tradition, you’ll want to call (313) 831-5940 to make a reservation.
Once the Musical
The romantic, Oscar-winning film “Once” has been brought to life onstage! Once the Musical is showing at the Fisher Theater during Valentine’s Day weekend. The show won eight Tony Awards for its tale of a street musician and a beautiful woman who meet and bond over his love songs. It’s the perfect musical for Valentine’s Day!
Enjoy dinner before the show at the French-American restaurant, Cuisine, across the street! Paul Grosz, head chef, studied under renowned French chef, Jean Banchet, at Le Francais Restaurant, and he honed his pastry skills at Le Cordon Bleu. With his expertise, you’re sure to be pleased with the menu and wine selection. Call (313) 872-5110 for reservations.
What’s better than a relaxing Saturday? Not much, other than a relaxing Saturday with your loved one. Spend the day together at Woodhouse Day Spa. Try their Two’s Company package, which includes a 50-minute duet Swedish massage, facials and agave nectar pedicures.
After a few hours at the spa you’ll probably be hungry, but you won’t want anything heavy. Just head across the street to Wright & Company for a drink, and you can split some small plates.
Do you and your valentine like to hit the slots? Why not spend an evening or a weekend in Greektown?
Greektown Casino Hotel has more than 3,000 slot and video poker machines, and it has roulette, blackjack, craps tables and so much more! Not only is the casino exciting, the hotel is just as nice, offering beautiful views and sleek modern rooms. It’s perfect for a Valentine’s Day getaway!
You can enjoy dinner at Santorini; Detroit’s top Greek restaurant. Their candlelit tables set a romantic atmosphere for your Valentine’s Day celebration! Close out the night at Astoria, which is the best place for pastries and coffee in Greektown!
If you and your valentine are fans of the arts, the Detroit Institute of Art is your spot for Valentine’s Day! With more than 100 galleries, the DIA’s collection is in the top six in the U.S.! Pieces ranging from pre-history to the 21st century fill the 658,000-square-foot space, making it easy to get lost in the museum for the day.
If you haven’t seen this year’s Oscar-nominated short films, you can even watch a screening of them at the Detroit Film Theater in the back of the DIA.
If you start to get hungry or you need a little jolt of caffeine, stop into the Kresge Court Coffee Stop on the lower level of the DIA. This shop offers everything from charcuterie and sandwiches to desserts, and offers Starbucks coffee, lattes, beer and wine. No matter what you’re in the mood for, they’ve got you covered.
Dinner and a movie can be more than just a standard date when you watch a movie at Detroit’s beautiful and historic Redford Theatre.
The theater opened in 1928 as a neighborhood movie house. Now, it’s home to the Motor City Theatre Organ Society and houses a Barton organ, which plays for 30 minutes before each movie. Even the ceiling is special at the Redford Theatre – it’s filled with fiber optic lights that twinkle and clouds that move. You’ll be watching a movie under a starry sky.
This Valentine’s Day, the Redford Theatre will be showing “Somewhere in Time” at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. This romantic story is about a man who sacrifices life in the present to find love in the past.
Tour The Guardian Building
Detroit has a beautiful and rich history. One of the most striking buildings in the downtown landscape is The Guardian Building. With its beautiful art-deco façade and elaborate interior, it’s no wonder people love to come see the skyscraper.
Pure Detroit offers free tours every Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Stop in to learn more about Wirt C. Rowland’s famous design and the carvings done by Corrado Parducci.
When you’re done touring the grand space, stop into one of The Guardian Building’s two cafes: Rowland Cafe or Stella Good Coffee.
Belle Isle Date
Everyone loves Belle Isle in the spring, but it’s just as beautiful in the winter! And after the snow we’ve had, it’s looking pretty magical!
One of the most interesting spots on Belle Isle is the conservatory. The space is beautiful (bring a camera, you’ll want to get pictures together). After you visit the conservatory, you can wander around Belle Isle. You could bring a thermos of hot chocolate and build a snowman – or a snow couple. Enjoy the beautiful view and the winter scene.
The ice skating rink in Campus Martius is the perfect winter date, and it’s even more romantic on Valentine’s Day! You can skate around the rink and roast marshmallows in the fire pits. If you need to warm up, there are warming tents with hot chocolate.
Ice skating can work up an appetite. Make sure you stop into Fountain Bistro for dinner or a drink. You can even make reservations online.
Detroit has endless opportunities for Valentine’s Day fun; those are just a few of our favorites. How are you going to spend the day? Let us know in the comments section!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Detroit!