Detroit City Guide

I recently spent the day in downtown Detroit. While I have travelled through Detroit many times, this was the first time I set out on foot to see the city. For our adults-only weekend away we stayed in nearby Troy (you can read about that here, here and here) which was all about shopping. Spending time in The D was less shopping and much more site-seeing which I am detailing below...


Detroit is well known for it's architecture. The city is on the rise it's great to see so many of these historic buildings being restored to their former glory.

John K. King Books is a must see in Detroit. It is the largest bookstore in Michigan, frankly I doubt there is another book store larger in the world!

This is just one aisle we spent a fair amount of time in. There are aisles after aisles like this on four floors of this giant warehouse. When you enter, they give you a map to help you navigate to what theme you are looking for. We were on the hunt for architecture, Detroit history and Christmas themed books. I left with four old Martha Stewart Christmas volumes and literally jumped for joy when I found them. 

On my next visit, hopefully during the summer months, I would like to see

Comerica Park (because I love baseball!)
Belle Isle Park
Detroit Institute of Arts (rated as the #1 thing to do in Detroit!)
Fox Theatre (After seeing the exterior, I am dying to see the interior!)


Brunch was at Townhouse Detroit. Tasty and inventive menu items and delicious hot coffee. If you can, sit in the solarium. It was nice to have a full view of the city while we enjoyed our meal.

A few places I have heard good things about (and are all highly rated on TripAdvisor)

The Whisky Parlor
Wright & Company
The Hudson Cafe


On my next visit to Detroit I will do everything I can to stay at the The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. We stopped by to view the architecture and to see what a 200-million dollar renovation looks like (originally built in 1924, it was renovated in 2008). The common areas are beautiful, just as you would imagine with such a large scale renovation and I'm sure the rooms are just as beautiful. Westin is owned by Starwoods Resorts & Hotels which is my favourite chain to stay with when travelling as a family.  

A few more hotels I would like to stay at

Doubletree by Hilton - Fort Shelby (such a beautiful exterior and lobby)
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center (attached the the GM Building)
Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney (Overlooks Comerica Park, perfect location if you're in town to see the Detroit Tigers play) 

{Photo Ops}

The Detroit Tiger outside Comerica Park

The Joe Louis arm AKA "The Fist"

Skating at Campus Martius Park (I previously blogged about it here)

The GM Building. AMH is a car guy so it was on his must see list. The have some amazing cars on display and you can sit in most of them!

The colourful wall at the Fort/Cass people mover station (photo from my Instagram)

We only had a few hours in the city but we managed to do quite a bit! I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions on what to see in Detroit, leave your comments below! 

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