Detroit Itinerary: Ways to Spend A Day or Two in the 'D'

Adventures aren’t limited to faraway vacation spots. From tours and sightseeing, dining and shopping, to hotels and cultural activities, there’s a whole lot to see and do right in our own backyard. So make a day (or a weekend) of it with this trek of Motown. Just remember to bring a pair of comfortable shoes.


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> Rowland Café & Espresso Bar: Illy-brand coffee (Try the latte, but get there before 5 p.m. Friday; it’s closed on weekends.) In the upper lobby of the Guardian Building; 313-964-1928,

> Sweetwater Tavern: The spicy chicken wings get rave reviews. The setting is a 116-year-old building downtown; 313-962-2210.

> Ben & Jerry’s: At this ice-cream shop on Woodward in the Compuware Building downtown, purchases benefit Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit; 313-964-2186,

> The Clique: “Greasy-spoon” breakfast anytime, served with a side order of political history. On East Jefferson at Rivard; 313-568-3000.

> Midtown Shangri-La: Go late and watch Twin Peaks or enjoy a traditional Chinese dim sum lunch. Ask for a seat upstairs in the intimate loft; 313-974-7669,

> Texas de Brazil: This Brazilian-style steakhouse is new to downtown at 1000 Woodward (inside the Compuware Building); 313-964-4333,

> Whitney Ghostbar: Jazz and vocalists on Friday and Saturday nights; 313-832-5700,

> PJ’s Lager House: Live local music with food that has a Louisiana kick (near the MGM Grand and the former Tiger Stadium site). The tiled front-door threshold lends a patina of age; 313-961-4668,

> Woodbridge Pub: Sunday brunch is popular at this spot in a 1926-built neighborhood store that’s just across Trumbull from Wayne State’s football field and in the popular Woodbridge residential enclave; 313-833-2701,

> Smoke a stogie at La Casa De La Habana in Harmonie Park (across from the Detroit Athletic Club);

> Le Petit Zinc: A bit of France on Trumbull in Corktown. The menu includes sweet and savory crêpes, salads, and sandwiches (cash only); 313-963-2805,

> The drive to Giovanni’s in Southwest Detroit is worth it. Their lasagna is hands-down Detroit’s best; 313-841-0122,

> Café d’Mongo’s Speakeasy: A hipster haven and a guaranteed good time, Fridays only;

> The Bronx Bar: This onetime go-to dive bar for Wayne State students has become a beloved Midtown watering hole, thanks in part to a new outdoor patio; 313-832-8464.

> The Bucharest Grill: Grab a late-night shawarma (inside the Park Bar); 313-965-3111,

> Coach Insignia: Cocktails/dinner with a view from the 71st and 72nd floors of the RenCen; 313-567-2622,

> Step back into the year 1952 and have a classic cocktail in the back room of the Penobscot Building’s Caucus Club, where a wood bar and English Toby Mug collection contribute to the clubby atmosphere; 313-965-4970,

> Vivio’s Food & Spirits: This Eastern Market mainstay is known for making a mean Bloody Mary; 313-393-1711,

> View our online restaurant guide for more dining ideas.

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