Join the celebration on March 13th, or 313 Day! This date, which matches Detroit’s area code, is used to informally celebrate the city- and for good reason. Founded in 1701, Detroit has made a lasting impact on the world through its music, cars, sports, and its food.
Check out some of our favorite places to eat, drink, and experience Detroit:
To eat :
Detroit is full of award-winning restaurants, bustling farmers markets, and dedicated artisans. The list goes on, but here are a few at the top of our list:
- Eastern Market – One of the largest markets in the country with hundreds of vendors
- Detroit Community Markets – These neighborhood markets are full of fresh produce and products
- SheWolf – Contemporary Italian food with seasonal ingredients
- SavannahBlue – A tucked-away gathering place that offers Northern soul food
- Avalon International Breads – A flagship bakery dedicated to using 100% organic four
- Supergeil – Seasonal mediterranean flavors from France, Spain, and Northern Africa
- Baobab Fare – Fresh Burundian flavors and great coffee
- Folk – Thoughtfully curated market space, wine shop, and café
There is a watering hole for every occasion in Detroit.
- Detroit Vineyards – One of the country’s only urban wineries
- Detroit City Distillery – Artisanal whiskey, gin, and vodka makers
- Batch Brewing – A wide variety of craft beers and often changing food menu ( and frequent pop-up host!)
This bustling city is home to a variety of museums, architecture, and beautiful parks that celebrate the history of the city and its people.
Here’s a few of our favorites:
- Detroit Historical Society – Dedicated to preserving Detroit’s history
- Motown Museum – Celebrates the authentic story of the “Motown Sound”
- Detroit Institute of Arts – A gathering place with over 100 galleries and more than 65,000 art pieces
- Source Booksellers – Black- and Woman-Owned Independent bookstore in Midtown
- Fisher Building – A historic landmark, known as “Detroit’s Largest Art Object”
- Belle Isle Conservancy – A 982 acre island park with an aquarium, conservatory, nature center, and more
Despite the sprawl of Detroit, there are plenty of options for public transit if you don’t want to drive. If the weather is fair, hop on a MoGo bike at any of the over 50 stations to cruise the city. Check out this itinerary for a delicious Local Food Ride. Additionally, the PeopleMover and QLine are two other options for simple travel throughout Detroit.
Looking for even more ways to experience the city? Check out the Detroit Experience Factory for in person and virtual opportunities. Plus, RiDetroit offers even more biking, walking, and personal tours throughout the city.
Explore food businesses in Detroit in our searchable directory here!
Emma Beauchamp is the Editor in Chief of Taste the Local Difference. Let her know your favorite places to enjoy in Detroit!