Detroit, Michigan is a city full of passion, pride, resiliency, and soul.

The overall image of Detroit is rapidly improving due to the passionate community taking action and uniting as one. From the new Comerica Park Tiger Stadium, newly built Little Cesars Arena/Red Wings Stadium, amazing shows at Fox Theatre (including Dave Chappelle and 2 Chainz), new restaurant and shopping developments, and new Shinola Hotel coming soon-ish – Detroit is rapidly rebuilding their community to be stronger than ever through hard work and generosity.

What I love about Detroit is the history and culture. The people from Detroit passionately believe in their city and bringing it back to where it once was – giving the city a certain energy. They are loyal, proud, and determined. The people of Detroit are real.

You can feel the history of Detroit throughout the city.

“No video can portray the passion one finds on the streets of Detroit these days, where everyone from the doorman to the D.J. will tell you they believe in this city’s future.”

– Jeffrey Sauger for The New York Times

While certain areas are indeed eerily empty, other neighborhoods are bustling with new businesses that range from creperies and bbq joints catering to the young artists and entrepreneurs migrating to Motown. In the historic Brush Park district, all architects will find lovely refurbished houses, and along Woodward Avenue, restored film palaces – which are a wonderful reminder that this city’s storied past includes not just automobiles, but also the entertainment industry. No urban enthusiast will want to miss the recovery that Detroit is now undergoing.

I’ve now been to Motor City twice this year – for a weekend earlier this Spring then for a week this Summer – and I’m honestly really looking forward to our next adventure there. I’d love to flip a building or loft downtown in the future – great investment property ya know? I may have already started a mood board on Pinterest for industrial chic interior decor. Maybe.

There are many exciting changes happening for Detroit and I’m going to share with you today my favorite places in Detroit and where I suggest you explore.

So here is my guide on how to spend the ultimate weekend in Detroit along with some fun facts and photos. 

Must Eat Places In Downtown Detroit

  • For a fancy experience and bomb seafood – Joe Muer
  • For a casual, hearty meal – Slows Bar BQ
  • For drinks and apps on a Sunday afternoon – The Apparatus Room at the Detroit Foundation Hotel

Must Stay At Hotel In Detroit 

Must Visit Places In Downtown

  • The abandoned Central Station
  • Hitsville U.S.A. – where Motown Records was started
  • Third Man Records
  • The Shinola Store
  • Will Leather Goods Store
  • The Ford plant on Piquette – the birthplace of the Model T
  • The Comerica Park Tigers Stadium for a baseball game
  • The Fox Theatre for comedy and music performances

What to Wear In Detroit

  • For Fall, Winter And Spring – thermal socks a good pair of women’s boots which can be worn with all kinds of outfits and are super comfortable, sweatshirts, jackets, coats, fur, pants, and scarves. I always like to pack basics which are easy to mix and match.
  • For Summer – it can get humid so lightweight clothes.

Fun Facts About Detroit

Detroit has bred numerable legends including Aretha Franklin, Eminem, John Varvatos, Aaliyah, Dianna Ross, Big Sean, Madonna, Kid Rock, Jack White, and Joe Louis.