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48 Hours in Detroit: The Ultimate Travel Guide

    The ultimate travel guide to Detroit,Michigan I’ll show you where to stay, what to eat and what to do while visiting The D!

    What to do in Detroit Michigan. Riding a bike

    As a Michigan gal, I often get requests for travel guides within my amazing state which is why I couldn’t wait to get to Detroit! I’ve already written travel guides for Grand Rapids and Traverse City so it only made sense that I headed east to write about all the best eats, activities and more in The D!

    Liz Detroit Wall

    Truth be told: this was originally intended to be my usual 10 Things to Do in 24 Hours travel guide but there were just TOO MANY incredible things to share about the city of Detroit. The food, the people, the energy, it was all out of this world and I can’t wait to share it with all of you. Without further ado, here is your 48 hour travel guide to Detroit:

    La Pita Dearborn

    Eat Lebanese Food at La Pita in Dearborn: One of the MANY reasons I couldn’t wait to visit Detroit is because it is home to the largest Middle Eastern population in the US. Believe it or not, although I am of Middle Eastern descent myself, the area of Michigan where I live (Grand Rapids) has very few Middle Eastern people which means fewer delicious Lebanese restaurants!

    La Pita Lebanese Restaurant Dearborn

    As a result, whenever I have the chance to head to the east side of the state, I always hit up La Pita in Dearborn. Hands down, it has the most incredible, authentic Lebanese food I’ve ever tasted outside of my kitchen.

    Eastern Market Detroit

    Explore Eastern Market: One of the oldest and largest year-round markets in the United States, you must take time to explore Eastern Market.

    Eastern Market Detroit Farmers Market

    Offering all sorts of community events, cooking classes, and open air markets (both farmers markets and craft/artisan markets), the huge complex is definitely worth a visit.

    Detroit Foundation Hotel Room

    Check-In to Detroit Foundation Hotel: While there are many hotels to choose from in Detroit, I can’t visit the city without staying at the beautiful Detroit Foundation Hotel.

    Detroit Foundation Hotel Bed

    Merging the past and the present, the Detroit Foundation Hotel is actually in the former Fire Department Headquarters! Of course, you’d never know it by walking around.

    Detroit Foundation Hotel Apparatus Room Chairs

    When you’re there, be sure to grab a drink or a bite to eat in their lobby restaurant, Apparatus Room. I highly recommend the crispy fried cauliflower and the cavatelli.

    Founders Brewing Detroit

    Sample Local Craft Beer at Founders Brewing Co.: Considering I literally live down the street from the founders of Founders Brewing, there was no way I wasn’t going to check out their new spot in Detroit. This Grand Rapids based brewery is home to many of my favorite beers including All Day IPA and Centennial IPA.

    Liz Drinking Coffee

    Get Your Coffee Fix: In case you haven’t noticed by now, coffee is my life blood. As a result, I love checking out local coffee shops whenever I travel.

    Roasting Plant Coffee Detroit

    I’ve got two great options for you in Detroit starting with Roasting Plant just a short walk from the hotel. What’s so special about Roasting Plant is that they use their own state of the art custom technology to called Javabot to deliver a just-roasted, brewed-by-the-cup coffee experience.

    Ashe Supply Co. Detroit Coffee

    My second recommendation for great coffee in Detroit is ASHE Supply Co. founded by two Detroit natives who met in high school. They even have a shop on site that sells hand crafted art and clothing.

    Grey Ghost Detroit Fine Dining

    Grab Drinks and Apps at Grey Ghost: For hand crafted cocktails and incredible food, Grey Ghost is not to be missed.

    Grey Ghost Detroit Restaurant

    The Chicago style oysters and fried bologna over a cheddar waffle were two of the best bites of my entire trip.

    Peterborough Detroit Asian Restaurant

    Enjoy Dinner at The Peterboro: If you love Asian food, head to The Peterboro, a casual restaurant located in Detroit’s Historic Chinatown.

    Peterborough Asian Restaurant Detroit

    The dumplings are not to be missed and I highly recommend the curried fish as well.

    Punch Bowl Social Detroit

    Get Your Game on at Punch Bowl Social: After dinner, head to Punch Bowl Social: a multi-level entertainment complex featuring an arcade, bowling, karaoke, drinks, food and more. Ideal for a girl’s night out or a fun date night – you really can’t go wrong at Punch Bowl Social.

    Lafayette Coney Detroit

    Indulge in a Late Night Eats at Lafayette Coney Island: From the minute I mentioned to anyone I was heading to Detroit, the age-long debate about the best coney in the city would come into the conversation. Whether you pick Lafayette or American, you need to try a coney when you’re in Detroit. (My vote is for Lafayette!)

    Roses Fine Foods Detroit

    Start Your Day at Rose’s Fine Food: The ultimate diner experience, be sure to grab breakfast at Rose’s Fine Food. The menu will surprise you featuring bone broth soups, quinoa bowls and more.

    Roses Fine Foods Detroit Pie

    Admittedly not one for sweets, you must grab a slice of pie to share with the table. All of the baked goods are made in house and worth every calorie.

    Comerica Park Panoramic

    Catch a Tigers Game at Comerica Park: Believe it or not, despite living here in Michigan I had never attended a Tigers game until my recent visit to Detroit!

    Detroit Tigers Game Comerica Park

    It was such a fun experience – I highly recommend it when you’re in town during baseball season. Comerica Park is also super kid-friendly so bring the whole family for a day of fun!

    Pegusus Greektown Detroit

    Grab Lunch in GreektownGreek food is one of my all time favorites but we don’t have a lot of Greek restaurants where I live. As a result, I couldn’t wait to grab a bite to eat in Detroit’s history Greektown. Pegasus Tavernas is my go-to but you can’t go wrong anywhere on this strip.

    Liz Detroit Greek Town Pastries Bakery

    Pro Tip: Stop by Astoria Bake Shop and grab a box of pastries to take home. Featuring baklava, black and white cookies, cannolis and more, it’s the perfect edible souvenir.

    Detroit Travel Guide

    Bike Detroit’s RiverfrontAfter all the incredible food you’re going to enjoy in Detroit, be sure to carve out time to get active. My favorite way to take in the sights of the city is to bike along the beautiful, newly restored riverfront. In case you’re curious, check out these amazing before & after photos of the project. Need to rent a bike? No problem – Wheelhouse Detroit has everything you need to get rolling.

    Johnny Noodle King Ramen

    Slurp Ramen at Johnny Noodle KingIf you’re a ramen lover like I am, Johnny Noodle King is your place. Admittedly, I’m pretty picky when it comes to ramen but this place has it all – the broth, the noodles, the ambiance, you name it.

    Johnny Noodle King

    If you’re not a ramen fan, fret not – they offer a full menu of other incredible Japanese dishes including gyoza, seared mackerel and more.

    ONEFREQ Detroit

    Experience Detroit’s Live Music Scene: Last but not least, you can’t talk about Detroit without talking about live music. ONEFREQ was performing during my recent visit (they’re amazing, btw!) but be sure to check out the Detroit Metro Times Events Calendar before your visit to see who will be on stage when you’re in town.

    Liz Detroit Downtown Alley

    Whew…what a whirlwind!! While 48 hours probably isn’t enough time, it just means you’ll need to visit Detroit more than once to get it all in.

    Liz Detroit Mural Turquois

    Whatever you do, be sure to add Detroit to your travel bucket list this year! You’ll be so glad you did.

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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:

    9 Comments

    1. Some will say Buddy’s, but PizzaPapalis has surpassed them.

      And get thee to Shatila! After dark. It’s a must.

    2. How could you go to Detroit without having pizza. Detroit is home for some of the best pizza in the USA. Not to mention the great museums.

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