If you’re visiting Detroit there are a few places that you HAVE to go to. They’re my absolute favorites and I take friends from out of town all the time.
One, Cafe de’ Mango’s – it’s on Griswold Street downtown. The owner, Mr. Mongo has been in the space for over 20 years, he was around when Eminem and Kid Rock were just DJ’s and they would spin at the upstairs bar. They have a band that plays every Saturday night – which is amazing! I’d suggest getting there very early or else good luck finding a seat.
Two, Temple Bar – my favorite place to dance in Detroit (TV Bar is close for a tie). If you like a good dance floor and DJ this is your spot! They always have the greatest DJ’s that spin while a crowd of Detroiters dance around. It’s been known to sometimes stay open really late (past 2 am), but don’t hold your breath. I would suggest making this your last stop of the night – totally worth it.
Three, Belle Isle – if you like to be outside, bike, swim, walk, run, or picnic, Belle Isle is the best place to do it in Detroit. In 1845 the name of the island officially became Belle Isle and for years after that different buildings popped up – the Conservancy (1904), the Casino (1908) and the Detroit Yacht Club (1923) among others. The island is about six miles around and has biking trails, picnic areas, a golf course, beaches for families, pavilions and more. The island is also home to the Grand Prix Race, the Red Bull Races and the oldest continually operated aquarium in the nation! You can easily rent bikes, kayaks or canoes and explore. Pack a picnic and stay the whole day.
Four, last but not least (and there are certainly much more), The Detroit Riverfront – The Riverwalk is 5.5 miles long and stretches from the Ambassador Bridge to Belle Isle. You can walk, run or bike along the way. You’ll pass cafes, volleyball courts, a bike rental station, water fountains to play in, the Detroit Princess Cruise Ship and a lot more. This is a great way to see the riverfront, Canada and all that’s happening in the city!