Disco vibes and fluorescent hues frame shareable small plates from an ever-changing menu at Takoi. The Corktown eatery and bar’s specialty is Thai and constantly delivers creative, flavor-forward dishes that have won hearts of local foodies and critics alike.
Lady of the House
Emanating quaint fairytale nostalgia from their brick and stone Corktown corner, Lady of the House is an otherworldly restaurant serving American fare tinged with Irish influence. The much-anticipated restaurant is steeped in Detroit’s history and quickly-evolving present: ingredients are sourced from local urban farms, drinks are made with Detroit City Distillery gin, and the scent of Detroit rose candles fills the air.
Start with the pickle plate then dive into one of Ima Noodles’ rich and flavorful thick-noodle udon dishes.
So meat-centric it’s almost anti-vegan: find steak, pork tenderloin, cheeseburgers and everything in between at Grey Ghost’s mid century digs.
Order the whole fish or fried tofu–the whole menu is brimming with authentic Vietnamese fare.
Flowers of Vietnam
Gold Cash Gold
Corktown’s beautiful and beloved Gold Cash Gold sits pretty on Michigan Ave. and serves up some of the most inventive cocktails in Detroit alongside a classic–meets–quirky brunch and a sophisticated dinner menu. The bar is accented with technicolor stained glass and Danish details.
Enjoy internationally-sourced libations with reimagined American fare by Michelin-starred chef Thomas Lents at the most beautiful former firehouse in all of Motor City. Leather couches and a dark wood, u-shaped bar are illuminated by industrial-yet-airy light fixtures, creating a cozy and chic atmosphere for any night and every occasion.
Fluorescent posters wallpaper the walls, ceiling, and floors at Deluxx Fluxx’s live music venue and bar.
Grab a drink at Cliff Bell’s as you enjoy live jazz and blues under Detroit’s signature art deco gaze finished with a polished wood ceiling.
Bloodline Whiskey, Two-Faced Bourbon, Gilded Age Vodka, and Railroad Gin–locally-sourced and artfully-distilled at Detroit City Distillery–all offered at their brick-clad Eastern Market bar.
Detroit City Distillery
Rose’s Fine Food
Located on Detroit’s East Side and offering diner bites like doughnuts and toast with a hot coffee, Rose’s Fine Food elevates classic fare with fresh ingredients and daily baked bread. Order the Crybaby for the quintessential Rose’s experience.
Sip on coffee, tea, music and art at Eastern Market’s favorite eclectic resident, Trinosophes. The sparse yet ever-evolving lounge also serves up seasonal plates made from scratch.
Clothing and caffeinating Detroit since 2015, Ashe Supply serves small-batch coffee in their industrial space. Travel bags, sweatshirts, and beanies are all made in the city, for the city.
A Corktown favorite for both coffee and community, Anthology prides itself on sourcing, roasting and serving quality coffee.
Cozy and aesthetic, Astro offers coffee and tea alongside locally sourced baked goods.
Eastern Market Farmers Market
One of the oldest and largest year-round markets in the country, the Eastern Market Farmers Market hosts local vendors and farmers, from florists to artisans. Backdropped by grand brick sheds built in the late 1800s for hay and wood sales, the sprawling 43 acres is most popular on Saturdays, when farmers bring poultry and livestock.
Gratiot Avenue Shops
SMPLFD, People’s Records, Well Done Goods, Boro
Just north of Renegade’s two-day home on Russell St., Gratiot Ave. in Eastern Market boasts an eclectic yet curated list of tenants, from SMPLFD stocking Detroit-inspired goods, People’s Records selling that record you’ve been trying to find for years, Well Done Goods with their ties (and everything to wear with a tie) and Boro carrying edited vintage and pre-loved finds.
Third Man Records
Founded by Jack White in 2001, Third Man Records is a trove of vinyl from collectible to quirky, box sets to singles. The space hosts musical performances, book readings and art installations, and is also home to a Voice-o-Graph that lets you record up to two minutes and dispenses a one-of-a-kind 6” phonograph.
Supporting and developing professionals, artists, and residents in Detroit, Playground is deeply committed to evolving the local creative economy. As a creative agency and gallery, the dynamic space features some of the most up-and-coming artists.
Take a walk around Cass Corridor and appreciate historical landmarks from the Detroit Masonic Temple to the old Creem magazine headquarters. Third Man Records also calls Cass Corridor home, as does Dally in the Alley, Detroit’s largest annual community festival.
Murals in the Market
50+ local and international artists take over Eastern Market for Murals in the Market, an annual festival celebrating Detroit’s unique history of public art. For eight days, artists decorate the historic brick sheds, host workshops and paint live all in the name of celebrating the city’s rich history of art and public space.
Find out what color you’re radiating at Aura Aura’s bright park-adjacent home.
Formerly the Grand Trunk Railroad line, Dequindre Cut is a two-mile greenway perfect for a sunny day bike ride.
Visit this National Historic Landmark for some architectural inspiration.
Since 1928 The Redford Theatre has served as the go-to venue for Motor City. The theatre now plays classic movies like Casablanca and Taxi Driver.