Detroit Attractions

Here is a list of local restaurants put together by Detroit local, Bob Chiaravalli:

Above Average Cost

  • Andiamo’s at the Renaissance Center, good Italian, great view overlooking the Detroit River into Windsor, Ontario.
  • Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, 15 E Kirby St D, Detroit, MI 48202,  (313) 818-3915. Great French food.
  • Wright & Company, 1500 Woodward Ave floor 2, Detroit, MI 48226, (313) 962-7711. I have not been there, but my wife says it is very good.
  • Selden Standard, 3921 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, (313) 438-5055. New American Cuisine. More casual ambience.
  • Shewolf Pastificio. It has won Hour Magazine’s restaurant of the year award. Italian food. Gourmet pizza, excellent food and wine.
  • London Chop House. Murphy Telegraph Building, 155 W Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226. (313) 962-0277. The old standard for Detroit steakhouses.
  • Prime and proper. 1145 Griswold St, Detroit, MI 48226, (313) 636-3100. New upscale steakhouse.

Average Cost

  • La Dolce Vita, 17546 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203, (313) 865-0331. Classic Italian.
  • Amore da Roma, 3401 Riopelle St, Detroit, MI 48207, (313) 831-5940. Classic Italian.
  • Mario’s. 4222 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201.  (313) 832-1616. Classic Italian. 
  • Grey Ghost Detroit,  47 Watson St, Detroit, MI 48201,  (313) 262-6534.  I have not been there, but it appears to be a nice selection of all the standards.  Do you like Walleye?
  • Supergiel in Corktown.  I have not been there, but it is one of the oldest sections of Detroit and is where Henry Ford’s ancestors settled when they left Cork, Ireland.  Corktown is very residential with a lot of old “painted ladies.
  • Coriander.  It is a very cool vibe in the heart of the Detroit canals and river.  On a nice day, it is very pleasant to eat outside.  The food is very good and the prices are reasonable.  It is farm to table.
  • Atwater in Detroit.  Decent food.  Reasonable price.  I would only good there if you can get a reservation on the rooftop.

Here is a list of local attractions put together by Detroit local, Sidney McBride:

  1. Motown Museum, 2648 Berry Gordy Blvd (W. Grand Blvd), Detroit 48208  313-875-2264
    Open Tues- Sun 10a-6pm Tickets: $20pp 1 hour guided tour
    Greektown Store location 500 Monroe  Detroit 48226  Open Weds- Sun
  1. Second Baptist Church  (Underground Railroad)
    441 Monroe St Detroit 48226
    Guided tours $7 pp Weds, Fri & Sat-- 10am , 11:30am, 1pm Contact 313-961-0325
  1. Detroit Institute of Arts
    5200 Woodward Avenue
    Detroit, MI 48202
    Closed on Mondays, Tues-Thurs 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Fri 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, Sat-Sun 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    General Admission is free for members, and residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties. Adults: $14.00, Youth 6-17: $6.00, children under 5: free Museum parking is $7.00
  1. Detroit Zoo
    8450 W 10 Mile Road
    Royal Oak, MI 48607
    May – August Hours 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Tickets: Adults 19-64: $14-$23; Children 2-18: $12-$19; Seniors (65+) $12-$19, parking $8.00
  1. Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village (Village opens April 15, 2023)
    20900 Oakwood Blvd.
    Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
    Open 7 days per week, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm; Parking: $9.00
    The Village tickets: General Admission: Adults: $33; Seniors (62+) $29.75; Youth: (5-11) $24.75; members are free (Annual memberships start at $75 and include free parking)
    The Henry Ford Museum: General Admission: $30.00; Seniors (62+) $27.00; Youth: (5-11) $22.50; members are free (Annual membership is free admission to the Village and Museum)
    The Museum includes such amazing historic pieces such as the bus on which Rosa Parks became infamous for her refusal to take a back seat based on color, the chair in which Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at the Ford Theater, and so much more. The Village has Edison’s original workshop, the Wright Brothers’ Bicycle Shop, Danial Webster’s home, working candle shops, a blacksmith shop, and much more.
  1. Detroit Tiger’s Comerica Park for a game
    2100 Woodward Avenue
    Detroit, MI
    Check for a schedule and ticket prices
  1. Greek Town
    Greektown is a commercial and entertainment district in Detroit, Michigan, located just northeast of the heart of downtown, along Monroe Avenue between Brush and St. Antoine streets. It has a station by that name on the Detroit People Mover. There is a casino, Greek pastry, bars, restaurants, and more.
  1. Corktown
    Named after County Cork in Ireland, as the number of Irish immigrants were fleeing Ireland in the Great Potato Famine and immigrating west of downtown Detroit into the area now known as Corktown, more than half of the residents in the 8th Ward of Detroit in the 1850s were Irish. Corktown is a trendy, youthful area with industrial-chic bars, intimate live-music venues, and hip breweries. Slows Bar BBQ is a favored food stop for many. Corktown is located from I-75 to the north, the Lodge Freeway to the east, Bagley and Porter streets to the south and Rosa Parks Boulevard (12th Street) to the west.
  1. Detroit River including G. Mennen (Soapy) Williams State Park
    Free to walk along the riverfront. It has locations along the way for concerts, volleyball, picnics, and other fun summertime events.
  1. Fisher Theater
    3011 W. Grand Boulevard
    Detroit, MI 48202
    General information: 313-872-1000
    Opened as a movie and vaudeville house on November 11, 1928, it featured Mexican-Indian art, banana trees, a goldfish pond and wandering macaws that audiences fed by-hand. It has hosted world premieres of such greats as “Hello Dolly,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Sweet Charity,” and “Golden Boy.”
    For more information on performance schedules and tickets:
  1. Fox Theater
    2211 Woodward Avenue
    Detroit, MI 48201
    Fox Theater is one of the iconic theater and music venues in the world. It first opened in 1928 as a flagship movie theater in the Fox chain. It had over 5,000 seats and was the largest theater in the city. The exterior has a 10-story marquee. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1988. Entertainment greats such as Elvis, Shirley Temple, Berry Gordy’s Motown Revue, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli, Donny Osmond, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Cher, and the NYC Radio City Music Hall Rockettes have performed live at the Fox.
  1. Detroit Opera House
    1526 Broadway Street
    Detroit, MI 48226
    800-513-7540 (for tickets)
    Founded in 1970, it is the principal opera company in Michigan. It is currently housed in a 75,000 sq. ft. stage house that took approximately 7 years to build with donations from major local contributors and those from afar, including Luciano Pavarotti. Each year the Opera House presents an opera and a dance season.
    For more information regarding schedules and tickets,
  1. The Detroit Historical Society
    5401 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48202
    Public Program Registration: 313-833-1801
    Behind the Scenes Tours - Weekly tours available of historic locations and other venues throughout metro Detroit. Often the tours are on Saturdays, but also some are available during the week. Tours generally last 90 minutes to 2 hours. Reservations are required. Schedules are posted quarterly on the 1st of January, March, June and September.
  1. Belle Isle Park
    99 Pleasure Drive
    Detroit, MI 48207-4373
    Sunday-Saturday 5:00 am to 10:00 pm
    Belle Isle is a 982-acre island park in the Detroit River. Although the City of Detroit owns Belle Isle, it is operated as a state park by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources through a 30-year lease that began in 2013. Belle Isle is the largest city-owned island park in the U.S. It is connected to mainland Detroit by the MacArthur Bridge. Belle Isle contains an Aquarium, the Belle Isle Conservatory, the Belle Isle Nature Center, the James Scott Memorial Fountain, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, a municipal golf course, a half-mile swimming beach, and numerous other monuments and attractions.

  2. Charles Wright Museum of African American History
    315 East Warren, Detroit MI 48202
    Admission $15,  W-Sun  9am – 5pm  Parking $7/vehicle