Jack of all trades, master of pun

I moved to Detroit from Charleston, SC in June and have absolutely fallen in love with this city.

Don't get me wrong, it's obvious how much Detroit has suffered in the past. You can see how much money was once here, and you can tell that most of that money has left. And it has seriously hurt many neighborhoods.

But the people here are friendly and welcoming (when they aren't driving), and there is a creative underdog vibe that I love.

I've described it to friends like this. Your big cities (New York, Atlanta, Chicago) have cool stuff to do everywhere you look. Then after you've been there a while, you start to find a second level of things that are possibly cooler, but a little more hidden.

With Detroit, there isn't as much to do on the surface. But there's a ton to do if you spend a little time looking. Here are my favorite spots so far.

  • Eastern Market: if you're here on a weekend this indoor/outdoor farmer's market is awesome, and there are great food vendors as well (check out the breakfast tacos or the Pierogis).
  • Bell Isle: Massive (~900 acre) park on an island in the middle of the Detroit river. Part of it is a state park with a small fee, the rest is free to access. There's a small aquarium and a beautiful observatory, as well as great views of Detroit.
  • Detroit style pizza: Detroit pizza is having a moment and for good reason. It's crispy, cheesy, with an awesome crust. My recommendation is Michigan and Trumbull, and make sure you get the cilantro ranch. They aren't doing table service at the moment, but you could grab a pizza and go to nearby breweries Batch or Brew Detroit.
  • DIA: if you like art the Detroit Institute of Art is free and absolutely massive. The Diego Rivera piece is mind boggling.
  • Dyno: Dyno Detroit is a rock climbing gym located in the Eastern Market. It's also my favorite place in the city. The community is friendly and welcoming, the climbing is great, and it's near a ton of other cool stuff. You can get a day pass and gear for under $20.
  • Sports: The Detroit teams aren't good... but tickets to a Tigers game are cheap and the view is amazing.
  • Detroit Bus Company: take a tour and support free rides to afterschool programs for Detroit youth
  • Food and drinks (there is so much): Takoi, Supergeil, Ochre Bakery, Flowers of Vietnam, The Goblin, Second Best, Gus's world famous fried chicken, Detroit shipping co, UFO factory, Grey Ghost, Batch Brewing, Valentine Distillery, The Skip
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