How to Spend One Day in Detroit

Modified: December 16, 2022

Spend one day in Detroit and you’ll have plenty of activities to fill your agenda with. Here are seven places to kickstart your day in The D, suggested by our friends at Pure Michigan.

1. The Belt

Visit The Belt – Detroit’s creative alley. It’s lined with amazing outdoor art installations. The Belt is home to Library Street Collective, a contemporary fine art gallery and some of Detroit’s coolest watering holes – The Skip and Standby. This is one of the most Insta-worthy spots in The D, so snap away.

The Belt Mural

The Belt Mural, photo by Julie Fiedman

2. The Skip

This one deserves an individual shout out. The Skip opens its doors and expands into The Belt. They serve up some of the best drinks in the city, including frozen concoctions. Some of our faves on the menu include the Cucumber Margarita and the Okey Dokey Smoky Artichokey. Yes, it’s a real thing. Yes, you should try it.

3. Supino Pizzeria

Serving up monster New York-style pizza in Detroit might sound like a crime, but Supino Pizzeria will surely change your mind. This place is a hot-commodity on and Eastern Market Saturday, but take out is always an option. Check out our Eats in The D episode on Supino for the ins, outs and Chef’s best recommendations.

4. Eastern Market

Eastern Market is Detroit’s open-air famers market. This place is bumping on the weekends. Grab some fresh produce, gander at the street art and grab a bite at one of the neighborhood’s eateries. We suggest a bloody mary from Vivio’s to cap off your trip.

5. Dilla Delights

Who doesn’t love doughnuts? Dilla Delights is a downtown establishment that offers organic doughnuts (and even some vegan options!). The McNasty Macaroon Cake and Blackbottom Blueberry Cake doughnuts are where its at.

Dilla's Delights

6. Fowling Warehouse

Football + bowling = fowling and here in Detroit, it’s basically our fifth professional sport. Try your hand at fowling at the Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck. This place is the perfect hangout for a group. Winner picks up the next round of beers.

7. Baker’s Keyboard Lounge

Baker’s is a Detroit jazz staple. It’s actually the world’s oldest jazz club and still boasts some of the best shows in the city. Grab some food and a drink from their full menu and listen to some tunes for an authentically Detroit night on the town.

Musicians at Bakers Keyboard Lounge

Bakers Keyboard Lounge by Marvin Shaouni

Make a Night of It

Can’t get enough of Detroit? We get it. Extend your day into a nights-stay at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center or The Siren. Check out all of our places to stay – from family-friendly to boutique, you’ll find the perfect hotel to fit your needs (and your budget).

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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    Library Street Collective
    1260 Library St., Detroit, MI 48226
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    The Skip
    1234 Library St., Detroit, MI 48226
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    225 Gratiot Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
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    Supino Pizzeria
    2457 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Eastern Market
    Russell Street between Mack Avenue and Gratiot Avenue, 2934 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Vivio's Food & Spirits
    2460 Market St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Baker's Keyboard Lounge
    20510 Livernois Ave., Detroit, MI 48221
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    Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
    400 GM Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI 48243
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    The Siren Hotel
    1509 Broadway St., Detroit, MI 48226