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Top Choice Architecture in Detroit

Fisher Building

This 1928 masterpiece from the man who built Detroit, Albert Kahn, has an imposing art deco exterior made from Minnesota granite and Maryland marble, and an interior to rival any Italian cathedral. From the soaring …
Top Choice Museum in Detroit

Motown Historical Museum

In this row of modest houses Berry Gordy launched Motown Records – and the careers of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson – with an $800 loan in 1959. Gordy and Motown split for Los Angeles in…
Top Choice Market in Detroit

Eastern Market

Produce, cheese, spice and flower vendors fill the large halls on Saturday, but you also can turn up Monday through Friday to browse the specialty shops (props to the peanut roaster) and cafes that flank the halls o…
Top Choice Museum in Detroit

Detroit Institute of Arts

The DIA holds one of the world's finest art collections. The centerpiece is Diego Rivera's mural Detroit Industry, which fills an entire room and reflects the city's blue-collar labor history. Beyond it are Picassos…
Top Choice Park in Detroit

Campus Martius Park

This new public space in the heart of Detroit's downtown is the perfect spot to while away a sunny afternoon. At the center is the Michigan Soldiers & Sailors Monument: In the warmer months, there's a sandy beac…
Top Choice American in Detroit

Dime Store

Take a seat in a chunky wood swivel chair in this cozy, diner-esque eatery and chow down on a duck Reuben and truffle-mayo-dipped fries, alongside a cold beer. Eggy brunch dishes are a big hit and served all day.
Top Choice Books in Detroit

John K. King Used & Rare Books

This cluttered, multi-story bookstore is a Detroit landmark sure to delight any bibliophile. Treasures await in the dusty stacks, and exploring the building is an adventure in itself.
Top Choice Coffee in Detroit

Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters

Pitch-perfect espresso drinks (try the lavender latte), pour-overs, outdoor seating and free wi-fi are hallmarks of this new downtown cafe. Live music nightly. Dog-friendly.
Architecture in Detroit

Guardian Building

Commissioned as a 'cathedral of finance,' this distinctive, 40-story, red brick building with green and white accents was the world's tallest masonry structure when it opened in 1929. The interior is a colorful expl…
Notable Building in Detroit

Packard Plant

Renowned architect Albert Kahn designed this 3.5-million-sq-ft factory, which opened in 1905, but after years of neglect it became one of Detroit's most iconic ruins. Now, an Italian developer has plans to turn it i…