Home is where the heart is and Detroit has the most love to give out of any city we've ever visited. As Detroiters, we're beyond proud of the city's culture, history and perseverance to be a spot for unique and creative individuals. Detroit has been put on the map for its budding foodie scene, global acclaimed art installations and a constantly evolving music scene. But, if you really want to experience this city, take the time to stop and talk to the people- the Detroiters who have stayed and lived through both of Detroit's renaissances.
8:00 am | Wake up at Detroit's Foundation Hotel, most recent winner of the golden key award and just celebrating their 1 year anniversary in the city. Head over to the Apparatus Room for a grab-and-go breakfast or sit down for a full meal prepared by a 2-Star Michelin chef Thomas Lents. Walk the halls and soak in the architecture of this renovated historic firehouse. Each room was thoughtfully designed showcasing talent from Detroit neighbors.
9:00 am | After you're fueled up, meet Terra Castros in the lobby for your morning workout courtesy of Detroit Body Garage, out of West Village. Depending on which day you're staying, Terra offers a Brunch n' Bootcamp or a Morning Run Club. Either way, you'll feel the burn and you'll be ready to take on the day!
11:00 am | Foundation Hotel offers free bike rentals from Detroit Bikes. Head on out to explore the city- we recommend taking your time and heading to the award-winning Riverwalk. You'll enjoy views of Canada and Detroit as you make your way over to the Dequindre Cut. This 2-mile greenway from a former Grand Trunk Railroad line, boasts beautiful murals on the perfect path to Eastern Market.
12:00 pm | When you think of Detroit, there are a few landmarks that come to mind, Eastern Market being one of them. The largest and oldest open-air farmer's market in the country, you'll find anything from locally-sourced produce to handmade treasures. Pro Tip: Only open on Saturdays and Sundays.
1:00 pm | After a few hours of exploring, head back to the Foundation to freshen up in your room and relax while skimming some of the coffee table books around Detroit's development history. If we had more than 24 hours, we would sleep for an entire afternoon in these beds that could double as clouds! Foundation has some of our favorite in-room amenities: Le Labo bath products, Our Detroit Vodka, McClure's Chips, and Germack Trail Mix. Don't miss this opportunity to order room service and treat yourself to fries in bed- what more could you ask for?!
3:30 pm | After you're well rested take a stroll over to the Woodward corridor for your shopping fix. With the mix of national brands like John Varvatos and Lululemon with small-businesses like Bird Bee and the seasonal markets with rotating vendors, you'll find something for everyone on your trip treat list. Pro Tip: While you're in Capitol Park, stop in for a quick polish change and a glass of champagne at The Ten Nail Bar.
5:30 pm | It's officially happy hour, so head over to Corktown's go-to Italian spot, Ottava Via. Their patio is one of the best around, grab some apps, rosé, and play a couple rounds of bocce ball to kick the evening off.
7:00 pm | Head a bit further down Michigan Ave to find yourself at Takoi, one of Detroit's top restaurants. With a northern-Thai influence menu, "out of this world" atmosphere and specially curated cocktails you will quickly come to see why this is not just a local favorite. Don't miss out on the seasonal patio in the back. Chef Greenhill can do no wrong, so grab 3-4 dishes off the menu and a craft cocktail. Pro Tip: If the thrice-cooked sweet potatoes are on the menu, GET THEM!!
9:00 pm | A quick walk across the street will bring you to Two James Distillery, Detroit's first distillery since the prohibition era. Garage doors that open and a view of the Michigan Central Station creates the perfect atmosphere for sipping on craft cocktails and making new friends at the round bar. Pro Tip: If you have time, ask for a tour of the behind-the-scenes distilling action right behind the bar area.
10:30 pm | If you're looking for a lively nighttime crowd, head to The Belt. This alley that was once lined with dumpsters is now decorated with art from around the world. The Standby is a speakeasy that's easy to miss if you're not looking for it, just keep an eye out for the gas lantern and small sign. An industry favorite and James Beard nominee, some of our favorite drinks in the city are on this menu. Sip on a frozen cucumber margarita or Irish coffee at The Skip's communal-table afterwards. Pro Tip: Walk the levels of the Z-lot for more artwork, each one has been painted by a different artist.
12:00 am | Indulging in late night eats the only way a local Detroiter knows how- at Lafayette Coney Island. If you’ve never heard of a “coney island” restaurant, it’s basically a diner with coney style hot dogs: dogs topped with chili, mustard and onions. There’s a friendly rivalry between Lafayette and American Coney Island, but any local will hands down send you to Lafayette. Pull your stool up to the bar and order a few coney dogs and some cheese fries and you’ll be set. Pro tip: Get a Faygo or Vernors to wash it all down!
1:00 am | Back at Foundation before heading to bed swing by the Apparatus room for a night cap. There is something magical the way the lights hang above the bar as you enjoy recapping your day over the old foundation cocktail.
11:00 am | We know your 24-hours is up, but before you hit the road make sure to hit up Grey Ghost for a brunch that you'll be craving again by the time you get home. Known for their burger and their avant-garde entrees, it's no wonder they kill it at the brunch game. Pro Tip: They frequently update the menu so ask your server what's new!
Thank you to the teams of: Aparium Hotels, Grey Ghost, Two James and Detroit Body Garage for hosting us these past 24 hours.
We had a great time putting together this mini 24 HRS guide in partnership with the Detroit Foundation Hotel. Enjoy the city, we know it will quickly become one of your favorites.