Detroit Top 10

The “Walk in My Shoes” experience with Delise Baker, a member of our concierge team at Henry Ford Hospital, inspired me to think about some of my favorite local spots in and around Detroit.

The DIA is No. 1 on my Top 10 list for places to see in Detroit. What’s your No. 1 pick for Detroit?

After all, one of the questions asked of every concierge – whether working at a hospital or a hotel – is “where should I visit while I’m in town?”

So here are two of my “Top 10” lists, one containing locations within Detroit city limits, and the other venturing out into the surrounding area of metro Detroit.

Feel free to add some of your favorite Detroit and metro Detroit locations in the comments section below.

Top 10 Things to See in the City of Detroit

1. The Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Ave.)

2. Belle Isle (8109 East Jefferson Ave.)

3. Eastern Market (2934 Russell St.)

4. Fisher Building (3011 West Grand Blvd.)

5. Riverfront Walk (600 Renaissance Center)

6. Motown Historic Museum (2648 West Grand Blvd.)

7. Boston-Edison Historic District (west side of Woodward Ave., four miles north of downtown Detroit and just a mile north of the New Center)

8. American Coney Island (114 W. Lafayette) and Lafayette Coney Island (118 W. Lafayette); try both for a true Detroit taste-test.

9. Pewabic Pottery (10125 East Jefferson Ave.)

10. The Heidelberg Project (3600 Heidelberg St.)


Top 10 Things to See in Metro Detroit

1. Henry Ford Museum (20900 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn)

2. Greenfield Village (20900 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn)

3. Ford Rouge Factory Tour (20900 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn)

4. Detroit Zoo (8450 W. 10 Mile Rd. in Royal Oak)

5. Oakland Hills Country Club (3951 West Maple Rd. in Bloomfield Hills)

6. Cranbrook Campus (39221 Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Hills)

7. Hamtramck Disneyland (Klinger St. in Hamtramck)

8. Zingerman’s Roadhouse (2501 Jackson Ave. in Ann Arbor)

9. Arab American National Museum (3624 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn)

10. Holocaust Memorial Center (28123 Orchard Lake Rd. in Farmington Hills)


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9 thoughts on “Detroit Top 10

  1. Indian Village homes – especially during the tours in May
    The Guardian Building interior
    The free tour of the RenCen – they even take you in the elevator to the top where the Coach Insginia is.

  2. Great List. I agree add Guardian Building Lobby .

    For METRO list I suggest Zingerman’s complex at KerryTown in Ann Arbor . LOTS more variety than just Roadhouse , and If you’re there on Saturday morning, Ann Arbor Farmers Market across the street is worth the trip.

    RE: Great food / places to eat could take a whole separate list. For Detroit, I would kick it off with Slows BBQ on MI ave, Avalon International Breads on Willis in MIdtown and Honey Bee Market in Mexicantown on Bagley.

    It might be fun to do a HFHS staff Best of Detroit / METRO Detroit list . The opportunity to open the eyes of some of our colleagues to the hundreds of small businesses in Midtown area might even add a few steps to our walking around town. .

  3. YOu missed some other things that are pure detroit institutions

    > Layfette coney island
    >Mexican Village
    > the casinos

    and in the burbs
    >Sommerset collection
    >Shopping in Birmingham

  4. Taking a trip to Royal Oak and experiencing the fine, fun and extraordinary cuisine, is always a treat!

  5. In Detroit, a favorite historical destination to experience a scrumptious lunch, dinner (or after theatre snack) is Union Street on Woodward Avenue. For those of you who like a wide variety of beer to choose from, they have a “huge selection”. In addition, they have a special menu that changes daily.

  6. Some of my favorites include: La Petite Zinc (1055 Trumbull), Astro Coffee on Michigan Ave. and Mudgie’s Deli (1300 Porter Street).

  7. I love a trip to Avalon Bakery, and Campus Martius is beautiful around Christmas time with the tree and ice rink!

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