Motown, the Motor City, the D. With its history and culture and great new places to hang, this happening hot spot can’t have just one name.

"I love Detroit's music, art, and attitude. The city is rebuilding and reinventing itself through the power of the people." —Rach

Baker’s Keyboard Lounge

Pair a night of top-rate traveling acts and local talent with soul-soothing food (smothered pork chops, saucy barbecue ribs) at the city's oldest jazz club, an intimate 84-year-old joint just off Eight Mile. 


Originally a food truck in the shadow of Detroit's iconic Michigan Central railroad station, this energetic Thai eatery rose to cult status, thanks to impeccable eats inspired by the markets of Southeast Asia. Don't miss the kitchen's standout khao soi (curry and coconut noodles). 

Lady of the House

Detroit native Kate Williams is putting this former pub on the map with unexpected dishes (hello, corn dog rillettes!) starring regional purveyors and locally sourced produce. A not-so-subtle nod to female power: Your drink may arrive in a goddess-stemmed goblet. 

Eastern Market

Everything delicious about Detroit is ripe for the picking in this spirited commercial district. Find food trucks, curated murals, and shops peddling everything from poultry to pet accessories. 

The Inn at 97 Winder

With accents like marble fireplaces and ornate chandeliers, the 10 rooms of this converted 1887 mansion—a throwback to Detroit's (earlier) heyday—radiate glamour. 

Motown Museum

The music that defined Detroit, Motown was born right here at Hitsville U.S.A., the record label's first headquarters. It now houses a museum where you can learn about the label's history and even sing a few bars of your fave Supremes tune in the studio where they recorded.