City break (বিশেষ্য)): a short vacation in a city, such as during a business trip.
Before the pleasure trip, the city break was a short leisure time that gave you access to the cultural and culinary facilities offered by the big cities. In this TripIt series, we explore some of the best cities in the world for planning a quick trip or extending a work trip.
Here are our tips for taking the most breaks in your city in Detroit.
Where to fly
The Detroit metro area is served by the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW), located 20 miles west of downtown Detroit. One of the top 20 busiest airports in the United States, DTW is divided into two terminals, McNamara Terminal and Evans Terminal.
Once you land on DTW, cabs, ride shares and buses are available to connect you to your final destination. See the SMART bus schedule to plan your next trip.
Where to stay during your city break
The Detroit Design-Forward Hotel offers, complete with world-class restaurants and dark afternoons (to see and to see).
For starters, the Detroit Foundation Hotel is a place where, whether you’re staying overnight or not, thanks to its lively lobby bar and restaurant, The Apparatus Room (more on dining below). Furnished with modern dcor, the hotel’s spacious rooms have a 12-foot ceiling and a more generous feel for an open design.
Nearby, the Siren Hotel brings new life to the historic Wurlitzer building. During the night, guests can choose a drink at the eroded candy bar near the lobby. More of an early bird? Caffeinated beverages are served at the Popular Coffee Lobby Outpost.
If a hotel in a major Detroit location is what you’re after, look no further than Metropolitan Element Detroit. During the day, you walk downtown Detroit and travel fast to the financial district. Overnight, you are only a few steps away from Detroit Opera House and Ford Field.
Need event space? MGM Grand Detroit offers 14,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a conference center.
If you attend an event at the Cobo Center, you won’t miss out on the benefits of the Windham Hotel at Fort Pontertrain. Just a few steps away from the convention center, the hotel also has a 24-hour business center for any work-related needs.
How to get closer
Rideshare and taxis are available in Detroit and this is probably your best option for getting around the city in an instant.
Prefer to take public transport? Download the Detroit Department of Transportation app to help navigate the local bus system. Traveling around downtown or midtown? The city’s new QLINE tram system can help you get from A to B. Plan your trip with their interactive map.
Alternatively, MoGo, Detroit’s public bike-sharing program, provides an eco-friendly way to get around the city.
Pro Tip: Use TripIt’s Navigator feature to search for transportation options available to you This will show you the estimated cost and travel time for each option, so you can decide which one works best. For example, if you add a restaurant reservation to your itinerary (more on where to eat below), Navigator helps you find the best transportation options to get to your desk. You can find the Navigator in the details screen of your plan.
Where to eat
If you only have time for one meal in Detroit, make it at Wright & Company. Trendy d ,cor, second-floor street views, divisible plates, and knowledgeable bar staff give you the opportunity to drink a few hours worth of your time in Detroit.
Staying at the Detroit Foundation Hotel? You don’t have to go far for the best food in town. Named after the place where the firetracks and their equipment are kept, The Apparatus Room is more of a focal point than a hotel facility. Michigan-born chef Thomas Lentz returned to his kingdom to create a new version of American cuisine using ingredients from the Midwest. As a result, locals and tourists alike flock to his restaurant. Be sure to make a reservation as soon as you confirm your travel plans.
A hybrid restaurant and butcher shop, Marrow takes sustainability seriously. With a farm-to-fork policy, Marrow originates most of its spring and summer menu ingredients within five miles of the restaurant. Go there for dinner, brunch or grab a cocktail. You will not be disappointed.
Looking for more casual food? Check out Detroit 75 Kitchen for Saffron de Twah, sandwiches and showers for Moroccan-American food, or the Detroit Shipping Company for a myriad of options, from dumplings to burgers. And don’t forget to stop by Buddy’s, Louis’ or Pi-Sai for a Detroit-style pizza.
Finally, leave room for dessert at Sister Pie. Located west of Detroit, Sister Pie is the bakery you want on the corner of your street. Displaying local products from around Michigan, owner (and James Beard Award-nominated) Lisa Ludwinski founded Sister Pie “to celebrate the season on foot.” I suggest you join the celebration soon.
What to do in your city break
If this is your first visit to Detroit, start your watch at East Market. In the country’s largest outdoor farmer’s market, you can find stalls of local vendors selling everything from fruits and fresh flowers to authentic French crepes and local art. The Eastern Market is open on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and every third Thursday night during the summer.
Also located in the Eastern Market District (and across most of Detroit) it is a stunning collection of murals known as Murals in the Market. Artists from around the world, including locals in Detroit, have transformed the district walls into a public art destination.
Once your shopping and murals are complete, head to the Eastern Market Brewing Company or the Detroit City Distillery for locally made adult drinks — both just minutes from the market.
Looking for kid friendly things in Detroit? Visit Sand Island for a beach day with a view of Canada. Or visit the country’s oldest aquarium, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, and the nearby Sand Isle Aquarium. Kids will love the 125-acre Detroit Zoo, home to the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, and more than 75 penguins.
Adults only? During the day, explore the stores of Midtown Detroit. Overnight, stop at Kissling at Milwaukee Junction to enjoy a handicraft cocktail in their bistro light-covered patio. Visit on a cold or rainy day? Choose from their plentiful selection of board games and be comfortable in any one of them.
Note: Be sure to consult and comply with all local guidelines and travel restrictions as you reopen destinations around the world, as they vary greatly and will continue to change. One way to stay on top of changing guidelines is to consult COVID-19 Travel Guide For destination-specific information, the TripIt app features, testing and vaccination requirements, current transmission rates, quarantine rules upon arrival, and other information you need to know before visiting the area.