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Breakfast at a Detroit Classic

If you’re still stuffed from last night, have a light breakfast at your Detroit hotel. Otherwise, head out into the city to eat. Have your pick from some of the best breakfast joints in Detroit: Hudson Cafe (downtown Woodward Avenue location with must-eat chunky monkey pancakes) or Dime Store (a famously Detroit boozy American-style brunch bar) are two top picks.

Visit the Motown Museum

Detroit is known as the birthplace of Motown music, and the Motown Museum pays homage to Motown’s past and present. The Motown Museum is one of the best museums in Detroit to visit but has been closed due to ongoing construction on phases 1 and 2 of its historic $55 million expansion project.

Plan your trip to Detroit to align with the grand reopening of the Motown Museum this summer. This includes the premiere of a brand new outdoor plaza and performance space.

Lunch at Basan

Basan, a Japanese robata restaurant, is another new restaurant opening in the fall of 2022 in the Eddystone building. The Asian street food-inspired menu will feature a selection of items cooked over an open flame.

If you visit Detroit before Basan’s opening, don’t worry. This just gives you a chance to dine at one of the other restaurants owned by Four Man Ladder Hospitality, the restaurant group developing Basan: Gray Ghost or Second Best.

Get to know the motors of Motor City

Another reason Detroit landed itself on TIME Magazine’s list of the world’s greatest places in 2022? Detroit was recently named home to the United States’ first ever electric vehicle charging road – a move that is very fitting to the city’s history as Motor City.

While the road itself won’t open until 2023, there are other ways to experience the automotive past – and present – in Detroit. Two popular options are visiting the GM Renaissance Center (the city’s most modern and recognizable skyscraper, home to General Motors’ global headquarters), or the Henry Ford (a collection of three museum experiences: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour).


Make your final dinner stop in Detroit at another of the city’s new restaurants. 2022 is a particularly big year for Chef Maxcel Hardy, a Detroit chef who won Hour Detroit’s 2021 Restaurateur of the Year.

Hardy has multiple projects opening in 2022: Rosemary, a café with a rosemary forward menu; Byrd, a cigar lounge attached to Rosemary (both opening July 15); and What’s Crackin’, a seafood-boil restaurant that will feature fish caught in the Great Lakes (opening in September).

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