October 13, 2016

11 criminally-underrated spots to spend Sweetest Day in metro Detroit

Most of us are in agreement that Sweetest Day is essentially BS, invented by Big Candy to push sweets. In fact, if you're not from Detroit, Cleveland, or parts of the Northeast, you've probably never heard of this pseudo holiday. Still, maybe you just want an excuse to stuff your sweetheart's face (and let's face yours as well) with all manner of chocolate, pastries, and other goodies. We won't judge you for it. Here are a few low key ideas to observe this Sweetest of days without going overboard.

By: Serena Maria Daniels

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Astoria Pastry Shop, 541 Monroe St.
Because there's really no bad time of year to indulge in baklava, bird's nests, or pistachio baskets. Astoria is open until midnight most nights, til 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
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Astoria Pastry Shop, 541 Monroe St.
Because there's really no bad time of year to indulge in baklava, bird's nests, or pistachio baskets. Astoria is open until midnight most nights, til 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
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Guardian Building
Tour the gorgeous Guardian Building and have a cup of coffee at 500 Griswold St. You and your special someone love the gorgeous detailing that make up the Art Deco Guardian Building. Why not spend some time inside, snap some photos, and then enjoy a nice latte in the Rowland Cafe in the lobby.
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Guardian Building
Tour the gorgeous Guardian Building and have a cup of coffee at 500 Griswold St. You and your special someone love the gorgeous detailing that make up the Art Deco Guardian Building. Why not spend some time inside, snap some photos, and then enjoy a nice latte in the Rowland Cafe in the lobby.
Photo via Instagram user @tomr107
Lucki's Cheesecakes, 7111 W. McNichols
With choices that span the flavor spectrum like strawberry shortbread, pineapple coconut, and Michigan-centric Superman ice cream-inspired, you and your sweetie will have no problem getting your sugar fix.
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Lucki's Cheesecakes, 7111 W. McNichols
With choices that span the flavor spectrum like strawberry shortbread, pineapple coconut, and Michigan-centric Superman ice cream-inspired, you and your sweetie will have no problem getting your sugar fix.
photo via Instagram.
Kresge Court
Grab wine and cheese at Kresge Court in the DIA, 5200 Woodward Ave., If you are a resident of Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb counties you can get into the museum for free. Once you've roamed Rivera Court and gazed at a Picasso, swing by Kresge Court, one of Detroit's hidden gems for intimate conversations over wine and cheese.
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Kresge Court
Grab wine and cheese at Kresge Court in the DIA, 5200 Woodward Ave., If you are a resident of Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb counties you can get into the museum for free. Once you've roamed Rivera Court and gazed at a Picasso, swing by Kresge Court, one of Detroit's hidden gems for intimate conversations over wine and cheese.
Photo via Instagram.
Sister Pie, 8066 Kercheval Ave.
When you enter this West Village bake shop, you and your love bug will be overwhelmed by its sweet aroma, chill vibe, and cheery staff. Grab a slice of seasonal, fresh-made pie and you'll be in pie heaven. For later, you can always take home some cookies or head across the street to Parker Street Market, where you'll find plenty of locally-made Pete's Chocolate Co. candies.
Photo via Instagram user @Lisapie.
Sister Pie, 8066 Kercheval Ave.
When you enter this West Village bake shop, you and your love bug will be overwhelmed by its sweet aroma, chill vibe, and cheery staff. Grab a slice of seasonal, fresh-made pie and you'll be in pie heaven. For later, you can always take home some cookies or head across the street to Parker Street Market, where you'll find plenty of locally-made Pete's Chocolate Co. candies.
Photo via Instagram user @Lisapie.
Eli Tea Bar, 108 S. Old Woodward Ave. Birmingham
Have a relaxing time enjoying organic loose leaf teas from around the world in this cozy little tea shop.
Photo vua Instagram user @eliteabar.
Eli Tea Bar, 108 S. Old Woodward Ave. Birmingham
Have a relaxing time enjoying organic loose leaf teas from around the world in this cozy little tea shop.
Photo vua Instagram user @eliteabar.
Detroit Water Ice Factory, 1014 Woodward Ave.
Your honey bunny works downtown and is always hinting that s/he hasn't yet tried that Philly-inspired water ice treat. Surprise your lover with a drive downtown, where you can stroll around Campus Martius, maybe rent bikes on the Riverfront, and then cool down with a delicious water ice-style slushie.
Photo via Instagram user @hajikitty.
Detroit Water Ice Factory, 1014 Woodward Ave.
Your honey bunny works downtown and is always hinting that s/he hasn't yet tried that Philly-inspired water ice treat. Surprise your lover with a drive downtown, where you can stroll around Campus Martius, maybe rent bikes on the Riverfront, and then cool down with a delicious water ice-style slushie.
Photo via Instagram user @hajikitty.
Bon Bon Bon, 2756 Evaline, Hamtramck; 719 Griswold St., Suite 100, Detroit
Maybe you're the brunch type. If so, head over to Hamtramck Coney Island or the Dime Store in downtown Detroit for a satisfying breakfast. For dessert, an original, chocolatey bon bon from Bon Bon Bon will hit the spot for you and your sweetie.
Photo via Instagram user @bonbonchocolate.
Bon Bon Bon, 2756 Evaline, Hamtramck; 719 Griswold St., Suite 100, Detroit
Maybe you're the brunch type. If so, head over to Hamtramck Coney Island or the Dime Store in downtown Detroit for a satisfying breakfast. For dessert, an original, chocolatey bon bon from Bon Bon Bon will hit the spot for you and your sweetie.
Photo via Instagram user @bonbonchocolate.
Mangonadas del Barrio #2, 4029 Vernor Highway
Maybe you went to El Club to check out one of your fave bands. Before soundcheck, treat your boo with a unique frozen Mexican treat, known as a mangonada. These concoctions are made with an overload of sliced mango, chili powder and chamoy sauce, all over a sweet slush.
Photo via Instagram user @exuberant_panoram.
Mangonadas del Barrio #2, 4029 Vernor Highway
Maybe you went to El Club to check out one of your fave bands. Before soundcheck, treat your boo with a unique frozen Mexican treat, known as a mangonada. These concoctions are made with an overload of sliced mango, chili powder and chamoy sauce, all over a sweet slush.
Photo via Instagram user @exuberant_panoram.
Visit Eastern Market, 2934 Russell St.
Why not prepare a lovely meal together? Stock up on all the fresh produce, meats, and other staples you need at Eastern Market. After you've got your supplies for that romantic dinner, enjoy a scoop from Mootown Ice Cream & Desserts Shoppe.
Photo via Instagram user @sisterpiedetroit
Visit Eastern Market, 2934 Russell St.
Why not prepare a lovely meal together? Stock up on all the fresh produce, meats, and other staples you need at Eastern Market. After you've got your supplies for that romantic dinner, enjoy a scoop from Mootown Ice Cream & Desserts Shoppe.
Photo via Instagram user @sisterpiedetroit