18 new Detroit places to take visitors — or even yourself
Sometimes it feels that time has stood still the last three years, but that couldn’t be further from the truth as new places and things to do in Detroit have managed to open and thrive despite the challenges. While we love our essential hangouts and shopping places, these newer Detroit spaces deserve a chance.
The places we highlight here have opened in 2019, or later, and they all work well even when the weather isn’t great.
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The Shelby607 Shelby St., Detroit; shelbydetroit.com
This speakeasy-style spot opened in a former bank vault in Detroit's Financial District earlier this year, under the same ownership as nearby Coffee Down Under.
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Breadless2761 E. Jefferson, Suite A, Detroit; 313-474-2870; eatbreadless.com
Breadless is EXACTLY what you think it is, a breadless sandwich shop that uses leafy greens as a substitute for bread.
Detroit Pizza Bar
Detroit Pizza Bar7316 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit; 313-646-4601; thedetroitpizzabar.com
This pizzeria is located in Detroit’s historic Bagley neighborhood, and not only are the employees all residents of the city, the pizza names are a nod to the neighborhood.
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Two181400 E. Fisher Service Dr., Detroit; 313-974-6955; two18.com
If sneakers are your thing, then you likely already know about Two18. The sister store to Royal Oak's Burn Rubber Sneaker Boutique recently collaborated with Nike for a limited edition Detroit-themed Air Jordan 2.
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Michigan & Trumbull
1441 W. Elizabeth St., Detroit; 313-637-4992; michiganandtrumbull.pizza
You can say what you want, but we all know that Detroit-style pizza, in all of its square glory, is the absolute best. If you don’t believe us, try this Corktown pizzeria.
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ImaginATE401 S. Lafayette St., Royal Oak; 248-633-8899; imaginaterestaurant.com
Owned by Chef Omar Mitchell, ImaginATE uses technology and creativity to elevate the fine dining experience. ImaginATE makes dining entertaining with the addition of Le Petit, a digital dining experience that shows animated chefs and characters preparing your order digitally before the server presents your real plated meal.
Spot Lite Detroit2905 Beaufait St.; Detroit;spotlitedetroit.com
This bar, record store, and art gallery is located in Detroit’s Islandview neighborhood and has turned into one really cool creative hotspot. Check out some of the records in the store, grab a cup of coffee, or head there at night for a dance party.
Baobab Fare6568 Woodward Ave., Suite 100, Detroit; 313-265-3093; baobabfare.com
Opened by immigrants, Baobab Fare brings East African fare, coffee, and fresh juices to Detroit’s New Center neighborhood. Their signature dish is Nyumbani, a slow-simmered beef dish served with fried plantains, peanut stewed spinach, and coconut rice.
Mom’s Spaghetti2131 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-888-8388; momsspaghetti.com
Typically, you’ll see food in movies or TV shows and never get to experience them in real life (here’s looking at you Leaning Tower of Cheeza
), but that’s not the case for 8 Mile
fans. Slim Shady opened the noodle-centered restaurant that serves spaghetti six different ways.
Barcade666 Selden St., Detroit; 313-285-9410; barcadedetroit.com
The New York-based bar and arcade cleverly called Barcade is what adult dreams are made of. Who doesn’t love having a great cocktail while playing Mrs. Pac-Man?
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Harper Ray Accessories
29139 Southfield Rd., Southfield; 248-595-7099; shopharperray.com
Kash Doll once said "Ice Me Out" and at Harper Ray, every true Detroit girl gets to live out her iciest dreams for a fraction of the cost.