21 spots Detroiters can find some peace and quiet

Sometimes you just need a little time to yourself. Pro tip: carry a book with you just in case the need for privacy hits you when you least expect it — even if you're not going to read, you can at least pose with it and people will leave you alone. Here's a list of places around Detroit where you're guaranteed some solitude. Because nothing tastes better than sweet solitude and nothing sounds better than silence. And don't let people boggle you down for being a loner, they're just jealous because you enjoy your own company more than theirs.

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 Top of the Z-lot 
For the melancholy loner who’s looking for a breathtaking view, and a whiff of city fumes. Soak in the unique art decorating the walls of each level of the parking structure before making it to the tenth floor, then enjoy people watching ant-sized pedestrians from the top. 
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Top of the Z-lot
For the melancholy loner who’s looking for a breathtaking view, and a whiff of city fumes. Soak in the unique art decorating the walls of each level of the parking structure before making it to the tenth floor, then enjoy people watching ant-sized pedestrians from the top.
Photo via Instagram, user alexionna
 Belle Isle Conservatory  
Relax and immerse yourself in the one of the nation’s largest collections of orchids. Thankfully, they won’t make small talk. 
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Belle Isle Conservatory
Relax and immerse yourself in the one of the nation’s largest collections of orchids. Thankfully, they won’t make small talk.
Photo via Instagram, user HilssPhotography
 Café 78  
Located right inside of MOCAD, this hip little bar is great place to grab a drink where you won’t get bothered. Most people head there to relax and take in the ambiance of the museum. You can always catch other introverts on their laptops doing homework or writing the next great novel in Café 78. 
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Café 78
Located right inside of MOCAD, this hip little bar is great place to grab a drink where you won’t get bothered. Most people head there to relax and take in the ambiance of the museum. You can always catch other introverts on their laptops doing homework or writing the next great novel in Café 78.
Photo via Instagram, user Cafe78Detroit
 Eastern Market  
Sure, the Eastern Market can get super hectic, but if you just tuck your elbows in and watch your step, you’ll be left alone pretty much. Go alone, get some groceries for the week, and then bask in your post-errands glow. Just be sure to get some beignets. 
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Eastern Market
Sure, the Eastern Market can get super hectic, but if you just tuck your elbows in and watch your step, you’ll be left alone pretty much. Go alone, get some groceries for the week, and then bask in your post-errands glow. Just be sure to get some beignets.
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 Dequindre Cut  
Whether you’re biking or walking this scenic trail, it’s a Detroit staple so you have to go at least once. Thankfully, it’s just as beautiful when you go solo. 
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Dequindre Cut
Whether you’re biking or walking this scenic trail, it’s a Detroit staple so you have to go at least once. Thankfully, it’s just as beautiful when you go solo.
Photo via Instagram, user DownWithDetroit
 Kresge Court  
Kresge Court is perfect for when you want to be alone with a sandwich while sitting on a couch under a skylight. Granted, it can get busy, just keep your gaze down and don’t make eye contact with anyone. 
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Kresge Court
Kresge Court is perfect for when you want to be alone with a sandwich while sitting on a couch under a skylight. Granted, it can get busy, just keep your gaze down and don’t make eye contact with anyone.
Photo via Instagram, user vagababetravel
 The Asian art exhibit in the DIA  
Hide away for a bit of quiet time in what is probably the smallest exhibit in the museum. You can find it shoved next to a staircase, way at the end of the first-floor promenade. Or just take a solo silent tour of the museum and soak in the beauty and pure majesty of the building. 
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The Asian art exhibit in the DIA
Hide away for a bit of quiet time in what is probably the smallest exhibit in the museum. You can find it shoved next to a staircase, way at the end of the first-floor promenade. Or just take a solo silent tour of the museum and soak in the beauty and pure majesty of the building.
Photo via Flickr
 Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters  
Nothing completes Me Time like a steaming cup of Joe. The chill, urban deco of the coffee joint and picturesque view of Capitol Park are the perfect escape from the hectic environment of downtown. Tip: take a book to accompany you, lest people mistake your lack of company as an invitation to approach. 
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Dessert Oasis Coffee Roasters
Nothing completes Me Time like a steaming cup of Joe. The chill, urban deco of the coffee joint and picturesque view of Capitol Park are the perfect escape from the hectic environment of downtown. Tip: take a book to accompany you, lest people mistake your lack of company as an invitation to approach.
Photo via Instagram, user Dessert_Oasis_Coffee_Roasters
 The third floor of the Detroit Public Library  
Away from the tourists and the kids’ lounge, the third floor offers the seclusion and silence every loner craves. 
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The third floor of the Detroit Public Library
Away from the tourists and the kids’ lounge, the third floor offers the seclusion and silence every loner craves.
Photo via Instagram, user Georgirenee
 The Woodward Fountain on Campus Martius  
Grab a book and a snack and take a seat right in the heart of downtown. Campus Martius’ occupancy truly depends on the weather, so as long as the weather is kind of gross, you’re guaranteed solitude. Just don’t sit on the fountain’s ledge or else you’ll have to endure a conversation with security. 
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The Woodward Fountain on Campus Martius
Grab a book and a snack and take a seat right in the heart of downtown. Campus Martius’ occupancy truly depends on the weather, so as long as the weather is kind of gross, you’re guaranteed solitude. Just don’t sit on the fountain’s ledge or else you’ll have to endure a conversation with security.
Photo via Instagram, user CampusMartiusPark