Midwest Living Review
Detroit has seen a lot of revitalization in the past decade, and in the downtown area especially, it shows. The Inside Detroit organization and welcome center operates out of a storefront on Woodward Avenue, and offers tours for every interest: African American history, churches, architecture and pub crawls are just a few on the list. Architectural treasures like the Guardian, Buhl and Penobscot buildings might seem ordinary from the street, but their interiors are Art Deco marvels of tile and Tiffany glass recalling Detroit's booming 1920s. Early-20th-century architecture doesn't completely steal the show: GM's massive Renaissance Center on the Detroit River makes an impressive addition to the skyline, and Campus Martius Park, a converted green space on Woodward, is extremely popular with the lunchtime crowd. Locally owned bars and restaurants are a big focus of the Inside Detroit tours -- some may look a little dog-eared on the outside, but there are some real gems. The Grand Trunk Pub, Cliff Bell's and Sweetwater Tavern all topped our list of hole-in-the-wall restaurants, where the food was tasty and the vibe was welcoming and neighborhood-friendly. Two other brag-worthy areas in downtown: the RiverWalk, a walkway and green space along the Detroit River, and the sports district, a lively neighborhood packed with popular sports bars and rooftop patios. Getting around downtown is the best part: the People Mover will give you the lay of the land (and a great view!) for just fifty cents.