Located in southeast Michigan, Detroit has been described as feeling “Like the most exciting city in America right now” in the New York Times. We have a burgeoning culinary scene with many top chefs opening new restaurants every year, all major professional and amateur sports are available within driving distance, and multiple major shopping centers are available. While your visit to Metro Detroit and our program may be short during the residency interview season, we’ve compiled points of interest that may be worth a visit if time allows.
Food and Drink
- Al-Ameer (Middle Eastern)
- The Apparatus Room (American Fare)
- Astoria Pastry Shop (Dessert)
- Central Kitchen + Bar (Contemporary American)
- Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails (Rustic American)
- The Corner and Detroit Axe (Game Room, Axe Throwing, American)
- Detroit Shipping Company (Food Truck)
- Empire Kitchen & Cocktails (American Style Bistro and Bar)
- Flowers of Vietnam (Vietnamese)
- Grey Ghost Detroit (Contemporary Midwestern Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar)
- La Lanterna (Pizzeria)
- Lady of the House (Modern American)
- Lumen (Contemporary American Cuisine)
- Ottava Via (Rustic Italian)
- Parc (Contemporary Detroit Cuisine)
- Phoenicia (Middle Eastern)
- Republic (Contemporary American)
- Selden Standard (New American)
- Seva (Vegetarian Cuisine)
- SheWolf Pastificio & Bar (Upscale Italian)
- Slows Bar BQ (Barbecue)
- Takoi (Thai)
- Wright & Company (Contemporary American)
- Dime Store
- Grey Ghost
- Parks & Rec Diner
- Selden Standard
- The Hudson Cafe
- Atwater Brewery
- Batch Brewing Company
- Eastern Market Brewing Company
- Founders Brewing Co.
- Jolly Pumpkin
- Livernois Tap
Places To Go
- Eastern Market - One of the largest outdoor farmers markets in the country, with great local and Michigan produce and food.
- Murals in the Market (Eastern Market) – Numerous murals in Eastern Market and throughout the city, with new murals added yearly.
- Campus Martius – Located at the origin of Detroit’s coordinate system downtown, it includes two performance stages, sculptures, public spaces and a seasonal ice skating rink.
- Detroit Riverfront – 3.5 miles along the east riverfront includes parks, plazas, pavilions, pathways and open green space, all connected by the ever popular RiverWalk.
- Belle Isle – An island located within the Detroit River with State Park status, hosts one of the oldest aquariums in North America, a conservatory, and a Great Lakes museum.
- Downtown storefronts including Warby Parker, Lululemon, Nike, Under Armor.
- Shinola Store – Watches, bicycles, and leather products headquartered in Detroit.
- Somerset Collection - Super-regional luxury shopping mall with more than 180 specialty stores.
- Great Lakes Crossing Outlets - Enclosed shopping mall, super-regional in size.
- Twelve Oaks Mall - Full line super-regional shopping mall with over 180 stores.
All major Detroit sports teams are now located within a 1-mile radius in downtown Detroit. University of Michigan and Michigan State University are also within driving distance, providing year-round Big Ten sports.
- Detroit Pistons - Henry Ford provides team physicians. Discounted tickets are offered through the athletic center.
- Detroit Lions - Henry Ford provides team physicians. Discounted tickets are offered through the athletic center.
- Detroit Red Wings – Professional hockey team.
- Detroit Tigers – Professional baseball team
- Detroit FC - Semi-professional soccer club in Hamtramck.
Arts and Entertainment
- Detroit Institute of Arts
- Fox Theater
- Masonic Temple
- Detroit Opera House
- DTE Music Center
Additional Notes on the State of Michigan
Michigan is surrounded by four of five of the Great Lakes, which comprise 20% of the world’s surface freshwater. Inland, the state contains 64,980 lakes and ponds (MichiganDNR), and we have over 1 million registered boats, second only to California (Discoverboating.com). Michigan also tops the list for most public golf courses, numbering more than 650 (Michigan.org).