Detroit January 20, 2018
9 Underrated Places In Detroit That Even Natives Have Never Heard Of
Detroit and its surrounding areas are simply overflowing with activities and attractions to explore. Whether you’re a longtime Detroiter or a newcomer, we’re sure you’ve experienced the highlights: Comerica Park, the DIA, the Motown Museum, and more. But we’ve compiled a list of nine locales in and around the Motor City that you might not have yet discovered — and you’ll want to see them for yourself.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life. While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. If you know of a local business that could use some extra support during these times, please nominate them here:
1. Dabls MBAD African Bead Museum (6559 Grand River Ave., Detroit)
This unique attractions houses thousands of beautiful African beads and artwork, some of which are available for purchase. With 18 stunning outdoor installations and some of the most colorful displays imaginable, you’ll be completely enamored with this one-of-a-kind museum and shop.
2. Ford Piquette Plant (461 Piquette St., Detroit)
You’re certainly familiar with Ford and its longtime influence on the city of Detroit, but have you ever stepped back in time to see where it all began? You can do just that with a visit to the Ford Piquette Plant, which is hailed as the birthplace of the iconic Model T. History buffs will be amazed.
3. Elmwood Cemetery (1200 Elmwood St., Detroit)
This fascinating cemetery in the Motor City boasts a unique history and remains the oldest continuously operating non-denominational cemetery in the entire state of Michigan. With nearly 90 acres of land, an undeniably peaceful atmosphere, and plenty of tour options, this destination is unlike any other in Detroit.
4. Redford Theater (17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit)
You’ve likely attended a show or two at the Fox Theatre, but have you ever explored the Redford? For 90 years, this gorgeous movie theater has taken pride in its uniquely beautiful interior design, which stuns visitors with its Japanese motif. Stop by to see a classic movie on a rainy afternoon in the Motor City.
5. Two Way Inn (17897 Mt Elliott St., Detroit)
From the outside, this one-of-a-kind Detroit locale might not look like much -- but it’s actually the city’s oldest operating bar! Since 1876, patrons have enjoyed drinks and good conversation at the Two Way Inn. During Prohibition, this fascinating spot even operated as a speakeasy! What’s not to love?
6. John K. King Books (901 W Lafayette Blvd., Detroit)
Why go to Barnes and Noble when you can experience the delight of exploring a massive selection of rare and vintage books at Detroit’s most underrated bookstore? No matter which genre you prefer, you’ll undoubtedly find something here to strike your fancy. With an estimated one million books in stock, you could spend hours here and never come close to seeing all it has to offer.
7. Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum (31005 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills)
Make your way to the suburb of Farmington Hills for a fascinating experience at this fun-filled destination, which delights both parents and kiddos with its colorful environment. Try your hand at pinball machines, marvel at neon lights and signs, or have your fortune read. Can you imagine a more gleeful way to spend the afternoon?
8. Shatila Bakery (14300 W Warren Ave., Dearborn)
If you have a sweet tooth and you’ve yet to visit Shatila Bakery in Dearborn, you’re certainly missing out. This incredible Middle Eastern bakery offers up everything from baklawa to cookies, and visitors are thrilled with the opportunity to try new confections each time they arrive. Is your mouth watering yet?
9. Detroit Historical Museum (5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit)
Detroit boasts a truly fascinating history, with plenty of ups and downs throughout the years. That said, many Detroiters have failed to visit the Detroit Historical Museum, which provides a thorough look at our beloved city’s past. Stop in for a history lesson and a whole lot of fun at this Midtown destination.
Are there any other underrated locales throughout the Motor City that we should be aware of? We’re always eager to hear from you, so share your thoughts in the comment section below!