Happy Independence Day (if you’re in the states), and Happy Wednesday if you’re elsewhere in the world!
I had the privilege to travel to Detroit this past weekend to celebrate the wedding of dear friends of mine. If you would have asked me what I thought about Detroit, prior to this weekend, I would have responded with a blank stare.
I know its reputation as “the Motor City”, home of Eminem, and Big Sean, and I can even recite an old YouTube video about how ‘cold it is in the D’. But outside of those very random facts, I had no admiration or desire to visit. However, after this weekend my song has changed…
Detroit is really not that bad…
When I’m in a city alone it’s really important to me to not look lost. Since I was so nervous about my trip (and because I was traveling during what would have been a workday for me) I made arrangements to drop-in to a co-working shared space that I found online, called Bamboo Detroit.
From the moment I reached out their team was super accommodating and once I arrived I was able to crank out a couple of blog posts and because it was located downtown I quickly began to feel at ease with navigating and subsequently exploring downtown Detroit.
By the time lunch rolled around I was feeling a bit bolder and solicited some lunchtime suggestions. There was a salad place called 7 Greens Detroit Salad Co. that wasn’t too far away and so I decided to give it a shot, and I’m so glad I did because on the way to the restaurant I came across the most beautiful street art which was located down a small alley. I’ll share pictures below, but it was by far one of the best things I saw in downtown Detroit. (You can find more information about gallery art and the street art I saw at the Library Street Collective website). So worth it.
By this point, I was starting to feel really brave, so after I felt adequately nourished I decided to take a chance and drive down to the river walk. Which seems like a small enough task, however, Detroit is literally a stone throw from Canada and while I was fearful that I was going to accidentally cross into Canada (sans passport) I knew I had to go honor Canada’s very own, Drake, who had just released his new album. Also, Motown is in Detroit and Drake has a song with Michael Jackson on his new album so it seemed like the right thing to do.
Riverwalk did not disappoint and as I waved to Canada and Drake I was happy that I chose to experience Detroit for myself. Even though I was only in Detroit proper for a few hours it made a great first impression. So if you get the chance to visit do it!
PS. There were a couple of places that I wanted to visit and didn’t get a chance to, check them out below!
Detroit Coney Dog, Lafayette Coney Island (this place gives me Bens Chili Bowl vibes, if you’re familiar with the DC eatery, bring cash)
Motown Museum, Hitsville U.S.A.
The Voodoo Benedict, The Hudson Cafe (mainly because it has Chorizo and I really like the movie Coco, yes I know that is not the most sophisticated reason to have a meal but this music is my language and the world es mi Familia)
…til next time