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Detroit, Michigan

Issue 5 of Driftless Magazine contains an amazing city guide of Detroit, Michigan by photographer Jesse David Green.

We were in Detroit last week shooting stills and motion for our final feature for Issue 9. We had so much fun exploring the city with the help of our Detroit City Guide from Issue 5 and so many wonderful recommendations from our contributors and readers. Check out a few places we've highlighted below. And start planning your trip — we highly recommend a visit to the Motor City!

Roses's Fine Food — the ultimate diner — was the perfect place to stop for brunch after we arrived in the city. Homemade food with quality local ingredients. Seriously order the grits when you visit, you will not regret it! And don't forget to order something from their bakery case.

Rose's Fine Food is a diner with delicious baked goods and food in Detroit, Michigan.

We visited Detroit Mercantile Co. and the Fisher Building based on recommendations from our followers. Detroit Mercantile is a store that celebrates Detroit's shared past while introducing their customers to new products. Like the mercantile and general stores of the past, they strive to find the highest quality products from the city, state, and across the country. If you haven't visited Detroit before, you will quickly see that the city has some seriously incredible Art Deco and postmodern architecture. Detroit has one of the largest surviving collections of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century buildings in the U.S., and there are multiple architecture tours available for visitors and residents alike! 

Sister Pie, a bright corner baker located in Detroit’s West Village, provided the most amazing breakfast to help us celebrate International Women's Day. Celebrating the seasons through pies (and other delectable desserts), Sister Pie boasts untraditional flavor combinations that are constantly changing to reflect the state's local offerings.  (The leftovers also made the perfect road trip snack.)

Sister Pie is a quaint bakeshop emphasizing creative, sweet and savory pies made with local, seasonal ingredients.

We ended our visit at the Belle Isle Conservancy— we could've spent all day at the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory and exploring the rest of the Isle and its historic public landmarks. The Conservatory is the oldest continually-running conservatory in the United States. And the park itself is a 2.5-mile-long, 982-acre island park, located in the international waters of the Detroit River. Known as the “Jewel of Detroit,” Belle Isle has significant natural, architectural, and cultural resources. Almost one third of the island is a natural wooded area, home to a wide variety of small animals and birds. So cool!

The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is a greenhouse and a botanical garden located on Belle Isle, a 982-acre island park located in the Detroit River between Detroit and the Canada–United States border.

Pick up a copy of Issue 5 (while you still can!) for a complete city guide created by one of our favorite contributors, Jesse David Green, and stay tuned for our Issue 9 announcement to find out what we were working on while in the city! You can see more photos from our trip on our Instagram.

Other places we visited, dined, and highly recommend:
Astro Coffee
Metropolis Cycles
Detroit Foundation Hotel
Selden Standard
Will's Leather Goods
Dime Store