Detroit Neighborhoods and Districts

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The Motor City is not only considered to be key pillar of the U.S. economy, it has become on of the chicest places to shop, eat and be entertained. With the three biggest auto makers in the U.S. (Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors) based in Detroit, the city has literally got everyone's engines running with luxury hotels, five star restaurants, and a bevy of attractions. Hotels like the Hotel Pontchartrain offer decadent rooms and picturesque views of the Detroit River. Nearby are fresh water beaches like Metropolitan Beach and Kensington beach, and canoeing is also a refreshing activity, providing a tour through the Huron-Clinton International Wildlife Preserve. Shopping at premier malls is also found in the Detroit Metro Area, with visually pleasing structures like the Somerset Collection Mall in nearby Troy. Not to be overlooked is the Henry Ford Museum, which is the largest indoors and outdoor museum complex in Detroit and visitors can take their very own ride in a Ford Model T. For sports fans there's Comerica Park, which is home to the Detroit Tigers, Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions and the Joe Louis Arena, which is home to the Detroit Red Wings. The auto capital of the United States holds more than just cars, the city is vibrant and thriving in food, entertainment and culture.

Greektown

Monroe and Randolph Sts., Detroit, Michigan

Richly historic and packing enough entertainment into a few short blocks to please the Gods of Mount Olympus, Greektown has been the centerpiece of downtown Detroit for well over a century. Formed in 1880 by immigrants migrating from southern Greece, the community started out as place for the Greeks to eat, live and shop. About a half-mile from the heart of Downtown Detroit, Greektown today is well know for food, fun and replicas of famous Greek architecture like the Parthenon. The bustling streets and shops all center on Monroe Street, the heart of Greektown. Cuisine is not be missed while in the neighborhood and there are over 20 restaurants to choose from. Noted Greek favorites include The Laikon Café and Pegasus Tavern, where hungry visitors and locals can get their fill of flaming cheese, kebobs, traditional salads, braised lamb shank and alluring belly dancers.

A vibrant nightlife scene also fills the streets of Greektown when the sun goes down, complete with the neighborhood’s very own casino. The Greektown Casino boasts 75,000 square feet of gaming space, one four-star restaurant and nightly entertainment. For a great party in the center of Greektown, head to The Music Menu Café where the food and drinks are affordable and the jazz bands play until 2 am. Space, an upscale club in Greektown, provides a chic party atmosphere for those who like to dance all night long. Decadent pastry shops also line the streets, like the Astoria pastry shop, where European sweets are tempting and abundant. Greektown provides extensive entertainment for everyone, in just a few blocks. Opa!


Theater District

Woodward Ave., downtown Detroit, Michigan

Detroit’s Theatre District claims the title as the second largest theatre district in the United States and one of the most exclusive.

Home of the Detroit Fox Theater (2111 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201; Tel. 313.983.6000), built for William Fox--founder of 20th Century Fox--the historic building has stood since 1928 and was also the first theater to have live sound. The interior of the Fox Theater is considerably lavish, decorated in Burmese, Indian and Persian themes. The structure of Fox Theater stands ten stories tall and its art deco illumination can be seen from blocks away. After decades of playing home to Detroit moviegoers, the theater became run down in the 1970s, and though struggling, remained open. Things changed for the theater in 1988, when the building underwent a $12 million dollar make over, and today is the main venue for Detroit’s Broadway shows.

Other theaters in the district include the Detroit Orchestra Hall (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201; Tel. 313.576.5100), the home of the famed Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The venue was once the hub of the Detroit Jazz scene in the 1940s, hosting legendary guests such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Also in the theater district, is the Detroit Institute of Arts (5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201; Tel. 313.833.7900), which boasts one of the largest most important art collections in the United States. The Fisher Building (3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48201; Tel. 313.872.1000), built in 1928, has been nicknamed "Detroit’s largest object." The Art Deco tower hovers 30 stories over Detroit and is one of city's oldest theater and radio venues. Rich in both cinematic and art history, Detroit’s theater district provides a glimpse into Detroit's glitzy past and thriving future.

Grosse Pointe

Affluent and picturesque, the suburb of Grosse Pointe, Michigan offers a historic peek into upper-class Detroit life. The Edsel and Elenor Ford house resides there and is open to the public for daily tours. Grosse Point has long been the setting for movies and popular TV shows, including the 1997 film Grosse Pointe Blank. Fine dining is abundant in the area as well, including restaurants like City Kitchen, which offers upscale modern cuisine. For shopping, The Village in Grosse Pointe offers luxury shopping in a beautiful environment. Grosse Pointe furnishes every need for indulgence in the Detroit area.

Royal Oak, Ferndale, and Birmingham

Quiet, serene, and filled with great shops sits Birmingham, a suburb of Detroit. Shops like Treasure trunk offer designer threads for less, and high-end stores like Smith and Hawken can be found along the peaceful streets. Palatable restaurants like Forte specialize in upscale cuisine and offer something for everyone. For a change in scenery that’s just down the road, trendy and urban-chic, Royal Oak's tree lined streets are filled with shopping, restaurants and entertainment. The city was once known for it's alternative atmosphere, drawing in young artists and party- goers, but now has fused both alternative and chic, to create one of Detroit's most stylish areas. Nightlife can be found at any of the town’s many bars, like Memphis Smoke where Whites Stripes drummer Meg White used to bartend or at the Royal Oak Music Theater. A little farther down from Royal Oak is Ferndale, a predominantly residential and now thriving business area that features a flourishing gay and lesbian population. The city is host to Motor City Pride, the annual gay and lesbian parade that acquires over 35,000 participants each year. Along the broad sidewalks are also many quaint shops and restaurants, as well as dance clubs coming to life after the sun goes down.

— Detroit neighborhood reviews by Sarah Lawson