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Live Like a Local in Detroit

Detroit is a happening city, and locals know just where to look for the best food, unique shopping, and decadent spa experiences. If you’ve just moved to the city, be sure to check out all it has to offer by stopping by local attractions like the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Motown Museum, the Detroit Riverfront, and catching a game at Ford Field. After you’ve covered the basics, wander off the beaten path and visit some of these local picks for a bite to eat, a shopping day, and a little pampering.

Whet your palate in Detroit

You can’t live in Detroit and not have had a Coney Island hot dog. American Coney Island (also known to locals as Lafayette Coney Island) has been in the community for nearly 100 years and still serves up the best chili dog you’ll ever eat. The place isn’t fancy, and it’s a cash-only establishment, but it’s worth the trip to have the authentic Detroit experience.

Detroit and Chicago aren’t that far away from each other, which is a good thing if you’re a pizza lover. PizzaPapalis is a must if you love a Chicago-style deep dish pizza, and with locations throughout the city, you can dine-in or get it delivered to your door. For a classy night out, check out one of the finest steakhouses Detroit has to offer, Roast. The Hour Metro Magazine voted it as the Best Steakhouse in the city and the Detroit Free Press named them the Restaurant of the Year in 2009. The menu is a meat and wine lover’s dream come true, with a dozen types of ribs, chops, roasts, and shanks to choose from and a wine list to offer the perfect pairing.

Do a little retail therapy in Detroit

Detroit has no shortage of options to do a little retail therapy. Whether you’re looking for a shopping district with character, or a large indoor mall, you’ll find it in Detroit.

The Village of Rochester Hills is a window-shoppers dream. Nestled among parks and charming landscaping, the over 50 shops and restaurants in the Village’s shopping district offer a little something for everyone. You’ll find retailers like Whole Foods, Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, and Chico’s interspersed with local eateries, coffee, and wine bars.

If you’re on the hunt for fresh meat, produce, fish, and plants, or you just want to experience a little piece of Detroit history, stop by the Eastern Market. The open-air market has been around since 1892 and has a fast-paced culture where you’ll be able to barter and get great deals on some of the freshest food Detroit has to offer.

When it comes to indoor shopping malls, there are several in the city. Twelve Oaks Mall offers 170 stores and is anchored by Sears, JCPenney, Macy's, Nordstrom, and Lord & Taylor, and Fairlane Town Center has just over 160 storefronts and has Macy's, JCPenney, and Sears as its anchors.

Luxe spa services in Detroit

The Woodhouse Day Spa is one of the favorite places where locals go to unwind. The award-winning spa offers a host of services, including massage, waxing, skin care, and sleep treatments that will leave you looking and feeling your best. Detroit has so much to offer, these local favorites are just the beginning. Start with one of these suggestions and let it turn into an adventure as you roam the city searching for your new favorite spots.

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