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Best Hidden Gems in Detroit

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The Guardian Building

The Guardian Building, constructed in 1929, is one of the most recognizable landmark buildings in the Detroit skyline. Bestowed as a United States Historic Landmark, this stunning piece of architecture towers more than 490 feet (149 meter) over Detroit's heart. The opulent Art Deco structure has 36 floors with interiors that are actually just as impressive as the façade. It's home to many financial firms and hence it has rightly earned the epithet 'Cathedral of Finance'. Irrespective of how busy one's schedule is, locals as well as tourists find time to step-in and admire the colorful beauty of this architectural marvel.

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Lafayette Greens

This charming urban oasis is tucked away in the downtown area of Detroit. Lafayette Greens is an urban garden which offers a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, with manicured lawns, vegetable gardens, an abundance of flowers, art sculptures and even patio seating with umbrellas. A sensory garden, it encourages visitors to touch, smell and feel the different variety of plants including exotic varieties like lavender. Best of all, the produce grown here is all donated to a local food bank.

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Mariners' Church of Detroit

Dating to the 1840s, Mariners' Church of Detroit was modeled after seamen's chapels on the East Coast of the United States. The Gothic structure has services on Sunday morning and at noon on Thursdays. It is often the site of funerals of Detroit civic notables. The church's mission is to serve Great Lakes sailors and their families, and nautical images festoon the interior. Bells toll whenever a life is lost on the lakes. They most famously rang 29 times in November 1975 with the sinking of an ore ship in Lake Superior, an event immortalized in the popular Gordon Lightfoot song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." Come by to offer your prayers or to be simply enchanted by this mystic place.

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Delux Lounge

Delux Lounge bills itself as an "old-school cocktail bar." It's really more than just another bar, functioning as whatever themed event is going on during any given night. Sports events are popular, as are holiday-themed gatherings, DJ nights and live music gigs. No matter what, reasonably priced drink and food specials are guaranteed. DJs are featured on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and karaoke nights are held here each Wednesday with no cover charge necessary. This is also one of the only nightclubs in the area to play old school pop, rock and funk music. VIP areas are available and you can call ahead to reserve a table.

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Spectacles

Spectacles offers unique, against the grain, urban fashion for both men and women. Located in Downtown Detroit, this hip urban boutique features collections and pieces from local artists and designers as well as international labels. Other than clothing, Spectacles also has a wide selection of accessories, from chic aviators, to military fatigue hats. They even have a choice selection of music that can often be heard playing throughout the store. Find fresh new styles from emerging designers or pick up the latest album from Gordon Chambers at this Detroit boutique.

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The Detroit People Mover

Getting any kind of mass transportation up and running is an uphill battle in Detroit. The Detroit People Mover is a start. It was supposed to be the center of a citywide light rail system. Instead, it has remained isolated since it was built in the 1970s as a downtown elevated loop. It's a great way to tour downtown, and it works well as a quick way to skip around the downtown area for business people, shoppers and sports fans. If you wish to look at the city from a different vantage point then get aboard The Detroit People Mover for a thrilling experience.

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PJ's Lager House

This local bar and live music venue has been a Corktown institution since it was founded as a bakery in 1914. PJ's Lager House impresses guests with its blend of old-world charm and modern amenities, offering a warm atmosphere and delicious dining and drinks menus. You can also enjoy live concerts, featuring prominent local and national acts in any number of genres. Come on down and join the crowds at PJ's Lager House, where you're guaranteed a good time!

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Dequindre Cut Greenway

This urban pathway winds it's way through residential neighborhoods, the Eastern Market and the Riverfront area. Below street level and almost a mile and a half long, the Dequindre Cut Greenway is known for its urban graffiti artwork and unique sights along the way. The pathway is paved spanning 20 feet across with separate areas for both bikers and pedestrians. Entrance ramps down to the pathway can be found Gratiot Avenue, Woodbridge Street and Lafayette Street. Benches, stretches of grass and even street performers can be found along the way.

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TV Lounge

Located in downtown Detroit, the TV Club is the perfect place to enjoy a night of dancing and drinks with friends. Great local DJs are spinning nightly, and the bartenders are all very friendly and knowledgeable. There is a roomy outdoor patio for use during the warm summer months. This is a neighborhood hangout that is the perfect place to get a little local flavor.

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Atwater Brewery & Tap Room

The Atwater Brewery is located in a big warehouse in Rivertown in Detroit. Since 1997, Atwater has been brewing up tasty beers using a 200 year old brewing method. All the brewery's equipment is imported from Germany, ensuring that their beers are all done as properly as possible. The tap room is located at the brewery and there you can taste all of their creative offerings. If you're not in an adventurous mood, don't worry as they have plenty of traditional offerings as well, ranging from a pale ale to classic Pilsner. The brewery also produces special seasonal beers as well as a single batch series.

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City Bird

Owned and operated by brother, sister duo Andy and Emily Linn, City Bird is an amalgamation of Detroit themed paper goods, accessories, housewares and more. Seventh generation Detroiter's, Emily and Andy have a deep rooted love for their city, which is showcased through their eclectic boutique. This studio and store prides itself on featuring the work of hundreds of local artists and designers. Find silkscreen printed t-shirts, Michigan shaped coasters, handcrafted greeting cards and more.

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Elmwood Cemetery

As one of the oldest cemeteries in all of Michigan, the Elmwood Cemetery has been around since 1846. The cemetery began on a modest stretch of 42 acres (16.99 hectares), doubling in size over the years to a sprawling 86 acres (34.8 hectares). Lush vegetation and majestic groves of towering trees make this a serene and peaceful place to visit. You can see a special memorial for Civil War soldiers where a flag is flown continuously in their honor. Other notable memorials include famous governors, mayors, abolitionists, prominent businessmen and many others. The beautiful garden which surrounds these graves has been awarded a Level I accreditation by the Morton Arboretum and the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program. To truly recognize the historic significance of the cemetery, go on one of the two free Tombstone Tales Guided Walking Tours.

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