Detroit Social City Guide

by Chloe Russell Kent, Editorial Director

To define Detroit in a single-paragraph introduction would be like asking a New Yorker for her favorite bagel spot. Inherently, there’s too many options. Yet, in spite of my decision paralysis, it stands to reason that, as a Metro Detroit native, I really, really want you, dear readers, to love Detroit as much as I do, so I’ve managed to edit my recommendations down to just five local spots in the Motor City (backed up by five Detroit-area insiders).

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Buddy’s Pizza (@buddyspizzadet)

Chloe’s Take: “When people ask me what I miss about living in Michigan I tell them honestly, not much… Except for Buddy’s. I think it’s particularly crucial to know about Buddy’s famous square pizza now that ‘Detroit-style’ slices are popping up in other parts of the country.”


Detroit Institute of Arts (@diadetroit)

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Museum dates are the best

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Chloe’s Take: “I used to love school field trips to the DIA when I was a kid, particularly the huge Diego Rivera frescoes of the Ford plant. I feel like those murals are always good trivia questions, so for the record: It’s called the Detroit Industry Murals and there’s twenty-seven panels. It’s really worth seeing, I promise.


Sugar House (@sugarhousebar)

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Chloe’s Take: “I’m of the belief that everything tastes better in a tiki glass, so here we are. Plus, craft cocktails aren’t ubiquitous in Detroit like they are New York, so Sugar House holds a special place in my heart.”


Shinola (@shinola)

  • AO Imani
  • Detroit, MI
Chloe’s Take: “Shinola’s highly Instagrammable Detroit flagship is a mecca of customizable home goods and watches, and the last time I was in town to see my parents, I got my mom a leather Shinola notebook emblazoned with her name on the cover. Because of how inherently Instagrammable the whole set-up was (and because she’s not on social media), I added a hashtag in front of it. I still don’t think my mom understands how hashtags work though, because the first time she walked into The Gramlist’s offices, she got off the elevator and announced, ‘#Nina’sHere!’ I would be very interested in hearing her explain what she thinks a hashtag does.”


Traffic Jam & Snug (@trafficjamdetroit)

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Chloe’s Take: “Growing up, when my brother and I were bad, my mom would send us to my dad’s office at the Renaissance Center downtown on Saturdays. We were usually bad, so I spent many a Saturday afternoon at my dad’s office, and when I wasn’t coloring pictures of the Detroit River I was slurping bowls of mushroom soup at Traffic Jam. Still not sure what the ‘Snug’ at the end of the name suggests, but this restaurant’s five decades old, so who am I to question it? Just make sure you get the soup.”