A Couple’s Guide to Detroit, Michigan

Enjoy Detroit's skyline from a river cruise | © geniuserp/Pixabay
Enjoy Detroit's skyline from a river cruise | © geniuserp/Pixabay
Photo of Tim Marklew
22 February 2018

From elegant restaurants and hotels to vibrant live music and nightlife, there are plenty of options for romance in Detroit. Whether you’re a couple visiting the city or simply looking for new ideas for date night, here are some classic spots that are sure to impress your other half.

Get fancy at the The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

Close to Campus Martius in the heart of Downtown Detroit, the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit is one of the city’s most historic and illustrious hotels. Alongside the amazing architecture of the 1924 building, it features luxury suites and rooms with stunning views of the city and riverfront. Complete your stay with a romantic meal at its signature restaurant, Michael Symon’s ROAST, or a dip in the hotel’s fancy indoor pool and whirlpool.

1114 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI, USA +1 313 442 1600


The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit | © Daniel X. O’Neil/Flickr

Sample some decadent local chocolate at Bon Bon Bon

The brainchild of chocolatier and Detroit native Alexandra Clark, Bon Bon Bon has made a huge, chocolatey splash in the city since forming in 2014. Clark has personally been included on the Forbes Magazine “30 under 30” list, and Bon Bon Bon has expanded to two locations in the city. Handmade daily in Hamtramck, head to the new Downtown location in the historic Dime Building to sample the famous bon bon bons, artisanal chocolates that come in nearly 100 luxurious flavors.

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Get pampered in Grosse Pointe

Treat yourselves at Grosse Pointe’s day spa Spa in the Woods, which recently opened a couple’s massage room where you and your other half can enjoy a signature couple’s massage together. The hour-long massage costs $200 and also includes a session in their state-of-the-art infrared light therapy sauna and an aromatherapy steam shower.

21023 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, USA +1 313 571 3355

Enjoy the country’s fourth oldest symphony orchestra

For a classy couple’s night out in Detroit, look no further than the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, who first performed in 1887. Orchestra Hall is almost as old, completed in 1919 just in time for the Roaring ’20s and still home to an orchestra today. Choose from a program including iconic and contemporary classical music, jazz and pop, all set inside one of the city’s grandest old buildings.

3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI, USA +1 313 576 5111

Heat things up at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge

If the symphony is a little safe for your tastes but you want a slice of romantic old Detroit, how about some hot jazz and strong cocktails at the “world’s oldest jazz club.” Baker’s Keyboard Lounge opened in 1933 and started putting on jazz pianists a year later. The room is best described as intimate, sitting only 99, which is perfect for getting cozy with your date.

20510 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI, USA +1 313 345 6300

Experience Detroit's most romantic restaurant

Diner, Restaurant, American, Seafood, Contemporary, $$$
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Music Room | © The Whitney
One of Detroit’s most iconic mansions is also home to one of the city’s most romantic restaurants. Built for lumber baron David Whitney Jr in 1894, the Whitney was first converted into a restaurant in 1986 and has specialized in serving fine American cuisine in an elegant and glamorous setting ever since. The building’s three floors also house the Ghostbar, a cocktail lounge, and the Katherine McGregor Dessert Parlor, to complete an indulgent evening.

Take a Motown cruise on the Detroit River

Aboard the five-story Detroit Princess Riverboat you can enjoy an evening cruise complete with sunset and after dark views of the Detroit skyline, a fully stocked bar and a buffet station serving up prime rib, pork tenderloin and a wide variety of sides. Top the evening off by dancing away to the sounds of Detroit’s favorite label, Motown, as performed by the Prolifics, the city’s premier Motown tribute act.

1 Civic Center Dr, Detroit, MI, USA +1 877 338 2628

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