In advance of October's Flower House installation, where florists from across the country will venture to Detroit to cover an abandoned home in blooms, creator Lisa Waud shares her favorite spots in Motor City.
Sip: Red Hook
"I have never been more in love with a coffee shop than I am with Red Hook. Sandi knows her beans, and her staff knows me—it’s the neighborhood spot every neighborhood needs. From the lattes to the local art, it’s 100% dreamy. Oh, and don’t skip Ann’s galettes, oatmeal creme pies, or Grandma St. Peter’s banana bread. What I’m saying is, go hungry."
Shop: City Bird
"The sister-brother team of Emily and Andy Linn are at the helm of a pair of Midtown shops—City Bird and its home goods-centric neighbor, Nest. City Bird features work of independent artists, mostly local, stocked with handmade jewelry, Detroit t-shirts, screen printed cards, hand-poured candles, and on and on. It’s the perfect gift shop. And I’m not just saying that because they sell my terrariums and I provided flowers for both Linns’ weddings."
Eat: Pupusería y Restaurante Salvadoreño
"Imagine a quesadilla made of clouds and you’ve got a pupusa. This Southwest Detroit Salvadoran diner on Livernois Ave. is casual, cheap, and absurdly delicious. Start with a banana milk and pace yourself on it; they’re taller than you. Every pupusa I’ve ordered has been phenomenal. They are accompanied by a spicy cabbage slaw and a tomato sauce, endearingly served in a Tupperware pitcher. I leave uncomfortably full every visit, and that is my suggestion to you."
Explore: Kresge Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts
"When I want to feel transported to another city, I spend an afternoon at Kresge Court. I love the mix of visitors and Detroiters, and the juxtaposition of new design infused into an old, weighty building. I may be biased because I worked on the re-design, adding topiaries to the work/dine space, but I believe others share my opinion. It’s my go-to when I need to get out of my studio but still be productive, this is where I post up. Plus, I can watch the tourists stumble in art-sodden and be proud of our city’s museum.
Stay: Honor + Folly
"Location, aesthetics, and amenities. Honor + Folly has the trifecta of lodging down. Located on the bustling (yes, bustling) block of Michigan Avenue in the Corktown neighborhood, this two-bedroom apartment is beautifully adorned with thoughtful art and furniture, and a kitchen that is to-die-for. You’ll wake up in love with Detroit. In the morning, head downstairs to Astro Coffee for a flat white and an egg sandwich to enjoy while you plan your move to the city."
Flower House will be open for visitors October 16th through October 18th at 11751 Dequindre Street in Hamtramck. After the installation is over, the house will be torn down responsibly, and the land repurposed for a flower farm. For tickets ($15) and more information, head to theflower.house.
Caroline Hallemann is the associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @challemann.