Stop scrolling and start snapping! SEEN rounds up 19 of the most Instagrammable spots in Metro Detroit.
By Chelsie Dzbanski
1. Loiza in The Belt
Located between Broadway and Library Street in downtown Detroit
Inspired by the culture of Barrio Loiza in Puerto Rico, the Loiza installation by Carlos Rolón, located in The Belt in downtown Detroit, includes several components such as ceramic tiles, a garden made of cinderblock and artificial flowers, handcrafted macrame plant hangers and palm trees. Not only does the installation make for the perfect photo opp, but during the weekends in the summer, you can grab a drink from the bar and escape to your own little slice of paradise in the middle of the city.
2. Lost River
15421 Mack Ave., Detroit
This rum-focused tiki bar located on Detroit’s east side has more to offer than just its Instagramable cocktails that come in “cool mugs.” From rotating guest chefs, pop-ups and food trucks, you’ll come for the drinks, but stay for the food and the tropical atmosphere.
3. Deluxx Fluxx
1274 Library St., Detroit
Go “below the belt” (literally) in downtown Detroit, to check out this underground bar that features an arcade space (super Instgrammable as well!), delicious cocktails and the most notorious room of them all, the blacklight room. Splashed with colorful graffiti-like art work and patterns, Deluxx Fluxx paints the perfect backdrop for the nights that you won’t remember, with the people that you’ll never forget. Until it ends up on Instagram of course…
33 John R St. Penthouse, Detroit
Finally, a rooftop bar in Detroit with a stunning view! Not only does The Monarch Club host some of the best city views perfect for capturing on Instagram, but the mid-century aesthetic exudes elegant charm, creating an inviting, cozy and overall luxurious experience. And did we mention the cocktails are amazing? Grab your favorite and take in the views!
22801 Woodward Ave., Ferndale
Calling all #crazyplantladies, The Plant House is for you! Located in the Rust Belt Market in Ferndale and operated by the same owners as Lady Lazzurus, The Plant House not only offers a wide range of beautiful plant options that are hard to come by, but is the perfect spot to capture all those “filler” photos you need to round out your Instagram’s aesthetic.
770 Woodward Heights, Ferndale
Originally just a coffee truck (also very Insta-worthy), Drifter Coffee now has a brick-and-mortar location in Ferndale, and it does not disappoint. From the delicious coffee selections to the dreamy decor, this is an Instagram, coffee lovers paradise. Snap your vanilla latte against the palm tree wallpaper, take your #OOTD shot under the “Be Yourself” sign or capture your new shoes next to the rainbow floor mosaic.
8. Stevie Wonder Mural
Located behind the Detroit Music Hall, 350 Madison St., Detroit
How could you drive by this mural and not stop to take a photo? Located on the back side of the Music Hall Center for Performing Arts, the Stevie Wonder mural, by artist Richard Wilson, stands 100 feet tall and does not go unnoticed. Fully commissioned by Wilson himself, he estimates the mural to cost $10,000! Like they always say, “do it for the gram!”
9. The Fed
15 S. Main St., Village of Clarkston
A boho lovers paradise! The Fed, owned by boho babe Sarah Scheidner (@lovesarahschneider), looks like a Pinterest board that has come to life. The rustic, bohemian aesthetic sets the perfect setting for a boozy brunch with your girls or a romantic evening with your beau. Indulge in the decor while you dig into the delicious menu featuring vibrant farm-to-table options. And ladies — don’t forget to take a trip to the bathroom for a cute surprise. Your Instagram feed will thank you later.
231 W Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
We guarantee you’ve never seen a bathroom like this! Japanese pub Antihero in Ferndale not only serves up delicious small plates, but entices foodies with its cool, simplistic atmosphere and out-of-this-world restrooms. Created by tattoo artist Kadee Spangler and visual artist Shaina Kasztelan, the restrooms at Antihero explode with colorful Japanese characters and art. Your followers will be shook.
11. The Beauty Club
327 Hamilton Row, Birmingham
Pinked out makeup salon and cosmetic shop, The Beauty Club, is a beauty lover’s dream come true. Get your glam on, then snap the perfect #MOTD shot against the “Hello Gorgeous” wall, complete with vintage dial phones and a shopping cart full of cosmetics. And, if you’re a “Mean Girls” fan, you’re going to love this. The Beauty Club has a “You Can’t Sit With Us” bench located outside the front of the store, and you guessed it, it’s pink!
12. The Brakeman
22 John R St., Detroit
Do you like beer? Do you like fried chicken? Then the Brakeman is the place for you! Located behind the Shinola Hotel, the beer and rec hall offers beyond just beer. Enjoy craft cocktails and spirits, grab a bite to eat from adjoining neighbor, Penny Red’s, and show off the only skills you learned in college in a good old-fashioned game of beer pong. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to take a photo under the “call me pretty and feed me chicken” sign, because that’s all we want in life, right?
13. Shinola Hotel
1400 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Cozy, contemporary and captivating. The Shinola Hotel has many Instagrammable corners, but the living room lobby is the perfect spot to capture a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing photo. With the flawless combination of textures, hues and shapes, the Shinola Hotel deserves a spot on your Insta feed.
14. Pinky’s Rooftop
100 S Main St., 2nd Level, Royal Oak
Chances are, you’ve never shared a 3-foot pink cotton candy wig with your friends before…but thanks to Pinky’s Rooftop in Royal Oak, now you can! The all pink everything rooftop restaurant has a whimsical and witty drink menu including cocktails such as the “Thank U, Next,” “Frose, All Day” and “Tastes Like Jesus.” The Instagram-worthy “Dancing Raspberries” cocktail comes complete with dry ice and makes for the perfect boomerang! Plan your next girls night out and leave your Instagram-husbands at home.
15. Posie Atelier
1435 Farmer St., Suite 120, Detroit
Detroit boutique, Posie Atelier, defines the word “pretty.” Offering unique and beautiful goods, along with a gorgeous fresh flower selection, make someone’s day with a hand-picked bouquet or treat yourself because you deserve it. Either way, don’t forget to snap it and post it on Instagram!
16. Candy Bar
1509 Broadway St., Detroit
Get lost in Candy Bar’s old Hollywood ambiance while you sip fantastical cocktails such as Bubble Rum or a gimlet with finger lime “caviar.” This magical cocktail bar, located in The Siren Hotel, is oozing with Instagram photo opps from the plush velvet seating, glittering disco ball, marble bar and giant chandelier. Add a pop of pink to your Instagram feed at the Candy Bar.
Located inside The Siren Hotel, 1509 Broadway St., Detroit
One step inside Karl’s, and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported back in time and straight into a vintage era. The newly opened breakfast, lunch and dinner spot is located on the second floor of the Siren Hotel and offers a nostalgic experience created by chef Kate Williams. On the menu you can find classics such as spaghetti and meatballs, a grilled cheese sandwich and a freshly baked cinnamon roll (SOLD!). With a 1940s flare and serious attention to detail, you’ll have no problem capturing the perfect Instagram photo at this movie-like diner.
5838 Schaefer Road, Dearborn
Does this one even need an explanation!? While Cheat Treats Cafe in Dearborn offers craveable, out-of-this world sweets such as milkshakes, cookies, donuts and even edible cookie dough, everything on the menu is actually semi-healthy? That’s right, indulge without the guilt! Each treat includes high amounts of protein and less refined sugars. So on your next #cheatday, show your followers what a “healthy” milkshake looks like!
1426 Bagley St., Detroit
When it comes to your list of celebrity crushes, we can assume that Ryan Gosling is somewhere on it. Thanks to Detroit hot-spot, Lady of the House, you can now sit on his face (literally) in their bathroom. All we have to say is, genius.