Find Your Vibes in Detroit

In our conversation with Indigenous artists Hadassah GreenSky and SouFy Pelletier, we learned about the inspiration and intention behind their annual festival, Vibes With The Tribes. Now we want to tap into their deep connections to the city’s creative community and discover some of their favorite hangouts. 

A group of friends sitting around a table at a diner
Honest John's | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan

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City Murals

In a city of artists, colorful murals can be found all throughout the streets of Detroit. Pay close attention to the corner of Jefferson and Dearborn where Hadassah’s own work resides. Called “Waawiyaatanong: From The Ashes, She Rises,” the piece is done in a traditional Woodlands style – a genre among Native American and First Nations artists from the Great Lakes area. “Waawiyaatanong” is the Indigenous name for Detroit, meaning “where the curved shores meet.”

A pastry and a to-go coffee on a table next to paint.
The Red Hook | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan

The Red Hook

While you’re out and about, Hadassah recommends grabbing a coffee and pastry at The Red Hook. This local favorite is known for its friendly vibe, coffee and pastries – with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options.

Bert’s Market Place

“I’m a jazz musician, and this is one of the places where I’ve found the most support. It always pushed me to be authentic,” says Hadassah. Late-night jazz and soul-satisfying barbecue have made Bert’s a local favorite for decades.

A group of men playing a drum together.
Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan

Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation (DHDC)

“I started going there when I was 16, and I’m 37 now. They work with at-risk youth, and they’re happy to see that I’m now doing community work,” says SouFy. Rooted in Detroit’s Latino community, DHDC runs programs year-round, including youth development such as leadership, arts, robotics and college access programs.

A corned beef sandwich and a pickle on a plate.
Honest John’s | Photo Courtesy of Pure Michigan

Honest John’s

Open until 2 a.m. every day, this Selden Street spot serves up whatever you’re craving – mile-high corned beef, savory fish and chips, vegetarian staples and late-night drinks.