Detroit Metropolitan Airport Terminal Guide
If you’re traveling for business through Detroit, it's helpful to know your way around the airport so you can figure out how to best spend your time. The Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) is the primary airport in Michigan and one of the busiest airports in North America. It's located about 20 miles outside of the city, making it easy to get around on your business trip to Detroit. It has two new passenger terminals: North Terminal with Concourse D and McNamara Terminal with Concourses A, B & C. You can travel between terminals via the shuttle bus, which runs every 10 minutes.
The good news about having an extra hour or two at Detroit Metropolitan Airport is that there is no shortage of dining, drinking and shopping options to help you keep busy. Here are some of the options available:
In the North Terminal, you can find great dining and lots of shops to browse through while you wait for your flight.
Caribou Coffee: Get your caffeine fix before heading into a business meeting at Caribou Coffee - there are a couple located near the D gates.
Champs Restaurant & Bar: This is an upscale yet casual place to grab a beer and watch a game with a coworker on the road. It's also a great place for a casual team huddle after a day of meetings in Detroit.
Earl of Sandwich: This is a Detroit favorite. You and your colleagues can grab a giant sandwich that makes for a really filling meal - try the roast beef.
Everything ASAP: Everything ASAP pretty much has everything business travelers could need, including last minute toiletries, over-the-counter medications, and snacks and drinks.
Gayle's Chocolates: If you want to bring a gift to a client meeting, check out Gayle's Chocolates. It sells a variety of bulk candies and gifts that make perfect presents.
Le Petit Bistro: This place is great is you're craving a European meal or need a quiet place to have a business meeting. It serves wraps, sandwiches, croissants and quiches.
McDonald's: If you don't have much time between flights, you can always count on McDonald's for a quick, tasty meal on the go.
National Coney Island: National Coney Island combines a unique dining experience with super-fast service. It's not the best for a sit-down meeting but you can grab a quick bite to energize on a layover.
Relay: This is the place to go if you need last-minute gifts for clients or travel necessities such as newspapers, headphones, etc.
McNamara Terminal also has plenty of eating and shopping spots for you to treat yourself after a job well done:
Andiamo: This is a vibrant Italian restaurant and bar that offers informal drinking and dining. It has a classic brasserie vibe, perfect for grabbing a drink with a coworker.
Brighton: If you're in the mood to shop during your business travel, check out the travel bags and accessories at Brighton.
CNBC Smartshop Newsstand: This is your one-stop shop for newspapers, books, magazines, souvenirs, gifts and snacks for your flight.
Chick-fil-A: This delicious fast food chain serves up specialty chicken sandwiches you can take with you.
Detroit!: Check out this store for Detroit-themed gifts and mementos. If you're flying out for a meeting, stop and pick up a Detroit-themed gift for a client.
Dylan's Candy Bar: This famous sweet shop is the place to go for bulk candy, popcorn and other treats--great for a treat for the kids on your arrival home!
Estee Lauder Beauty Boutique: Stop in here if you need to pick up makeup, perfume and other beauty products while you're on your business trip.
Gordon Biersch: Get your colleagues to stop and grab a German beer at the bar, and enjoy the boisterous environment.
Martini Lounge: If you want a fancy cocktail after a long day of work, sit in the lounge for a spell before boarding your next flight. This place also serves specialty salads and gourmet appetizers.
At Detroit Metropolitan and need a ride? Check out how Uber works at DTW.
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