L. E. Travel Tip: D'Mongos Café – Detroit, MI

Contributing Editor: Leonardo Tupper

Inside D'Mongo's Café

Maybe Detroit is not the first city on your list of future destinations, but from my perspective, if it isn’t it should be. The city is full of history (founded in 1701 by a French explorer) and despite a prolonged decline, is it ready to rise sooner than you might imagine.

On my first night in this amazing city, a local friend took me to a place called D´Mongos Café. He told me about the time of prohibition in the US in the 1920’s and '30's and the rise of the speakeasies that D’Mongos Café recreates.

I felt like I was back in the time of prohibition... what a great experience. The place was cozy and uniquely designed with a variety of amazing antiques. The old furniture and decoration really made the bar. The house cocktails were brilliant and the same can be said about the live jazz that filled the room. To top it off, the place was full of beautiful and interesting people as well.

The author, Leonardo Tupper, enjoying his time at D'Mongo

It originally opened in the late 1980's, but closed in 1993 as the neighborhood became too dangerous. Finally it re-opened to the public in 2008 after years of hosting private parties and a car driving into the front windows back in 2005.

I can´t wait to visit Detroit once again. D´Mangos will be at the top of my list.