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Experience big-city excitement without the big-city hassle! Downtown Grand Rapids offers a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within a 10-minute walk.You'll encounter clean, safe streets and friendly people - beginning with our roving Safety Ambassadors, who traverse downtown on foot, bicycle, and Segway. Just flag one down if you need assistance, directions, a map or anything else. Look for the bright teal and blue uniforms!
Where to Eat:
Choose from more than 100 dining options, across all cuisines and price ranges. We've listed a few favorites below, but you can view them all here - just select downtown as your location.
The B.O.B. (Big Old Building) is home to seven different restaurants and bars, including a steakhouse and a brewery. Come for dinner, stay for the nightlife!
The Cottage Bar & Restaurant serves what USA Today calls "The Best Burger in Michigan." On the other hand, GQ magazine calls the Stella Blue at Stella's Lounge "America's Best Burger." Try 'em both and decide for yourself.
Cygnus 27 is the pinnacle of downtown dining - it sits at the top of the glass tower in the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Stunning views and a trend-setting menu.
The Downtown Market offers a variety of delectable dining and snacking options, including Rak Thai, Tacos El Cunado, Sweetie-Licious Bake Shoppe, Love's Ice Cream, and Dorothy & Tony's Gourmet Kettle Corn.
San Chez, a Tapas Bistro & Cafe specializes in the cuisine of Spain with a Latin and Cuban flair. Named one of America's Top 50 Hispanic restaurants.
Where to Shop:
Browse the artisan shops and farm vendors at the Downtown Market. The Indoor Market Hall includes 20+ fine-food purveyors, including Fish Lads, Montello Meat Market, Old World Olive Co., Spice Merchants, and Thornburg & Company (fruit preserves, syrups, and more). The Outdoor Market offers a seasonal selection of local produce, herb, flowers, honey, eggs, jams, beef and more, plus live entertainment.
Check out the creative spaces at MoDiv, a "retail incubator" housing clothing boutiques, a personal-care apothecary, ice-cream shop, florist and the official store for the Grand Rapids Drive basketball team.
What to Do:
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Guest writer Amy Allen Clark is creator of the website MomAdvice.com. Last year our family decided that, in lieu of gifts under our tree, each year we will take a vacation together as a family Chri...more
Posted December 11, 2014