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Following the Grand River north out of downtown, the Cheshire Village and Creston districts boast strong, stable residential areas, thriving business districts and the largest greenspace within the city of Grand Rapids. The communities here have emphasized renovation rather than replacement, so historic touches abound.
Where to eat:
The Cheshire Grill is a family-owned restaurant serving made-from-scratch comfort food with a slight twist. Breakfast is served all day!
Choo Choo Grill is located in a tiny old train depot, but it serves up a great big taste-from the half-pound Big Caboose Burger to the slightly smaller Swiss-Bacon Burger.
Fat Boy Burgers is a classic burger joint with a contemporary approach - think fresh and handcrafted. The iconic sign has greeted diners since 1952.
Graydon's Crossing is a "global pub" with a creative food menu emphasizing locally grown ingredients, and a huge selection of beers from around the world.
Red Jet Café is a hip, friendly destination for wood-fired pizzas, crepes, unique breakfasts, free-trade coffee, fruit smoothies and more. Located in a 1903-era building.
Rezervoir Lounge is a farm-to-fork restaurant cleverly camouflaged as a craft beer bar (there are 24 on tap). Eat, drink, stay and play pool, ping pong, darts, euchre and more.
Where to Shop:
Kingma's Market is a grocery store, deli, bakery, butcher shop, beer and wine retailer, garden center and more. Wonderful selection of fresh produce from around the world.
Stones Throw Living offers a great selection of simple, clean, contemporary furniture and accessories from the home.
Sweetland Candies has been satisfying local sweet tooths since 1919. Come in for a delectable array of handmade chocolate creations.
What to Do:
Head to Riverside Park to bike or hike along the river, fish, boat, play disc golf, watch baseball or soccer games, or just soak up nature. At 250 acres, it's the largest park within Grand Rapids city limits. Riverside Park is also home to the Brewers Grove, a collection of trees planted by local Grand Rapids brewers with funds raised from selling pints of a tree themed beer.
Get wet (in season) at the Aberdeen Park SplashPad. The park also features a KaBOOM! Playground, tennis and basketball courts, and an urban orchard.
Bring the kids to Northfield Lanes, a family-oriented bowling center offering fun and entertainment for all ages.
What to See:
See hundreds of classic cars at the Creston Car Show, an annual event that also features live music, children's activities, prizes, display and game booths, and more.
Anna's House offers a wide variety of traditional offerings plus an ever-changing specials menu. Names "Michigan's Best Breakfast Joint."
Quinn & Tuites Irish Pub, voted Best Neighborhood Bar in Grand Rapids is known for its live Irish music and broad selection of Irish beers, ciders, and whiskeys.
La Huasteca Mexican Restaurant serves fresh, authentic, homemade Mexican food: tacos, burritos, tostadas, enchiladas, sincronizadas and more. Primarily takeout but there's a small dining room.
To find all of the other places to see, eat, and visit in this neighborhood, use the drop down menu below.
North of 6th Street on Monroe Avenue NW along the Grand River, downtown MORE >>
Riverfront ambiance and our signature cozy atmosphere define The Landing Lounge. Enjoy weekday happy hour with great drink specials and a full line-up of entertainment starting Wednesday and Thursday nights with karaoke, live music every Friday and Saturday from local and regional artists, and "Sunday Night Funnies" every Sunday night. The Landing Lounge also offers a light fare menu during lounge hours. There is no cover charge and parking is free! MORE >>
The Landing Restaurant blends warm hospitality, an inviting atmosphere and top-notch services all in a convenient location- 1.8 miles from downtown Grand Rapids, directly off of Highway 131. Guests can dine on The Grand River enjoying fine American cuisine, including steaks and seafood prepared by the new Executive Chef, Mike Peacock, and his culinary team. We offer many specials throughout the year and currently offer an ol' time favorites menu for lunch and dinner- highlighting German Cuisine. MORE >>
Blending warm hospitality, an inviting atmosphere and top-notch services all in a convenient location- less than two miles from downtown Grand Rapids, directly off of Highway 131. Guests can dine on The Grand River in The Landing Restaurant enjoying fine American cuisine or hang out in The Landing Lounge. MORE >>
Monroe Avenue NW, along the Grand River. Featuring boat launching, disc golf and outdoor shelter MORE >>