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    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    East Grand Rapids
    A charming business district, all-season sports lake and beautifully maintained parks and homes distinguish this family-oriented suburb.
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    North Quarter

    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.

    Local Favorites:
    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.

    Hidden Gems:
    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.