Just east of Downtown Grand Rapids is a neighborhood encompassing four thriving business districts: East Fulton, East Hills, Eastown and Wealthy Street. This is the city's hippest destination, where an eclectic mix of specialty shops and galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and entertainment venues reflect the area's friendly, funky, fabulous character. It's and easy walk or quick drive between the four business districts, on streets lined by historic homes and leafy trees.
Where to eat in Uptown
There are nearly 60 restaurants, breweries and coffeehouses in Uptown. You can find a full list here - just select Dine for the category. Will one of these become your favorite?
Where to shop in Uptown
Browse to your heart's content at more than 70 specialty shops, boutiques and galleries, including these:
What to do in Uptown
Bring your shopping list to the Holiday Shop Hop, an annual event featuring great food, music, entertainment and, of course, sales! Six shuttles run between the stores of the four business districts. Early December.
Listen to live music by local and regional talent at the Eastown StreetFair. This annual event also features wonderful art, food, and family fun. September.
Check out Billy's Lounge for a broad variety of live music, a fully stocked bar and dirt-cheap drink specials.
Other things to do in Uptown
What to See in Uptown
See a show at Wealthy Theatre, a magnificently restored 400-seat historic theatre that hosts a wide variety of arts and entertainment events.
See the beautiful urban garden outside Wealthy at Charles - and shop inside for unique, hand-curated furniture, arts, gifts and garden accessories.
See yourself in something swanky, glittery, trendy or timeless at ACK Sneaker & Apparel Boutique, Clothing Matters eco-apparel store, HyperOptik Spectacle Studio and Swirls Boutique for men and women.
Local Uptown Favorites
Fulton Street Farmers Market, the city's longest-running farm market, brings locally grown food and locally crafted goods to a convenient location, all year 'round.
Yesterdog has been serving the city's best hot dogs since 1976, in a quirky space loaded with signs and memorabilia dating back to the 1930s and '40s.
Uptown Hidden Gems
Cakabakery offers traditional, vegan and gluten-free treats for every taste and occasion. Featured on the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars."
Circle Theatre, nestled on the wooded campus of Aquinas College, presents a summer slate of five main-stage plays and musicals plus a children's show and a concert series featuring diverse music genres.
Ideas for Uptown Fun!
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