West Side

A little bit European, a little bit old-school, a little bit up-and-coming...From camels, carnivals, and coffee, to meat markets, museums, and Mexican restaurants, the West Side has a lot of character. Long-time neighborhood activities and favorites include Pulaski Days, parks, pubs, and places to gather, many with true local flavor.

Where to go: John Ball Zoo, is among the state's most attended cultural facilities and the city's most beloved attractions, houses more than 250 species and 2,000 individual animals. Adjacent to the Grand River, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum highlights the lives of the 38th President and his family and allows visitors to absorb presidential history. Also riverside, the Grand Rapids Public Museum offers a glimpse of old Grand Rapids through various exhibits, rides on an antique carousel, stargazing at the Roger B. Chaffe Planetarium, and enrichment through exhibits and events.

Where to eat: Westsider Café, in the site of an old hardware store, features a fresh and innovative menu with several nods to the area's Polish influence. The family behind Salvatore's Pizza and Italian Restaurant shares its recipes from the old country with those who love tradition. Grand Slam Subs, near the Grand Valley State University downtown campus, makes its sandwiches with fresh local ingredients.

Coffee nut: Ferris has been around since the 1920s and is a favorite for those who want to drink, eat, and give coffee, nuts, candy and gourmet treats with a local touch. Open twenty-four hours a day, the Bitter End Coffehouse has become a hit with locals and college students for its hot beverages and tasty baked goods.

Local rivalries: Friendly arguments often ensue over who (outside of family) makes the best kielbasa. Frank's Market and Lewandoski's Market are neighborhood standbys with busy mean counters, house specialties, and ardent champions. A bit further west is Sobie Meats, which sells local products (and homemade kielbasa) and has its own set of fans.

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Adam Bird Photographer

  • 289 Front Ave. SW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49501
  • Phone: (616) 676-7183
  • Region: Downtown

Ah-Nab-Awen Park

  • Front & Pearl
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 456-3696
  • Region: Downtown

North of Pearl Street, adjacent to Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum along the banks of the Grand River, downtown MORE >>

Anchor Bar

  • 447 Bridge St. NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 774-7177
  • Region: Downtown

Big Boy Restaurant

  • 407 Pearl St. NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 451-2717
  • Region: Downtown

This family restaurant, a Michigan tradition since 1936, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Ohhh Boy! MORE >>

Brann's Steakhouse & Grille

  • 401 Leonard St. NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 454-9368
  • Region: Northwest
Local First

At Brann's, we've combined our legendary food with an unparalleled sports atmosphere – a combination you simply can’t find anywhere else. Our menu boasts a huge selection of unique flavors while staying true to our roots and the item that made us famous, the 8oz. Sizzling Sirloin Steak. Our premiere sports bar and our dining rooms house more HDTVs and projection screen than any restaurant or even sports bar can compete with. MORE >>

Burger King

  • 410 Pearl St NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 742-5753
  • Region: Downtown

The DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center

  • 2500 Turner Ave. NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49544
  • Phone: (616) 364-9000
  • Region: Northwest

The DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center is a sports, entertainment, concert, tradeshow and convention facility conveniently located minutes from downtown Grand Rapids with ample parking adjacent to the building. MORE >>

The DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center

  • 2500 Turner Ave. NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49544
  • Phone: (616) 364-9000
  • Region: Northwest

The DeltaPlex is a comfortable venue that can accommodate a variety of events, from professional sports to major concerts to any type of private or public convention or exposition. The arena is even capable of holding a three-ring circus! Its two exhibition halls and arena provide a variety of arrangements for trade show booths. All rooms are adjoining and can be used together or separately. Ample parking is located onsite, making the DeltaPlex the perfect venue to host any event. MORE >>

El Granjero Mexican Grill

  • 950 Bridge Street NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 458-5595
  • Region: Northwest

El Granjero Mexican Grill serves Authentic Mexican food with fresh, local ingredients and a friendly service. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dine-in, take-outs and catering! El Granjero has been in business for almost 6 years and has received several dinning awards including "Best Mexican/Caribbean Restaurant 2012," "One of the Best Restaurants in Grand Rapids 2013" by the Grand Rapids Magazine. Proud members of the West Michigan Hispanic & the Grand Rapids Area Chambers of Commerce. MORE >>

Ferris Coffee & Nut Co.

  • 227 Winter Ave. NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 459-6257
  • Region: Downtown

A roaster and distributor of specialty coffees and gourmet nuts since 1924. Tours available upon request. This 62,000 square-foot facility includes production, retail shop and training center. Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday. MORE >>

Ferris Coffee & Nut Co.

  • 227 Winter Ave. NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 459-6257
  • Region: Downtown

Local roaster and regional distributor of specialty coffees and gourmet nuts since 1924. Ferris offers educational tours showing the growing and processing of coffee and nuts. MORE >>

Fish Ladder Park

  • 460 Front Ave. NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 456-3696
  • Region: Northwest

Fish Ladder Sculpture

  • 560 Front Ave. Nw
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Region: Downtown

Built along the Grand River in 1974 by artist Joseph Kinnebrew, the Fish Ladder was created to aid spawning fish in their struggle to swim upstream. MORE >>

Fish Ladder Sculpture

  • 560 Front Ave. Nw
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Region: Downtown

Built along the Grand River in 1974 by artist Joseph Kinnebrew, the Fish Ladder was created to aid spawning fish in their struggle to swim upstream. MORE >>

Frank's Market

  • 750 Fulton St W
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 454-2706
  • Region: Southwest

Freewheeler Bike Shop

  • 915 Leonard Street NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 451-8011
  • Region: Northwest

Growing Up Grand (Thru May)

  • 303 Pearl St NW
  • Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 254-0400
  • Region: Downtown

Gerald R. Ford Museum Gift Shop

  • 303 Pearl St NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 254-0400
  • Region: Downtown

Featuring presidential memorabilia and books for all ages. Many gift items correspond to the museum's current exhibitions. Open daily. MORE >>

Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum

  • 303 Pearl St NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 254-0400
  • Region: Downtown

Experience America's most entertaining presidential museum. Attend a White House State Dinner, step inside the Oval Office and see the original Watergate burglar tools. Also, Smithsonian-caliber changing exhibitions.

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Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum

  • 303 Pearl St NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 254-0400
  • Region: Downtown

Experience America's most entertaining presidential museum. Attend a White House State Dinner, step inside the Oval Office and see the original Watergate burglar tools. Also, Smithsonian-caliber changing exhibitions.

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Grand Carriages, LLC

  • 200 Monroe Avew NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Phone: (616) 893-4984
  • Region: Downtown

Grand Rapids Public Museum

  • 272 Pearl St. NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 456-3977
  • Region: Downtown

This museum offers world-class exhibits on history, nature, cultural heritage and more. Ride a 1928 carousel, catch a show in the planetarium or eat in the cafe overlooking the Grand River. General Admission charged. MORE >>

Grand Rapids Public Museum

  • 272 Pearl St. NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone: (616) 456-3977
  • Region: Downtown

This museum offers world-class exhibits on history, nature, cultural heritage and more. Ride a 1928 carousel, catch a show in the planetarium or eat in the cafe overlooking the Grand River. General Admission charged. MORE >>

Grand Valley State University

  • 1 W Campus Dr
  • Allendale Charter Township, MI 49401
  • Phone: (616) 331-2912
  • Region: Southwest

Grand Valley State University-Eberhard Center

  • 301 W. Fulton St.
  • Suite 210
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6495
  • Phone: (616) 331-6620
  • Region: Downtown

As the downtown site of Grand Valley State University, the Eberhard Conference Center is located along the banks of the Grand River. MORE >>

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