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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.
    Heartside
    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.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.
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    The Insider Experience

    Eat, stay, and play like a local in Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Category - Cool City. Hot Eats.

    As area families begin sending kiddos back to school, and as patio season reaches full pitch, there couldn't be a better time for a romantic evening out. There are all sorts of couple-friendly options around town, but if you're hunting for the perfect place to wine and dine your significant other (or even pop the question!), here are five romantic restaurants to consider.... Read More ›
    Photo courtesy of Flickr user Didriks While West Michigan's "Ale Trail" is well established, the area's "Cocktail Trail" is still being forged. Fortunately, the trailblazing process is going to receive a necessary shot in the arm as the Grand Rapids Cocktail Guild is due to become an official chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild this summer. With this official designation will come an increase in opportunities for West Michigan residents to participate in the burgeoning cocktail scene of the area.... Read More ›
    We all know that beer is a great connector for residents of Grand Rapids. With such an abundance of cool breweries to check out, it has become commonplace to meet and collaborate in a place where beer is present. In 2013, this was already happening at Harmony Brewing Company in East Grand Rapids. Representatives from Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and brewer Jackson VanDyke were discussing how the brand new Beer City USA title could help GR become a greener, more beautiful place to live and tour. The idea for raising funds using specialty 'tree beers' to plant Brewer's Grove was born here, and has turned into a successful collaboration between the Grand Rapids Society of Brewers (GRSOB), Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and the Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project .... Read More ›