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  • Downtown
    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.
    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.

      A Cool Way Around - Grand Rapids, Michigan

      “A Cool Way Around Grand Rapids” is a visual tour through some of the city’s hottest leisure-time pursuits – Craft Drinks, Indie Shops, the Grand Outdoors, Local Foods, Nightlife, and Summer. It’s just a brief glimpse of the trend-setting scenes that inspired Expedia to call Grand Rapids “Super Cool”!

      Music: "Iljel 1" composed by Chris Ryan

      Our thanks to the local residents helping us showcase Grand Rapids and inspire others to experience our destination.

      Bonus Content

      Bonus footage from “A Cool Way Around” assembled into six shorter videos highlighting key aspects of Grand Rapids' culture.

      Downtown Market

      A tour of the local-food emporium housing 20+ artisan vendors and restaurants.


      Included in this video:
      Downtown Market, Fish Lads, Malambiah Juice Bar, Aperitivo, Love's Ice Cream, Sweetie-Lious, Spice Merchants, and MadCap Coffee, Mural on the building was an ArtPrize 2017 entry by Taro Takizawa.


      Nightlife

      A sneak peek at the many ways to have fun as the sun goes down.


      Summer

      A glimpse into some warm-weather pastimes.


      Outdoor Fun

      A preview of leisurely outdoor activities in the heart of the city.


      Local Shops

      A browse through some of our unique, homegrown retailers.


      Included in this video:
      Vertigo Music, Woosah Outfitters, and Malamiah

       

      Craft Beverages

      A sip of the city’s thirst-quenching expertise.


      Included in this video:
      MadCap Coffee, Malamiah, and Creston Brewery.