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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.
    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.


    Beginning just a few steps south of downtown's busiest intersection, Heartside encompasses art galleries and retail shops along with leading-edge medical facilities and revered spiritual centers. This is where artists come to live and work, where bodies and souls come to heal, and where visitors come to experience a vibrant, diverse community that is rich in history and progressive in spirit.

    Where to Eat in Heartside

    You’ll find upscale restaurants, casual coffee shops and Asia-inspired eateries in Heartside.

    Where to Shop in Heartside

    Stroll Avenue for the Arts, a commercial corridor of art galleries and artist's live/work spaces. And be sure to check out these shopping spots:

    What to Do in Heartside

    Mingle with local artists, artisans, and art patrons at Avenue for the Arts events throughout the year, including monthly First Fridays.

    Visit Heartside Park, a former railyard now equipped with a playground, plash pad, basketball court and picnic tables.

    Take a Steeple Chase Running Tour of religious landmarks to learn about the history of churches in Heartside (and throughout downtown) while you burn calories.

    What to See in Heartside

    Treat your eyes to an incredible diversity of visual delights along Avenue for the Arts - from landmark buildings to public art to a wealth of art galleries. Don't miss the trope l'oeil mural by award winning artist Richard Haas in Pekich Park (at the corner of Cherry Street and Division Avenue).

    Grand Rapids is known as a "City of Churches" - get a look at four of our most awe-inspiring sacred spaces:


    Local Heartside Favorites

    Rumors Nightclub, a longtime favorite of the LBGTQ community, offers dancing and entertainment seven nights a week.

    Rockwell Republic is an award-winning gastropub with a three-season screened-in lounge and elevated outdoor beer garden.

    Heartside Hidden Gems

    Cathedral Square is a three-block Italian-style piazza modeled after Michelangelo's Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome.

    Haute at New Hotel Mertens is a rooftop lounge serving up French food and spectacular views of the city skyline.