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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.

    Medical Mile

    The founding of medical-research facility Van Andel Institute in 1996 jump-started a multi-billion dollar investment along Michigan Street just northwest of downtown. Today, this area is known as the Medical Mile and it is renowned as a world-class healthcare destination. The clinical, research and academic institutions that now line the Mile have attracted medical professionals from around the world. Their influx has spurred new retail and residential developments, transforming this once sleepy neighborhood into a bustling center of activity.

    Where to Eat in Medical Mile

    Choose from an assortment of national restaurant brands and local favorites.

    Where to Shop in Medical Mile

    Start your shopping at two hospital gift shops, a 70-year old hardware store and several food shops.

    What to Do in Medical Mile

    Check the 7 Monks Taproom for regular bingo, open mic and other entertainment events.

    Bring Fido to Hillcrest, an official off-leash dog park that offers separately fenced areas for small and large dogs.

    Hop on the FREE Route 19 bus to travel Michigan Street from the Medical Mile to the West Side neighborhood. Buses run Monday through Friday from 6 am-3 pm and 8 pm-10 pm.

    What to See in Medical Mile

    Crane your head skyward to appreciate Medical Mile's impact on the Grand Rapids skyline - from the dramatic stepped silhouette of Van Andel Institute to the gleaming glass tower of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and beyond.

    Walk a few blocks north of the Mile to Belknap Lookout for stunning views of the city skyline and river valley. See a unique art piece in adjacent Belknap Park – Earthwork is a giant asphalt “X” inscribed in the hillside by American sculptor Robert Morris.

    Local Medical Mile Favorites

    Bagel Beanery is a locally owned and operated quick-service bagel bakery and gourmet coffee shop serving the area since 1996.

    Logan’s Alley and Birch Lodge are popular neighborhood pubs serving great bar food and drinks.

    Medical Mile Hidden Gems

    Pickleball courts at the Belknap Park Pavilion host practitioners of this unique paddle sport combining elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis.

    Griff’s Icehouse is the official practice facility of the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team – and it offers public skating (and skate rental) all year ‘round.