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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.

    North Quarter

    Following the Grand River north out of downtown, the Cheshire Village and Creston districts boast strong, stable residential areas, walkable commercial districts and the largest greenspace within the city of Grand Rapids. The communities here emphasize renovation rather than replacement, so historic touches abound even as more and more businesses invest in the area.

    Where to eat in North Quarter

    From generations-old eateries to an ever-expanding selection of new restaurants, North Quarter offers something for most every taste.

    Where to Shop in North Quarter

    An eclectic assortment of local shops offers a range of unique products and services.

    What to Do in North Quarter

    Head to Riverside Park to bike or hike along the river, fish, boat, play disc golf, watch baseball or soccer games, or just soak up nature. It’s the largest park within Grand Rapids city limits and it’s also home to Brewer’s Grove, a collection of trees planted by Grand Rapids breweries with funds raised from selling pints of tree-themed beers.

    Take the kids to Aberdeen Park to burn off energy in the summer splash pad and KaBOOM! Playground. There are also tennis and basketball courts, and an urban orchard to explore.

    Test your skills at Northfield Lanes, a family-oriented bowling center offering fun and entertainment for all ages

    What to See in North Quarter

    See music acts and art exhibits at Creston Brewery, a microbrewery and restaurant in an historic building.

    See the bright-red brick Choo Cho Grill restaurant, which was built in 1924 as the yard office of the Shipman Coal Company.    

    See authentic Native American art, crafts, music, dance and food during the annual Three Fires Traditional Pow Wow in Riverside Park in June.

    Local North Quarter Favorites

    Kingma’s Market, an 80-year-old Grand Rapids institution, offers unique local grocery products and a huge selection of domestic and imported beers, wines and cheeses.

    Quinn & Tuites Irish Pub, voted best neighborhood bar in Grand Rapids, is known for its live Irish music and broad selection of Irish beers, ciders and whiskeys.

    North Quarter Hidden Gems

    The Hideout Brewing Company is tucked away on an obscure road just off the main North Quarter thruway (Plainfield Avenue) – its handcrafted beers and live music are worth the detour!

    Briggs Park is one of three city parks with a public outdoor pool for summer swimming.