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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.


    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with African-Americans, Caucasians, and numerous Latino groups - Mexican Americans, Cubans, El Salvadorans, Dominicans, and Guatemalans - living and working side by side. The neighborhood encompasses several distinct residential and business districts, each with its own unique culture but linked by a deep commitment to family and a strong entrepreneurial spirit.

    Where to Eat in Southtown

    Where to Shop in Southtown

    What to Do in Southtown

    Bowl a few frames at Paragon Lanes, home of the Saturday Night Rock-n-Bowl.

    Drop in for family fun at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, a state-of-the-art recreation facility that offers day passes for different activities throughout the week.

    Play a round of disc golf at Garfield Park, which also features a ball diamond, basketball court, three tennis courts and a KaBOOM! playground.

    Shop for authentic Mexican grocery items and fresh-baked breads at Supermercado Mexico.

    Dine at the Linc Up Soul Food Café for a healthier take on traditional African-American culinary specialties.  

    Visit the Log Cabin Bar to see Grand Rapids' best bands, sing karaoke and enjoy traditional bar food and drink. A finalist in Michigan's Best Bar.

    Find a wide variety of local produce, cottage kitchen foods, personal care items and crafts at the Southeast Area Farmer's Market. Fridays and Saturdays in season.

    What to See in Southtown

    See the handiwork of local artisans at the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association Arts and Crafts Fair. This 40-year tradition features art and food vendors and family-fun activities. September.

    Schedule a tour of the Grandville Avenue Museum to explore the evolution of this district through waves of Dutch, African-American and Latino influences.

    See the boyhood home of President Gerald R. Ford, several late 1800s-era mansions and other historic landmarks on a walking tour of the Garfield Park neighborhood.

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    Local Southtown Favorites

    Tacos El Cunado and Taqueria San Jose serve what many consider the best tacos in town. Who's #1? That's up to your taste buds to decide.

    Real Food Cafe is a "Michigan's Best Breakfast" finalist that has earned its local-favorite status with delicious family recipes, friendly service and huge portions.

    Hidden Southtown Gems

    Burton Woods is a six-acre oasis of 120-year old forest in the midst of urban activity. It was planted by farmer Charles Garfield to demonstrate how agricultural land could be reclaimed as woodland.