There’s nothing better than grabbing a coffee and walking around the mall.  Whether it’s to window shop or splurge, the malls in and around Grand Rapids are some of my favorites to snack in, watch movies in, walk in, meet up in, and shop in, of course!  Here are the mall hotspots around town.

Rivertown Crossings

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Just west of Grand Rapids in Grandville is Rivertown Crossings, the centerpiece of a bustling shopping area. Rivertown is home to 120+ shops and restaurants, including anchor stores like Kohl’s, Macy’s, JCPenney and Dick’s Sporting Goods as well as such popular brand-name stores as Barnes & Noble, Aerie, Eddie Bauer and Pandora. You can eat at the food court or sit and enjoy the connected TGI Fridays, or you can head across the parking lot to the Grandville Uccellos.

As you drive out of the Rivertown complex and onto Rivertown Parkway, you’ll encounter such stores as Duluth Trading Company, Cabela’s, LOFT, JOANN Fabrics, Meijer, Target and Ulta Beauty. The surrounding restaurant options are varied and you can make a complete day of it when you head to Celebration Cinema in the mall for a post-shopping movie.

Open Monday through Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-8pm and Sunday noon-6pm.

Woodland Mall

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Front entrance of the Woodland Mall.
Walking and Shopping at the Woodland Mall

The Woodland Mall is home to many name brand stores.

Photo by Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids

Woodland Mall & The Shops at CenterPoint

Woodland and CenterPoint are perfect across-town complements to Rivertown. Located on the corners of 28th St. and East Beltline Ave., these kitty-corner malls offer distinct shopping experiences: Woodland is a traditional indoor mall and CenterPoint is an open-air shopping center.

The 100+ shops and restaurants at Woodland include a mix of department stores (Macy’s, JCPenny and Von Maur) and specialty stores, including the only Grand Rapids locations of The Apple Store, Pottery Barn, Swarovski, Victoria’s Secret PINK and more. On-site restaurants include The Cheesecake Factory, Black Rock Bar & Grill, Red Robin, On the Border and Starbucks.

Woodland Mall is open Monday through Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-8pm and Sunday noon-6pm.

CenterPoint tenants include Nordstrom Rack, TJ Maxx, Carhartt, HomeGoods, Old Navy, JOANN Fabric, Dunham’s Sports, Ulta Beauty, Rue21, Cost Plus World Market and DSW Shoes. Individual store hours vary.

Green Ridge Square

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If you need a few simpler items, Alpine Avenue is a convenient stop with plenty of stores. Alpine is just north of downtown on US-131, can also be accessed via I-96. Green Ridge Square is a shopping center boasting such brand-name stores as Bed Bath and Beyond, Best Buy, Burlington Coat Factory, Lane Bryant, Michaels and Target plus an AMC Theater (with reclining seats). Individual store hours vary.

Breton Village Mall

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Breton Village Mall

The 20 or so stores at Breton Village are a unique combination of local boutiques and national retailers. This is a beautifully designed upscale mall designed for a one-stop errand run: D&W Fresh Market, salons, men’s and women’s clothing, and sought-after brand names like Ann Taylor LOFT, Anthropologie, Boyne Country Sports, Orvis and West Elm. This is the only West Michigan presence for a number of them.

Young kids will love the koi pond and fountain, or will sit and eat their snack in front of the fireplace before you brave the grocery store with the whole family. Fuel up before or after shopping at CoreLife Eatery or the Kurdish-style Mediterranean restaurant Café de Miro. Individual store hours vary.

Outside Fitzgerald's Men Store in Breton Village

Fitzgerald's Men Store located at Breton Village Mall.

Photo by Carbon Stories for Experience Grand Rapids

Tanger Outlets

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Shopping at Tanger Outlets

Shopping at Tanger Outlets.

Photo by Experience Grand Rapids

Tanger Outlets

Tanger Outlets revolutionized the shopping game for West Michigan residents when it opened in August of 2015, and it has since become a must-stop destination for locals and visitors seeking great deals on designer gear in every season. The open-air shopping center is a clean and beautiful place to browse 60+ stores bearing such names as Kate Spade, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, Columbia, Nike and Polo Ralph Lauren.

Located 15 minutes south of downtown Grand Rapids in Byron Center, the outlets are the perfect blend of outdoor exposure and shelter from the elements; open-air coverings block rain and snow, but still provide a breath of fresh air between stores.  There are places to sit and rest, a large central fireplace, and tactful landscaping and décor throughout.  Be aware that there aren’t a lot of surrounding food options, so make sure you plan accordingly! There’s nothing more terrifying than a hungry shopper.

Open Monday through Saturday 10am-7pm and Sundays from noon-5pm.

The Village at Knapp's Crossing

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Located 15 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids (and five minutes from Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park), this open-air shopping center includes high-profile stores like TJ Maxx, Old Navy, Bath & Body Works, Five Below, Ulta Beauty and D&W Fresh Market as well as spa and salon services and a few distinctive restaurants, including P.F. Chang’s, Mission BBQ, Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Bro’s Doughs Donut Shop.

The Village is right across the street from Celebration Village, home of the 18-screen movie theater Celebration Cinema North (featuring a giant IMAX screen) and additional restaurant choices: HopCat, The Melting Pot, Panera, QDOBA, Buffalo Wild Wings, IHOP and more. Individual store hours vary.

Whatever your shopping preference, be it boutiques, antique stores, malls or consignment shops, you’re sure to enjoy the diverse shopping experiences West Michigan has to offer!