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

Dining choices in Southtown are as diverse as the population.


  • 1636 Eastern Ave. SE


  • 570 Grandville Ave. SW

Where to Shop in Southtown

Shop for both authentic imported products and quality domestic goods.

What to Do in Southtown

Shop, dine and drink in the walkable Alger Heights business district – destinations include Harvest Health Foods, The Old Goat and Brass Ring Brewing Company.

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

Bike or hike the 2.7-mile Plaster Creek Trail, a paved, tree-lined route that meanders along a tributary of the Grand River through several Southtown neighborhoods.

Visit the Grandville Avenue neighborhood for a concentration of Latino businesses – Belman’s Bakery, Rincon Criollo, Supermercado Mexico, Tacos El Cunado and more.

What to See in Southtown

See the high school student-led community mural “Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Voz” (Our History, our Voice) at 912 Grandville Avenue.

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.

See history come alive at the Grandville Avenue Museum, which explores the evolution of the district through waves of Dutch, African-American and Latino influences.

Local Southtown Favorites

Tacos El Cunado and Taqueria San Jose serve what many consider the best tacos in town. Who’s #1? Let your taste buds 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.

Grand Rapids Bike Park offers a variety of mountain bike and BMX bike trails.