A case can be made that Van Andel Arena is the metaphorical heart of Grand Rapids. Its opening in 1996 helped kickstart a revitalization of the city’s downtown area, which is now filled with 200+ restaurants, shops, cultural venues and nightspots, all within a 10-minute walk of each other.

Van Andel Arena is West Michigan’s premier entertainment destination, hosting numerous sports events, family shows, concerts and more each year. It regularly draws upwards of 12,000 people to see entertainment as diverse as Taylor Swift, Bob Dylan, Pearl Jam, Elton John, For King and Country, Morgan Wallen, The Harlem Globetrotters, World Wrestling Entertainment and Disney and Ice. It hosts the city’s three sport teams – Grand Rapids Gold basketball, Grand Rapids Griffins hockey and Grand Rapids Rise volleyball.

it’s connected by climate-controlled skywalk to DeVos Place Convention Center, DeVos Performance Hall, the Amway Grand Plaza hotel, the JW Marriott Grand Rapids hotel, the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott hotel and several parking garages.

And it’s centrally located to downtown attraction and activities for all ages – including the destinations listed below, all within a half-mile of the Arena. You can easily walk to any of them. Sidewalks and many attractions are also wheelchair accessible – as is the FREE bus that circulates through downtown, stopping at or near many of the destinations listed below. Just look for the bright pink DASH Shuttle!

Attractions - Indoor

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Celebration! Cinema at Studio Park

With nine screens, a bar and a food menu that goes way beyond the usual movie munchies (but includes them too), Celebration! is a luxurious way to enjoy the latest blockbusters, indies and everything in between.

DeVos Performance Hall

This state-of-the art facility hosts touring musicians, comedians and family shows in addition to serving as the primary performance space for Broadway Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Ballet, Grand Rapids Symphony and Opera Grand Rapids. It’s located in the same complex as DeVos Place Convention Center.

Dr. Grins Comedy Club

See nationally acclaimed comedians every Thursday through Saturday (and assorted other dates) at this club located in The B.O.B. (Big Old Building), which also houses four restaurants, a craft brewery, live music venue and nightclub.

Grand Rapids Public Library

One of eight city libraries, the downtown branch offers a wide range of family-friendly events and activities – from storytimes to concerts – in addition to a vast collection of books and audio-visual materials.

The Great Escape Room

Test your code-breaking, problem-solving and combination-cracking skills in your choice of four escape rooms and two scavenger hunt rooms. You’ll have 60 minutes to complete your challenge.

K-ROK Korean Barbecue & Karaoke

Rent a private karaoke room and sing your heart out for family and friends. Food and drinks are served to your room Maximum capacity of 12 people.

The Ruse Escape Rooms

Race against the clock with your team to “escape” by solving engaging puzzles and challenges that promote creative thinking, teamwork and communication. Choose from three themed rooms or tackle an outdoor challenge.

Woodrows DuckPin Bowling

Smaller, lighter balls and shorter lanes distinguish DuckPin from regular bowling – and make it easier for kids to play. This seven-lane alley inside the Amway Grand Plaza hotel is open seven nights a week, and you don’t have to be a guest to join in the fun.

Attractions - Outdoor

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RoofTop Pickleball at the Amway Grand Plaza

Get outside and experience the city like never before at the Amway Grand Plaza's rooftop pickleball courts!

Photo by Ideology for Experience GR

Ah-Nab-Awen Park

This 6.5-acre greenspace across the Grand River from DeVos Place Convention Center is easily accessible by a pedestrian bridge. A great place for a picnic or a scenic stroll, the park is home to three symbolic Indian burial mounds – not for climbing – and a bronze statue of early Native American leader Nishnabe Genway, as well as other public art pieces. Ah-Nab-Awen means “resting place.”

Classic Carriages

Travel around downtown and see the sights from a horse-drawn carriage! Classic Carriages offers rides Fridays and Saturdays starting at 7pm, and other dates and times by appointment. Rides are offered year-round. 

Community Legend Sculptures

Take the self-guided Community Legends walking tour to see 7-foot-tall bronze sculptures memorializing some of the area’s most significant historical figures. figures. Start with the statue of Jay Van Andel right out front of his namesake arena.  

Downtown Murals

There are more than 100 murals on display throughout Grand Rapids – and the majority of them are downtown. Take the self-guided Center City Walking Tour and Heartside Walking Tour to see 40+ murals, the majority within a half-mile of Van Andel Arena.

Grand Rapids Riverwalk

Spanning a 2.5-mile loop on both sides of the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids, the Riverwalk offers views of the water, public art installations, historic architecture and the city skyline.

Grand Rapids Running Tours

Burn some calories while you learn about the city on a guided running (or walking) tour of downtown landmarks and historical sites. Choose from dozens of unique thematically organized tours. Most tours start in the lobby of the JW Marriott Grand Rapids hotel.

Rooftop Pickleball

The Amway Grand Plaza hotel has six outdoor courts adjacent to its fourth floor Fitness Center. Courts are open to both guests and the general public. Reserve a court online or call 616.776.3279.

Rosa Parks Circle

Named one of America’s Great Public Spaces in 2017, this combination public plaza, ice rink and sculpture was created by acclaimed designer Maya Lin. It hosts community festivals, concerts, swing dancers, ice skaters and a summertime Relax at Rosa lunchtime series with live music, food trucks and games.

Veterans Memorial Park

Memorial pillars in this small park honor veterans of World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Take the commemorative walk to reflect on the sacrifices made by our brave men and women, and stop in at the park’s veteran-run HAS HEART coffee shop.

B.O.B.’s Brewery & Beer Garden

Quality ingredients, time-honored brewing techniques, small-batch beers and nuanced flavor profiles characterize the offerings at this brewery, located in The B.O.B. (Big Old Building). The four-story renovated warehouse also contains four restaurants, a live-music venue, comedy club and nightclub.

Founders Brewing Co.

The city’s largest and most acclaimed brewery serves its award-winning beers and elevated pub fare in a recently renovated taproom and outdoor beer garden. Facility tours are available.  


It doesn’t brew its own beer, but it does offer 40 craft beers on tap every day, most from across the city and the state. You can also get local cider and mead plus wine, cocktails and food. 

Cocktail Lounges

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Group getting crafted cocktails at IDC (I Don't Care) located on the roof of the Amway Grand Plaza in Downtown Grand Rapids.

IDC is a covered, year-round balcony bar located at the Amway Grand Plaza.

Photo by Leigh Ann Cobb for Experience GR

The Apartment Lounge

Comfy, low-key gay bar has been serving a variety of craft beers, spirits, wines and luscious cocktails for more than 50 years.

BOLD Cigar Bar & Lounge

Premium cigars meet premium cocktails in this upscale but comfortable lounge. Owners Al and his wife Caitlin (Kate) and their staff are happy to advise patrons on cigar selections and cigar-and-cocktail pairings. 


Creative cocktails at this bar inside the Amway Grand Plaza hotel include a “secret” cocktail of the month. Wine, beer, cider and seltzer are also available. Sit on the balcony for great people-watching on the street below.

Lumber Baron Bar

Settle into the warmth and charm of a historic bar complete with fireplace, leather club chairs, a large selection of premium drinks and a menu from Ruth's Chris Steak House. Located inside the Amway Grand Plaza hotel.

Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar

Enjoy craft cocktails – including 10 different martinis –  beer, hard seltzer, wine and non-alcoholic options while you listen to talented pianists playing popular songs from the ‘70s to today.


With an 18-seat capacity, SideBar can’t help but deliver an exclusive experience. The menu changes seasonally and is but a suggestion of what the bartenders can provide – ask them to tailor a cocktail for you.

Wise Men Distillery

This tasting room of a local craft distillery serves up small-batch gin, rum, vodka, white whiskey, bourbon and hard seltzers, on the rocks, in tasting flights, or blended into a signature cocktail. Bottled spirits are available for purchase.

Coffee Shops

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Biggby Coffee

The Monroe Center location of this Michigan-based coffeehouse chain offers “bragels,” muffins and grab-and-go items along with an extensive collection of coffee and tea drinks.

Ding Tea

Offering a tremendous selection of its signature milk teas as well as fresh tea, flavored teas, coffee drinks, slushes and more, Ding Tea has something for everyone.

HAS HEART Coffee Shop

Veteran-owned coffee shop in a historic building in Veterans Memorial Park also features retail and creative spaces for local veterans and artists to connect and create art together.

Lantern Coffee Bar & Lounge

Two-level coffee shop offers brews made with locally roasted beans plus a small selection of snacks and pastries.

Local Mocha

A great source for fair and direct trade organic coffees plus smoothies, frozen drinks, breakfast items and lunch sandwiches.

Madcap Coffee

Nationally acclaimed coffee shop offers a range of specialty drinks as well as pastries from a variety of local vendors.

PaLatte Coffee & Art

Enjoy classic coffee beverages and pastries in a cozy space covered in a rotating selection of art from local creators.


The international coffee chain has three locations within a half-mile radius of DeVos Place – in the Amway Grand Plaza hotel, JW Marriott hotel and Ionia Avenue Entertainment District. The latter is pickup only.

Sunny Boba Tea

A small sandwich menu complements the array of boba smoothies and milk teas at this cheerful counter-service eatery.

Friends dining at Monsoon

Just a short walk away from the arena, Monsoon offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine for you to enjoy.

Photo by Ideology for Experience GR

AC Lounge

Located inside downtown’s AC Hotel by Marriott, the AC Lounge offers a curated selection of small shareable plates and handcrafted cocktails. Open for dinner.

Angel’s Thai Café
Features an extensive menu of authentic Thai fare including your choice of stir fry options. Lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Sunday.

ATO Sushi
Traditional Korean + Japanese restaurant offers fresh sushi, delicious bentos, and other authentic dishes. Lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday.

Bangkok Taste Cuisine

Convivial family-owned eatery doles out sizable plates of all sorts of Thai dishes … spring rolls, salads, noodle soups, fried rice, noodle dishes and much more. Lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday.

Barrio Tacos

Build your own tacos from 30+ fresh, local ingredients, dip into great queso and guacamole, and tip back a margarita or other luscious libation at this Mexican eatery. Lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Sunday.

Beacon Corner Bar & Coastal Fare
Inspired by three coasts – East, West, and Michigan – Beacon offers fish and seafood dishes as well as “land fare” and handcrafted cocktails. Lunch and dinner Thursday-Sunday and 2pm-9pm Monday-Wednesday.

Biggby Coffee
This Michigan-based coffeehouse chain offers “bragels,” muffins and grab-and-go items along with an extensive collection of coffee and tea drinks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

Big O Pizza & Booze
Family-friendly eatery with specialty pizzas, subs, and red-sauce fare in a chill space with a bar. Dinner Monday-Friday, lunch and dinner Saturday.

Bistro Bella Vita
Frequent winner of local dining awards serves up modern French and Italian cuisine, made from scratch with as many sustainably sourced ingredients as possible. Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday, dinner Saturday & Sunday.

The Bistro
From Avocado Toast to Eggs Your Way, fresh fruit to Starbucks coffee, this restaurant inside the Downtown Courtyard by Marriott hotel provides delicious fuel to start the day. Breakfast.

Bobarino’s Pizzeria

Enjoy made-to-order wood-fired pizza and craft beer from an on-site brewery. Located in The B.O.B. (Big Old Building), which also houses B.O.B.’s brewery, a comedy club, live-music venue, nightclub and beer garden. Dinner Thursday-Saturday.

Brick & Porter
Local pub serves creative burgers plus a selection of entrees, sandwiches, salads, soups, craft beer, and specialty drinks. Lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.  

Brooklyn Bodega Bagels and Deli

Get a taste of New York in Grand Rapids via an assortment of bagels and breakfast sandwiches served all day, plus deli sandwiches, subs and salads. Breakfast and lunch, Tuesday-Saturday.

Buffalo Wild Wings

National chain restaurant dishes up wings, tenders and burgers along with an array of sauces and side dishes. Lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

Burger Theory

Casual restaurant inside the Holiday Inn Downtown serves American fare and local beer. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

The Caribbean Bite

Savor the flavors of Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico at this quick-serve local restaurant. Lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.


Asian tacos, fried rice bowls, broth bowls and fried wings with homemade dipping sauces are among the East-meets-West street foods here. Lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

The Chop House

“Consummately satisfying” fine dining includes a menu of USDA Prime steaks, Midwestern grain-fed meats, premium wines and glorious desserts. Dinner, 7 days a week.

Cinco De Mayo

Fresh-made Mexican food – tacos, enchiladas, burritos, fajitas and much more – await you at this cheerful cantina restaurant. Lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

CitySen Lounge

Casual lounge inside the CityFlatsHotel offers a menu of shareables, sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads plus full bar service. Dinner, Tuesday-Saturday.

The Cottage Bar & Restaurant

A Grand Rapids tradition since 1927, The Cottage Bar serves up burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups and other pub favorites. Lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday.

Daisies Place

It’s brunch and lunch with a late-night party vibe at Daisies Place. Open Saturdays from 10am-4pm and “Soul Food Sundays” from 11am-5pm.


Globally inspired, chef-driven menu is prepared daily with the fresh ingredients. Intimate, plush ambiance with wines, cocktails and beers. Dinner, Friday and Saturday.

Dublin Hall

Traditional pub food, Irish and Mexican beers and a wide variety of cocktails are in store for you at this casual Irish bar and restaurant. Dinner Wednesday-Friday, lunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday.

Express Café

Counter-style restaurant offers a creative selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads and more. Lunch Monday-Friday.

Flanagan’s Irish Pub

Festive watering hole dishes out bar-food standards and traditional Irish cuisine in a casual environment. Full bar service. Lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

The Foolery

A “fine” dive bar that serves up scratch-made Detroit-style (square) pizza along with nostalgic craft cocktails and cold beer. Lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

Forty Pearl

“An extension of the Leelanau Peninsula in downtown Grand Rapids” serves a variety of fish and other entrees plus shareables, soups, salads and sandwiches.  Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

Founders Brewing. Co.

World-renowned brewery pairs its acclaimed brews with elevated pub fare made from scratch in its newly renovated (March 2024) kitchen. Lunch Monday-Friday, lunch and dinner Saturday-Sunday.

Gita Pita

Down-to-earth counter-service eatery offers fresh, authentic Mediterranean fare such as pita sandwiches (featuring homemade saj bread), hummus, salads and more. Lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

Grand Woods Lounge

Hunting lodge-themed bar & restaurant offers irresistible mimosa and Bloody Mary specials on Sunday, along with a food menu of burgers, sandwiches, wraps and more. Lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

Hong Kong Express

Downtown’s destination for a wide variety of authentic, affordably priced Chinese food includes daily lunch specials served with rice and Crab Rangoon. Lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.


Beer bar offers a curated local tap list, award-winning Cosmik Fries and “food your Mon would make if she loved craft beer.” Lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

House of Wine

A great place to get expert wine advice, sample wines from around the world and enjoy fresh-made charcuterie boards, small plates, salads and paninis. Lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Sunday.

Jimmy John’s

National quick-service restaurants specializes in sandwiches and wraps. Lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.

K-ROK Korean Barbecue & Karaoke

Authentic Korean BBQ, cooked right at your table, plus a variety of appetizers, entrées and hot pots, and Asian beers and cocktails. Lunch and dinner, Tuesday-Sunday.

The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck

This celebrity chef concept inside the Amway Grand Plaza hotel offers gourmet pizzas, appetizers, salads, noodles and entrées. Dinner 7 days a week.

The Kitchen Counter by Wolfgang Puck
Quick-service eatery in the Amway Grand Plaza hotel serves fresh baked goods and made-to-order breakfast and lunch items. Breakfast and lunch, 7 days a week.

Leo’s Seafood Restaurant & Bar

Voted GR’s best seafood restaurant for its exquisite seafood dishes, classic cuisine, decadent desserts, world-class wine list and sophisticated setting. Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday, dinner only on Saturday..

Leo’s Coney Island on Tap

Diner offers an expansive menu of American comfort food and Greek specialties, plus breakfast all day, beer, wine and craft cocktails. Breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

The Littlebird

Café-style restaurant features elevated, made-from scratch breakfast/brunch and dinner dishes. Full bar. Brunch Tuesday-Sunday and dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

Local Mocha

Fair and direct trade organic coffees plus smoothies, frozen drinks, breakfast items and lunch sandwiches. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday, lunch and dinner Sunday.

Lumber Baron Bar

Elegant, historic bar inside the Amway Grand Plaza hotel serves a menu from Ruth’s Chris Steak House as well as a large selection of premium drinks. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.


Hip, modern Mexican restaurant serves tacos, quesadillas, tortas, fajitas and more. Margaritas, mojitos, tequila, mezcal and Mexican beer, too. Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday, dinner only Sunday.

Madcap Coffee

Award-winning coffee shop offers a range of specialty drinks as well as pastries from a variety of local vendors. Breakfast and lunch daily.


Contemporary French bistro in the JW Marriott hotel brings the best of classic European cuisine to a modern American audience. The outdoor Jdek offers year-round riverside seating. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Max’s South Seas Hideaway

Enter an immersive two-story dining and drinking experience designed to transport you to a distant tropical paradise. Seafood, sushi, pu pu platters and much more. Dinner Daily.


Perched high atop the Grand Rapids cityscape on the 27th floor of the Amway Grand Plaza hotel, MDRD is a AAA 4-Diamond restaurant serving modern Spanish cuisine along with awesome views. Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.


Enjoy modern takes on traditional Mexican dishes along with creative tequila and mezcal drinks. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday, dinner Sunday.

Monsoon Vietnamese Cuisine

Authentic Vietnamese cooking using such ingredients as roasted salmon, grilled tomahawk pork chops, beef tenderloin, braised pork belly and more. Lunch and Dinner Monday-Saturday.

Nagoya Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi

This destination for fresh Asian cuisine offers a variety of lunch specials during the week. Lunch and dinner daily.

One Stop Coney Shop

Family-run venue turns out burgers, regional-style hot dogs & fresh-cut fries. Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday, noon-4pm Saturday.

One Twenty Three Tavern

Hip, industrial-chic eatery dishes up elevated sandwiches, burgers, and entrees along with craft cocktails. Located at the Studio Park  entertainment complex. Lunch and dinner daily.

Palace of India

Classic Indian fare prepared by Tandoor (traditional clay oven) and Kadhai (Indian wok). Lunch and dinner daily.

Panera Bread

The downtown location of this bakery-café fast food restaurant offers breakfast sandwiches, salads, soups, pastries and coffee drinks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday-Friday.

Parsley Mediterranean Grille

“Fast, healthy and affordable” is the mantra at this restaurant featuring such Middle Eastern favorites as made-from scratch hummus, baba ghanouj, Fattoush, shawarma and more. Lunch and dinner daily.

Peppino’s Downtown Grille & Pizzeria

The downtown location of a local pizza chain offers a broad menu of pizzas, Italian-inspired entrées, shareables, sandwiches, burgers and more, plus beer and cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily.

Pind Indian Cuisine

Choose from an extensive lunch menu of traditional Indian specialties, from Tandoori Chicken and Lamb Biryani to Vegetable Pakora and Amritsari Fish. Lunch and dinner daily.

Poke Poke

“Sushi Unrolled” is the concept at this chain restaurant – build your own bowl from an array of tropical ingredients or choose a flavor-balanced signature bowl. Lunch and dinner daily.

Pochis Colombian Café

For authentic South American selections including empanadas, arepas, aguapanela, desserts and hot chocolate. Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday.


Mid-century modern dining space inside the Canopy by Hilton hotel offers casual modern cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients. Breakfast and lunch, 7 days a week.

Real Seafood Company

Contemporary, polished eatery menus premium fresh fish and seafood from the waters of New England to the Great Lakes along with the authentic flavors of seasonal and local produce. Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday, dinner Saturday and Sunday.


Modern lounge in the Amway Grand Plaza hotel offers a limited menu of light eats plus a wide selection of craft cocktails, fine wine and premium beer. Dinner daily.

Roam by San Chez

“Global street eats” menu features casual dishes from around the globe, including handhelds, skewers, veggies and sweets. 10am-9pm daily.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Classic American steakhouse features perfectly cooked USDA Prime beef plus chicken, fish and lighter vegetarian fare. Award-winning wine list. Dinner Monday-Saturday.

San Chez A Tapas Bistro

A blend of European, Mediterranean and Latin American cuisine (and drinks!) in a laid-back, artful atmosphere. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday; breakfast and lunch Sunday, dinner Monday.

Ski’s Sub Shop

Serving downtown since 1977, Ski’s offers hand-crafted subs with your choice of toppings, prepared on locally baked bread. 10:30am-3Pm Monday-Friday.


Classic early American dishes revived for a modern sensibility and served with first-class hospitality in a historic building. Dinner daily.

Social House Kitchen and Bar

Casual pub-style restaurant offers New-American pub fare, brunch, happy-hour specials and a seasonal patio. Lunch and dinner Wednesday-Sunday.

Social Misfits

Restaurant at the Residence Inn by Marriott serves sweet and savory waffles all day long, along with artisan coffees and cocktails. Breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday, 9am-4pm Sunday.

Soho Sushi

Asian café offers classic Japanese sushi as well as Chinese and Thai dishes, all prepared to order. Lunch and dinner daily.

Starbucks Café at Amway Grand Plaza

All the coffee drinks, hot and cold lunch items, and sweets you expect from the world’s largest coffeehouse company, inside the Amway Grand Plaza hotel. 6:30am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 6:30am-2pm Sunday.

Starbucks Café at JW Marriott

All the coffee drinks, hot and cold lunch items, and sweets you expect from the world’s largest coffeehouse company, inside the JW Marriott hotel. 6:30am-2pm Monday-Friday, 6:30am-1pm Saturday and Sunday.

Starbucks Pick-Up

Orders must be place through the Starbucks app at this location that has no seating. 6am-6pm Monday-Thursday, 6am-6:30pm Friday, 6:30am-2pm Saturday and Sunday.

Stella’s Lounge

Home of giant stuffed burgers – the Stella Burger was named America’s Best Burger by GQ Magazine – and elevated takes on bar food, with a number of vegan/vegetarian options. Dinner Monday-Thursday, lunch and dinner Friday-Sunday.

Sundance Grill & Bar

Choose from a menu of American favorites with Southwest flavors – burgers, sandwiches, shared plates, all-day breakfast and a full bar. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

Terra Bagels

Handmade bagels boiled and baked fresh daily plus teas and specialty drinks that pair deliciously with bagels and bagel sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch daily.

Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar

Dig into scratch-made Southern favorites – shrimp & grits, fried chicken & buttermilk waffles, fried green tomato sandwiches, luscious libations  and more. Lunch and dinner Monday-Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday.

Two Beards Deli

A sandwich lover’s dream, with nearly 100 choices ranging from a classic Reuben to vegan paninis, as well as salads and soups. 10am-8pm Monday Saturday, 11am-4pm Sunday.

Uccello’s Ristorante

Casual family restaurant offers a vast menu of Italian American eats, including pizza, pasta and risotto, plus an array of local and national beers. Lunch and dinner daily.

Z’s Restaurant & Bar

Serving downtown GR since 1982, Z’s offers a variety of burgers, handhelds, pizzas and other bar food. Dinner Monday, lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

DJs & Dancing

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The BackForty Saloon

The area’s top country DJs keep the dance floor hopping every Friday night at downtown’s only country bar. Shuffle, shimmy and slide your night away.

Eve Nightclub

Dance the night away in The B.O.B., a renovated four-story warehouse that also contains four restaurants, a live-music venue, brewery and comedy club. DJs spin dance tunes every Friday and Saturday night.

Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar

Sing and dance along to some of the most popular tunes from the ‘70s to today, all played live by dueling pianists who take your requests. Or head up Mojo’s second floor to dance to a DJ-spun soundtrack.

Rumors Nightclub

With DJs and an open dance floor Thursday-Friday, this LGBT nightspot is a place to be yourself and have fun. Karaoke and live drag shows take place on other nights. 

Social House Kitchen and Bar

Lively venue with a seasonal patio hosts DJs ever Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Dance if the spirit moves you or sit back and enjoy the tunes while you dig into traditional pub fare and craft beverages.


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The 12th House

LGBTQ-owned gift shop carries pride merchandise all year round plus boutique clothing and accessories, candles, incense, crystals and handmade home items. You can also get a custom henna tattoo and a tarot card reading.

The Apartment Lounge

Michigan’s oldest gay bar continues to make everyone feel welcome after 50+ years. Sit on the patio in warm weather, right next to the Rainbow Road street mural celebrating our LGBTQ+ community.

Rumors Nightclub

Rumors is the destination for high-energy entertainment, with dancing, DJs, karaoke, cabaret, drag shows and more, every night of the week. You can dance all night or find a space to chill and chat.

Live Music

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Festival of the Arts in Downtown Grand Rapids

In the summer months, Rosa Parks Circle is home to various events that feature live music.

Photo by Nick Irwin for Experience GR

The BackForty Saloon

Downtown’s country bar hosts live bands every Saturday night, with plenty of room on the dance floor to boot scoot and boogie. Country DJs spin tunes on Fridays.

DeVos Performance Hall

Touring concerts, Broadway musicals, the Grand Rapids Symphony and Opera Grand Rapids fill this 2,543-seat theater with a diverse range of musical entertainment.

Fountain Street Church

This neo-Romanesque structure built in 1925 seats up to 1,500 guests for occasional concerts, including a series of Candlelight Concerts performed live under the gentle glow of candlelight. Spectacular acoustics have attracted performers as diverse as U2 and Arlo Guthrie.

GLC Live at 20 Monroe

A contemporary concert hall that can accommodate 2,600 patrons, GLC Live welcomes a diverse lineup of musicians and comedians from around the region and around the country. Multiple shows each week make it easy to find something you like.

GRNoir Wine & Jazz

Enjoy live jazz, delicious food and a carefully curated wine selection from Grand Rapids’ only Black male to achieve Level II sommelier certification. Jazz is offered Wednesday-Sunday evenings and during Brunch With a Beat, held the third Sunday of each month.


The House of Music & Entertainment offers a mix of live bands and DJs on weekends. It’s located in The B.O.B. (Big Old Building), a renovated four-story warehouse that also includes four restaurants, a craft brewery and nightclub.

The Intersection

Ranked among America’s top 50 music venues, The Intersection has four separate stages under one roof – which allows it to host an eclectic mix of established and up-and-coming performers. There are not just multiple shows a week, there are often multiple shows a day.

K-Rok Barbecue & Karaoke

You’ll be providing the “live” portion of the music at K-Rok, which offers Korean-style karaoke rooms so you and your group can sing your heart out in privacy (while enjoying delectable food and drink). Maximum of 12 people per room.


With 200 seats arranged in a semi-circle around a stage elevated just one foot off the ground, Midtown creates an intimate connection between the artists and audiences. You’ll feel like you’re in an underground jazz club, though the musical performers span all genres – and many comedians stop by, too.

Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar

Sing and dance along to some of the most popular tunes from the ‘70s to today, all played live by dueling pianists who take your requests. Or head up Mojo’s second floor to dance to a DJ-spun soundtrack.

The Pyramid Scheme

A standing-room venue that accommodates 400+ patrons, The Pyramid Scheme is a great place to catch acts that just played in Detroit or Chicago and are looking for an extra gig. You can enjoy a more intimate show from a band that usually plays larger venues.

Van Andel Arena

Regularly ranked among the world’s top-grossing venues of its size – about 12,000 seats – Van Andel Arena hosts the country’s hottest touring acts, from Taylor Swift and Elton John to Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber.

Relax at Rosa

Rosa Parks Circle, a community gathering space designed by acclaimed sculptor Maya Lin, hosts this summer lunchtime series featuring live music, food trucks and games for the whole family – all outdoors.

St. Cecilia Music Center

Known as the “the mother of the arts” in Grand Rapids, St. Cecilia Music Center hosts annual jazz, folk and classic concert series in a beautifully restored 1894 landmark building. Its 650-seat auditorium is considered one of the finest recital halls in the country.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum

“America’s most entertaining presidential museum” is a tribute to the life and times of the man who represented Grand Rapids in Congress for 25 years. Diverse exhibits show the real stuff of history, sparking curiosity and enthusiasm about our nation's history and government. The President and First Lady Betty Ford are buried on the grounds of the Museum.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

Three floors of fascinating exhibits and artifacts focus on science, history and culture to inspire and engage young and old. Ride the 1928 Spillman Carousel, wander the streets of “Old Grand Rapids,” see the nation’s top traveling exhibits and more.

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Home to a permanent collection of more than 6,000 works of art and host to an ever-changing slate of exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists, the Grand Rapids Art Museum is a vital part of the city’s international recognized art scene. Take a moment to admire the exterior, named one of the world’s best new buildings of 2007.

Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives

Delve into the history, culture, art and accomplishments of local African Americans at GRAAMA. The museum shares their stories through recorded oral histories, memorabilia, exhibits, pop-up displays and special events.

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

With hands-on interactive exhibits and daily drop-in programs that inspire learning through play, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is a must-visit for families with kids aged 2-10. Play with slippery bubbles, study a live beehive, “work” on a farm and much more.

Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

Located inside the Grand Rapids Public Museum, our planetarium offers a daily schedule of immersive multimedia shows exploring the wonders of the universe. The facility is named after the Grand Rapids astronaut who was killed in a pre-launch test fire in 1967.

Performing Arts

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DeVos Performance Hall

Ballet, broadway, opera, symphony, superstar concerts, big-name comedians, touring family shows – you can it all at DeVos Performance Hall, which is part of the DeVos Place complex.

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre

One of America’s largest community theatres, the Civic presents a wide range of crowd-pleasing plays and musicals from September through June each year – including shows designed for kids.

Spectrum Theater

Located on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College, Spectrum Theater hosts productions from Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids, known for its challenging and thought-provoking works, and Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids, whose offerings seek to universalize the Jewish experience.

Rooftop Bars

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A private, covered, year-round balcony bar with indoor and outdoor seating, IDC affords guests a panoramic view of the street below and the city above. Expect delectable cocktails and a finely curated selection of wine, beer, cider and seltzer. Located in the Amway Grand Plaza hotel, the bar requires a secret code to enter – you sign up at the IDC website to get it.

Knoop Rooftop Beer Garden

Enjoy an extensive variety of local craft beer, wine and specialty cocktails at this upscale destination inside (and outside) the Canopy by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown hotel. The dinner menu offers a refined mix of Dutch and German-inspired cuisine with a modern touch.


This one’s not technically on the roof, but it is on the top two floors of the 29-story Amway Grand Plaza hotel. The views from MDRD ’s floor-to-ceiling windows and private balcony are truly breathtaking – and the food and drink are just as magnificent. 

Mertens Rooftop

Rooftop bar atop what was once a 1914-built hotel serves French-inspired bites and cocktails in the open air along with expansive views of the city. Perfect for pre- or post-dinner drinks when visiting Mertens Prime steakhouse (also in the building), or for a memorable stand-alone experience.

Waters View Rooftop Bar

Nestled atop the Homewood Suites by Hilton Grand Rapids Downtown hotel, this bar provides incredible views of the city along with numerous vantage points for drinking it all in. Access is reserved for guests of the hotel.

Rockwell Republic

This cocktail bar and gastro pub has won numerous crowd-sourced awards for its elevated outdoor deck, which feels like a roof without actually being one. Rockwell Republic is known for its delectable craft cocktails, happy-hour special and from-scratch cuisine.

Sky Deck at Bobarino’s

The Sky Deck outside Bobarino’s Pizzeria looks over one of the city’s busiest intersections but a “live wall” of flowers and greenery makes it feel a world away from downtown hustle and bustle. Dinner Thursday-Saturday.

Courage & Soar Shop

Sister stores Courage & Soar and Oh, Hello Paper & Gifts are conveniently located right next to each other in downtown Grand Rapids.

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The 12th House

LGBTQ-owned gift shop carries pride merchandise all year round plus boutique clothing and accessories, candles, incense, crystals and handmade home items. You can also get a custom henna tattoo and a tarot card reading.

The Aroma Labs

Create your own signature scent for soaps, shaving cream, car fragrance, sprays, diffusers, lotions and more. A unique gender-neutral experience.

ArtRat Gallery

Browse art exhibitions and shop for original art from local artists plus a variety of branded merchandise.

Arts Marketplace at Studio Park

A space for local minority vendors to sell their handmade art, clothing, furniture and other products.

Bella Bridesmaids

Bridesmaid boutique carries bridal party dresses and gowns from leading designers, in a vast range of colors and styles.

Bianka Bridal

Elegant, chandelier-lit boutique showcases sophisticated designer wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses.

Boutique Emmanuel

Women’s clothing store inside the Amway Grand Plaza hotel carries a selection of unique fashions in comfortable and friendly setting.

Craft-Revival Jewelers

Family-owned jewelry shop creates custom-designed engagement rings, wedding bands, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and more.

Courage & Soar

This lifestyle and home store constantly rotates inventory so you never shop the same selection twice.

Curiosity Shop

The gift shop inside the Grand Rapids Public Museum offers fun and educational items linked to current exhibits as well as a selection of Grand Rapids-themed gifts and souvenirs.

Decaydence Vintage

Well-organized store offers an amazing selection of vintage clothing, toys and home goods from local vendors and owner Tom Short.


Affordable market concept from Dollar General stocks health and beauty products, refrigerated foods, snacks, paper products, cleaning supplies, electronics and home décor.

Elegance Wigs

This full-service wig salon offers high-quality, expertly styled hairpieces plus an assortment of hats and accessories.

F. David Barney Clothiers

Fine menswear shop offers suits and coats, pants, dress shirts, sportswear, outerwear and accessories along with master tailor services.

Gazelle Sports

Locally owned sporting store stocks a huge inventory of shoes and activewear for running, walking, casual wear and more.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Store

A must-shop venue for history and politics buffs, with everything from  pencils, puzzles and apparel to golf gear, ornaments and copies of Gerald R. Ford’s autobiography signed by Ford himself.

GRAAMA Gift Shop

Gift shop at the Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives offers a line of GRAAMA-logo mugs, t-shirts, backpacks and bags in addition to handmade clothing, jewelry, dolls and more from local artists.

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Gift Shop

The gift shop at GRCM is a great place to find unique toys, games and other cool stuff that will brighten any child’s day.

Grand Kids

This Amway Grand Plaza hotel shop sells clothing for kids and babies, toys, books, stuffed animals, puzzles and more.


Boutique store specializes in highly sought-after footwear and clothing brands that represent the latest trends and cutting-edge designs.

JW Marketplace

Gift store/convenience store inside the JW Marriott hotel carries unique gift items, snacks, cold bottled beverages, toiletries and more.

Oh, Hello Paper & Gifts

A one-stop shop for stationery, greeting cards, Grand Rapids-themed items and unique gifts for anyone.

Old World Olive Press

Taste and compare top-notch olive oils and aged balsamic vinegars to find just the right flavors for your cooking adventures.

Periwinkle Fog

An innovative gift and gallery boutique carrying art, accessories, home décor, local artisan jewelry, pottery, children’s toys and books, and more.

Plaza Essentials

Gift shop inside the Amway Grand Plaza hotel offers greeting cards, toys and games, health and beauty items, Grand Rapids souvenirs, snacks, soft drinks, and beer and wine.


A casual men's clothing store with a focus on jeans, shirts and sneakers, plus skate-inspired apparel.

Reynolds & Sons

Family-owned sporting goods store established in 1927 offers a huge selection of active clothing and shoes.

The Spark

The gift shop at Kendall College of Art & Design carries a wide range of curated gifts, art prints, décor, stationery, jewelry and art supplies, much if it handmade by KCAD alumni and current students.


Shop for fine watches, leather goods, clocks, home goods and jewelry from the iconic Detroit-based brand.

Superior Watch Repair

Need a watch battery replaced or a band resized? You can count on Superior Watch Repair for fast, friendly, affordable service.

Vault of Midnight

A fun and impeccably organized place to shop for comic books, board games and other pop culture merchandise.

Vertigo Music

Browse more than 25,000 new records, all priced cheaper than regular retail, and around 10,000 used records of all genres and styles.


Contemporary fashion retailer offers high-energy footwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and kids.

We are LIT

Independent bookshop inside the Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives carries new, multicultural books across all genres – including great children’s titles.

Webster’s Market

Family-owned mini market stocks candy, gum, beverages, vapes, tobacco items and to-go subs and salads.

Second Vibess

With a passion for curating and up-cycling sustainable materials, Second Vibess is a great source for vintage and “reimagined” clothing inspired by street-style fashion.

Celeste Salon & Spa

Spa inside the Amway Grand Plaza hotel includes a hair salon, nail salon, five treatment rooms, hot tub whirlpool, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and indoor and outdoor relaxation spaces. Open to the public.

Seraphina Spa

Offering a variety of body treatments, massages, facials and nail care services, Seraphina is located on the “Wellness Floor” of the JW Marriott hotel, along with an indoor pool and fitness center, steam room and cozy relaxation pods. Open to the public.

Griffins Game at the Van Andel Arena in Downtown Grand Rapids. Ideology shoot for Feeling Good Video.

Attend a professional basketball, hockey, or volleyball game at Van Andel Arena.

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Grand Rapids Gold

The NBA G League affiliate of the Denver Nuggets, the Gold play basketball in Van Andel Arena from November through March.

Grand Rapids Griffins

The American Hockey League affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, the Griffins play hockey in Van Andel Arena from October through April.

Grand Rapids Rise

West Michigan’s first major league women’s sports team plays pro volleyball in Van Andel Arena from January through May.

Sports Bars

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Bobarino’s Pizzeria

Watch the game while you partake of delicious wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, sandwiches, salads and beer from B.O.B.’s Brewery. Both the pizzeria and the brewery are located in The B.O.B. (Big Old Building), which has three other restaurants, a live-music venue, comedy club and nightclub.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Wings, beer and sports are the draws at this downtown GR location of this international restaurant chain. Wall-to-wall TVs make it easy to catch your favorite team.

Uccello’s Ristorante

“Where Great Food & Sports Come Together!” is the tagline at this family-friendly restaurant, which offers plenty of TVs for watching sports along with delectable Italian and bar food, a wide variety of beers on tap and daily drink specials.

Sweet Treats

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Elsa’s at Studio Park

Grab your cup of ice cream or frozen yogurt and customize your dessert from the toppings bar. Open during warm-weather months.

Kilwin’s Chocolates & Ice Cream

Mackinac Island Fudge, chocolates, ice cream, caramel corn, caramel apples and crunchy brittles… Kilwin’s can satisfy most any sweet tooth.

Insomnia Cookies

Late-night cookie craving? Insomnia has the cure – it’s open until 1am Sunday-Wednesday and 3am Thursday-Saturday, for takeout or delivery.

Le Macaron French Pastries

French pastries, macarons chocolates, coffee, tea, and gelato milkshakes deliver a taste of Paris in Grand Rapids.

Mosby’s Popcorn

Family-owned gourmet popcorn shop offers 60+ flavors and counting, all made in-house.

Open Door Bakery

A delicious assortment of cookies, cupcakes and other sweet treats, all baked fresh by women who were or are currently patrons of the Dégagé Ministries Open Door Women’s Center, which serves those facing homelessness and poverty.

Sweet Yo’s

Premium self-service frozen yogurt shop offers a huge selection of fresh toppings for a quick, easy and luscious treat.

Wine Bars & Shops

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Group experience the wine bar, GR Noir in downtown Grand Rapids.

From self-serve wine and flights to live music and brunch, GRNoir has it all!

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GRNoir Wine & Jazz

The wine list here is curated by co-owner Shatawn Brigham, a Certified Level II Sommelier. If you can't decide on just one variety, GRNoir offers a white wine flight as part of the Flights of Flavor® promotion. There’s a self-serve wine tap, too.

House of Wine

House of Wine offers more than 50 wines available by taste, glass or bottle. Plus, there are 250 bottles of wine to choose from in the retail shop. A Flights of Flavor selection pairs a flight of Michigan wines with hand-crafted hors d’oeuvres.

Reserve Wine & Food

Reserve pours more than 100 varieties of wine by the glass, including a wide range of California and Old World wines. Its wine cellar houses 900+ bottles available for retail sale. The food menu emphasizes from-the-farm American fare.

Note: Reserve is temporarily closed, with plans to reopen as a new concept in the late fall.

Forty Pearl

Originally opened as a tasting room for Traverse City-based Brengman Brothers winery, Forty Pearl has evolved to showcase the finest Michigan wines in pairings with adventurous bites made with locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

Right Bank Wine Selections

This Amway Grand Plaza hotel shop stocks a vast selection of wines from various regions, thoughtfully curated to satisfy a range of palettes. Expert staff can recommend options for any occasion.

Grand Vin

Grand Vin carries everything from $12 bottles of wine that pair well with a Monday night pizza to treasured collectibles that retail for $400–$500 – many that you’ll find nowhere else in West Michigan. Champagnes and sparkling wines are a particular strength.