Just east of Downtown Grand Rapids is a neighborhood encompassing four thriving business districts: East Fulton, East Hills, Eastown and Wealthy Street. This is the city's hippest destination, where an eclectic mix of specialty shops and galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and entertainment venues reflect the area's friendly, funky, fabulous character. It's an easy walk or quick drive between the four business districts, on streets lined by historic homes and leafy trees.

Where to eat in Uptown

There are nearly 60 restaurants, breweries and coffeehouses in Uptown. Check out some of our favorites below:


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Where to shop in Uptown

Browse to your heart's content at more than 70 specialty shops, boutiques and galleries, including these:

What to Do in Uptown

Bring your naughty-and-nice list to the Uptown Holiday Shop Hop, an annual early-December event featuring great music, entertainment and, of course, sales! Shuttles transport shoppers between the four business districts.

Sip your way to Beer City Brewsader® status by enjoying a beer at Brewery Vivant, Elk Brewing and Harmony Brewing Company.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with handcrafted ice cream at Furniture City Creamery, delectable French macarons at Le Bon Macaron, and indulgent cookies and cupcakes at Cakabakery.

What to See in Uptown

See a show at Wealthy Street Theatre, a magnificently restored 400-seat historic theatre that hosts a wide variety of arts and entertainment events.

See a play or musical at Circle Theatre, which offers five main-stage productions from May through September.

See a minor-league soccer match – the Grand Rapids Football Club’s men and women teams play in Houseman Field from late spring through early summer.

Local Uptown Favorites

Fulton Street Farmers Market, the city’s longest-running farm market, brings locally grown food and locally crafted goods to a convention location, all year ‘round.

Schnitz Deli is a homegrown delicatessen and bakery that sources local ingredients to make awesome sandwiches and desserts.

Uptown Hidden Gems

Fulton Street Cemetery, opened in 1838, is the burial place for many of Grand Rapids’ early pioneers. Occasional tours offer a fascinating glimpse into our history.

Outside Coffee Co is a camper-converted coffee shop parked in the community garden at Woosah Outfitters. Dog friendly!