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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.

    The Insider Experience

    Eat, stay, and play like a local in Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Author: Jason Ley

    Jason Ley, pronounced (/lā/), stopped chasing the cliché American Dream in 2015 to live smarter, travel more, and transition professionally into the world of craft beer. He’s a Certified Beer Server, with his palate-in-training to become a Certified Cicerone®. He's the CEO of Better Drinking Culture, and also the creator, writer, producer, and host of Modern Ahabs, a non-staged reality TV show about craft beer enthusiasts chasing their bucket list beers. Engage with him on his website, and across social @jasonley.

    City Built Brewing
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