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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.
    Matthew Makowski

    Matthew Makowski is a professional storyteller, comic book aficionado, proud husband, purveyor of positivity, and local tourist who loves promoting the awesomeness of Grand Rapids for Experience Grand Rapids. Away from his writing, Matthew enjoys burying his nose in comic books, cosplaying for charity as Captain America with The League of Enchantment, volunteering at Humane Society of West Michigan, exploring West Michigan with his beautiful wife, and sipping White Russians with his corgi, The Dude, by his side. You can follow his adventures on social media @MightyMattyMak.