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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.
    Heartside
    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.…
    Southtown
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    Uptown
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Desserts & Sweets

    They say calories don’t count when you’re traveling – so a visit to Grand Rapids is the perfect opportunity to indulge your sweet tooth. We’ve got all sorts of luscious treats to tempt your taste buds, in all sorts of shops and eateries across the city.  Here are just a few of our flavorful favorites!

    Notable Sweet Stops

    Brewery Vivant. This food-forward brewery has been named the city’s best dessert restaurant in consecutive region-wide polls.

    Cakabakery. The founder of this awesome cake shop was a second-place finisher in the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” competition.

    Luna Grand Rapids. Michigan’s Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant (per Travel + Leisure magazine) serves a killer house-made coconut flan.

    Sweetie-Licious Bake Shoppe. “Eat pie, love life!” is the motto of this Downtown Market shop and its founder, the winner of multiple National Pie Championships.

    Chocolate Shops

    Art of the Table. Features a curated selection of chocolates from around the world and around the corner – including made-in-Grand Haven Patricia’s Chocolates.

    Kilwins. Handcrafted chocolates and authentic Mackinac Island Fudge head the sweet lineup of treats at this downtown shop.

    MoKaya. Exquisite, uncommon chocolates made with fresh, natural ingredients are the hallmark of this “chocolate boutique.”

    Sweetland Candies. This 4th generation family-owned chocolatier has been tempting Grand Rapids with homemade sweets since 1919.

    Bakeries

    Belman’s Bakery. Enticing selections at this family-owned Southtown bakery include a variety of Mexican treats.

    Hall Street Bakery & Wealthy Street Bakery. Deliciously creative pastry selections – many gluten free – are among the joys at these Uptown neighborhood cafés.

    Nantucket Baking Company. Enjoy fresh-baked cookies, pastries, pies, cakes and tortes at this Heritage Hill shop.

    Rise Grand Rapids. Vegan, gluten-free and soy-free baked goods are available at his bakery/coffee shop around the corner from John Ball Zoo.

    Van’s Pastry Shoppe. The city’s oldest bakery, operating since the 1920s, serves old-fashioned, no-preservative Dutch (and other) treats.

    Donut Shops

    Bostwick Bakery. Located across the street from beautiful Bostwick Lake, this bakery is known for its big donuts and friendly atmosphere.

    The Donut Conspiracy. Adventurous eaters love the bold, unique flavor combinations here – and there are plenty of traditional choices, too.

    Marge’s Donut Den. Marge has been behind the counter since 1975, pleasing generations of local donut aficionados.

    Sandy’s Donuts. This longtime West Side gathering spot delivers a lot of donut for your dollar – sizes are big and prices are small.

    Ice Cream

    Frosty Boy. Iconic North Quarter shop may be best known for its unique lemon-flavored soft-serve ice cream.

    Furniture City Creamery. This microcreamery handcrafts small batches of vintage-inspired dairy and vegan ice cream flavors.

    Love’s Ice Cream & Chocolates. Downtown Market shop handcrafts ice cream, vegan gelato and sorbet using organic ingredients from small Michigan farms.

    Jersey Junction. Old-fashioned ice cream parlor serves locally made Hudsonville Ice Cream in the heart of East Grand Rapids. Seasonal.

    Mayan Chocolate & Ice Cream. Flavors infused with Latin American fruits and spices are among the highlights at this touch-of-the-tropics shop on the West Side.

    Specialty Sweets

    Brown Butter Creperie and Café. Quaint café in a distinctive historic building serves an array of sweet (and savory) crepes.

    Le Bon Macaron. A treat for the eyes as well as the palate – this Uptown café creates beautiful French concoctions in a variety of irresistible flavors.

    Mosby’s Popcorn. Gourmet Kentwood popcorn shop offers 100+ flavors, all made in house.

    The Salted Cupcake. An extensive rotating selection of flavors, often incorporating savory elements, distinguishes this Kentwood favorite.

    Sweet Suggestions

    Visit the Downtown Market to sample a sugar rush of sweet treats under one roof – at Dorothy & Tony’s Gourmet Popcorn, Field & Fire Bakery, Love’s Ice Cream & Chocolate and Sweetie-Licious Bake Shoppe.

    West Michigan is one of the country’s largest producers of apples – taste the harvest in fresh apple pies, apple breads and apple donuts from Robinette’s Apple Haus, a family orchard operation.

    Get a taste of our Dutch heritage – buy locally made windmill cookies at Vander Veen’s Dutch Store and other area retailers.

    Order the “Beer Flight” at MoKaya – six extravagant chocolates infused with beer from breweries on our Beer City Ale Trail.

    Learn to make a variety of chocolate creations in one of The Local Epicurean’s hands-on cooking classes.