- Bagel Beanery – 455 Michigan Ave. NE
Need to grab a bite to eat while heading downtown? Stop at the Bagel Beanery, which serves up freshly made bagels as well as soup, sandwiches and much more. Winning the Grand Rapids Best Bagel award 13 times, there is no argument that they have the best in town. All food is made fresh and in-house daily, including their cream cheese.
2. Brewery Vivant – 925 Cherry St. SE
Made out of an old funeral home, the Brewery Vivant is a historically beautiful restaurant, while also being one of the most sustainable businesses in Grand Rapids. It was awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design in 2012, making it the first brewery in the U.S. to win the award. Among its high praise for the environment, the brewery has amazing food and some seriously cool architecture. With stain glass windows and arched ceilings, you get something to look at while eating that isn’t a phone screen.
3. Downtown Market Grand Rapids – 435 Ionia Ave. SW
Packed with many restaurants and businesses, the Downtown Market is the perfect choice for a day out on the town. From bakeries to Mexican, from ice cream to flowers, they truly have everything. I’ve frequented this place many times and it’s one of my favorite places to spend time with friends while trying new food and drink. The lower floor holds the restaurants, and the upper level contains a greenhouse, a popular wedding venue, and indoor seating to enjoy meals. Keep in mind, you also support at least ten local businesses by just entering the market, so come visit anytime.
4. Harmony Brewing Company- 1551 Lake Dr. SE
Among the many breweries in West Michigan, Harmony is one of my personal favorites. Take a stroll through Eastown and you’ll see the giant sign on the corner. Harmony’s pizza is homemade fresh every day, and some of the best I have ever had. When restaurants open, you can enjoy its great atmosphere along with the amazing food. For now, you can enjoy their food through online ordering and to-go pickups.
5. Donkey Taqueria – 655 Wealthy Street SE
Although West Michigan isn’t famous for its Mexican food, Donkey Taqueria is the exception. With homemade dishes made from the finest of ingredients, they serve up authentic Mexican food in store or to-go. They also offer outside seating in special heated domes, which makes for a fun, unique, and COVID-19 safe experience. Mobile ordering is also available, so you can enjoy their delicious food where you please.
6. Furniture City Creamery – 958 Cherry Street SE
Locally sourced and woman owned, this ice cream is made from scratch daily, offering new and different flavors everyday. And if you can’t stop in, their ice cream truck can come to you! They carry a wide range of vegan and vegetarian options, which are just as delicious without the dairy guilt. With homemade waffle cones, they are the perfect choice for anyone with a sweet tooth. Stop in year round for some good ice cream.
7. Woosah and Outdoor Coffee Co. – 738 Wealthy St SE
Well known amongst the hiking community, Woosah carries apparel stamped with handmade designs carved out of wood which are created by the shop’s owner. Stop by to check out shirts, hoodies, and custom artwork. While you’re there, take a walk outside to the Outdoor Coffee Co. and relax in the outdoor heated seating in fun plastic domes! A great place to relax and enjoy a fresh cup of coffee.
8. Rebel – 1555 Wealthy St SE
When redecorating something in your house, turn to Rebel to make it fun and exciting. From live plants to kitchen supplies, the shop has a fantastic environment and holds many one-of-a-kind pieces that many homeowners are bound to enjoy. This store is another one of my favorite places to visit while in Eastown: the shop owners are some of the nicest people around and will help you with whatever you need. On top of that, the store is LGBTQ+ friendly! You can also follow their Instagram (@rebelgr) for weekly updates about new items coming to the store.
9. Vertigo Music – 129 Division Ave S
Music lovers gather at the vinyl store Vertigo Music, which carries everything from Harry Styles to Mozart in the forms of vinyls, CD’s, cassette’s, and DVD’s. they are heralded around Grand Rapids for their diverse music selection with tons of genres to choose from. Patrons of the store keep coming back not only for the music, but also for the hospitality of the owner Herm, who is extremely hospitable and has a knack for finding exactly what music you are searching for.
10. Ferris Coffee and Nut Co. – 227 Winter Ave NW Grand Rapids
Since 1924, family-owned Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. has been providing Grand Rapids with coffee for decades. With sustainably sourced coffee beans from across the globe, they serve up some of the best coffee in town. Don’t know what kind of coffee you like? Take one of their interactive quizzes online for some guidance. Then, stop in at one of their four locations for some delicious coffee, tea, and nut mixes.