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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Brewery
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“Serving as home to some of Michigan's best pizza and utilizing locally sourced products, Harmony Brewing Company is also a brewery (hence, "Brewing Company"), so this is basically the quintessential Grand Rapids beer-and-pizza experience. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Great restaurant for breakfast lunch or dinner. Wood fired pizza oven (their breakfast pizza is awesome). If they are busy look for seats at the first-come, first-served bar area. Outside seating highly desired on sunny days!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Divey historic hot dog joint, open late and cash only but a staple of the Grand Rapids food scene ”
  • 20 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“This place is awesome! They have great breakfast food, i highly recommend going to this restaurant but the catch is you have to get there early or the wait is an hour long. Try to get there before 10am or 9:30am.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
“Great coffee and low-key spot for breakfast or lunch. Unique menu items are all tasty along with some incredible baked goods. Best avocado toast in town. Indoor and outdoor seating as well (weather permitting).”
  • 5 locals recommend
Furniture / Home Store
“Cute and eclectic home good boutique. If you need a great card or a sassy tea towel, this is the place to go.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Known for the more "hipster" part of town it has awesome restaurants and shops. Great place to go shopping (Woosah Outfitters) next to coffee shops and restaurants. Donkey has awesome food (and tequila), Wolfgangs (life changing breakfast), Windchester, Cherry Deli, Greenwell, Brewery Vivant, Maru Sushi and so many more! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you like 80s music, go here on Sunday. Otherwise its a cool bar to go to. But seriously, 80s night is so fun!!!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Gym
“AMAZING hot yoga studio. They have multiples classes daily including beginner, power, slow flow and, my personal favorite, 'Shake Your Asana' which is set to a different, super fun playlist each week!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
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Restaurant
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“If you like spice, come here for a taste of Haiti! The service can be slow but the food is cooked with love and some kind of magic that make it worth the wait. You will likely get to meet Olga herself when you go. Don't miss the plantain appetizer, but watch out for the cole slaw! It is SPICY, but they make an amazing combination. The restaurant is housed in a very unique building. Tip: Go conservative on the spice level if you aren't sure!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
  • 2 locals recommend
Establishment
  • 1 local recommends
Off-Licence
  • 1 local recommends
Bakery
“Kind of hard to find but worth the effort for real boiled bagels, sandwiches and other baked goods. Breakfast and lunch.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“Newer restaurant in Eastown that offers a great breakfast, lunch and dinner. Can get crowded in the mornings so check out the first-come, first-served bar seating for faster access. Matchbox potatoes are amazing with the breakfast entrees. They will also hook you up with some Bailey's for your coffee or a Mimosa. Nice.”
  • 2 locals recommend