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Paul & Elizabeth’s Grand Rapids Guidebook

Paul & Elizabeth
Paul & Elizabeth
Bei Airbnb seit 2017
Paul & Elizabeth

Paul & Elizabeth’s Grand Rapids Guidebook

Food scene
Charcuterie & French-style goods from Nantucket Baking company are served at this stylish contemporary cafe. Coffee brewed is from Madcap - roasted in small batches since 2008 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the Heritage Hill neighborhood and an easy walk from our Airbnb.
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Lyon Street Cafe
617 Lyon Street Northeast
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Charcuterie & French-style goods from Nantucket Baking company are served at this stylish contemporary cafe. Coffee brewed is from Madcap - roasted in small batches since 2008 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the Heritage Hill neighborhood and an easy walk from our Airbnb.
Modern market filled with many awesome restaurants. Aperitivo is a great wine bar and you can bring your food from other vendors there to eat with your wine (and you can sit outside). Fish Lads is the best, freshest fish in town. Rak Thai makes some awesome Pad Thai on the cheap. Tacos El; Cunado has great Mexican food and some of the best guacamole around. Other vendors offer sushi, Slows BBQ, smoothies, Acai bowls, and Field & Fire Bakery are a few others. Top it off with Love's for an awesome scoop of ice cream.
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Downtown Market Grand Rapids
435 Ionia Ave SW
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Modern market filled with many awesome restaurants. Aperitivo is a great wine bar and you can bring your food from other vendors there to eat with your wine (and you can sit outside). Fish Lads is the best, freshest fish in town. Rak Thai makes some awesome Pad Thai on the cheap. Tacos El; Cunado has great Mexican food and some of the best guacamole around. Other vendors offer sushi, Slows BBQ, smoothies, Acai bowls, and Field & Fire Bakery are a few others. Top it off with Love's for an awesome scoop of ice cream.
Our favorite pub with many local Michigan beers on tap and great food! The oldest operating bar and restaurant in downtown GR. Casual charm and down to earth atmosphere, famous for the city's best burgers, three different styles of award winning chili.
Cottage Bar
18 La Grave Avenue Southeast
Our favorite pub with many local Michigan beers on tap and great food! The oldest operating bar and restaurant in downtown GR. Casual charm and down to earth atmosphere, famous for the city's best burgers, three different styles of award winning chili.
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!
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Terra GR Restaurant
1429 Lake Drive Southeast
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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!
Hip younger joint with one of the largest whiskey/bourbon selections in town (100's). Great burgers (& vegetarian options). Bring your quarters for their lobby of vintage pinball games!
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Stella's Lounge
53 Commerce Avenue Southwest
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Hip younger joint with one of the largest whiskey/bourbon selections in town (100's). Great burgers (& vegetarian options). Bring your quarters for their lobby of vintage pinball games!
Brewery specializing in Belgian and French style beers along with the best pretzels and beer cheese in GR. Pretzels by Nantucket Baking Co. Very good menu for dinner as well. Outdoor seating is nice on warm days. Location is a renovated historic church - very cool.
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Brewery Vivant
925 Cherry Street Southeast
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Brewery specializing in Belgian and French style beers along with the best pretzels and beer cheese in GR. Pretzels by Nantucket Baking Co. Very good menu for dinner as well. Outdoor seating is nice on warm days. Location is a renovated historic church - very cool.
Trendy Mediterranean food right in our Heritage Hill neighborhood, an easy walk from our Airbnb. Farm to table menu changes with the seasons. Excellent food and cocktails. Reservations recommended, although seating at the small bar areas are first-come, first-served.
Marcona on Lyon
623 Lyon St NE
Trendy Mediterranean food right in our Heritage Hill neighborhood, an easy walk from our Airbnb. Farm to table menu changes with the seasons. Excellent food and cocktails. Reservations recommended, although seating at the small bar areas are first-come, first-served.
Could be a sightseeing spot, too, just to see the vintage 70's design, furniture and 3" shag carpet on the ceiling above the bar! Walk or Uber recommended as their drinks are amazing. Real old-time craftsmanship bartenders.
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Buffalo Traders Lounge
950 Fulton St E
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Could be a sightseeing spot, too, just to see the vintage 70's design, furniture and 3" shag carpet on the ceiling above the bar! Walk or Uber recommended as their drinks are amazing. Real old-time craftsmanship bartenders.
Indoor and outdoor dining. Fairly new restaurant of the year in GR 2 years ago. "Modern gastropub with a meat-heavy menu of globally inspired fare, 100+ whiskeys & draft beer." Vegetarians will find enough to eat here, too. Longer walk from our Airbnb but mostly downhill. Close to several other hotspots on the NW side of downtown.
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Butcher's Union
438 Bridge St NW
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Indoor and outdoor dining. Fairly new restaurant of the year in GR 2 years ago. "Modern gastropub with a meat-heavy menu of globally inspired fare, 100+ whiskeys & draft beer." Vegetarians will find enough to eat here, too. Longer walk from our Airbnb but mostly downhill. Close to several other hotspots on the NW side of downtown.
Some of the best beer and pizza in town. All pizzas can be made vegetarian and they are AMAZING! Baseball themed named craft beer set in a restored Victorian-era firehouse with old-time baseball decor.
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The Mitten Brewing Company
527 Leonard Street Northwest
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Some of the best beer and pizza in town. All pizzas can be made vegetarian and they are AMAZING! Baseball themed named craft beer set in a restored Victorian-era firehouse with old-time baseball decor.
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).
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That Early Bird
1445 Lake Dr SE
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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).
A GR staple for over 27 years! Breakfast, lunch or dinner. Easy walk from our Airbnb. We think this is more fun in bigger groups so you can sample more tapas but can still be fun for 2! "Breezy tapas spot for Mediterranean & Spanish flavors with an upbeat ambiance, plus cooking classes."
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San Chez A Tapas Bistro
38 Fulton Street West
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A GR staple for over 27 years! Breakfast, lunch or dinner. Easy walk from our Airbnb. We think this is more fun in bigger groups so you can sample more tapas but can still be fun for 2! "Breezy tapas spot for Mediterranean & Spanish flavors with an upbeat ambiance, plus cooking classes."
Great sushi in a hip location on Cherry Street (red brick paved) near some cute shops, and Brewery Vivant. Good fish! Outdoor seating option, as well as a first-come, first-served sushi bar area.
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Maru Sushi & Grill
927 Cherry Street Southeast
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Great sushi in a hip location on Cherry Street (red brick paved) near some cute shops, and Brewery Vivant. Good fish! Outdoor seating option, as well as a first-come, first-served sushi bar area.
Not what you might expect from a Mexican restaurant. Located in an historic gas/service station complete with garage doors that open in good weather to the picnic table area outside. No reservations available so be prepared to wait a bit on weekends. Bar seating is first-come, first served. Huge lineup of pure agave Tequilas and one of the best Margaritas in GR! Amazing guacamole, queso and black bean dip for starters. Artistic food served mostly family style. This place is usually packed.
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Donkey Taqueria
665 Wealthy Street Southeast
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Not what you might expect from a Mexican restaurant. Located in an historic gas/service station complete with garage doors that open in good weather to the picnic table area outside. No reservations available so be prepared to wait a bit on weekends. Bar seating is first-come, first served. Huge lineup of pure agave Tequilas and one of the best Margaritas in GR! Amazing guacamole, queso and black bean dip for starters. Artistic food served mostly family style. This place is usually packed.
Downtown GR location is the original HopCat! Colorful spot on the very busy Ionia Avenue right next to VanAndel Arena. Huge covered patio allows for outside seating most days spring-summer-fall. Very large selection of beers on tap! Easy walk mostly downhill from our Airbnb.
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HopCat
25 Ionia Avenue Southwest
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Downtown GR location is the original HopCat! Colorful spot on the very busy Ionia Avenue right next to VanAndel Arena. Huge covered patio allows for outside seating most days spring-summer-fall. Very large selection of beers on tap! Easy walk mostly downhill from our Airbnb.
Tasty, healthy food for dine in or takeout. Bowls, soups, salads, wraps, smoothies and other delicious stuff. Located right in the center of town. Their motto, "Eat. Energize. To provide fresh and nutritious meal choices that energize people on the go."
Freshii
146 Monroe Center St NW
Tasty, healthy food for dine in or takeout. Bowls, soups, salads, wraps, smoothies and other delicious stuff. Located right in the center of town. Their motto, "Eat. Energize. To provide fresh and nutritious meal choices that energize people on the go."
Best new breakfast/lunch restaurant. Closes at 3pm for now but word is out that they are getting extended hours, deli, liquor license and more. Excellent food. Vegetarian options. Good coffee. Small outside seating area is nice.
Kingfisher Restaurant & Deli
1001 Lake Drive Southeast
Best new breakfast/lunch restaurant. Closes at 3pm for now but word is out that they are getting extended hours, deli, liquor license and more. Excellent food. Vegetarian options. Good coffee. Small outside seating area is nice.
These guys actually have a location in Eastown as well. They make great pizza and brew their own beer, too. Both locations are great, offer the same menu, and both have the availability of some outside seating when the weather is nice, and both have roll-up doors that can give that alfresco dining experience while being covered with a roof! Both located in renovated historic buildings. Stop in for a Harmony Salad and a Good Earth Pizza - nothing better!
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Harmony Hall
401 Stocking Avenue Northwest
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These guys actually have a location in Eastown as well. They make great pizza and brew their own beer, too. Both locations are great, offer the same menu, and both have the availability of some outside seating when the weather is nice, and both have roll-up doors that can give that alfresco dining experience while being covered with a roof! Both located in renovated historic buildings. Stop in for a Harmony Salad and a Good Earth Pizza - nothing better!
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.
Matchbox Diner & Drinks | Eastown
1345 Lake Drive Southeast
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.
One of our fav's! Check out their mussels appetizer, wow! Eco-friendly gastropub serves an eclectic menu plus local & European beers in a sunny space. Outdoor seating weather permitting
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The Green Well
924 Cherry Street Southeast
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One of our fav's! Check out their mussels appetizer, wow! Eco-friendly gastropub serves an eclectic menu plus local & European beers in a sunny space. Outdoor seating weather permitting
Owned by the same group as the Donkey restaurant (and right across the street). Indoor/outdoor seating. Gourmet bar food served in a pub with exposed-brick walls, a weekend Bloody Mary bar & live jazz.
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The Winchester
648 Wealthy Street Southeast
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Owned by the same group as the Donkey restaurant (and right across the street). Indoor/outdoor seating. Gourmet bar food served in a pub with exposed-brick walls, a weekend Bloody Mary bar & live jazz.
Great newer addition to the downtown GR scene. Located next to VanAndel Arena, and across from the newly developing Theater District! Excellent menu served in swanky ambiance. A great fine dining choice.
Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails
67 Ottawa Ave SW
Great newer addition to the downtown GR scene. Located next to VanAndel Arena, and across from the newly developing Theater District! Excellent menu served in swanky ambiance. A great fine dining choice.
Sightseeing
This is where our Airbnb is located! Heritage Hill is one of the largest urban historic districts in the country. It was the first “neighborhood” of Grand Rapids and is adjacent to downtown, the medical institutions and universities, and the hip Uptown district. Heritage Hill offers Michigan’s largest and finest collection of 19th and early 20th century houses. Nearly every style of American architecture, from Greek Revival to Prairie, is represented in the 1,300 buildings that date from 1844. These were the homes of lumber barons, teachers, judges, and legislators who shaped our city’s future.
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Heritage Hill
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This is where our Airbnb is located! Heritage Hill is one of the largest urban historic districts in the country. It was the first “neighborhood” of Grand Rapids and is adjacent to downtown, the medical institutions and universities, and the hip Uptown district. Heritage Hill offers Michigan’s largest and finest collection of 19th and early 20th century houses. Nearly every style of American architecture, from Greek Revival to Prairie, is represented in the 1,300 buildings that date from 1844. These were the homes of lumber barons, teachers, judges, and legislators who shaped our city’s future.
Experience masterpieces of art and nature that will delight your senses at one of the nation's premier horticultural display gardens and sculpture parks in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Frederik Meijer Gardens
1000 East Beltline Avenue Northeast
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Experience masterpieces of art and nature that will delight your senses at one of the nation's premier horticultural display gardens and sculpture parks in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
See Andy Warhol and other great art. The GRAM is in the heart of downtown GR and internationally known for its distinguished design and LEED® Gold certified status. See more than 5,000 works of art, American and European 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture.
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Grand Rapids Art Museum
101 Monroe Center Street Northwest
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See Andy Warhol and other great art. The GRAM is in the heart of downtown GR and internationally known for its distinguished design and LEED® Gold certified status. See more than 5,000 works of art, American and European 19th and 20th century painting and sculpture.
One of the major venues for ArtPrize in GR. A multi-use facility devoted to the creative arts, with programs in visual arts, film, music & dance. Frequently changing exhibits.
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Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)
2 Fulton Street West
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One of the major venues for ArtPrize in GR. A multi-use facility devoted to the creative arts, with programs in visual arts, film, music & dance. Frequently changing exhibits.
Right on the west side of the Grand River on the west side of GR. Fairly easy walk downhill from our Airbnb. The museum has 3 floors of history in an ex-flour mill plus exhibits, a 1928 working carousel & planetarium.
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Grand Rapids Public Museum
272 Pearl Street Northwest
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Right on the west side of the Grand River on the west side of GR. Fairly easy walk downhill from our Airbnb. The museum has 3 floors of history in an ex-flour mill plus exhibits, a 1928 working carousel & planetarium.
Right across the street from the GR Museum! Presidential museum and burial site of Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States, and his wife Betty Ford. Nice tour of history if you have a couple hours.
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
1000 Beal Avenue
Right across the street from the GR Museum! Presidential museum and burial site of Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States, and his wife Betty Ford. Nice tour of history if you have a couple hours.
We say sightseeing because we tend to end up there before, during or after a walk through the neighborhood to enjoy the historic homes. Bonus if we land on nights they are doing wine tastings - always educational and enjoyable. The corner in Heritage Hill is only a few blocks over from our Airbnb. Martha's now has Martha's Pizza (takeout only) where you can grab a slice most any time of the day, Nantucket Baking Company where you can get old-world crafted fresh baked goods daily, Lyon Street Cafe for a cup of coffee and the Marcona On Lyon Mediterranean restaurant. Quite the corner! We are VERY lucky to have this in our neighborhood to walk to.
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Martha's Vineyard Fine Wine & Gourmet Grocery
200 Union Avenue Northeast
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We say sightseeing because we tend to end up there before, during or after a walk through the neighborhood to enjoy the historic homes. Bonus if we land on nights they are doing wine tastings - always educational and enjoyable. The corner in Heritage Hill is only a few blocks over from our Airbnb. Martha's now has Martha's Pizza (takeout only) where you can grab a slice most any time of the day, Nantucket Baking Company where you can get old-world crafted fresh baked goods daily, Lyon Street Cafe for a cup of coffee and the Marcona On Lyon Mediterranean restaurant. Quite the corner! We are VERY lucky to have this in our neighborhood to walk to.