Food Lover’s Dream: Explore Grand Rapids' Downtown Market11:56 PM
Imagine a place where food isn’t just on the menu, it’s in the spotlight. Here, you can master Mediterranean cooking, enjoy access to locally-grown ingredients, throw a huge party, or simply sit down to lunch with friends.
Psst . . . guys . . . this place is real.
Above: Build your own skillet dish at Social Kitchen & Bar at Grand Rapids' Downtown Market
Above: Madcap Coffee's new location inside the Grand Rapids Downtown Market
Next, we explored the market and found everything from sushi and seafood to breads, oils, succulents, and teas. I was also excited to see a few familiar businesses that were new to the market (Slow’s Bar-BQ and Madcap Coffee), and a couple I’ve heard great things about and still need to try (Sweetie-licious Bake Shoppe and Love’s Ice Cream). Seriously—if I lived within walking distance of all these places, I’d be in trouble!
Above: Wooden beams reclaimed from the facility that used to sit on this lot were repurposed to create the prominent ceiling design featured in Grand Rapids' Downtown Market.
Upstairs, we found a sit-down eating area and caught a glimpse of the greenhouses (these are available for special events like wedding receptions). I even picked up a cute tote bag in the market’s administrative office as a souvenir (perfect for running grocery errands!).
The Grand Rapids Downtown Market Also Offers:- Hands-on cooking demonstrations and classes
- Rentable banquet room, meeting rooms, and terraces
- Incubator kitchen for entrepreneurs to learn more about restaurant processes and inspections
- Seasonal outdoor market
Above: This outdoor area fills with local artisans during seasonal and special market events.