Food & Drink

Food in Grand Rapids

Long before "farm to fork" became a national catchphrase, Grand Rapids restaurants were sourcing fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products from area farmers. The ready availability of quality food is one reason we've always had a much larger community of locally owned restaurants than other cities our size.

Our proximity to Lake Michigan provides ideal growing conditions for a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. (Michigan produces a broader variety of produce than any state except California.) Hundreds of family farmers work the land and provide restaurants (and residents) with an abundant supply of just-picked awesomeness.

Today, our local dining scene is more vibrant than ever, making Grand Rapids a true foodie destination.

World Food Travel Association Recognizes Grand Rapids Food Scene

Grand Rapids was just named #2 Best Food/Beverage Destination Experience by the World Food Travel Association's FoodTrekking Awards!…

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Food Trail

If you love food - eating it, cooking it, shopping for it, learning about it - you'll love Grand Rapids.

You can eat, cook, shop, learn and more at the Downtown Market . Opens Quickview Modal, a dazzling food emporium that includes restaurants, food vendors, a farmer's market, teaching kitchens and rooftop greenhouses. It's one of 30+ delicious destinations on The Grand Rapids Food Trail, a self-guided tour of the city's culinary hotspots.

Download the Food Trail Map. PDF File to plot your own course through our luscious landscape. You'll meet artisans whose families have captivated local palates for generations and innovators who are bringing new, more diverse tastes to the Grand Rapids table. You'll discover enticing ingredients and ideas you can bring back to your kitchen. And you'll give your taste buds a thrill they'll never forget.

You can do all of this without breaking the bank - Grand Rapids is a tremendous culinary value, named America's #2 Most Affordable Foodie City by Wallet Hub!

Hungry for more?
• Learn why Grand Rapids is a great food destination.
• Explore farm-to-fork dining experiences.
• Try our best breakfastsburgers, and desserts & sweets.
• Visit family farms and farm markets.
• Browse local cooking classes.
• View our local expert, Chef Angus, eat his way through the food trail.

Feeling Thirsty?
• Explore 80+ craft breweries on the Beer City Ale Trail.
• Take a Wine Tour of 30+ wineries and tasting rooms.
• Find a close-by  or Bloody Mary Bar.


Thanks to Experience Grand Rapids for providing content for these pages.

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