An Actually Useful Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan


This is Spilling the Beans, where plugged-in baristas give us the lowdown on where to go, what to do, and what to eat (and drink) in their hometown.

“We’re called Beer City, USA for a reason,” says Bryan Belknap, a barista at Madcap Coffee, one of the most highly regarded coffee roasters in the country. His home-city of Grand Rapids, Michigan expects 10 new microbreweries to open this year alone. So, when he’s not holding it down at Madcap, you can bet he’s kicking back with a pint. Let him be your guide to Michigan’s second largest city, from innovative ice cream, to proper fish and chips, and beach weekends at the Great Lakes.

Where should I stay?
I would recommend Airbnb because there are some very cool old-1900s houses in Grand Rapids—in this one historic neighborhood called Heritage Hill, especially.

Holy buttery layers. Facebook/Field & Fire

Where should I grab breakfast?
Grand Rapids needs a better breakfast scene. But I love the croissants from Field and Fire. I’ve also recommended San Chez to people who have asked me at the shop. It’s a tapas-style restaurant with breakfast and brunch, and even though the menu is always changing, I really like their seafood and pork belly.

If you’re not at Madcap, where can we get a great cup of coffee?
Lyon Street Café. They are in a really killer area in Midtown, and I know I can get a cortado or cappuccino of great quality when I’m nearby.

brewery-vivant-grand-rapidsInside Brewery Vivant. Photo: Paul Bomers

Best brewery?
There’s obviously Founders Brewing Co., which is fantastic and the big gun in town. But my first favorite is actually a place called …read more

Source:: Bon Appetit