The Hot List

Get the low down on some of the hottest spots in Grand Rapids right here in the hot list. This is where you find an insiders guide to new openings and the places everyone’s talking about.

Wine & Dine

1. Citizen

Wishing for a tropical vacation? You don’t have to travel far to feel like you’re someplace warm with a visit to Citizen. Try their amazing cocktails and the spicy green beans for an appetizer.

Citizen Grand Rapids2. Grain Sandwich Shop

Stop by Grain Sandwich Shop for some delicious sandwiches perfect for lunch on the westside!

3. Zoko822 – Opening Soon

For a mix of French and Spanish small plates don’t miss Zoko822 opening soon.

4. MeXo – Opening Soon

Stay tuned for the grand opening of MeXo in Grand Rapids! MeXo features authentic regional Mexican cuisine, craft margaritas (cheers!) and homemade tortillas.

5. Sonder Eatery

Sonder Eatery recently opened in Hudsonville featuring local inspired eats and fresh ingredients. Stop by for brunch, lunch or dinner!

6. New Hotel Mertens

Escape to France with a visit to New Hotel Mertens. This restaurant is perfect for date night, lunch downtown or coffee in the morning. I’m obsessed with the cheese cart and the featured Michigan wines.

New Hotel Mertens Grand Rapids7. Buffalo Traders Lounge

There’s a new cocktail lounge in town and it’s totally worth a visit with friends. Don’t miss Buffalo Traders Lounge for an awesome cocktail.

Buffalo Traders Lounge Grand Rapids8. Forty Pearl – Opening Soon

If you’re familiar with Brengman Brothers wine stay tuned for their new tasting room in Grand Rapids.

9. Georgina’s Grand Rapids – Opening Soon

If you love Georgina’s Fusion Cuisine in Traverse City you’re in luck because a restaurant is opening in Grand Rapids!

10. Rendezvous

Head downtown and check out Rendezvous located inside the Amway Grand Hotel for their breakfast buffet or craft cocktails and light eats in the evening.

Shop Till You Drop

1. Athleta

Have you visited the new Athleta store in Grand Rapids? If you need some new workout gear for the new year this is your place to shop!

2. Lennon & Willow

Check out Lennon & Willow on Cherry Street with your girlfriends to find a new dress, top or accessories.

3. Ada Mae

Stop by Ada Mae to shop small independent lines of clothing and accessories from designers in the US and Europe.

4. Iris Boutique

Shop at Iris Boutique on Cherry Street to find the perfect accessories to add to your wardrobe.