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Eclectic Living Close to Downtown Grand Rapids: Discover East Hills

Nestled just east of the bustling downtown Grand Rapids, the East Hills neighborhood is a charming blend of historic allure and modern vibrancy. As you stroll along the red brick-paved roadways, the Corinthian columns of the historic DA Blodgett building stand as a testament to the city’s rich heritage.

The neighborhood’s modern touch comes alive through its diverse populace and artistic culture, drawing a myriad of individuals to its quaint streets. A plethora of restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries infuse East Hills with an ever-evolving charm, offering a delightful blend of the old and the new.

A Breath of Fresh Air

At the heart of East Hills lies Cherry Park, a one-acre haven situated at the junction of Cherry Street and Eastern Avenue. This park is a perfect spot for a leisurely pause, featuring a seasonal wading pool, basketball court, and a playground. Amidst the bustling activities on Cherry Street, Cherry Park offers a serene escape for relaxation.

Dining Delights in East Hills

Cherry Street, with its red brick pavement, is the gastronomic heart of East Hills. Grove stands as a beacon for those seeking unique and locally-sourced cuisine. Post-dinner, a visit to Brewery Vivant promises a delightful array of craft beers, complemented by a savory food menu.

Craving sushi? Maru Sushi and Grill is the go-to spot for fresh sushi rolls with a creative twist. Across the street, The Green Well presents a menu crafted from fresh, local ingredients, perfectly paired with a local Grand Rapids beer.

New to the neighborhood, Partage offers a culinary experience extending beyond a traditional restaurant. With catering, takeout meals, personal chef services, and a cozy brick-and-mortar storefront, it’s a gastronomic adventure waiting to be explored.

Hidden Gems of East Hills

Art aficionados will find solace in the numerous galleries dotting the neighborhood. Yours Truly Galleria and LaFontsee Gallery showcase a diverse range of art and decor, each piece telling its own unique story.

Shopping in East Hills is an adventure in itself. Rock Paper Scissors Consignment and Clothing Matters offer a sustainable choice for fashion enthusiasts, with a focus on eco-friendly clothing.

For the sweet tooth, Furniture City Creamery is a snug, quaint ice cream shop with a patio, offering locally sourced, housemade ice cream in creative flavors. It’s a sweet escape in the heart of East Hills.

Wine connoisseurs will appreciate the curated selection at Leon & Son, an ambitious wine store recognized by GQ, Wine & Spirits, New York, and Brooklyn Magazines as one of the country’s best. Their collection features benchmark bottlings from classic growing regions alongside hidden gems from progressive winemakers.


East Hills is more than just a neighborhood; it’s a living, breathing blend of history, modernity, and eclectic charm. Whether you’re a food lover, an art enthusiast, or someone seeking a serene escape amidst urban life, East Hills has something to offer.


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