Grand Rapids enjoys a plethora of small markets offering everything from everyday items to specialty foods not easily found anywhere else in the city. Here are five of our favorites.
Bridge Street Market, 405 Seward Ave. NW, is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood grocery store opened by Meijer on the West Side in 2018. Bridge Street places special emphasis on supporting local businesses by offering more than 4,000 artisanal products made by local favorites such as Field & Fire, Long Road Distillery and more. With one of the most expansive beer and wine counters in the city, every wine connoisseur or beer aficionado is bound to find something to enjoy.
Kim Nhung’s Kim Nhung Superstore, at 4242 Division Ave. SE, is one of the largest Asian supermarkets in Grand Rapids. The market boasts a wide variety of Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Burmese, Thai, Taiwanese, Filipino and African products. Along with dry goods, Kim Nhung also has an extensive produce, fish, meat and exotic fruit selection for any type of Asian cuisine you may be cooking.
Since its opening in 2013, the Grand Rapids Downtown Market, 435 Ionia Ave. SE, has made it a goal to create a vibrant food-oriented space that includes not only shopping and dining experiences but educational classes as well. With a large list of local vendors ranging from Sweetie-licious Bake Shoppe’s bakery treats to Fish Lad’s full-service retail fish shop, Grand Rapids Downtown Market is a great place to find specialty items you need — and didn’t know you needed.
Shopping at Horrocks Market, 4455 Breton Road SE, is an experience as unique as the products it sells. Where else can you enjoy your favorite beer or glass of wine while you shop? With 50 rotating drafts of craft beer from breweries in West Michigan and around the world, a complimentary coffee bar, a full deli counter and even a gelato bar, Horrocks creates an exceptional grocery shopping experience.
For over 98 years, the Fulton Street Farmers Market, 1145 E. Fulton St., has been bringing together local farmers, artists and food creators to sell their products. Open year-round (on Saturdays during the summer from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the winter), Fulton Street Farmers Market allows you to find the freshest ingredients at a low cost and support local farmers and businesses.
This story can be found in the March 2021 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get more stories like this delivered to your mailbox each month, subscribe here.