Text: Karla Jeltema
Whether visiting Grand Rapids or a resident in town, the Downtown Market is an extraordinary destination. Through the inviting greenhouse rooftop, bright sunshine beams into The Market; housing everything from freshly baked goods, classes, and an incubator kitchen, to flowers, beverages, and enticing culinary stops. Market Hall alone will draw guests in with appetizing delights of Thai, Mexican, Sushi, chicken, BBQ, modern comfort foods, sweets, and pastries. The latest to join Market Hall are Pinktail Poke and High Tide Soda.
Classes at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market vary as much as the food in Market Hall. Guests can attend anything from health awareness classes to food photography and DIY Thai cooking classes. Be sure to check the calendar on the website for current listings.
The mission of the Incubator Kitchen is to “foster entrepreneurship, good food, and community”. Nurturing the desire for a restaurant of their own, up-and-coming chefs can develop their talents, while learning the ins and outs of running the everyday operation of a restaurant kitchen.
Stroll through the Grand Rapids Downtown Market; grab a cup of coffee or ice cream, purchase fresh fish or meats, taste imported cheeses, spices or oils, or take home popcorn and desserts. It is a local food innovation hub featuring dynamic spaces, entrepreneurship, and a gathering place for food-centered experiences.