The holiday season can feel a little chaotic with all of the things to check off your to-do list! Whether you’re traveling solo or with friends, the time to slow down is now.
If you’re looking for a laid back night out, use the itineraries below to inspire you to take a moment and appreciate the chance to chill.
1. Make candles at Kalamazoo Candle Company
Set the mood for the night with a DIY candle-making experience at Kalamazoo Candle Company! Pick out your own festive container, use one of their signature holiday scents or even create your own.
2. Grab Coffee at Cafe Robin
Is there anything cozier than a coffee shop on a chilly day? Lucky for you, there are plenty of local downtown coffee spots to choose from, serving up everything from a cup of pour-over to Instagram-worthy lattes with seasonal twists to delight your taste buds. Cafe Robin is one of our go-to coffee destinations to recommend to visitors because of their convenient location, unique menu and hip atmosphere.
3. Take pictures among the holiday lights
End the night by wandering downtown and admiring all of the gorgeous and festive holiday lights that line some of our most popular parks and city streets.
1. Dinner at Cairo’s Kitchen
Cairo’s Kitchen is newer to the downtown restaurant scene. They offer authentic Egyptian street food like shawarma, falafel, koshary, baklava, and more! They also have vegan options available. They’re conveniently located across the street from Bronson Park and the Radisson Plaza Hotel.
2. Stop at LFG Gaming Bar for games and drinks
LFG (Liquor, Food Gaming) isn’t just another bar! LFG is all about creating a community, and their goal is to bring people together who have one thing in common: Gaming. They offer arcade games and video game consoles, as well as board games and card games. Their cocktail menu has drinks with gaming inspired names like Luigi’s Man Cave and Gotta Catch Em’ Alcohol.
3. Dessert at Cherri’s Chocol’art
Cherri’s eye for high quality and artful presentation in her chocolates comes from owning a fine arts gallery for over 30 years. Enjoy a milk or dark chocolate caramel truffle, one of Cherri’s best sellers, or go all in and try one of their famous Monster Shakes!
1. Grab dinner at Taco Bobs
Taco Bobs has become a Kalamazoo staple for over 3o years. They offer great “healthy” fast food, as well as vegetarian and vegan options as well. Enjoy a margarita with dinner or grab one to-go to enjoy in the Downtown Social District.
2. Check out the shops on the Kalamazoo Mall
Looking for ways to freshen your style in the new year? Or shopping for that perfectly unique gift for someone special (or yourself!)? Wander down the mall and browse some of the coolest shops where you can find trendy styles, goodies to show off your Kalamazoo love and creative additions for your home.
3. Walk down to Final Gravity for beers
Final Gravity is located just up the Kalamazoo Mall, near the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. The brewery was started by a father and son team and their taproom offers a cozy minimalist space to enjoy beers with friends!