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4 Neighborhoods Worth Visiting Outside Downtown

Posted on May 29th, 2018

Kalamazoo is a city of energetic and buzzed-about neighborhoods, each with its own personality.

Walk their storied streets, appreciate the independent shops, indulge in locally-owned restaurants and cozy up in their coffee shops and craft beer bars. 


Below we’ve highlighted four neighborhoods with different points of interest for you to get out and explore!


Edison and Southside Neighborhoods


Nonla Burger 

Cheeseburgers, hand-cut fries and milk shakes! What more could you ask for?




Brite Eyes Brewing

Unique microbrewery and coffeehouse nestled in Kalamazoo’s Southtown neighborhood.




Fido Motors Cafe

Tucked away in the corner of a historic warehouse, located at 1415 Fulford St., in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Fido Motors Cafe is the celebration of the passion for coffee and scooter culture.




Confections With Convictions

Handmade Truffles Crafted in Kalamazoo exclusively from Organic and Fair Trade Chocolate.




Also on our list:

Pho On The Block – Modern Vietnamese cuisine, 1301 Portage St.




River’s Edge Neighborhood



Mackenzie’s Bakery

A 3rd-generation family bakery serving breakfast and lunch in house at their bakery and deli.




Boatyard Brewing Co.

A brewing on a journey to create superb craft beers through the exploration of artistic fermentations!




Black Owl Cafe

Voted the #1 coffee shop in Michigan, Black Owl is a small cafe serving locally roasted coffee, hand blended teas & fresh home-made food. 




Grayling Ceramics

A studio that stands for thoughtful design, material integrity, fine craftsmanship and a passion for artisanal food, wine, beer, coffee, and tea. They just opened their retail space in November 2017.




Green Door Distilling

Kalamazoo’s first dedicated distillery in over 150 years! They focus on making small batch spirits by hand and using only the best ingredients.




Also on our list:

Louie’s Trophy House Bar & Grill – A true neighborhood bar grill with live music that offers both lunch and dinner, 440 E. North Street




Vine Neighborhood



Crow’s Nest

In the heart of the historic Vine Street Neighborhood lies Crow’s Nest, a cornerstone of Kalamazoo culture.




Handmade Kalamazoo

A retail shop featuring locally handmade products.




J-Bird Vintage

A fabulous little shop that carries a wide array of vintage clothing and accessories for everyone.




O’Duffy’s Pub

A quaint family-owned pub with real food, real beer, and really wonderful people.




Walnut & Park

A cafe with great coffee and an even greater cause. The men and women who prepare the lattes, cinnamon rolls, sandwiches and salads are students or graduates of the KPEP culinary arts program.




Kzoo Swift

Vintage and used bicycle sales and service. A shop to buy, sell, trade, repair and even customize your ride.




Satellite Records

A paradise for casual collectors and crate diggers alike. Specializing in New and Used LPs, 45s, 12”s and Cassettes.



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