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4 Neighborhoods Worth Visiting Outside Downtown Kalamazoo

Posted on December 31st, 2019

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 South side Neighborhoods



Nonla Burger 

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




Pro Tip: Order a Crispy Chicken Sando and ask for it done the “Nonla Way”: a fried chicken sandwich with American cheese, grileld onions, pickled veggies, jalapenos, cucumbers, cilantro and spicy ranch dressing!




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



Factory Coffee

Factory Coffee is located within the Reality Factory, a cool place that shares space with 1977 Mopeds, and Grayling Ceramics. Serving coffee from multiple roasters, both brew and espresso.





600 Kitchen & Bar

Located in a former gray-iron foundry and steel fabrication facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, 600 Kitchen & Bar features a diverse menu and full bar, all with a Michigan-sourced and inspired theme!





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.





Louie’s Trophy House Bar & Grill

The oldest bar in Kalamazoo and a true neighborhood bar grill with live music that offers both lunch and dinner.


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Kalamazoo, MI tonight

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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.





Vine Neighborhood

Crow’s Nest

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






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.


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On other beautiful Tuesday at Swift

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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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