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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“1st Friday of every month = ART HOP in Kalamazoo. Multi venue artist displays. Free, Fun, Food, Wine & Art! Kalamazooarts.org will list details/month. Art Hop is a program of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo - an evening of art exhibits and events, one of the great things to do in Kalamazoo. It's a free event held on the first Friday of every month, it is something you can do alone, with friends or with family that’s fun, interactive, and a great way to explore our downtown. And you don’t have to be an “artist” to enjoy it.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Renowned local brewery with food and an outdoor beer garden. Occasional live music.”
  • 13 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Home-style eatery for seasonal American fare & market for locally produced food & cooking classes.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“It has great food, and friendly people. They also have gorgeous art they put on the brick walls. They change up the art often and is for sale, so if you see a painting you fall in love with. Its yours!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Was ranked the #1 brewery in the U.S and makes the #1 beer (two hearted). If you’d like to see the production facility you can set up a tour online. The Eccentric Cafe has many unique beers that you can only get in Kalamazoo! ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Museum
“Great place to learn about the history of Kalamazoo. Many exhibits and activities for children too!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“Great place for families to spend the day walking and checking out the preserve”
  • 7 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“View all kinds of different aircraft and even take your turn in the simulator!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“unexpectedly innovative Italian with lots of locally-sourced seasonal ingredients”
  • 11 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Great BBQ & Beer. Beer garden is a dog-friendly outdoor space with band stage and view of the river.”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Excellent restaurant serving many smaller plates. The atmosphere is wonderful and the mixologists can make you something really special.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“Live music most nights of the week featuring WMU music students and other local musicians. The food is good too.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Beer Bar
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“Woodwork-filled brew pub with a massive beer list offers creative pub fare & brunch items”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“KBE has beers from around the world set up as a stock market experience. The prices of the beers change based on demand in the bar in semi-realtime, with spontaneous "flash crashes" for a bit of fun. The food is really good here too.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“High-end locally owned entertainment center with Escape Rooms, a Painting with a Twist franchise, a top notch arcade, miniature golf, a ropes course and zip line, go-carts. There are many food and drink options including a Tap Room with many local beers and pub food. There is open bowling and also a "first class' lounge/ bowling area for private parties. This very popular airplane​ themed business is a great way for people of all ages to spend a few hours.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Really casual and fun place. Lots of space, everything from classic board games to pinball if you want an activity, easy parking, and good food and beer!”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

New American Restaurant
“Home-style eatery for seasonal American fare & market for locally produced food & cooking classes.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“It has great food, and friendly people. They also have gorgeous art they put on the brick walls. They change up the art often and is for sale, so if you see a painting you fall in love with. Its yours!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Brewery
“Was ranked the #1 brewery in the U.S and makes the #1 beer (two hearted). If you’d like to see the production facility you can set up a tour online. The Eccentric Cafe has many unique beers that you can only get in Kalamazoo! ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“unexpectedly innovative Italian with lots of locally-sourced seasonal ingredients”
  • 11 locals recommend
Brewery
“Great BBQ & Beer. Beer garden is a dog-friendly outdoor space with band stage and view of the river.”
  • 5 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Excellent restaurant serving many smaller plates. The atmosphere is wonderful and the mixologists can make you something really special.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Jazz Club
“Live music most nights of the week featuring WMU music students and other local musicians. The food is good too.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Woodwork-filled brew pub with a massive beer list offers creative pub fare & brunch items”
  • 6 locals recommend

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