Even during winter, Kalamazoo remains active and vibrant. If you’re not fond of the chilly weather, fear not! We’ve compiled a list of our top suggestions for staying cozy while experiencing everything downtown has to offer this season.

Enjoy Craft Cocktails

Green Door Distilling Company

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Green Door Distilling Co, is an award-winning grain to glass distillery located in Kalamazoo’s River’s Edge District. We’re proud to be Kalamazoo’s first distillery and represent the rich distilling history that Kalamazoo possessed in the 1800’s.

Principle Food & Drink

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Located on the historic central Kalamazoo Mall, Principle Food & Drink features craft cocktails and scratch made cuisine in a casual yet elegant vintage atmosphere. The Principle kitchen presents an array of ‘medium’ plates, comprised primarily of ingredients sourced within 50 miles of Kalamazoo. Guests are delighted as fresh ingredients and high quality spirits are skillfully melded to create memorable craft cocktails at the Principle bar. Expect a lively, convivial experience at Principle Food & Drink. Cheers!

The Stamped Robin 

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At Stamped Robin, you’ll find a comfortable haven for savoring a delightful beverage. Sip on expertly crafted cocktails, indulge in natural wines, and enjoy delectable European bar snacks in the company of good friends. It’s the perfect place to unwind and enjoy an unforgettable drink with the best of company.

Explore Downtown Kalamazoo’s Most Festive Sites

Nothing warms your heart in the winter like twinkling holiday lights! Head to these spots downtown for the best outdoor light displays.

Kalamazoo Mall

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Bronson Park

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Bates Alley –  An alley located along the backside of businesses along East Michigan Avenue between Portage and Edwards Streets

End The Night With Local Coffee or Hot Chocolate

Kalamazoo’s craft coffee scene has literally exploded in the last few years, specifically the number of amazing coffee shops just within the downtown area! Featured in the video above is Water Street Coffee Joint, one of the oldest Kalamazoo coffee shops downtown!

Cherri’s Chocol’art

Water Street Coffee Joint

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To make all of your coffee shop dreams come true, discover all of downtown’s coffee shops when you take a self-guided coffee crawl with this list!

>> Downtown Kalamazoo Coffee Crawl <<

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