Welcome to Greater Lansing, where the culinary landscape is as diverse and vibrant as the community itself. Nestled in the heart of Michigan, Lansing boasts a melting pot of cultures that have left an indelible mark on its food scene.

With so many unique restaurants to choose from, we've narrowed it down to our top road trip-worthy picks that will leave you craving even more. To make the most of your trip, we've included nearby accommodations and activities to explore. Choose Lansing and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of this unique food destination.

People's Kitchen

VIBE a unique fusion of chic industrial design with a warm, inviting atmosphere.

TRY every thing—seriously! People's Kitchen is open for breakfast, brunch (on weekends), lunch and dinner with Happy Hour from 3:00-5:00 p.m. For breakfast and brunch we highly recommend the Really Good Fu%@ing Pancakes or the Chicken and Waffles with jalapeño orange sauce. Lunch and dinner offers shareables such as Fried Green Tomato with pimento cheese and Smoked Bone Marrow. Main dishes are protein focused with beef, duck, lamb and fish options, including a tantalizing Risotto topped with chorizo, mussels, shrimp and more.

Every item on the menu is outrageously delicious and so full of flavor. Be sure to pair your meal with one of their expertly crafted cocktails or mocktails.

STAY at the Graduate East Lansing, complete with a rooftop bar overlooking Michigan State University, and with views of downtown Lansing. The Graduate is located right in the heart of downtown East Lansing where you can find an eclectic mix of restaurants, retail, art galleries and entertainment.

Soup Spoon Café

VIBE cozy, hospitable, welcoming. Recently undergone a bright interior update, adding a touch of modernity to the inviting ambience.

TRY the Soup Flight for a sizable sampling of creamy bisques and hearty stews, each bowl is a delicious exploration of seasonal ingredients and culinary creativity. Soup Spoon Café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a diverse menu featuring locally sourced ingredients. Breakfast is packed with tasty omelet options like the Black Forest Omelet, stuffed with house-made Canadian bacon and veggies, scramble plates like Allan’s Smoky Scramble made with house smoked salmon, and Eggs Benedict dishes like the The Bennefritter topped with poached eggs, vegan fritters and a perfected creamy hollandaise sauce. This is a popular breakfast spot so we highly recommend reservations to make your visit smooth as possible. 

For lunch and dinner you can find exceptional service and drinks. At lunch, you can dive into gourmet sandwiches like their signature Georgia Reuben with turkey breast or indulge in vibrant salads brimming with seasonal vegetables and savory toppings. At dinner time their expanded menu showcases a variety small plates, steak and seafood dishes, innovative pasta creations and vegetarian options. If you have room for dessert, there is a made-with-love Bread Pudding that will make you very glad you used all that gas to get to Lansing.

STAY at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center on the beautiful campus of Michigan State University. Cheer on the Spartans at over 20 varsity sports teams competing in the Big Ten Conference. Or explore MSU campus, snap pics at the popular Sparty Statue or Beaumont Tower, relax at the MSU Horticulture Gardens or Beal Botanical Garden.

Bobcat Bonnie's

VIBE where comfort food meets hip vibes. As soon as you step in, you're greeted by the aroma of sizzling delights and the buzz of happy chatter.

TRY the weekend brunch, filled with friends catching up over mimosas, families sharing stacks of fluffy pancakes, and a renovated railroad car. Yes, you heard that right, you can dine inside a vintage railroad car at Bobcat Bonnie's! The ambiance is unmatched, with the charm of yesteryear blending seamlessly with the excitement of a bustling foodie scene. Plus, the staff is as friendly as can be, making sure your coffee cup is never empty and your brunch cravings are always satisfied. And did we mention the Mimosa and Bloody Mary Bar? They have a bar filled with all the fixings you could imagine, from cured meats and pickles and dozens of sauces and spices for your bloody mary, to six different kinds of juices and an assortment of fruits for your mimosa. It's brunch, but make it bougie! Or boozy!

For lunch and dinner their eclectic menu features classic comfort food dishes like Loaded Tots—crispy tater tots piled high with gooey cheese, crispy bacon, tangy sour cream, and zesty green onions. And you can't go wrong with their Mac and Cheese, creamy and indulgent with just the right amount of cheesy goodness. Whether you're craving something hearty or looking to snack on some shareable bites, Bobcat Bonnie's is well worth the drive.

STAY across the street at Courtyard By Marriott—Lansing Downtown, walkable to Bobcat Bonnie's and boasting great views of Michigan State's Capitol. This spot has easy access to top attractions like Impression 5 Science Center, R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, Jackson Field—home of the Lansing Lugnuts and more!

The Cosmos and Zoobie's Old Town Tavern

VIBE laid-back yet lively. There's an electric atmosphere that pulses with creativity and excitement.

TRY popular favorites like the Duck Fat Fries topped with truffled parmesan or cheesy chorizo, or the Cosmic Devils, deliciously good deviled eggs topped with candied bacon and pickled onions. Better yet go with the local favorite—the "Trust Us" Pizza, where the chefs take the reins and create a pie that's unique and always delicious. Connected together, The Comos  and Zoobie's Old Town Tavern offer a unique gastronomic experience that tantalize the taste buds of locals and visitors. Outside you can find an expansive patio, where you can dine al fresco surrounded by sunshades during the day and twinkling lights after the sun sets. With its inventive cuisine, welcoming atmosphere, and sprawling outdoor patio, it's the perfect destination for foodies and adventurers alike.

STAY at Fairfield by Marriott- Lansing at EastwoodHyatt Place or Homewood Suites by Hilton, all located in Eastwood Towne Center. Here you'll find upscale fashion retailers and home goods shops, dining and the 18-screen state-of-the-art NCG Cinema.

Looking Glass Brewing Company

VIBE small-town charm meets exceptional brews and delicious eats. Set within a renovated church, this brewery exudes a cozy yet vibrant atmosphere, offering visitors a unique and inviting space to gather and unwind.

TRY their lineup of handcrafted beers, from crisp and refreshing IPAs to rich and robust stouts. Locals and visitors alike flock to Looking Glass Brewing Company to sample their ever-changing selection of beers, often finding new favorites with each visit. And for those who prefer something other than beer, the brewery also offers a selection of flavored ciders, seltzers and wine.

Their menu is full of delicious dishes that perfectly complement their brews. Whether you're craving a classic pub snack like Barvarian pretzels or smoked wings, or in the mood for something more substantial like a gourmet burger or artisan pizza, the brewery's menu has you covered. And when the weather permits, there's no better place to enjoy your meal and a cold drink than on the brewery's patio, where you can soak in the sunshine and the laid-back atmosphere of this beloved local spot. With its combination of delicious drinks, tasty food, and welcoming ambiance, Looking Glass Brewing Company is a true gem in the heart of DeWitt, Michigan.

STAY at The Nordic Pineapple Bed & Breakfast in the nearby town of St. Johns. This charming retreat offers cozy accommodations and warm hospitality, making it the perfect home base for exploring Greater Lansing. Venture out to Uncle John's Cider Mill, where you can indulge in a quintessential Michigan experience. Sample freshly pressed cider, seasonal u-picks, and savor homemade treats while enjoying the picturesque orchards and family-friendly things to do.

Dusty's Wine Bar

VIBE a cozy and private setting complemented by exceptional and personable service.

TRY the fork tender Wagyu Steak, expertly cooked to perfection, and the sweet and savory Fig & Gorgonzola Flatbread. Dusty's Wine Bar caters to all dietary preferences with a great selection of gluten-free and vegan options, paired beautifully with a diverse range of wines. Next door you'll find Dusty's Wine Cellar, an impressive wine market that features an extensive selection of wines from around the globe, meticulously curated to satisfy both the connoisseur and the casual wine enthusiast. From robust reds and crisp whites to delightful rosés and sparkling wines, their wine list offers something for every palate. The knowledgeable staff is always on hand to provide expert recommendations and pairings, enhancing your dining experience. A great wine list, innovative dinner plates, and elevated service round out the experience beautifully. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply enjoying a night out, Dusty's provides an unforgettable culinary and wine-tasting adventure.

STAY at the TownePlace Suites by Marriott or Residence Inn by Marriott—East Lansing, strategically located just across the street from MSU campus. Indulge in top-notch accommodations while being just a 3-minute drive away from the prestigious Wharton Center for Performing Arts, where you can immerse yourself in the magic of Broadway shows.

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VIBE upscale yet inviting. Blending modern elegance with a cozy, relaxed atmosphere.

TRY this spot for a romantic date night, a celebratory dinner, or just a fantastic meal with friends. The ambiance is sophisticated and welcoming, making you feel right at home while enjoying top-notch service and exquisite food. Bordeaux truly shines with its contemporary American cuisine. Their rotating menu showcases an array of options, from succulent meats and fresh seafood to decadent cheeses and fine wines. Bordeaux is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., making it a great choice for any meal, whether it's a hearty breakfast, a leisurely lunch, or a refined dinner. So, next time you're in the mood for something special, take that drive to Lansing and treat yourself to an exceptional dining experience at Bordeaux.

STAY at the adjoining Crowne Plaza Lansing, a fantastic choice for anyone looking to combine comfort, convenience, and a touch of luxury. Crowne Plaza is an excellent base for exploring both urban and natural attractions. Just up the road you'll find plenty of nationally recognized stores to explore, along with area attractions like Zap Zone XL at the Lansing Mall. This is a must-visit destination for fun and entertainment, perfect for families, groups of friends, or anyone looking to enjoy some high-energy activities. And a short drive from the hotel is Grand Ledge, an ideal destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy some picturesque scenery, recreational activities and small town charm. One of the highlights of Grand Ledge is its namesake, the striking sandstone ledges that rise along the Grand River. These natural formations are a haven for bikers, hikers, and photographers, providing a unique and beautiful backdrop for outdoor activities.

Osteria Vegana

VIBE vibrant, eclectic atmosphere that blends the energy of a bustling food hall with the charm of a community gathering spot. It's a place where diverse food vendors, live music, and social events come together, creating a lively atmosphere that's perfect for exploring new flavors and meeting new people.

TRY all the pastas! Osteria Vegana specializes in plant-based Italian cuisine that will delight vegans and non-vegans alike. Their menu is packed with flavorful dishes that showcase the best of Italian cooking without any animal products. Some of their popular dishes include Pasta Verde Piselli made with bowtie pasta, sweet peas, pistachio, and garlic. And all pasta dishes can be made gluten free! Don’t miss the Pinsa Romana Rossa, which boasts a crispy crust topped with fresh micro-greens, basil, and a delectable vegan mozzarella.

Located in the Lansing Shuffle and open from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., this is the ideal spot for any meal of the day. Whether you’re planning a leisurely lunch, a fun dinner with friends, or a fun date night, you’ll find the perfect dish to satisfy your cravings. Outdoors discover a giant patio along the Grand River waterfront, where you can also find a sandy beach equipped with Adirondack chairs to sit back and relax. So, hop in the car and head to Lansing Shuffle to experience the delicious flavors of Osteria Vegana. You won’t be disappointed!

STAY at the DoubleTree by Hilton Lansing for it's walkability to Lansing Shuffle from the Lansing River Trail. Make most of the river trail during the warmer months—hike, bike or paddle your way down 20+ mile of paved and board walkway. You can rent a kayak, canoe, paddle board or bike with River Town Adventures. And don't miss all the beautiful public art displays June-August with the Lansing ArtPath.

Toscana Kitchen & Wine Market

VIBE contemporary, charming, rustic atmosphere that makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a little piece of Tuscany. The staff is friendly and attentive, ensuring that you feel right at home from the moment you walk through the door.

TRY the self-serve wine market, where you can explore an array of carefully curated wines from around the world. This innovative concept allows you to sample different varietals at your own pace, creating a personalized tasting experience. Whether you're a wine connoisseur or just curious to try something new, the wine oasis offers a delightful journey through the world of wine. 

Toscana Kitchen & Wine Market is renowned for its mouthwatering Italian dishes that are crafted with love and the freshest ingredients. Some of the standout menu items include their sumptuous risotto, creamy and rich with just the right amount of flavor, and they have all the classic pasta dishes, from lasagna to marsala. Toscana also has a large wrap-around bar, so feel free to arrive before your reservation to enjoy an aperitif or cocktail.

Toscana is a great spot for a leisurely lunch or dinner. With its welcoming atmosphere, delicious cuisine, self-serve wine oasis, and picturesque patio, this place offers a dining experience unlike any other in Lansing.

STAY overnight at the adjoining AC Hotel Lansing University Area or extend your stay at the Hyatt House Lansing University Area, where pets are welcome. One of the highlights of staying at these hotels is the access to their amenities, including the refreshing indoor pool. After a day of sightseeing you can unwind with a swim or simply lounge poolside, enjoying a moment of relaxation. Outside you'll find pedestrian-friendly pathways and sidewalks that will lead you to the nearby campus of Michigan State University. Whether you're heading to the Broad Art Museum, catching a game at Spartan Stadium, or simply exploring the campus's many attractions, you'll appreciate the ease and convenience of being within walking distance.

Lansing Brewing Company

VIBE laid-back and friendly, making it the perfect spot to unwind while enjoying some delicious food and craft beers.

TRY the Amber Cream Ale. This beloved brew traces its origins back to the early days of Lansing's development, when the city was being built from the ground up. Established in 1898, Lansing Brewing Company holds the distinction of being one of the first breweries in Michigan’s capital city. Originally founded during Lansing's booming industrial era, the brewery supplied craft beer to artisans, laborers and tradesmen as they built our city over a century ago. In recent years, Lansing Brewing Company has experienced a resurgence, thanks to a passionate team dedicated to reviving its legacy and celebrating its heritage. The brewery's historic building, with its distinctive red brick façade and industrial charm, has been restored providing a welcoming space where locals and visitors alike can come together to enjoy great beer and good company.

When it comes to the food at Lansing Brewing Company, expect nothing short of delicious, hearty fare that perfectly complements their outstanding craft beers. The menu is a celebration of classic pub favorites with a modern twist, crafted using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and cooked to perfection. LBC is open seven days a week, ensuring you can satisfy your cravings for great food and beer whenever the mood strikes.

STAY at the Cozy Koi Bed & Breakfast. Nestled in the heart of Lansing, this charming B&B offers cozy accommodations and personalized hospitality that will make you feel right at home. If you're a history buff, don't miss the chance to visit the Michigan State Capitol. Guided tours offer fascinating insights into the Capitol's history, architecture, and significance, allowing you to appreciate its beauty and importance even more. Adjacent to the Capitol, the Michigan History Center offers a deeper dive into the state's past, from its indigenous roots to its role in shaping the nation's history. Through interactive exhibits, artifacts, and immersive experiences, you can explore Michigan's diverse cultural heritage, its pivotal moments in history, and the stories of the people who have called the state home.

With its central location and abundance of attractions, Greater Lansing, Michigan has something for everyone to enjoy during their visit. So, pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready for a memorable getaway and Choose Lansing!

Photography: Choose Lansing (header image—at Looking Glass Brewing Company) and our wonderful members and #lovelansing community—a special thanks for their awesome imagery and social media posts.