Erika's Best of Traverse City

Traverse City is Northern Michigan's premier destination... enjoy my personally curated guide to my favorite local restaurants, shops, services, small businesses and the best places to have fun and explore. All tried and tested by yours truly!!
Downtown Traverse City

🍽 Dining

I'd always recommend calling to check hours of operation and reservations. Most restaurants close by 10pm.

🅿️ Parking (map)
Downtown and surrounding streets have metered parking and are strictly enforced. (Mon-Sat 8am-6pm)
*FREE parking on Sundays, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day

🚻 Public Restrooms (map)

🚲 TART Trails (maps)
A network of multi-use trails in Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties as well as a cross-town bike route.

⛱️ Clinch Park
Metered parking
Splash Pad turns off at 6pm

🚗 Transportation
Traverse City has both Lyft and Uber as well as various local taxi companies and BATA is our local transit service.
Greetings!

Coming from a small business background, I’ve always appreciated the quality and extra love and attention that local businesses put into their products & services. Many of our local businesses support other local businesses through their processes and it means so much to support the people & places that make Traverse City and surrounding areas the special place that it is.

I hope you appreciate some of my favorite selections from around the area and that they too become places you will enjoy - whether it be your annual vacation spot or your go-to staple place as a local.

Enjoy!

Erika

ERIKA'S GO-TO'S

Seasonally driven breakfast menu - Sugar 2 Salt

Food

Sugar 2 Salt

Breakfast & brunch restaurant
1371 Gray Dr, Traverse City
Local's tip: No reservations. Totally worth the wait! Grab some English Muffins to go!

The Chef’s In

Deli sandwiches, salad bar & soups
519 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: They're almost always busy, so call ahead. Click image icon for menu slips

The Burrow | Mama Lu’s | The Flying Noodle

American, Mexican & Italian restaurants
Traverse City, MI

Mary’s Kitchen Port

Fresh lunch items & kitchen goods
539 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's note: The Gobbler is a Traverse City favorite!

Charles and Reid Detroit Pizza

Pizza, salads & sandwiches. Beer & wine to go
113 E. State Street, Traverse City
Local's tip: Located Downtown TC. They make a limited number of pizzas daily and often sell out. Order ahead.

Folgarelli’s

Gourmet sandwiches, Italian market & wine
424 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Grab their homemade pasta, sauce, meatballs & focaccia and a bottle of wine for a quick and easy authentic Italian meal!

Barrio

Tacos & tequilas
305 W Front St, Traverse City

The Little Fleet

Open air bar & food trucks
448 E Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Don't miss Happy's Tacos located inside. Delicious! Try a burrito!

Fuji Sushi Steakhouse

The best sushi and hibachi in town!
2576 Crossing Circle, Traverse City, MI 49684

Poppycocks

New American restaurant
128 E Front St, Traverse City
Craft Cocktails - Mammoth Distilling

Drink

Mundos 305

Coffee bar
305 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Try the Cheddar Lime Hash Burrito!

Higher Grounds Trading Co.

806 Red Dr, Traverse City
Local's tip: Comfortable outdoor patio to enjoy coffee all year long

Mammoth Distilling

Craft cocktails lounge
221 Garland St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great live music most Wed-Sat. Bring in food from Archie's at The Workshop

The Parlor

Craft cocktails, wine, MI beers & food
205 Lake Ave., Traverse City
Locals Tip: TC's best Happy Hour. 1/2 OFF Cocktails 4-6pm. Live music Thurs, Fri, Sat

North Bar TC

TC’s only year round rooftop lounge
160 E Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Rooftop bar in Downtown. Great place to watch sports.

Farm Club

Farm, brewery, restaurant & market place
10051 Lake Leelanau Dr, Traverse City

Rare Bird Brewpub

Local brewery & food
229 Lake Ave, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great beer & cocktails on draft. Try the pork belly nachos!

TC Whiskey Co

A speakeasy-style cocktail bar is located in
201 E Fourteenth St, Traverse City, MI 49684

The Little Fleet

Open air bar & food trucks
448 E Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Don't miss Happy's Tacos located inside. Delicious. Try a burrito!

The Workshop Brewing Co.

Local craft brewery & live music
221 Garland St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Family friendly. Pinball, darts & board games.
Scenic Drive - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Things to Do

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Beaches, hiking & dunes along Lake Michigan
6748 S Dune Hwy, Glen Arbor
Local's tip: Dunes get hot. Morning climbs in Summer are best. Take the scenic drive!

Clinch Park

Beach, splash pad, restrooms, cafe & more
161 E Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City
Local's Tip: Great place to enjoy a beautiful sunrise

Jacob’s Farm

Farm and Corn Maze, Pizza and Drinks
7100 East Traverse Hwy, (M-72 West) Traverse City

Sara Hardy Farmers Market

Local produce, baked goods, flowers & more
Parking Lot B, Corner of E Grandview Pkwy @ Cass St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Open Saturdays 730am-12pm(May-Oct) & Wednesdays 8am-12pm(June-Oct)

State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay

Local downtown movie theaters
Downtown Traverse City
Local's tip: Saturdays at 10am are Kids’ Matinees(State Theatre) and all tickets only $1!!!

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

Shopping, dining, tours & more
1200 W Eleventh St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Don't miss the tunnel tours.

Turtle Creek Casino

Casino & hotel
7741 M-72 East, Williamsburg

Elmbrook Golf Course

Mature Par 72 Golf Course with great views
1750 Townline Rd. Traverse City

Mt. Holiday

Ski & snowboarding, tubing, ziplines & bar
3100 Holiday Road Traverse City

Kayak, Bike & Brew

A pedal & paddle brewery tour
708 Boon St., Traverse City
Fresh produce & meats - Oryana

Shopping

Burritt’s Fresh Markets

Specialty Grocery & Meat Market
509 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Fresh seafood and great brats for the grill

Cherry Republic

Cherry products & gifts
154 E Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Make sure to sample the cherry salsas and BBQ sauces!

Maxbauer Specialty Meat Market

Meat shop, specialty groceries, beer & wine
407 S Union St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great local butcher producint high-qulity meats for the grill. Try their bacon jerky!

Oryana West

Community owned grocery store & coffee bar
3587 Marketplace Circle, Traverse City

Tom’s Food Markets

Local grocery store
738 Munson Ave, Traverse City

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

Shopping, dining, tours & more
1200 W Eleventh St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Don't miss the tunnel tours.

Francisco’s Market & Deli

Pizza, Sandwiches, Beer, Wine & Groceries
2770 Silver Lake Rd, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great pizza. The Breakfast Pizza is a local favorite!

Costco

Membership priced groceries, gas, electronics & more
125 E South Airport Rd, Traverse City

Downtown Suttons Bay

Great place to shop & eat
St Joseph St, Suttons Bay

Bay Bread Co

Artisan breads, cinnamon rolls, cookies &
601 Randolph St, Traverse City
Local's tip: If you like cheese, try the Cheddar Cheese & Onion Loaf!
Bike & XC ski rentals, sales & service - Brick Wheels

Services/Rentals

Knightwing Media

Photo and video services.
5966 Beaver Creek Trl, Kewadin, MI 49648

Brick Wheels

Bike service, sales & rentals
736 E 8th St, Traverse City

Stocked

Local grocery delivery service
Delivering Northern MI
Local's tip: Deliveres before arrival or while you're out! Ideal for rentals, homes & boats. Items neatly placed in the kitchen and directly into the frigde!

Green Mitt

A luxury, eco-friendly auto spa
1840 N US 31, Traverse City
Local's tip: The BEST free vacuums ever!

Clear Water Kayaks

Canoe & Kayak Rental
6784 East Traverse Highway, Traverse City

Grand Traverse Bay YMCA (West)

Exercise facilities & indoor pool
3700 Silver Lake Rd, Traverse City

McLain Cycle And Fitness

750 E Eighth St, Traverse City

TC Golf Carts

Golf cart rentals, repairs, and sales.
707 W Blue Star Dr., Traverse City, MI 49685

Wil-Do Home Inspections

The most thorough home inspection in Northern
7895 S Lakeview Rd, Traverse City, MI 49684
Wil Do Home Inspections (phone)


Sean McCardel Construction (phone)


Butch Straight Septic Inspections (phone)


Nailed It Home Improvement (phone)
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Enjoy your time in Traverse City!
Erika