Welcome to Traverse City!

I'm excited to have you here enjoying our area! Please use my curated guide to for tips for a more enjoyable visit and to discover my favorite local places to eat, drink, shop & experience. Enjoy!
Downtown Traverse City

🍽 Dining
Most local options close by 9pm. Late night food options: Mode's Bum Steer, Lil Bo's

🅿️ 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


Seasonally driven breakfast menu - Sugar 2 Salt


Bubbie’s Bagels

Bagel Shop
1215 East Front Street, Traverse City
Locals tip: Ask about their seasonal schmears & cream cheeses

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!


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!

The Filling Station Microbrewery

Stove oven pizza & craft beer
642 Railroad Place, Traverse City
Local's tip: If you like spicy, try the Firebox!

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.

Red Ginger

Asian cuisine & sushi
237 E Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Elegant/casual dining room dress code. Casual attire accepted in the bar

The Little Fleet

Open air bar & food trucks
448 E Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Fantastic variety of food trucks in the summer, and a rotating kitchen in the winter.

Farm Club

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


Southeast Asian restaurant
4025 Chums Village Dr, Traverse City


Homemade ice cream and farm
7263 N Long Lake Rd, Traverse City
Craft Cocktails - Mammoth Distilling


Mundos 305

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

Earthen Ales

Local Brewery
137 Gray Drive #200, Traverse City
Locals tip: Every Sunday is Small Batch Sunday

The Workshop Brewing Co.

Local craft brewery & live music
221 Garland St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Family friendly. Pinball, darts & board games.

Silver Spruce Brewing Company

Local brewery with food truck on-site
439 E Eighth Street, Traverse City
Local's tip: Comfortable place to hang out both indoors and outside. Great beer!

Stone Hound Brewing Company

Top-tier beers & fantastic vegan food
3593 Bunker Hill Road, Williamsburg, MI
All of their beers are named after local bike trails.

Brys Estate

Old Mission Peninsula vineyard & winery
3309 Blue Water Rd, Traverse City

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

Mammoth Distilling

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

Bonobo Winery

Old Mission Peninsula Winery
12011 Center Rd, Traverse City

Lil Bo

Neighborhood bar & food
540 W Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Outdoor seating, food truck, beer trailer & yard games. Kitchen is open
Scenic Drive - Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Things to Do

Skydive TC

1160 Airport Access Rd, Traverse City
Local's tip: Amazing views of the bay!

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.

TC Wine Girl

Wine Tours
Traverse City
Distance: 5-15 miles

Discovery Cruises

Boat tours
13170 S W Bayshore Dr, Traverse City
Local's tip: Happy Hour on the Water!!!

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

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)

TART Trails

Network of multi-use trails
Grand Traverse & Leelanau counties

Maple Bay Natural Area

Great beach and hiking trails
10849 US-31, Williamsburg

Pyramid Point Trail

Hiking trail along Lake Michigan
Basch Rd, Maple City
Local's tip: 2.7 miles of hilly hiking with a beautiful lookout.
Fresh produce & meats - Oryana



Organic Grocery Store and Café
260 E. 10th Street, Traverse City
Local's tip: The $5 Roasted Chickens on Wednesdays are the best in TC! Get them early!

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.

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

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!

Downtown Leland & Fishtown

A fun downtown and active fishing village full of great shops
Leland, MI


Specialty oils and vinegars
141 E Front St, Traverse City

Maxbauer Specialty Meat Market

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

N.J.’s Grocery

115 W Philip St, Lake Leelanau
Local's tip: Authentic packaged Indian food prepared daily

Tom’s Food Markets

Local grocery store
738 Munson Ave, Traverse City


Supermarket, pharmacy & gas
3955 US 31 S, Traverse City
Local's tip: Very busy. Do shopping before 7am to save time. Check out Stocked-up.com for delivery
Bike & XC ski rentals, sales & service - Brick Wheels


ELEV8 Climbing & Fitness

Climbing & fitness gym
777 Boyd Ave, Traverse City
WHY LOCAL'S LOVE IT: Great workouts. Fun for families!


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!

Brick Wheels

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

Green Mitt

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

Wind Dancer Traverse City Tours

Sailing tours and pontoon charters.
615 E Front St Traverse City
Builder -  Michael Yoder @ Yoders Up North, LLC  (231) 590-9987

General Contractor -  Tony Sheffer @ North Coast  (231) 360-0478

Painting -  Ashley Prior @ Priority Painting Company  (816) 824-8829

House Cleaning - Bri McGee @ Mitten Maids (231) 357-4914

Plumbing - Tony Butzin @ Tony's Plumbing (231) 633-1988

Home Inspector - Tim Evans @ TC Home Inspections (231) 499-3256

Flooring - Andy Luepnitz @ Vintage Hardwood Flooring (517) 719-7090

Well & Septic - Butch Strait (231) 590-4352

Pet Sitting - Peninsula Pet Sitters - (231) 883-2946

Catering - Scott Herzberg @ Folgarelli's (231) 360-0541

Pool & Spa - Bri McGee @ Mitten Pool & Spa (231) 357-4914
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Enjoy your time in Traverse City!