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


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!

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: Don't miss Happy's Tacos located inside. Delicious! Try a burrito!

Peace, Love and Little Donuts

Donut Shop
441 East Front Street, Traverse City
Distance: 2.9 miles from our home

Cousin Jenny’s Cornish Pasties

Family restaurant
222 E State St, Traverse City
WHY I RECOMMEND: The Pasties are delicious!

Farm Club

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

Oakwood Proper Burgers

Burger restaurant
1108 E 8th St, Traverse City

The Filling Station Microbrewery

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

Village Cheese Shanty

Sandwich shop
199 River St, Leland
Local's tip: Cash only. Worth the wait!
Craft Cocktails - Mammoth Distilling


Cuppa Joe(Eastside)

Coffee shop
1990 US-31 Suite F, 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

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.

Left Foot Charley

Urban winery & tasting room
806 Red Dr Suite #100, Traverse City
Local's tip: Great patio. Try the Cinnamon Girl cider. Delish!

Bonobo Winery

Old Mission Peninsula Winery
12011 Center Rd, Traverse City

Grand Traverse Distillery

Cocktails & tasting room
215 E Front St, Traverse City
Local's tip: Grab a cocktail while you're waiting for your table in downtown TC

H&L Social

Rooftop bar
263 W Grandview Pkwy, Traverse City
WHY I RECOMMEND: Great place for cocktails with spectacular views of Grand Traverse Bay

Traverse City Whiskey Co.

Craft Cocktails and Stillhouse
201 E 14th St, Traverse City

Blush: Rooftop Terrace

Light food options, cocktails, local beer &
2227 US-31, Traverse City, MI 49686
Beautiful and vast views of East Bay.

Cedar River Coffee Company

Great coffee, lattes, and other drinks.
9104 S Kasson St, Cedar
Distance: Downtown Cedar
I personally love their almond milk latte.
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!

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!!!

Traverse City Beach Volleyball Courts

Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri evenings reserved for
314 US-31, 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.

Nauti-Cat Cruises

Largest commercial catamaran sailing the Great Lakes
615 E Front, Traverse City

TART Trails

Network of multi-use trails
Grand Traverse & Leelanau counties

Mission Point Lighthouse

Historic lighthouse
20500 Center Road, ​Traverse City

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

Adventure Golf, Go-Carts, Bummer Boats & Game Room
1710 N US Highway 31 N, Traverse City


Homemade ice cream and farm
7263 N Long Lake Rd, Traverse City
Fresh produce & meats - Oryana


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!

Oryana West

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

Potter’s Bakery

Fresh made baked goods
908 E 8th St, Traverse City
Local's tip: The place for donuts in TC!

Downtown Leland & Fishtown

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

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.

Kilwins Traverse City

129 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI


Specialty oils and vinegars
141 E Front St, Traverse City

Third Coast Bakery

Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free & vegan
523 Munson Ave, Traverse City
Allergen free bakery!
Bike & XC ski rentals, sales & service - Brick Wheels


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!
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Enjoy your time in Traverse City!
~ Karlie