Traverse City’s Best Shopping Districts

Traverse City is home to a handful of distinct shopping districts filled with uniquely Northern Michigan shops and galleries, street-side cafes, and even the West Bay beach a block away from downtown. With a blend of trendy boutiques and inventive restaurants, be sure to spend (at least) an afternoon strolling through downtown Traverse City.


Summer is high season for strolling and shopping downtown Traverse City. The heart of the action is the three-block stretch on Front Street between Boardman and Union Streets, home to dozens of boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Lots of clothing and home accessories shops, independent bookstores, boutiques for babies, a toy store, gourmet food purveyors and more. Best of all? Many of the retailers showcase locally made goods, making it easy to shop Michigan made. Don’t forget to duck down the side-streets and alleys to find off-the-beaten-path shops. 231.922.2050, DOWNTOWNTC.COM.

West End:

On Front Street between Union and Division is a host of independent businesses. Highlights include a doggie boutique, a gourmet kitchen supply shop, a chocolatier and several specialty grocers with regional wines and fabulous food finds from around the region. 231.922.2050, DOWNTOWNTC.COM.

Grand Traverse Resort:

You don’t have to be an overnight guest at this resort to meander through the Gallery of Shops, a collection of inventive boutiques ranging from a toy store to gourmet foods boutique to a pro shop. New this year is Mud Pie, a store with hip clothing and accessories, gifts, items for baby, and beachy gear for summer living. 231.534.6705, GRANDTRAVERSERESORT.COM.

Old Town:

On Union Street a few blocks south of Front Street is TC’s Old Town district, a handsome shopping district where the vibe shifts to more laid-back. Businesses here include galleries, boutiques, home goods stores, salons, a neighborhood grocer (with a renowned butcher counter) and a handful of casual restaurants, like Blue Tractor Cook Shop, where you can dig into burgers, comfort food and a post-shopping brew. 231.922.2050, DOWNTOWNTC.COM.

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