Whether it’s the pancakes, eggs benedict or mimosas that get you through the door, it’s the charm that always brings you back to these 10 Northern Michigan brunch spots. Explore the best of the best as voted on by 15,349 lovers of Up North.

AMICAL // Traverse City

The next best thing to brunch in Paris complete with a darling porch, crepes and a timeless charm. Downtown Traverse City is graced by this European gem.


Imagine an exquisite lakeside cabin brunch buffet. With everything from scrambled eggs to whitefish, it’s all spread along the horizon of West Grand Traverse Bay and is so very Northern Michigan.

BIRCH AND MAPLE // Frankfort

Have you ever enjoyed a meal-sized Bloody Mary that wards off hunger for hours? If not, you’ve never been to Birch and Maple.

CAFE SANTE // Boyne City

European classics are given a tasteful flair at this gorgeous bistro. Inventive dishes range from familiar to adventurous and are sure to please your palate.

FIGS // Lake Leelanau

Situated right in the middle of a wonderful Michigan small town, Fig’s offers delightful house-made creations—even the hot sauce is homemade.

HOFBRAU // Interlochen

“Design Your Own Omelet Emporium” is a brunch lover’s dream turned reality at Hofbrau. The excellent NoMi staff will introduce you to the perfected breakfast menu classics.

PATISSERIE AMIE // Traverse City

Oh man, that morning light through the south window, the just-right hue of green on the walls, the crêpe au saumon … and your friends in that space. Perfection.


From the classics (think impeccably executed eggs, bacon and toast) to the more unique menu items (hello, red velvet pancakes) this charming brunch spot in the historic Village at Grand Traverse Commons is everything brunch should be.

SUGAR 2 SALT // Traverse City

Duck for breakfast? Owners Jonathan and Stephanie say, “yes!” Stop in for a season-driven menu that puts a twist on what you thought you knew about breakfast foods.

THE TOWNE PLAZA // Traverse City

A relaxing morning is best spent on this spacious brick patio. Chicken and eggs sounds like a strange combination? Wait until it’s served atop a potato cake and finished with smoked fontina cream and diced tomato. We’ve found your next obsession.

Photo(s) by Charisse Kenion