Good vibes. Epic views. Craft brews. These are the coolest things to do in Marquette.

Marquette’s good vibes are the real deal, so it’s no coincidence MyNorth’s editors, art director and marketing director all head to this Lake Superior city when we’re craving an “up north” vacation. Discover Marquette’s newest downtown destinations and long-loved local staples, all wholeheartedly recommended by our team.


Velodrome Coffee Company

519 W. Washington St., Marquette 906.273.2556
The coffee klatch is a well-practiced habit in this part of the U.P. and Velodrome has resurrected the tradition in the coolest way possible. Spend the morning catching up with friends in a convivial space with a deftly brewed honey latte in hand. Have adventures to head out on? Park your fat tire pony out front and grab a sweet, full-bodied can of cold brew—canned in house, most likely just that morning! —Editor Emily Tyra

Barrel + Beam

260 Northwoods Rd., Marquette, 906.273.2559
While we’re pouring some love on the Yoop…no one’s more worthy of a pop-in on a pilgrimage to Marquette than Barrel + Beam. Occupying the rad log building that once housed Marquette’s Northwoods Supper Club, Barrel + Beam is the project of sour beer evangelists Nick VanCourt and Marina Dupler. Try the Pink Moon ale, made with U.P. maple syrup from White Bear Maple Products. —Food and Drinks Editor Tim Tebeau


215 S. Front St., Marquette, 906.273.0740​
Choose your own adventure from 140+ wines and a gem of a small plate menu. Start an evening at this posh spot with a slate board stacked with country paté, smoked duck and French cheeses and sips of Cru Beaujolais. Champagne cake for dessert. —Food and Drinks Editor Tim Tebeau

Ore Dock Brewing Company

114 Spring St., Marquette, 906.228.8888
Want to get a feel for Marquette’s culture? Head to Ore Dock. This double-decker downtown taproom is a gathering spot for the community. Families celebrate birthdays, friends support local bands, artist share their work, food trucks sling good eats—there’s even a Study Hall upstairs Monday–Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. with free Wi-Fi, plenty of seats, coffee and craft beer. —Art Director Gail Snable

The Delft Bistro

139 W. Washington St., Marquette, 906.273.2455
Up in the north country where resourcefulness is key to getting along, it’s important not to throw out the old with the new. That’s the spirit at The Delft Bistro, Marquette’s former movie house turned hip restaurant featuring New American Cuisine. Take a table on the balcony and catch a movie (think, good ol’ family flicks like Back to the Future) while you dine on dishes with regional roots like poutine. Served up with beef short ribs, caramelized onion, house-cut fries and a fried egg, these are your grandpa’s cheese curds kicked way, way up. —Managing Editor Lissa Edwards


Art of Framing

149 W. Washington St., Marquette, 906.228.7719
Head downtown and spend some time in the eclectic boutiques—Beth Millner Jewelry, Boomerang Retro & Relics, Blackbird—and the frame shape. Yes, they offer custom picture framing. But what we love are the thousands and thousands of historic photographs of life in the U.P. Epic snowstorms, downtown buildings, families, breweries—the collection is incredible, and also includes images of towns across Michigan. —Digital and Content Editor Carly Simpson

Sugarloaf Mountain

 Trailhead on Big Bay Road (County Road 550), about 6 miles northwest of downtown.
The hike is short. The view is unreal. Choose the easy route—a half-mile uphill walk, mostly stairs—or the difficult route—same distance, no stairs. The only thing left to say is this is a Marquette-must. —Digital and Content Editor Carly Simpson

Northwoods Flora

130 W Baraga Ave., Marquette, 906.225.5020
Sound baths, tarot and medium readings, wands—this is no ordinary flower shop. The shelves hold houseplants, home goods and local art, mixed in with crystals, candles and ritual oils. Co-owners and siblings, Maggie and DJ offer healing services and apothecary production, in addition to creating stunning floral arrangements. —Marketing Director Erin Lutke

Little Presque Beach

Just off Big Bay Road (County Road 550) 9 miles northwest of downtown
Pictured above, this sandy beach is close to town, but secluded. The perfect combo.  Another bonus, there are tons of nearby trails. —Photo Intern Rachel Haggerty


2800 E. M-28, Marquette, 906.249.1132

Heading west on M-28 toward Marquette, you can’t miss the signs for Lakenenland. It’s written on a massive trailer. There’s a giant green metal dinosaur fishing in a pond. It’s a treat. Owner Tom Lakenen makes the “junkyard” art out of scrap iron, and his creations are spectacular. There’s a pig riding a bike, wolves doing handstands and creatures you’ve only seen in your craziest dreams. Drive or walk through the park, open seven days a week, free. —Digital and Content Editor Carly Simpson