Headed ‘up north’ but worried about keeping options that align with your eating habits? Good eats with wellness in mind are easy to find in Traverse City, and those who partake in healthful choices or vegan eating won’t be left behind.

Check out our suggestions for a day of great bites: 

Breakfast & Juice at Water Bearer Coffee 

Formerly Rough Pony, Water Bearer Coffee sits in the unique commercial space of Warehouse MRKT, and serves breakfast options, fresh coffee, and flavor-packed juices. Start your morning with a Green Juice, which features nutrient-dense ginger, celery, and apple. Follow it up with a protein-forward Vegan Breakfast Burrito, stuffed with tempeh, avocado, beans, pickled onions, and salsa verde. Enjoy the fun vibrant environment of this well-loved local stop, and explore other eateries and shops at the Warehouse MRKT while you’re in! 

Picnic Lunch at Edson Farms

Do you have a busy day planned? Edson Farms is stocked with healthy vegan options for eaters on the go! Their Falafel Wrap or Salad is a great way to make sure you’re choosing healthful options, with great ingredients like quinoa tabbouleh and cucumber mint dressing in both versions. Pack your lunch in your cooler for a picnic lunch, or simply have a quick bite to eat in-house! 

or Sit Down with Gilchrist Farm Winery

Hoping to make it more of a sit-down affair? Head into Leelanau County to try out something new! Gilchrist Farm Winery opened its doors in September of this past year, with a selection of wines and fantastic dishes to choose from. On their current menu, vegans and health-focused eaters will be thrilled with their Winter Daal, a lentil dish made with squash and tomato. 

Juice at Edson

Eat Well at Farm Club

Farm Club, located just outside the city on its own 35-acre property, always has vegan options on its ever-changing seasonal menu, but the Beans and Broth dish is a staple. With beans sourced from Michigan’s Sheridan Acres, this is a nutrient-dense meal for all seasons and is served with a side salad. Beyond that, if you fall in love with the dish, the beans or a meal kit is sold in the on-site market, so you can have a second serving in your rental home the next night, or as a souvenir! 

Two Traverse City Brewery Vegan Options for Late Night!

Ready to go out on the town? Don’t sacrifice your eating habits while at it! Two great Traverse City breweries offer delicious vegan options alongside their brews. At Rare Bird Brewpub, try their Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Board, which is served with a selection of fresh vegetables. At Stone Hound Brewing Co., the entire menu is vegan! For a health-forward option, try the warmly-spiced Berbere Carrot Wrap, which has delightfully roasted carrots and also hummus, pickled onion, and fresh spinach. Both options are great ways to enhance your up-north brewery experience! 

There are a lot of great ways to eat vegan or with nutrients in mind in Traverse City. Cheers to good food and good health in this vibrant city by the bay!