Gluten Free in Traverse City Michigan

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I love Traverse City. Of all the places in Northern Michigan, it’s the one place I’d recommend to anyone. Even more so than Mackinac Island. I’m sharing my favorite places to eat gluten free and shop in Traverse City, and the surrounding area. Hoping it helps you on your trip to the area!

Traverse City Dining and Shopping

Third Coast Bakery

Third Coast Bakery is 100% dedicated gluten free and dairy free bakery needs to be on your itinerary. So many delicious options, and they offer coffee and tea as well. Added bonus for those who don’t live in the area? They ship nationwide!

De Food Truck USA

This new food truck is 100% gluten free! They offer fried chicken, fish and fries. For those who are vegetarian, this truck also offers falafel, which are cooked in a separate fryer. Read my review.

Taproot Cider House gluten free traverse city michigan

Taproot Cider

I’ve only eaten at Taproot Cider once, but it left a lasting impression. I’m not the only one, because many people will tell you it’s their “go to” for gluten free dining. They believe in making their meals with local ingredients, so the menu changes.

MiddleCoast Brewing Company

MiddleCoast Brewing Company offers gluten free flatbread pizzas, cooked in a dedicated gluten free oven. I have not personally eaten here, but hope to in the near future. They offer three flavors of flatbread – Margherita (mozzarella, tomato, basil); Supremo (mozzarella, pepperoni, mushroom, onion & green pepper); and Mean Green (mozzarella, pesto, chicken, spinach and artichoke hearts.) 

They also have dedicated gluten free fryers, and desserts. 

Milk and Honey gluten free traverse city michigan

Milk and Honey Cafe and Ice Creamery

This sweet shop makes their own ice cream from scratch, and has some unique flavors. The owner states “all our ice cream, vegan cream, sorbet, gelato and froyo is gluten free.” Because of this, they are one of the many Michigan Ice Cream parlors with gluten free options. 

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Mama Lu’s Taco Shop

If nothing else, stop in at Mama Lu’s for the elotes and agua frescas. Many of their tacos are gluten free. Just ask about prep methods/ ingredients, as their menu changes, to accomodate produce that’s in season.

Against the Grain Gluten Free Pita Bread Oryana Community Coop Traverse City

Oryana Commnity Co-op

Am I the only one who likes to visit grocery stores while on vacation? Oryana Community Co-op has an amazing gluten free selection. They have two locations. The original (and my favorite) location is located downtown. Their newer location, located south of the downtown area, was previously a Lucky’s grocry store. (And they just started stocking Old World Gluten Free Pierogi!)

Grand Traverse Commons

The Village at Grand Traverse Commons

Fun fact- The Village used to be a mental health hospital. My mother-in-law even did a nursing rotation here. While there are restaurants on premises, I have not eaten at any of them. There is a coffee shop inside, Cuppa Joe, that sells Third Coast Bakery products. I enjoy the various shops in the building. In the summer, stop by the Farmer’s Market on Monday mornings from 2pm- 6pm.  (Not to be confused with the Saturday Sarah Hardy Farmer’s Market.)

Speaking of shopping, don’t skip the downtown Traverse City area along Front St. Lots of fun shops there, as well!

M-22 Dining and Shopping

Grocer's Daughter Chocolate Empire Michigan

Grocer’s Daughter Chocolate (Empire)

Grocer’s Daughter makes the most amazing glutetn free fudgesicles. I recommend buying one and enjoying it along the waterfront at Empire Beach, a short 3 min drive from the store.

Good Harbor Grill Glen Arbor Michigan

Good Harbor Grill (Glen Arbor)

I discovered this restaurant on the Find Me Gluten Free app. I ordered a gluten free sandwich, and they stated that it’s prepared in a dedicated gluten free prep space. The sandwich was so big I had to save half for another day!

Cherry Republic Glen Arbor Michigan

Cherry Republic (Glen Arbor)

I recommend stopping at Cherry Republic solely for the cherry wine that they make. They have a tasting room, where you can enjoy a flight. So fun!

Made IN Michigan coloring book The Front Porch Suttons Bay Michigan

The Front Porch (Suttons Bay)

I could have spent all day (and all my money) in this adorable store in Suttons Bay. The Front Porch has Michigan themed items, cookware, and so much more.

Other Traverse City Area Sights

Old Mission Lighthouse Traverse City Michigan

There is a lot to see and do in the greater Traverse City area. I highly recommend traveling the M-22 loop, which is especially gorgeous in the fall. Inspiration Point in Arcadia offers a simply breathtaking view of the water. (Once you climb the stairs.) Of course, The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes are a great place to visit as well. A drive up Mission Peninsula offers a view of the many vineyards and wineries, and leads you to Mission Point Lighhouse.

For more ideas, check out the Traverse City website. Also, follow my friend The Peninsula Explorer on Instagram.

So those are my favorite things about Traverse City. What are some of your favorites? Please share them in the comments below!


  1. We also really liked Two K Cidery & Winery. Aurora Cellars has a wine & chocolates pairing option and the chocolates are from Grocer’s Daughter.

  2. LOVE Traverse City! In the Village, try Stella’s Trattoria. They are pricey but the food is excellent with GF options where the chef & staff are fully trained on celiac safe protocols. When you make your reservation, they ask if anyone in your party has special dietary needs / restrictions so they are prepared. On our last visit 2 weeks ago, our server marked up my menu highlighting the GF options or items that could be modified, very attentive!

  3. Surprised not to see Red Mesa Grill on here. They’re fantastic. Most of the menu can be made gluten free and is marked as such. My understanding is that that the owners have someone with celiac in their family, so they take cross contamination very seriously. Well worth a visit next time your up. They’ve also have a location in Boyne City as well.

  4. I definitely agree with adding Red Mesa Grill. They have a sign when you walk in that they accommodate for celiac. Delicious enchiladas!!

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