City of Manistee

The City of Manistee is a great destination for families and businesses looking for a Northern Michigan local, surrounded by the amenities and conveniences of a thriving community.

Life in the City

The City of Manistee is central to stunning historic buildings and homes, a charming downtown shopping district, Lake Michigan shipping port, and wide open green spaces. Our coastal community rivals most Michigan destinations, offering great dining opportunities featuring local sourced food, warm and friendly small-town appeal, and superb natural attributes.

The City of Manistee is a great destination for families and businesses looking for a Northern Michigan local, surrounded by the amenities and conveniences of a thriving community.

Experience the City of Manistee

Manistee North Pier Lighthouse

Perhaps the city’s most iconic structure, the Manistee North Pierhead Lighthouse was constructed off of a 1,300-foot concrete pier on Fifth Avenue Beach in 1927 and has one of the four remaining catwalks on Lake Michigan. Spend a day at the beach relaxing with family and friends, soak up the sun, and don’t miss out on an epic Lake Michigan sunset.

Old Christmas Weekend

Step back in time each year on the first weekend in December as Manistee celebrates the holidays with a most unique holiday celebration.  An entire weekend of excitement including the Victorian Sleighbell Parade with horse drawn entries, bagpipers, reindeer, meet and greet and carolers elegantly dressed in Victorian style attire. The Old Christmas Weekend is filled with lovely events creating a magical experience of the holidays in our historic Downtown.

Historic Trolley Tours

The vehicular version of the traditional street car (also known as a trolley) is in operation throughout Manistee touring various historic attractions. These beautifully restored Trolleys are a sought-out attraction by many visitors and residents looking to visit, learn about and explore prized historic treasurers.

Top Spots in the City

This downtown eatery offers new American dining in a relaxed lakeshore atmosphere. Featuring an extensive wine list, craft beer and artisan cocktails, hand-cut steaks, farm-to-table and artisan fare, and a large selection of Great Lakes fish artfully prepared by our team of chefs.

Bluefish Kitchen + Bar

312 River Street, Manistee , 231-887-4188

Join us in Downtown Manistee for great food, including wood-fired pizza, locally sourced ingredients and an exciting selection of Michigan Beers, Wine, & Craft Cocktails with Michigan Spirits. We often feature live music.

The Fillmore

318 River Street, Manistee , 231-887-4121

North Channel Brewing is located in the historic North Channel Building on Washington Avenue in Downtown Manistee. Situated right next to the Manistee River and the drawbridge, it’s the perfect setting to enjoy one of our many craft beers and great food while enjoying a view of Downtown Manistee, the bridge, and the occasional freighter passing through.

North Channel Brewing Company

86 Washington Street, Manistee, 231-299-1020

For a pleasant dining experience in a unique and cozy atmosphere, check out TJ’s Pub.  Their fresh menu allows them to easily accommodate all appetites. They offer a full bar, Michigan beers on draft including American favorites, and a wine list for wine lovers of all types. Enjoy a drink at the bar or dinner by the fire and soon you’ll be back again to experience all that TJ’s Pub has to offer.

TJ's Pub

399 River St, Manistee, 231-398-9174


The Fillmore

Ironworks Cafe

North Channel Brewing Company

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