Guidebook for Madison

Samantha & Bruce
Samantha & Bruce
Guidebook for Madison

Essentials

One of Madison's major employers
UW Hospital and Clinics
600 Highland Avenue
One of Madison's major employers
New hospital for children
American Family Children's Hospital
1675 Highland Avenue
New hospital for children
Best grocery store for you and for the earth, but on the East side.
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Willy Street Co-op—East
1221 Williamson Street
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Best grocery store for you and for the earth, but on the East side.
The best grocery store for you and the planet but nearer.
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Willy Street Co-op—West
6825 University Avenue
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The best grocery store for you and the planet but nearer.
It's got everything you need to eat.
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Whole Foods Market
3313 University Avenue
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It's got everything you need to eat.
If you don't want to break the bank at the other organic grocery stores. It's pretty big!
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Metcalfe's Market
726 North Midvale Boulevard
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If you don't want to break the bank at the other organic grocery stores. It's pretty big!
It's close-ish.
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Regent Market Co-Op
2136 Regent Street
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It's close-ish.
Haircuts and for your relaxation and beauty needs!
Timeless Design Salon & Spa
6602 Odana Rd
Haircuts and for your relaxation and beauty needs!
My favorite nail place. Call ahead.
NAILS 4U INC
3330 University Ave
My favorite nail place. Call ahead.
Klinke Cleaners
2875 University Ave
TJ's. Self explanatory.
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Trader Joe's
1810 Monroe Street
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TJ's. Self explanatory.
Butcher shop. Great!
The Conscious Carnivore
3236 University Ave
Butcher shop. Great!

Food Scene

Carabou Coffee and Einstein Bagles. It's a chain, but it's right down the street at the bus stop.
Coffee & Bagels
2701 University Avenue
Carabou Coffee and Einstein Bagles. It's a chain, but it's right down the street at the bus stop.
If you need your fix, otherwise go local!
Starbucks
3515 University Avenue
If you need your fix, otherwise go local!
A local cuppa Joe.
Ancora Coffee Roasters
2871 University Avenue
A local cuppa Joe.
Very cute French couple own this delicious bakery and lunch outfit (but in a strip mall).
La Baguette
7424 Mineral Point Road
Very cute French couple own this delicious bakery and lunch outfit (but in a strip mall).
For breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some outdoor seating. No cell phones inside, has been feng shuied!
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La Brioche True Food
2862 University Avenue
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For breakfast, lunch or dinner. Some outdoor seating. No cell phones inside, has been feng shuied!
Do not pass this up. A Wisconsin MUST DO! Frozen custard all the way (or turtle sundae). Location on Monroe Street closed. There is one on the east side and one near West Towne.
Michael's Frozen Custard
2531 Monroe Street
Do not pass this up. A Wisconsin MUST DO! Frozen custard all the way (or turtle sundae). Location on Monroe Street closed. There is one on the east side and one near West Towne.
Poke around the atrium, art, plants, water, restaurants!
Discovery Building
330 North Orchard Street
Poke around the atrium, art, plants, water, restaurants!
Casual L'Etoile. Simply delish, award-winning chef. Gastro-pub.
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Graze
1 South Pinckney Street
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Casual L'Etoile. Simply delish, award-winning chef. Gastro-pub.
Authentic Italian from the Veneto region. Our favorite! (Foodie alert!)
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Osteria Papavero
128 East Wilson Street
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Authentic Italian from the Veneto region. Our favorite! (Foodie alert!)
Great Italian classics in an updated, Northern-Italian style. Neighborhood spot. (Pizza is a little salty)
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Lombardino's Restaurant
2500 University Avenue
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Great Italian classics in an updated, Northern-Italian style. Neighborhood spot. (Pizza is a little salty)
Favorite for breakfast and lunch. Can be crowded! Chicago chefs branching out in Madison. Fresh, healthy, sunny, locally sourced food and drinks. Sardine is their dinner restaurant.
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Marigold Kitchen
118 South Pinckney Street
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Favorite for breakfast and lunch. Can be crowded! Chicago chefs branching out in Madison. Fresh, healthy, sunny, locally sourced food and drinks. Sardine is their dinner restaurant.
Easy to get to, parking. Sister restaurant to Muramoto downtown.
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Muramoto Hilldale
546 N Midvale Blvd
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Easy to get to, parking. Sister restaurant to Muramoto downtown.
BEST PIE EVER!! All local. Lard crust upon request.
Humble
10 South Allen Street
BEST PIE EVER!! All local. Lard crust upon request.
Better bagels than Einstein's, same style. Local business. Super cream cheese.
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Gotham Bagels
112 East Mifflin Street
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Better bagels than Einstein's, same style. Local business. Super cream cheese.
Amazing! New tapas/midwest restaurant by Tory Miller (James Beard Award-winning chef). He also has L'Etoile (best restaurant in Madison), Graze (gastro pub), Suejo (noodle bar on the near east side)
Estrellon
313 W Johnson St
Amazing! New tapas/midwest restaurant by Tory Miller (James Beard Award-winning chef). He also has L'Etoile (best restaurant in Madison), Graze (gastro pub), Suejo (noodle bar on the near east side)
Good Thai food. Walkable.
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Sa-Bai Thong Thai Cuisine
2840 University Avenue
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Good Thai food. Walkable.
French Bistro style on Lake Monona. Marigold/Gates & Brovi chefs. Farm-to-table. Great for brunch!
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Sardine
617 Williamson Street
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French Bistro style on Lake Monona. Marigold/Gates & Brovi chefs. Farm-to-table. Great for brunch!
Family friendly place to grab lunch but still has a farm-to-table philosophy. Has a bar and you can watch a game there, too. Marigold/Sardine chefs.
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Gates and Brovi
3502 Monroe Street
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Family friendly place to grab lunch but still has a farm-to-table philosophy. Has a bar and you can watch a game there, too. Marigold/Sardine chefs.
Grab it and go or eat there. Local guys.
Curry in the Box - University Ave
3519 University Ave
Grab it and go or eat there. Local guys.
Big foodie place. Steak and frites off of bar menu $22. Lots of food, chef raises his own pigs. Our favorite brunch: veggie benedict and cinnamon rolls (with bits of bacon in them--a little indulgent?).
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Heritage Tavern
131 East Mifflin Street
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Big foodie place. Steak and frites off of bar menu $22. Lots of food, chef raises his own pigs. Our favorite brunch: veggie benedict and cinnamon rolls (with bits of bacon in them--a little indulgent?).
Straight ahead amazing farm to table. On the formal side for Madison but wonderful.
Harvest
21 N Pinckney St
Straight ahead amazing farm to table. On the formal side for Madison but wonderful.
Sweet little place, brand new. French homestyle food, simple.
La Kitchenette
805 Williamson St
Sweet little place, brand new. French homestyle food, simple.
Best pizza (not Italian style). Crust (amazing), cheese, then tomato sauce. Committed to local organic ingredients. Yum, in a word.
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Salvatore's Tomato Pies
912 East Johnson Street
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Best pizza (not Italian style). Crust (amazing), cheese, then tomato sauce. Committed to local organic ingredients. Yum, in a word.
Skip Smokey's (tired and sad supper club) and go to Tornado instead. Hipster yet still steak house on the Square. Lots of food!
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Tornado Steak House
116 South Hamilton Street
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Skip Smokey's (tired and sad supper club) and go to Tornado instead. Hipster yet still steak house on the Square. Lots of food!
A taste of Wisconsin! This is a great place to get oriented to local culture. Busy all the time. Owned by same people as Harvest Restaurant (next door).
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The Old Fashioned
23 North Pinckney Street
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A taste of Wisconsin! This is a great place to get oriented to local culture. Busy all the time. Owned by same people as Harvest Restaurant (next door).
Neighborhood spot for Belgian ales and bistro food. Lots of local organics. Bustling!
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Brasserie V
1923 Monroe Street
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Neighborhood spot for Belgian ales and bistro food. Lots of local organics. Bustling!
OK, I have to include this because it's kind of a crowd pleaser. If you need to visit a brew pub, this could be the obvious choice.
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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. - Hilldale
357 Price Place
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OK, I have to include this because it's kind of a crowd pleaser. If you need to visit a brew pub, this could be the obvious choice.
A bit of a drive, but it's a charming stone house in Fitchburg that serves more up-scale Wisconsin dinner. Friday night fish fry in the barn.
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Quivey's Grove
6261 Nesbitt Road
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A bit of a drive, but it's a charming stone house in Fitchburg that serves more up-scale Wisconsin dinner. Friday night fish fry in the barn.
Burger joint! On campus and busy but one of the best Friday night fish frys in town.
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Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
317 North Frances Street
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Burger joint! On campus and busy but one of the best Friday night fish frys in town.
In Spring Green (one hour away), a good stop here or at the General Store for groceries and a meal if you're headed to American Player's Theater.
Driftless Depot
140 South Winsted Street
In Spring Green (one hour away), a good stop here or at the General Store for groceries and a meal if you're headed to American Player's Theater.
The fanciest and one of the best restaurants in town. Chef Tory Miller is a James Beard Award-winning chef. $$$$
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L'Etoile
1 South Pinckney Street
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The fanciest and one of the best restaurants in town. Chef Tory Miller is a James Beard Award-winning chef. $$$$
Oh yeah. On the East Side but DELISH!
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Batch Bakehouse
1402 Williamson Street
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Oh yeah. On the East Side but DELISH!
Wonderful pastries and desserts. Gelato, too. On the East Side.
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Madison Sourdough
916 Williamson Street
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Wonderful pastries and desserts. Gelato, too. On the East Side.
Ribs! Pulled pork! The best BBQ in town. On the East Side.
That BBQ Joint
901 Williamson St
Ribs! Pulled pork! The best BBQ in town. On the East Side.
Delicious and creative vegetarian restaurant on the East side.
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Green Owl Cafe
1970 Atwood Avenue
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Delicious and creative vegetarian restaurant on the East side.
Great hole in the wall on State Street. Super healthy, lots of Nepalese women cooking and really delicious. Also, cheap! Put your shoes on and go as you are.
Himal Chuli Restaurant
318 State Street
Great hole in the wall on State Street. Super healthy, lots of Nepalese women cooking and really delicious. Also, cheap! Put your shoes on and go as you are.
Local food! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee. Dine in or to go (freezer meals, too). Just won a preservation award for their work on the building.
Pasture & Plenty
2433 University Ave
Local food! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee. Dine in or to go (freezer meals, too). Just won a preservation award for their work on the building.
Yum! Super chef (Forequarter) and lots of great local stuff. Around the corner from the Regent Street Co-op. Has cheeses and things to go.
The Heights
11 N Allen St
Yum! Super chef (Forequarter) and lots of great local stuff. Around the corner from the Regent Street Co-op. Has cheeses and things to go.

Drinks & Nightlife

Burger joint.
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Blue Moon Bar & Grill
2535 University Avenue
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Burger joint.
Classic Wisconsin tavern, deer dioramas and all. Plaza burger with secret sauce and a tap beer.
The Plaza Tavern
319 North Henry Street
Classic Wisconsin tavern, deer dioramas and all. Plaza burger with secret sauce and a tap beer.
Super cocktails all hand-crafted. Nice menu, farm-to-table.
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Merchant Madison
121 South Pinckney Street
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Super cocktails all hand-crafted. Nice menu, farm-to-table.
Dancing! LGBTQ.
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Prism
924 Williamson Street
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Dancing! LGBTQ.
My friends tell me this is "the" gay night club in Madison.
FIVE Nightclub
5 Applegate Ct
My friends tell me this is "the" gay night club in Madison.
Woof's a gay sports/leather bar downtown.
Woof's
114 King St
Woof's a gay sports/leather bar downtown.

Arts & Culture

Great campus art museum with a brand-new building. Free!
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Chazen Museum of Art
750 University Avenue
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Great campus art museum with a brand-new building. Free!
All things visual and performing art. Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society performs here in June!
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Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
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All things visual and performing art. Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society performs here in June!
Great little contemporary art museum with stuff for kids and it's free!
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Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
227 State Street
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Great little contemporary art museum with stuff for kids and it's free!
Fun for kids. Lots of Wisconsin and regional history. On the Square.
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Wisconsin Historical Museum
30 North Carroll Street
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Fun for kids. Lots of Wisconsin and regional history. On the Square.
Some of the best theater in Wisconsin. Lots of Shakespeare and other classics. One hour away in the woods.
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American Players Theatre
5950 Golf Course Road
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Some of the best theater in Wisconsin. Lots of Shakespeare and other classics. One hour away in the woods.
Frank Lloyd Wright designed. Practically across the street (cross University Ave. toward the hospital). Services on Sunday.
First Unitarian Society
900 University Bay Drive
Frank Lloyd Wright designed. Practically across the street (cross University Ave. toward the hospital). Services on Sunday.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Architecture School.
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Taliesin Tours
5607 County Road C
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Architecture School.

Entertainment & Activities

Terrific and comfortable movie theater. Except that it just changed to AMC 6 Dine-in. Not as good as Sundance used to be :(
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AMC Madison 6
430 North Midvale Boulevard
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Terrific and comfortable movie theater. Except that it just changed to AMC 6 Dine-in. Not as good as Sundance used to be :(
Award-winning museum with tons of local craftsmanship. A must-do with kids!
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Madison Children's Museum
100 North Hamilton Street
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Award-winning museum with tons of local craftsmanship. A must-do with kids!
Great for young kids and rock hounds of all ages!
University of Wisconsin Geology Museum
1215 West Dayton Street
Great for young kids and rock hounds of all ages!
Pool!! Pretty new and pretty fun. Can be busy at times.
Goodman Pool
325 West Olin Avenue
Pool!! Pretty new and pretty fun. Can be busy at times.
Great brewery if you like lambic-style ales. Super sweet little town, too. Eat at the Glarner Stube while you're there.
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New Glarus Brewing Company
2400 Wisconsin 69
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Great brewery if you like lambic-style ales. Super sweet little town, too. Eat at the Glarner Stube while you're there.

Everything Else

Getting more upscale shopping. Closest nicest mall with Macy's, North Face, L'Occitaine, Anthropologie, Target, Morgan's Shoes, Porta Alba (great pizza!)
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Hilldale Shopping Center
726 North Midvale Boulevard
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Getting more upscale shopping. Closest nicest mall with Macy's, North Face, L'Occitaine, Anthropologie, Target, Morgan's Shoes, Porta Alba (great pizza!)
Drop in meditation, Tuesdays, 7 - 8:30 PM. http://tergar.org/communities-and-practice-groups/find-a-center-or-group/madison/
The Crossing Meditation Practice
Drop in meditation, Tuesdays, 7 - 8:30 PM. http://tergar.org/communities-and-practice-groups/find-a-center-or-group/madison/

Parks & Nature

Walkable from Artist House. Pretty peninsula into Lake Mendota, good for a walk or jog. Tiny beach and several fire rings.
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Picnic Point
2002 University Bay Drive
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Walkable from Artist House. Pretty peninsula into Lake Mendota, good for a walk or jog. Tiny beach and several fire rings.
Actually, this is included because you can bike around the lake.
Lake Monona
Actually, this is included because you can bike around the lake.
Small lake at the edge of the Arboretum. In summer you can rent all kinds of boats and get a hot dog, too.
Lake Wingra
Small lake at the edge of the Arboretum. In summer you can rent all kinds of boats and get a hot dog, too.
Good for golf and XC skiing (rent skis there).
Odana Hills Golf Course
4635 Odana Rd
Good for golf and XC skiing (rent skis there).
UW nature preserve. Walk, bike, jog, paths in the woods, marshes, and through gardens. Lovely!
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University of Wisconsin–Madison Herbarium
500 Lincoln Drive
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UW nature preserve. Walk, bike, jog, paths in the woods, marshes, and through gardens. Lovely!
Beautiful lake and hiking trails. About 45 minutes away.
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Devil's Lake State Park
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Beautiful lake and hiking trails. About 45 minutes away.