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Favorite Coffee Shops

Great coffee, sandwiches and pastries! Open air dining in the warmer months; Blazing fireplaces in the cooler months!
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Colectivo Coffee - Monroe St.
2530 Monroe Street
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Great coffee, sandwiches and pastries! Open air dining in the warmer months; Blazing fireplaces in the cooler months!
Casual, cozy coffee shop with delicious healthy food options and live music at times!
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Crescendo Espresso Bar + Music Cafe
1859 Monroe Street
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Casual, cozy coffee shop with delicious healthy food options and live music at times!
Local bakeshop specializing in croissants & baguettes, plus cookies, pastries & artisanal breads. Smells delicious!
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Batch Bakehouse
1402 Williamson Street
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Local bakeshop specializing in croissants & baguettes, plus cookies, pastries & artisanal breads. Smells delicious!
EVP (Etes-Vous Prets?!) Coffee is a local, independent & woman-owned business that opened in October of 1997 on Highland Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin. Over 24 years later, EVP now has 4 vibrant locations & roasts thousands of pounds of coffee each year.
EVP Coffee East
1250 East Washington Avenue
EVP (Etes-Vous Prets?!) Coffee is a local, independent & woman-owned business that opened in October of 1997 on Highland Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin. Over 24 years later, EVP now has 4 vibrant locations & roasts thousands of pounds of coffee each year.

Favorite Restaurants

Great neighborhood spot with delicious food, a great bar and cool vibe!
Everly
2701 Monroe St
Great neighborhood spot with delicious food, a great bar and cool vibe!
Farm-to-fork Italian restaurant with housemade pastas and wood-fired pizzas! The sourdough bread with butter, olive oil and salt is not to be missed!
Cento
122 West Mifflin Street
Farm-to-fork Italian restaurant with housemade pastas and wood-fired pizzas! The sourdough bread with butter, olive oil and salt is not to be missed!
Located on the top floor at the AC Hotel, a great wine bar with plates to share and the best views of the Capitol building!
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Eno Vino Downtown
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Located on the top floor at the AC Hotel, a great wine bar with plates to share and the best views of the Capitol building!
Farm-to-table comfort food in a light, bright, modern space. The Fried Hook's Cheese Curds are delicious! When in Wisconsin...
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Graze
1 South Pinckney Street
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Farm-to-table comfort food in a light, bright, modern space. The Fried Hook's Cheese Curds are delicious! When in Wisconsin...
Casual spot for wood-fired, Neapolitan pies created from housemade mozzarella and local ingredients.
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Pizza Brutta
1805 Monroe Street
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Casual spot for wood-fired, Neapolitan pies created from housemade mozzarella and local ingredients.
Wood-fired and steel-pan pizzas in a three story industrial-chic tavern. Open air dining during the warmer months!
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Lucille
101 King St
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Wood-fired and steel-pan pizzas in a three story industrial-chic tavern. Open air dining during the warmer months!
Counter-serve eatery for breakfast, lunch and brunch using the finest local ingredients. Outdoor seating during the warmer months. The Marigold Breakfast Sandwich is one of our favorites!
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Marigold Kitchen
118 South Pinckney Street
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Counter-serve eatery for breakfast, lunch and brunch using the finest local ingredients. Outdoor seating during the warmer months. The Marigold Breakfast Sandwich is one of our favorites!
Mickies is a local favorite for breakfast, which is served at communal tables. The lines are often long but worth the wait! A few things to note: They are closed on Mondays, they close at 2:30pm, and they are cash-only!
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Mickies Dairy Bar
1511 Monroe Street
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Mickies is a local favorite for breakfast, which is served at communal tables. The lines are often long but worth the wait! A few things to note: They are closed on Mondays, they close at 2:30pm, and they are cash-only!
A casual place with great burgers and sandwiches only two blocks from the Kohl Center. But get there early on game days! They don't take reservations and the wait can be long but worth it!
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Dotty Dumpling's Dowry
317 North Frances Street
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A casual place with great burgers and sandwiches only two blocks from the Kohl Center. But get there early on game days! They don't take reservations and the wait can be long but worth it!
Hip bistro with french fare in a former warehouse on Lake Monona.
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Sardine
617 Williamson Street
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Hip bistro with french fare in a former warehouse on Lake Monona.
Industrial-chic gastropub & liquor store serving farm-to-table New American fare & craft cocktails.
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Merchant Madison
121 South Pinckney Street
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Industrial-chic gastropub & liquor store serving farm-to-table New American fare & craft cocktails.
Great breakfast spot that is worth the wait! Give the sweet potato oatmeal pancakes a try and order your breakfast potatoes with cheese (you're in Wisco after all)! Be sure to look up and check out the chandelier made out of whisks!
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Short Stack Eatery
301 West Johnson Street
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Great breakfast spot that is worth the wait! Give the sweet potato oatmeal pancakes a try and order your breakfast potatoes with cheese (you're in Wisco after all)! Be sure to look up and check out the chandelier made out of whisks!
Mediterranean comfort food in a casual fine dining atmosphere
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A Pig in a Fur Coat
940 Williamson Street
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Mediterranean comfort food in a casual fine dining atmosphere
Laid-back, cash-only tavern offering gourmet pub grub, rotating tap beers & live music most nights.
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Alchemy
1980 Atwood Avenue
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Laid-back, cash-only tavern offering gourmet pub grub, rotating tap beers & live music most nights.
Bar Corallini is an upscale but laid-back Italian restaurant located in the Atwood neighborhood on the near-East side of Madison.
Bar Corallini
2004 Atwood Ave
Bar Corallini is an upscale but laid-back Italian restaurant located in the Atwood neighborhood on the near-East side of Madison.
Traditional Southeast Asian eatery serving up a large menu of Thai, Vietnamese & Laotian dishes.
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Hạ Long Bay Restaurant
1353 Williamson Street
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Traditional Southeast Asian eatery serving up a large menu of Thai, Vietnamese & Laotian dishes.
This restaurant comes highly recommended from one of our guests as “the best pizza in the whole world.”
Paisan's Restaurant
131 W Wilson St
This restaurant comes highly recommended from one of our guests as “the best pizza in the whole world.”

Shopping

Outdoor shopping area with shops, restaurants and AMC movie theater.
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Hilldale Shopping Center
726 North Midvale Boulevard
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Outdoor shopping area with shops, restaurants and AMC movie theater.
pitaya
341 E Campus Mall
Urban Outfitters
604 State St
Delicious artisan chocolates using the highest quality and freshest ingredients! From classic truffles to unexpected flavor combinations!
Infusion Chocolates
2503 Monroe St
Delicious artisan chocolates using the highest quality and freshest ingredients! From classic truffles to unexpected flavor combinations!
Independent bookstore!
Mystery to Me
1863 Monroe Street
Independent bookstore!

Local Attractions & Activities

1200 acres of plants, trees, and shrubs and nearly 20 miles of hiking trials!
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University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway
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1200 acres of plants, trees, and shrubs and nearly 20 miles of hiking trials!
Explore the lake by renting a canoe or kayak at Wingra Boat Rentals, open 8:30 am- 8 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Lake Wingra
Explore the lake by renting a canoe or kayak at Wingra Boat Rentals, open 8:30 am- 8 pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Three floors of interactive exhibits!
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Madison Children's Museum
100 North Hamilton Street
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Three floors of interactive exhibits!
The Chazen is home to the second-largest collection of art in WI: more than 20,000 works include paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts.
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Chazen Museum of Art
750 University Avenue
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The Chazen is home to the second-largest collection of art in WI: more than 20,000 works include paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts.
Majestic Roman Renaissance-style architecture with the only granite dome in the US. The observation deck is open in the summer and offers views of the city and surrounding lakes.
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Wisconsin State Capitol
2 East Main Street
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Majestic Roman Renaissance-style architecture with the only granite dome in the US. The observation deck is open in the summer and offers views of the city and surrounding lakes.
Grab a chair and a brat, and soak up the sun at this favorite spot to enjoy a lake view during the summer and fall on the UW campus! Perfect for people watching and relaxing!
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Memorial Union Terrace
800 Langdon Street
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Grab a chair and a brat, and soak up the sun at this favorite spot to enjoy a lake view during the summer and fall on the UW campus! Perfect for people watching and relaxing!
Saturdays mid April-Mid November, 6:15 am- 1:45 pm surrounding the Capitol building, otherwise known as "The Square."
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Dane County Farmers' Market
1 John Nolen Drive
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Saturdays mid April-Mid November, 6:15 am- 1:45 pm surrounding the Capitol building, otherwise known as "The Square."
Located on Madison's waterfront, 16 acres of exotic foliage and fragrant flowers.
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Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
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Located on Madison's waterfront, 16 acres of exotic foliage and fragrant flowers.
This splendid three-story glass structure is undoubtedly one of the city's most impressive architectural landmarks.
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Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
227 State Street
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This splendid three-story glass structure is undoubtedly one of the city's most impressive architectural landmarks.
28 acre zoo home to a wide variety of animals from tropical, arctic, savannah, plains and other habitats.
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Henry Vilas Zoo
702 South Randall Avenue
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28 acre zoo home to a wide variety of animals from tropical, arctic, savannah, plains and other habitats.
Picnic Point, a nearly mile-long peninsula along Lake Mendota's south shore, is among Madison's most distinctive features and is a popular destination in the Preserve.
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Picnic Point
2000 University Bay Dr
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Picnic Point, a nearly mile-long peninsula along Lake Mendota's south shore, is among Madison's most distinctive features and is a popular destination in the Preserve.
Madison Symphony Orchestra Inc
201 State St
A premier convention center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright with a rooftop terrace serving food & drink from June-August.
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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive
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A premier convention center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright with a rooftop terrace serving food & drink from June-August.
Elver Park is great in the summer and the winter! Sledding, XC skiing, and ice-staking in the winter; hiking trails, basketball, tennis, disc golf, playground and splash park in the summer.
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Elver Park
1250 McKenna Boulevard
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Elver Park is great in the summer and the winter! Sledding, XC skiing, and ice-staking in the winter; hiking trails, basketball, tennis, disc golf, playground and splash park in the summer.
Tenney Park Lagoon

Sports

Home of Wisconsin Badgers Football!
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Camp Randall Stadium
1440 Monroe Street
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Home of Wisconsin Badgers Football!
On-campus sports arena for Badgers basketball & hockey!
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The Kohl Center
601 West Dayton Street
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On-campus sports arena for Badgers basketball & hockey!
Home games at the Alliant Energy Center's Veterans Memorial Coliseum!
Madison Capitols USHL Hockey
2616 N Pleasant View Rd
Home games at the Alliant Energy Center's Veterans Memorial Coliseum!

Brew Pub

Garth's Brew Pub opened in Fall of 2019 and is great place to grab a craft beer. They serve pizza and soft pretzels too.
Garth's Brew Bar
1726 Monroe St
Garth's Brew Pub opened in Fall of 2019 and is great place to grab a craft beer. They serve pizza and soft pretzels too.
Vintage Brewing Co. Capitol East is part of the VBC family of brewpubs in the Madison area. They pride themselves on being a great place to hang out and enjoy classic Midwestern hospitality. You can expect Elevated Americana Cuisine and a large selection of highly acclaimed house-made craft beer.
Vintage Brewing Co. Capitol East
803 East Washington Avenue
Vintage Brewing Co. Capitol East is part of the VBC family of brewpubs in the Madison area. They pride themselves on being a great place to hang out and enjoy classic Midwestern hospitality. You can expect Elevated Americana Cuisine and a large selection of highly acclaimed house-made craft beer.

Best Deli

Best sandwiches in town, hands down!
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Stalzy's Deli
2701 Atwood Avenue
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Best sandwiches in town, hands down!