Sky’s guidebook

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Sky’s guidebook

Food scene
Food and neighborhood favorite hangout spots near the house.
Great Chipotle Turkey breakfast sandwich here! Live music with local neighborhood flavor. Great place for meetings or work.
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Lakeside St. Coffee House
402 West Lakeside Street
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Great Chipotle Turkey breakfast sandwich here! Live music with local neighborhood flavor. Great place for meetings or work.
This is nice for a taste of the more eclectic side of Madison. Very diverse, friendly and chill local bar on one side, with hookah smoking and some relaxed seating. On Wednesday and Saturdays they have Karaoke and on Saturdays the restaurant has belly dancing performances. Delicious mediterranean food.
Mediterranean Hookah Lounge & Cafe
77 Sirloin Strip
This is nice for a taste of the more eclectic side of Madison. Very diverse, friendly and chill local bar on one side, with hookah smoking and some relaxed seating. On Wednesday and Saturdays they have Karaoke and on Saturdays the restaurant has belly dancing performances. Delicious mediterranean food.
Gorgeous interior and steamy, delicious food.
Ramen Station
1124 S Park St
Gorgeous interior and steamy, delicious food.
The Google said about this place, "down-to-earth destination for Mexican comfort food & beer, tequila & supersized margaritas". I agree. I was charmed to see that they sometimes have live music there, as well!
El Pastor Mexican Restaurant
2010 South Park Street
The Google said about this place, "down-to-earth destination for Mexican comfort food & beer, tequila & supersized margaritas". I agree. I was charmed to see that they sometimes have live music there, as well!
Good energy and food and is located by the capital if you want to eat or get coffee here and then go enjoy the nearby area.
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Marigold Kitchen
118 South Pinckney Street
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Good energy and food and is located by the capital if you want to eat or get coffee here and then go enjoy the nearby area.
Kid-friendly neighborhood bar that has a small back patio and wonderful ambiance. They have 19 taps of interesting craft beers, and a partnership with the delicious pizza kitchen next door so you can eat, too. On Tuesdays, a great local Jazz group plays here.
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Mason Lounge
416 South Park Street
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Kid-friendly neighborhood bar that has a small back patio and wonderful ambiance. They have 19 taps of interesting craft beers, and a partnership with the delicious pizza kitchen next door so you can eat, too. On Tuesdays, a great local Jazz group plays here.
Neighborhoods
Monroe Street has a few great areas with restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping for gifts or treats. My favorite place for a mid-afternoon snack is Miko Poke, where they serve large portions of sushi bowls. In between the hustle and bustle along Monroe is Edgewood College, where a great farmers market pops up in the parking lot on Sundays in the summer. Also in middle of there is Wingra Boats, where you can rent what you want to use to get out on the lake.
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Monroe Street
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Monroe Street has a few great areas with restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping for gifts or treats. My favorite place for a mid-afternoon snack is Miko Poke, where they serve large portions of sushi bowls. In between the hustle and bustle along Monroe is Edgewood College, where a great farmers market pops up in the parking lot on Sundays in the summer. Also in middle of there is Wingra Boats, where you can rent what you want to use to get out on the lake.
This neighborhood has the hippy-est vibes in Madison. Willy Street boasts many wonderful restaurants, bars and shopping, especially between Dickinson and Few streets. I love Rewind Decor and Willy Street Treasure Shop. This neighborhood hosts great outdoor music festivals many times a year.
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Williamson Street
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This neighborhood has the hippy-est vibes in Madison. Willy Street boasts many wonderful restaurants, bars and shopping, especially between Dickinson and Few streets. I love Rewind Decor and Willy Street Treasure Shop. This neighborhood hosts great outdoor music festivals many times a year.
Sightseeing
This museum is a little chameleon - you would barely notice it if you weren't looking for it. It is free and fantastic. It's set right by some beautiful UW buildings that compliment the museum experience. It's open from 8am - 8pm - that's late! I've never seen it crowded.
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Chazen Museum of Art
750 University Avenue
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This museum is a little chameleon - you would barely notice it if you weren't looking for it. It is free and fantastic. It's set right by some beautiful UW buildings that compliment the museum experience. It's open from 8am - 8pm - that's late! I've never seen it crowded.
This is a beautiful building. The views in the summer from the observation will deck will wow. The isthmus is so dramatic looking from up there! Here's some info from their site: Monday - Friday: 8am - 6pm Weekends and Holidays: 8am - 4pm Free tours are offered daily, except on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Tours start at the information desk Monday through Saturday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 am and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 pm; and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m. A 4:00 p.m. tour is offered weekdays (Monday - Friday), excluding holidays, during Memorial Day through Labor Day. Plan on spending 45-55 minutes for a tour. Groups of ten or more can make an on-line reservation for a tour of the State Capitol or call (608)266-0382. A sixth floor museum and observation deck are also open in summer.
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Wisconsin State Capitol
2 East Main Street
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This is a beautiful building. The views in the summer from the observation will deck will wow. The isthmus is so dramatic looking from up there! Here's some info from their site: Monday - Friday: 8am - 6pm Weekends and Holidays: 8am - 4pm Free tours are offered daily, except on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Tours start at the information desk Monday through Saturday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 am and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 pm; and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m. A 4:00 p.m. tour is offered weekdays (Monday - Friday), excluding holidays, during Memorial Day through Labor Day. Plan on spending 45-55 minutes for a tour. Groups of ten or more can make an on-line reservation for a tour of the State Capitol or call (608)266-0382. A sixth floor museum and observation deck are also open in summer.
This is a beautiful stretch to bike, walk, run, or drive. There are trails that break off to both sides, but only one or two places where you can park. I'm happy to help you plan out your approach and and tell you how to find the Big Spring (https://wingrasprings.wordpress.com/the-springs/). You could rent a B-cycle bike from a rental station that is right at the beginning of Arboretum Drive if you want to enjoy the wind in your hair! Lots of the arboretum has neat paths made of wood floating on the shallow water in amongst the tall grasses. It's cool to explore.
Arboretum Drive
This is a beautiful stretch to bike, walk, run, or drive. There are trails that break off to both sides, but only one or two places where you can park. I'm happy to help you plan out your approach and and tell you how to find the Big Spring (https://wingrasprings.wordpress.com/the-springs/). You could rent a B-cycle bike from a rental station that is right at the beginning of Arboretum Drive if you want to enjoy the wind in your hair! Lots of the arboretum has neat paths made of wood floating on the shallow water in amongst the tall grasses. It's cool to explore.