Guidebook for Madison

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Guidebook for Madison

Food Scene

Good place for coffee or to sample wines...visit their Wall of 100.
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Barriques - Monroe St.
1825 Monroe Street
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Good place for coffee or to sample wines...visit their Wall of 100.
Casual, European-inspired neighborhood brasserie. Enjoy a cold Belgian beer and hot frites...
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Brasserie V
1923 Monroe Street
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Casual, European-inspired neighborhood brasserie. Enjoy a cold Belgian beer and hot frites...
Something for everyone, great lunch buffet, too.
Taste Of India
2623 Monroe St
Something for everyone, great lunch buffet, too.
New coffee house (and probably the nicest in town) Great architectural design and day-lit space to enjoy good food and beverages...
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Colectivo Coffee - Monroe St.
2530 Monroe Street
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New coffee house (and probably the nicest in town) Great architectural design and day-lit space to enjoy good food and beverages...
Great oven baked pizza... When we've had a long day, it's our favorite local eatery.
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Pizza Brutta
1805 Monroe Street
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Great oven baked pizza... When we've had a long day, it's our favorite local eatery.
Literally our neighbor two doors down. Affiliated with two great downtown restaurants. Oysters, sandwiches, lobster, mac and cheese—and great bar to meet folks over happy hour.
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Gates and Brovi
3502 Monroe Street
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Literally our neighbor two doors down. Affiliated with two great downtown restaurants. Oysters, sandwiches, lobster, mac and cheese—and great bar to meet folks over happy hour.
Located right next door is an independent, woman-owned chocolate shop and small cafe. They serve decadent sweets, gluten free house bakery, delicious ice cream, caramels, chocolate truffles and more...
Madison Chocolate Company
729 Glenway St
Located right next door is an independent, woman-owned chocolate shop and small cafe. They serve decadent sweets, gluten free house bakery, delicious ice cream, caramels, chocolate truffles and more...
Formerly, New Orleans Take-out...the best to-go we know! Tropical home away from home. They are located at 1517 Monroe St in downtown Madison, WI. They offer limited seating as well as take-out: please call ahead for takeout or catering at 608-298-7144. They are open Tuesday through Saturday, with the following hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 11am-2pm & 4pm-9pm Friday & Saturday, 11am-9pm. https://lorrainescafe.com/
Lorraine's Cafe
1517 Monroe Street
Formerly, New Orleans Take-out...the best to-go we know! Tropical home away from home. They are located at 1517 Monroe St in downtown Madison, WI. They offer limited seating as well as take-out: please call ahead for takeout or catering at 608-298-7144. They are open Tuesday through Saturday, with the following hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 11am-2pm & 4pm-9pm Friday & Saturday, 11am-9pm. https://lorrainescafe.com/

Shopping

Madison's local source for homebrewing and winemaking supplies. They provide quality equipment and fresh ingredients at affordable prices. Free advice too!
The Wine & Hop Shop
1919 Monroe St
Madison's local source for homebrewing and winemaking supplies. They provide quality equipment and fresh ingredients at affordable prices. Free advice too!
Great specialty shop featuring a combination of gourmet cookware and cutlery.
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Orange Tree Imports
1721 Monroe Street
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Great specialty shop featuring a combination of gourmet cookware and cutlery.
This is a bookstore for everyone who loves mystery and anyone who celebrates local bookstores.
Mystery to Me
1863 Monroe Street
This is a bookstore for everyone who loves mystery and anyone who celebrates local bookstores.
Monroe Street has over 1 1/2 miles of locally-owned specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants surrounded by an exceptional natural area and historic neighborhood. Many shops and restaurants are in close walking distance.
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Monroe Street
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Monroe Street has over 1 1/2 miles of locally-owned specialty shops, boutiques and restaurants surrounded by an exceptional natural area and historic neighborhood. Many shops and restaurants are in close walking distance.

Everything Else

HAIR has been in business since 1996 and features Aveda skin, hair, and cosmetic product lines and the highest level of team based services.
Hair
1839 Monroe St
HAIR has been in business since 1996 and features Aveda skin, hair, and cosmetic product lines and the highest level of team based services.
Self tour the DMNA Nature and History Trail featuring the Ho Nee Um Pond, Wingra Springs, Jens Jensen Council Ring, Oak Savannah, Marion Dunn Prairie and the Arbor House inn...
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Self tour the DMNA Nature and History Trail featuring the Ho Nee Um Pond, Wingra Springs, Jens Jensen Council Ring, Oak Savannah, Marion Dunn Prairie and the Arbor House inn...
Glenway is a public golf course within blocks of the guest house.
Glenway Golf Course
3747 Speedway Road
Glenway is a public golf course within blocks of the guest house.
The EcoLodge is part of Arbor House, a national award-winning inn. Take advantage of our great location close to nature and urban attractions with biking and canoeing opportunities available.
Arbor House, An Environmental Inn Madison
3402 Monroe St
The EcoLodge is part of Arbor House, a national award-winning inn. Take advantage of our great location close to nature and urban attractions with biking and canoeing opportunities available.

Drinks & Nightlife

Enjoy a steaming cup of love and live music at Crescendo...
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Crescendo Espresso Bar + Music Cafe
1859 Monroe Street
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Enjoy a steaming cup of love and live music at Crescendo...
Late night eats, when most other places are closed. Good to watch a game in a classic pub environment. Remember Madison is a smoke-free town, including our taverns.
The Laurel Tavern
2505 Monroe Street
Late night eats, when most other places are closed. Good to watch a game in a classic pub environment. Remember Madison is a smoke-free town, including our taverns.

Sightseeing

The Southwest Bike Path is great for walking, biking or jogging. *Madison is the 4th best city to bike in America. Rent electric-assist bikes at a Madison B-Cycle Station or rent bikes from Budget Bicycle on Regent St.
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Southwest Commuter Path
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The Southwest Bike Path is great for walking, biking or jogging. *Madison is the 4th best city to bike in America. Rent electric-assist bikes at a Madison B-Cycle Station or rent bikes from Budget Bicycle on Regent St.
Enjoy canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboards, sailboats, etc. nearby on Lake Wingra from Memorial Day Weekend through late-September.
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Wingra Boats
824 Knickerbocker Street
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Enjoy canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboards, sailboats, etc. nearby on Lake Wingra from Memorial Day Weekend through late-September.

Essentials

About a twenty-minute walk or short drive down Monroe Street. Great place to stock up on groceries 8:00 – 9:00 daily.
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Trader Joe's
1810 Monroe Street
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About a twenty-minute walk or short drive down Monroe Street. Great place to stock up on groceries 8:00 – 9:00 daily.