City Guide: Downtown Milwaukee

With summer finally creeping around the corner and the Third Ward/Downtown area continuously growing, it’s become an enticing spot for daytime adventures and exciting nightlife. Summers in Milwaukee are a definite reminder as to why locals stay tried and true through the long winter months. With endless festivals, outdoor concerts, and an eclectic choice of fine dining, there is definitely something for everyone.

Milwaukee has certainly been on the rise with the downtown area being the main focus with new restaurants and boutiques. Here are our five places to definitely check out during your visit here with us. Whether you’re staying at the Kimpton hotel or Homewood Suites, both located right in the Third Ward, these five are well within walking distance. Starting with our first pick for shopping, Edie Boutique is located in the heart of the Third Ward. If you’re looking for fun flirty apparel with tasteful print and texture, Edie Boutique is the place to visit. With its wide variety of handbags and diverse choices of accessories each piece is meant to compliment the other. Not only is the space inviting and warm, the staff does an amazing job of making sure you are well assisted and welcomed to their newly opened space.

After you’ve shopped till you dropped, you’ve probably worked up an appetite. Just a block west of Edie Boutique is the perfect spot for a bite to eat. New to the Third Ward is Sweet Diner Being that it’s only open for breakfast, lunch, brunch, it’s definitely an ideal place to stop and refuel for your city-wide adventure. With its modern décor and bright open space, the menu will definitely charm its way into your stomach. Both pocket friendly and belly filling, their menu has a wide variety of choices with both savory and sweet options. After you’ve looked over the main menu, which has great food alternatives for those who are vegan and or gluten free, enjoy a delicious cocktail to pair with your meal. Our top picks: the Sweet Diner Mimosa, Sweet Diner Bloody, and the Wild Wood Smash.

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Once you’ve refueled for the day, your adventure continues over to the Milwaukee Art Museum. Your journey over to the Art Museum will give you a chance to see the beautiful architecture of the city along with some abstract sculptures along the way. Located on Lincoln Memorial Drive, the art museum sits right in front of the lake. Its unique architecture pairs perfectly with its abstract art on the inside. It’s a great daytime activity for your family with various exhibits that are featured. If you’re an early bird, the museum hosts a yoga class every Saturday morning in the main entry way. Starting your morning with the sun just rising and a gorgeous view of the lake during a yoga class is one way to energize you for the day. Another interesting fact about the museum is that they have MAM After Dark  a monthly social event held on Friday evenings. Each event is different from the one before. Some activities include Larger than life board games that include giant jenga, giant connect four, and giant operation. Another fun event they host is quiet clubbing, in which they provide headphones for everyone to listen to music to dance to with the DJ in the space.

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After satisfying your artistic side, your evening continues back to the Third Ward for some fine dining at Tre Rivali, rated one of Milwaukee’s top restaurants. This is the perfect place for Mediterranean cuisine. With the menu ranging from homemade pizzas, handmade pastas, wood-fired meats, and small plates, the wine selection is carefully chosen to be paired for every meal. During a busy evening, the staff warmly welcomes you to the space and will gladly suggest you over to the bar area where you can browse over the bar menu for one of their delicious cocktails.

To end or depending how adventurous you are, begin the night, just a few blocks south of Tre Rivali, is Escape the Room MilwaukeeAlso rated Milwaukee’s number one escape room, each room has its own theme and atmosphere. Here you’ll search for clues and solve puzzles to make your escape. This place will definitely test your critical thinking skills, creativity, and to see how well you work with a team. It’s a great way to end the evening with fun and a few cocktails. For any new visitor or local these are just a few of our favorite new places to visit this summer in Milwaukee.

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