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Guidebook for Madison

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Guidebook for Madison

Shopping
Curated, gently-used clothing that tends to run modern and twenty-something (primary target is college students). Prices are mid-range for thrift.
ReThreads
410 State St
Curated, gently-used clothing that tends to run modern and twenty-something (primary target is college students). Prices are mid-range for thrift.
Founded in 1975, this independent feminist bookstore features all the big genres, but also focuses on women writers, LGBT literature, local authors and more.
A Room of One’s Own
315 W Gorham St
Founded in 1975, this independent feminist bookstore features all the big genres, but also focuses on women writers, LGBT literature, local authors and more.
Curated vintage shop with great clothes, but pricier than your average thrift store. Men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories. It's fun to walk through, even if you don't buy anything.
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Good Style Shop
817 East Johnson Street
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Curated vintage shop with great clothes, but pricier than your average thrift store. Men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories. It's fun to walk through, even if you don't buy anything.
Great little local musical instrument shop and repair
Spruce Tree Music & Repair
851 East Johnson Street
Great little local musical instrument shop and repair
Locally owned record store
Strictly Discs
1900 Monroe Street
Locally owned record store
Great thrift store in a fun neighborhood.
St. Vincent De Paul Store
1309 Williamson Street
Great thrift store in a fun neighborhood.
Come for the delicious cheese (and secretly good sandwiches), stay for the cheese puns.
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Fromagination
12 South Carroll Street
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Come for the delicious cheese (and secretly good sandwiches), stay for the cheese puns.
Sightseeing
$5, open Tues. to Sat. Collection includes anthropology, business and technology, costumes, textiles, personal artifacts, domestic life, political and military life. Hosts special events/lectures.
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Wisconsin Historical Museum
30 North Carroll Street
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$5, open Tues. to Sat. Collection includes anthropology, business and technology, costumes, textiles, personal artifacts, domestic life, political and military life. Hosts special events/lectures.
They have something like 500 different kinds of mustard. The museum is quick, quirky and comprehensive, but the best part is tasting all the mustards available for sale.
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National Mustard Museum
7477 Hubbard Avenue
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They have something like 500 different kinds of mustard. The museum is quick, quirky and comprehensive, but the best part is tasting all the mustards available for sale.
Known as the "cake on the lake," this Frank Lloyd Wright design offers guided tours, a gift shop, a rooftop cafe in summer, great views and many community events throughout the year.
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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive
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Known as the "cake on the lake," this Frank Lloyd Wright design offers guided tours, a gift shop, a rooftop cafe in summer, great views and many community events throughout the year.
Ornate architectural gem that features 43 types of stone from six countries and eight states. About ten years ago, it was restored at the cost of 145 million dollars.
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Wisconsin State Capitol
2 East Main Street
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Ornate architectural gem that features 43 types of stone from six countries and eight states. About ten years ago, it was restored at the cost of 145 million dollars.
Entertainment & Activities
Stroll 16 acres of outdoor gardens featuring stunning landscapes and Midwest-hardy plants (free). Visit the tropics in the Bolz Conservatory, filled w/ exotic plants, flowers, orchids and birds ($2).
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Olbrich Botanical Gardens
3330 Atwood Avenue
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Stroll 16 acres of outdoor gardens featuring stunning landscapes and Midwest-hardy plants (free). Visit the tropics in the Bolz Conservatory, filled w/ exotic plants, flowers, orchids and birds ($2).
Creative, large museum that our nieces adore. Has sections for kids of all ages (including rooftop mini-farm). They also do adult nights, complete with booze and special exhibits/activities.
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Madison Children's Museum
100 North Hamilton Street
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Creative, large museum that our nieces adore. Has sections for kids of all ages (including rooftop mini-farm). They also do adult nights, complete with booze and special exhibits/activities.
Great city park with playground, beach, lake path, sand volleyball court and lots of space to run around (or take a blanket and read a book). You can also fish. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
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James Madison Park
614 East Gorham Street
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Great city park with playground, beach, lake path, sand volleyball court and lots of space to run around (or take a blanket and read a book). You can also fish. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
Complete with a children's zoo (and carousel), it's a fun place to spend an afternoon. Newest addition: polar bears. Free.
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Henry Vilas Zoo
702 South Randall Avenue
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Complete with a children's zoo (and carousel), it's a fun place to spend an afternoon. Newest addition: polar bears. Free.
Everything Else
Honestly, totally worth checking out. This museum is truly a hidden "gem" ....
University of Wisconsin Geology Museum
1215 West Dayton Street
Honestly, totally worth checking out. This museum is truly a hidden "gem" ....
Home to the Rathskellar, it's the only union at a public university in the U.S. to serve alcohol. In summer on the massive patio overlooking the lake, find free films, concerts and other events.
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Memorial Union Terrace
800 Langdon Street
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Home to the Rathskellar, it's the only union at a public university in the U.S. to serve alcohol. In summer on the massive patio overlooking the lake, find free films, concerts and other events.
If you like to rock climb (or would like to give it a try), check out Boulders. Friendly, knowledgeable staff and reasonable prices.
Boulders Climbing Gym - East
3964 Commercial Avenue
If you like to rock climb (or would like to give it a try), check out Boulders. Friendly, knowledgeable staff and reasonable prices.
Cooperative yoga studio; almost all classes are drop-in and cost $15.
Yoga Co-op of Madison
812 E Dayton St
Cooperative yoga studio; almost all classes are drop-in and cost $15.
Food Scene
Tiny tiny tiny! Great pastry and brunch; only open Sat. and Sun. If you find a place to sit, you'll make new friends. Otherwise take it with and walk along the neighborhood or eat at Reynold's park.
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Sophia's Bakery & Cafe
831 East Johnson Street
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Tiny tiny tiny! Great pastry and brunch; only open Sat. and Sun. If you find a place to sit, you'll make new friends. Otherwise take it with and walk along the neighborhood or eat at Reynold's park.
A Madison classic, this German-themed restaurant/bar features giant glass boots, servers in costume and generally has a polka band playing.
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Essen Haus Restaurant and Bar
514 East Wilson Street
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A Madison classic, this German-themed restaurant/bar features giant glass boots, servers in costume and generally has a polka band playing.
Good food (including vegetarian options), solid beer selection, cozy, casual atmosphere. In the summer, check out their patio. Brad and I actually had our first date here :)
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Tipsy Cow
102 King Street
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Good food (including vegetarian options), solid beer selection, cozy, casual atmosphere. In the summer, check out their patio. Brad and I actually had our first date here :)
Charming neighborhood coffee shop with a wide variety of local teas (try the ginger turmeric), fast wi-fi and delicious food (try the homemade granola). New patio outside for when it's warm.
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Johnson Public House
908 East Johnson Street
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Charming neighborhood coffee shop with a wide variety of local teas (try the ginger turmeric), fast wi-fi and delicious food (try the homemade granola). New patio outside for when it's warm.
Solid, inexpensive Wisconsin diner food; their weekend breakfast is always packed with college students, so come early and prepare to stand in line. Order a shake and you won't regret it.
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Mickies Dairy Bar
1511 Monroe Street
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Solid, inexpensive Wisconsin diner food; their weekend breakfast is always packed with college students, so come early and prepare to stand in line. Order a shake and you won't regret it.
Craft beer Irish pub more than 100 different microbrews in bottles and another 20 or so on tap. Reasonably priced and with friendly staff - ask about "the snug".
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The Coopers Tavern
20 West Mifflin Street
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Craft beer Irish pub more than 100 different microbrews in bottles and another 20 or so on tap. Reasonably priced and with friendly staff - ask about "the snug".
Good food and atmosphere, It feels like it's been there forever. Nice place for conversation (or grab a board game from their collection and play with friends). Try the grog in winter ....
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Weary Traveler Freehouse
1201 Williamson Street
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Good food and atmosphere, It feels like it's been there forever. Nice place for conversation (or grab a board game from their collection and play with friends). Try the grog in winter ....
With 40 Wisconsin beers on tap & another 160 in bottles, it's a great place to sample to local flavor. Solid food menu (try its famous cheese curds) & WI-style Old Fashioneds. Something for everyone.
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The Old Fashioned
23 North Pinckney Street
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With 40 Wisconsin beers on tap & another 160 in bottles, it's a great place to sample to local flavor. Solid food menu (try its famous cheese curds) & WI-style Old Fashioneds. Something for everyone.
Amazingly good, locally-sourced restaurant.
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Forequarter
708 1/4 East Johnson Street
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Amazingly good, locally-sourced restaurant.
Really great artisan pastry and breads. Also good spot for brunch/lunch - try their soup.
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Madison Sourdough
916 Williamson Street
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Really great artisan pastry and breads. Also good spot for brunch/lunch - try their soup.
If you like bagels, this is the spot.
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Gotham Bagels
112 East Mifflin Street
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If you like bagels, this is the spot.
Great coffee and crepes. Cozy, with ample people-watching through the walls of windows.
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Bradbury's Coffee
127 North Hamilton Street
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Great coffee and crepes. Cozy, with ample people-watching through the walls of windows.
Solid happy hour, excellent service and great pub-style food. Live music on Sundays.
Brocach Irish Pub & Whiskey Den
7 West Main Street
Solid happy hour, excellent service and great pub-style food. Live music on Sundays.
Darts in the basement, solid craft beer selections and cheap, delicious food (including lots of vegetarian options).
Argus Bar & Grill
123 East Main Street
Darts in the basement, solid craft beer selections and cheap, delicious food (including lots of vegetarian options).
Nothing fancy, but quality food and fun cocktails. Good options for vegetarians.
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RED
316 W Washington Ave
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Nothing fancy, but quality food and fun cocktails. Good options for vegetarians.
Essentials
Forget an essential and we don't have it? Need a sixer or a quick sandwich? Pinkus is your stop. Open late, this college-geared convenience store will even sell you single sticks of butter. Truth.
Pinkus McBride Market
301 North Hamilton Street
Forget an essential and we don't have it? Need a sixer or a quick sandwich? Pinkus is your stop. Open late, this college-geared convenience store will even sell you single sticks of butter. Truth.
Madison's primary natural foods store.
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Willy Street Co-op—East
1221 Williamson Street
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Madison's primary natural foods store.
A little pricier, but open 24 hours and carries all the basic groceries.
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Capitol Centre Market
111 North Broom Street
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A little pricier, but open 24 hours and carries all the basic groceries.
Drinks & Nightlife
A piece of Madison history, this bar (in it's original location) was a meeting spot for radical activists during the 60s protests. Great happy hour with free appetizers and large outdoor patio.
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Genna's Lounge
105 West Main Street
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A piece of Madison history, this bar (in it's original location) was a meeting spot for radical activists during the 60s protests. Great happy hour with free appetizers and large outdoor patio.
Cheap beer in a dive-y atmosphere, with darts, shuffleboard and free popcorn. Sunday karaoke, Monday movie night, and Tuesday trivia.
Come Back In
508 E Wilson St
Cheap beer in a dive-y atmosphere, with darts, shuffleboard and free popcorn. Sunday karaoke, Monday movie night, and Tuesday trivia.
Oysters half-off during happy hour; great for date night or a drink with friends.
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Tempest Oyster Bar
120 East Wilson Street
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Oysters half-off during happy hour; great for date night or a drink with friends.