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This big city maintains ties to its German heritage (brews and brats, anyone?) while celebrating the present at an iconic art museum and fantastic festivals along Lake Michigan.

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Where to eat

Colectivo Coffee This local coffee cafe serves tasty cookies, huge yogurt parfaits and sandwiches, plus offers free Wi-Fi and great joe, of course. You'll find 10 local branches, but our favorite is the one along the lakefront in the historic Milwaukee River Flushing Station. (414) 233-4551; colectivocoffee.com

Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro Chef Adam Siegel, a 2008 James Beard award winner, delivers seasonal French cuisine at this pastoral spot along Lake Michigan. (414) 962-6300; lakeparkbistro.com

Coquette Cafe Find high-end service and ambience—and incredible food—in the Historic Third Ward. Try the grilled pork chop with mustard spaetzle and a house brew. (414) 291-2655; coquettecafe.com

Karl Ratzsch's Dirndl-skirted waitresses serve authentic German specialties. (414) 276-2720; karlratzsch.com

Kopp's Frozen Custard Locals call this frozen custard their fave. (414) 282-4312; kopps.com

Milwaukee Ale House Microbrews are cold and live music is hot at the Historic Third Ward restaurant. (414) 276-2337; ale-house.com

Hinterland Hand-crafted beers and seasonal Wisconsin cuisine make this gastropub a welcome fine-dining spot. (414) 727-9300; hinterlandbeer.com

The Safe House At the tongue-in-cheek spy-chic institution, the fun atmosphere outshines the food. You need a password to enter, and a martini whizzes overhead through pneumatic tubes. (414) 271-2007; safe-house.com

Sobelmans At the classic, blue-collar Milwaukee bar, we love the Sobelman Burger, topped with Swiss, cheddar and American cheeses; bacon; fried onions; and fried jalapenos. (414) 931-1919; milwaukeesbestburgers.com

Stack'd Bar Burgers, beer and milk shakes go high-class at a slick Fifth Ward bar. The German Stack is a potent mix of jalapeno-blue cheese brat patty, raw onion, spicy mustard and sauerkraut. (414) 273-7800; stackedbar.com

Tulip Turkish flavors and decor give this Third Ward spot a Mediterranean feel. Try crispy phyllo cheese rolls, hummus and lamb kebobs. (414) 273-5252; tulipmilwaukee.com

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