Milwaukee Trip Guide | Midwest Living

Milwaukee Trip Guide

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;

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;

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

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

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

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

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

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;

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;

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 beer brat patty, raw onion, spicy mustard and sauerkraut. (414) 273-7800;

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;


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