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Milwaukee Neighborhoods

Milwaukee is often referred to as the "Big City of Little Neighborhoods."

Milwaukee celebrates its diverse neighborhoods! From a historic warehouse district turned trendy with restaurants and shops, to an eclectic street of vintage boutiques and ethnic eateries, to avenues lined with attractions, you'll meet the city's real character in friendly, walkable Milwaukee neighborhoods.

Learn more about each neighborhood below, or get an Official Milwaukee Visitors Map mailed to you for free. 



Avenues West/Marquette University

More than 11,000 students from 69 countries study at Marquette. Gothic spires join ultra-modern buildings on the 90-acre campus featuring the Haggerty Museum of Art and the legendary St. Joan of Arc Chapel. The splendidly restored Pabst Mansion reigns supreme in Avenues West.

While you're here:

1. Visit the legendary St. Joan of Arc Chapel, originally built in France in the 15th century

2. See how Milwaukee's beer barons lived at the Pabst Mansion (spoiler: it was pretty grand).

3. Get the classic Wisconsin supper club experience (and a delicious steak!) at Five O'Clock Steakhouse


Bay View

Just south of the city, Bay View is a hip and eclectic neighborhood popular with families and young professionals alike. Home to one of the city’s most popular bar districts, it’s also a hotbed of local art and creativity. From record shops and great music venues to dining, Bay View combines city fun with a charming neighborhood feel.

While you’re here:

1. Catch Chill on the Hill, Bay View’s free summer concert series, on Tuesday nights in Humboldt Park

2. Explore the beer list at Sugar Maple, Roman’s Pub and Palm Tavern – the three Milwaukee bars that made Draft Magazine’s America’s 100 Best Beer Bars

3. Dine on inventive small plates on a locally-sourced menu that changes daily at Odd Duck


Brady Street

Oscar Wilde once said, “If what you want isn’t on Brady Street, you probably don’t need it” and this bon mot is just as true now as it was in 1882. One of the city’s oldest Italian neighborhoods, it became home to the local hippie scene in the 1960s and remains an eclectic and unique neighborhood popular for diverse shopping options during the day and the vibrant bar scene at night.

While you’re here:

1. Have lunch at the full-service deli (or just a scoop of gelato!) and browse the imported grocery goods at Glorioso’s Italian Market

2. Catch the game and enjoy a $1 drink during the world’s shortest happy hour (4:00 p.m. – 4:18 p.m.) at Milwaukee’s home for televised soccer, Nomad World Pub

3. Join in one of the city's most popular street parties at the Brady Street Festival each July.


East Side

Here you'll find a melting pot of cultures from UW-Milwaukee students to retirees. This is one of Milwaukee’s trendiest neighborhoods, a great spot for dining, nightlife and shopping.

While you're here:

1. Stop for a cup of coffee at Colectivo on the Lake - the original cafe location of this favorite local roaster is built inside the historic Milwaukee River Flushing Station

2. Visit one of the five intriguing museums that make up the Milwaukee Museum Mile

3. See a movie in the historic Oriental Theatre, which holds the world record for continuous showings of the Rocky Horror Picture Show (catch it on the second Saturday of every month!)


East Town

A downtown neighborhood filled with a mix of popular Milwaukee attractions, restaurants, boutique shops, hotels, apartments and the popular Cathedral Square Park - home of Jazz in the Park and Bastille Days.

While you're here:

1. Visit the world's sexiest building and Milwaukee's most iconic structure: the Milwaukee Art Museum.

2. Travel to Paris without leaving the city at Bastille Days, a free outdoor festival celebrating everything France (including a 43-foot-tall Eiffel Tower!) each July

3. See a show. Everything from Broadway to children's theatre, ballet to opera to the biggest touring acts - you'll find it here.


Historic Third Ward

Stroll through Milwaukee SoHo, a six-square-block revitalized warehouse district, home to the Milwaukee Public Market, art galleries, theaters, trendy boutiques, specialty stores, restaurants and brewpubs.

While you're here:

1. Try a unique night out at a themed bar: make a painting to take home at Splash Studio

2. Do your souvenir shopping at the Milwaukee Public Market or one of the unique local boutiques

3. Attend a festival on our permanent lakefront festival grounds


Menomonee River Valley

You'll find plenty to do in this revitalized area including Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, Palermo's Pizza, Miller Park and more. Walk along the Hank Aaron State Trail or bike, hike, fish, kayak or canoe at the recently-opened Three Bridges Park.

While you're here:

1. Answer the call of the wild - Milwaukee is the birthplace of Harley-Davidson and home to world's only Harley-Davidson Museum

2. Check out world-class gaming at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. One of the seven on-site restaurants is sure to pique your appetite.

3. You can travel from the desert to the tropics and back inside the three one-of-a-kind glass domes of the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (known to locals a simply "The Domes.")



Located on the bank of the Milwaukee River, this diverse and vibrant neighborhood is full of bohemian flair. Full of cafes, studios, galleries, nightclubs and more, Riverwest is famous for a “DIY” attitude and is home to a number of volunteer-run initiatives including a co-op bookstore, bar, grocery and a community-run radio station.

While you're here:

1. Cheer on the riders (or hop on your bike!) at the Riverwest 24, a 24-hour bike race that brings out the whole community for a carnival-like celebration of this unique event.

2. Visit a tropical paradise at Foundation, Milwaukee’s original tiki bar.

3. Dance the night away at Mad Planet, home of the Friday Night Retro Dance Party, The Get Down – Milwaukee’s Funk & Soul Dance Party and great live performances.


Walker's Point/Fifth Ward

One of Milwaukee's hottest neighborhoods is turning into a foodie's paradise. Eat your way through this area where you'll find Wisconsin's only urban creamery and handmade ice cream, farm-to-table restaurants and fun pubs, many of which are LGBT friendly.

While you're here:

1. Try fresh cheese curds at Clock Shadow Creamery, one of the nation's only urban creameries

2. Get out on the river with kayaks, canoes and paddleboards available for rent from Milwaukee Kayak Company

3. Go dancing at La Cage, Wisconsin’s premier gay entertainment destination



Just west of downtown, suburban Wauwatosa is home to a charming, riverside village center. It's a walk-around neighborhood where the streets are lined with historic buildings and upscale boutiques that beckon discovery. Looking for great pubs, gourmet dining, a French cafe/patisserie, handcrafted chocolates or a bistro to sample fine wine? You'll find it all in Tosa.

While you're here:

1. Indulge your passion for fashion at boutique shops in the village center, Mayfair Mall and the Mayfair Collection

2. Stop for a delicious French pastry prepared by classically-trained chefs at Le Reve Patisserie & Cafe

3. The Landing at Hoyt Park is a great place to gather and enjoy the beauty of the park alongside beer, wine and other beer garden favorites



Nowhere is Milwaukee's German heritage more alive than on historic Old World Third Street. Stroll the Streets of Old Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Public Museum and take a walk back through time. You'll also find the BMO Harris Bradley Center and UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena where Milwaukee's sporting events and biggest concerts rock the stage.

While you're here:

1. Take a river cruise to see the city in a whole new way. Local tour companies offer a variety of trips, from cocktail cruises to historical tours.

2. Travel around the world, back in time, to the depths of the ocean and more at the Milwaukee Public Museum, a human and natural history museum that houses 4.5 million specimens

3. Stop by the Old German Beer Hall for an authentic German experience, including beer brewed in Munich



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