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400 N Water St.

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Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Milwaukee's indoor market is home to more than a dozen food and beverage vendors serving a variety of dishes, like Thai sushi rolls, vegan sandwiches, and Belgian beer. Patrons can grab a pizza from Foltz Family Market or indulge a cupcake craving at C. Adam's Bakery. If you'd rather see how the sausage literally gets made, sign up for one of the market's cooking classes. Hands-on and demonstration-only options are available, as well as classes geared toward kids. In addition to food and beverage offerings, Milwaukee Public Market's list of vendors also includes Brew City Brand Apparel, where you can find designs that celebrate Milwaukee's beer empire origin stories. 

Past market visitors enjoyed the array of options available for hungry customers to choose from. (Quite a few reviewers specifically recommend the food at St. Paul Fish Company.) However, they also note that the market can get very crowded, so keep that in mind before you go. 

The market is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The parking lot is free for one hour with a purchase from the market, and street parking is also available. Alternatively, visitors can get there via Milwaukee's streetcar, the Hop, which stops right next to the market. Check out the Milwaukee Public Market's website for more information.

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