In Town for the NBA Finals? Here’s Your Guide to Visiting Milwaukee

Welcome to Milwaukee! Here are 15 guides that will help you make the most of your time here.

HERE AT MILWAUKEE MAGAZINE, we want to welcome you to our great city. There is so much to see, eat and do, especially since you’re here in the summer, which is when our city truly shines. We’ve curated a list of guides for you to refer to as you travel around our city. 

1. Your All-Day Guide to Milwaukee’s Best Food Trucks

BY SENIOR DINING EDITOR ANN CHRISTENSON 

Looking for a quick bite? We scheduled your day full of delicious eats from seven Milwaukee food trucks. In 24 hours there’s so much variety to fit in, like bagels, South American food and a late-night burger that is to die for. 

Photo by Visit Milwaukee

2. Where to Find the Best Pizza in Milwaukee

BY SENIOR DINING EDITOR ANN CHRISTENSON

Pizza is the protagonist of a culinary opus, and anyone who says Milwaukee doesn’t have a special style is talking out of his or her proverbial patoot. Our hearts are set on a cracker crust so thin, it’s sometimes hard to believe it will hold up a mountain of toppings. And the best ones do.

Anyodyne’s “Funghi” Pizza (Photo by Aliza Baran)

3. How to Get on the Water in the Summer

BY EDITOR & PUBLISHER CAROLE NICKSIN

If you’re visiting Milwaukee in the summertime, you have to take a moment to appreciate Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River. The best way to do that is by boat so we picked out the some ways to get on the water and even included our favorite waterfront venues where you can disembark. 

Photo by Visit Milwaukee

4. Can’t-Miss Milwaukee Clubs

BY KEVIN MUELLER, MILMAG FREELANCE WRITER

Milwaukee has a happening live music scene and it’s making a grand return. You’re going to want to check out these clubs before you skip town. 

Marielle Allschwang and The Visitations (Photo by Joe Kirschling)

 

 

5. Milwaukee’s Newest Outdoor Patios

BY SENIOR DINING EDITOR ANN CHRISTENSON

Our city has tons of great outdoor patios, but here we spotlight some of the latest and greatest.

Photo courtesy of Crossroads Collective

6. Where to Find the Best Burgers in Milwaukee

BY SENIOR DINING EDITOR ANN CHRISTENSON

Here we’re highlighting 16 burgers available in Milwaukee – some buzzy, some classic, some under the radar. All are available for carryout (some for delivery, too), and really what is better than getting that bag of burger goodness, the beefy aroma filling the inside of your car?

A Milwuakee landmark: Kopp’s double cheeseburger with bacon (Photo by Chris Kessler)

7. Where to Hike in the Milwaukee Area

BY KEVIN REVOLINSKI, MILMAG FREELANCER

Whether you’re looking for a family outing or a solo challenge, we’ve got the destination to suit your needs, all within an hour’s drive from Downtown MKE.

Photograph of Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve by Aliza Baran

8. Brewery-Hopping Bike Routes for the Beer Lover

BY EXECUTIVE EDITOR CHRIS DROSNER

Beer and cycling have long been a natural pairing. No less an authority than Leinenkugel’s traces the origin of its most popular offering, Summer Shandy, to a German tavernkeeper who was overrun with thirsty cyclists after a race nearly a century ago. We prefer a more leisurely pace though, and have put together four beer-centric routes for even a casual bike rider.

Photo courtesy of Alamy Images

9. Chilled Drinks You Have to Try From Local Cafes

BY SENIOR DINING EDITOR ANN CHRISTENSON

Cool off – and perk up – with these local buzzy iced beverages.

Photo by Marty Peters

10. Milwaukee’s Best Brunch Spots

BY SENIOR DINING EDITOR ANN CHRISTENSON

Set aside some time this visit for a Milwaukee-style brunch. Bloody marys come with a beer chaser, and of course you get your choice of breakfast or lunch. 

Lobster Benedict, croque madame and a mimosa to wash them down from Buckley’s Restaurant and Bar; Photo by Sara Stathas

11. Milwaukee Trails That Take You off the Beaten Path

BY SENIOR CULTURE EDITOR LINDSEY ANDERSON

You don’t have to travel far to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. In fact, you don’t have to travel at all. Plenty of gorgeous trails, teeming with flora and fauna, can be found within the metro area. And many of them boast views as beautiful as any you’ll see atop a remote mountain or distant seashore.

Seven Bridges Trail; Photo by Isabel Ditchev

12. Ways to Get Active in Milwaukee

BY MULTIPLE MILMAG EDITORS AND WRITERS

Itching to get moving during your time here? Consider beach volleyball, bocce and more to get active this visit. 

Bradford Beach volleyball; Photo by Visit Mlwaukee

13. Travel the World With Milwaukee Takeout

BY SENIOR DINING EDITOR ANN CHRISTENSON

These local restaurants – all doing carryout – offer incomparable culinary experiences that span the globe. No airfare needed.

AppeThai’s shrimp drunk man noodles, pla muk tod (crispy squid), tom kha gai (Thai coconut soup), waterfall beef salad, massamun curry; Photo by Chris Kessler

14. Your Guide to Milwaukee’s Best Vegetarian Food

BY SENIOR DINING EDITOR ANN CHRISTENSON

If you’re a vegetarian, don’t think you won’t be able to appreciate Milwaukee’s hopping restaurant scene. These 10 restaurants have embraced the plant-based lifestyle.

Crispy “chicken” salad from Twisted Plants
(Photo by Chris Kessler)

15. Plan the Ultimate Sunrise Picnic at a Milwaukee Beach

BY SENIOR DINING EDITOR ANN CHRISTENSON

Enjoy a quiet moment at one of Milwaukee’s beautiful beaches. The beaches are blissfully empty at sunrise, save for a few surfers and early-morning dog-walkers. Here we recommend what to pack for a perfect morning. 

Photo by David Busse

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