Milwaukee Neighborhood Guide: Check Out Charming Cedarburg

There is so much to see and do just, starting on Washington Avenue. Here are a few can’t-miss spots:

Just 30 minutes north of Downtown, Cedarburg is brimming with country charm, history and culture. Washington Avenue runs through the center of town and is speckled with cafes, specialty shops, galleries and more.

Historic bed and breakfasts like the Stagecoach and Washington House Inn, museums and festivals are a few more reasons to visit Cedarburg any time of the year. Strawberry Fest in June, and Wine and Harvest Fest in September are great times to visit, if you don’t mind big crowds. I much prefer a Saturday in the fall when you can soak in the colors.

Map of Can’t-Miss Spots


Rivoli Theater

W62 N567 Washington Ave.

This art deco style theater has been in continuous operation since it opened in 1936! This year, it screened films for the Milwaukee Film Fest.

Amy’s Candy Kitchen

W62 N579 Washington Ave.

I dare you not to drool when you pass by and see all of the decorated candy apples in the window and inhale the intoxicating aroma of their confections. If you pick just one treat, make it a salted cashew candy apple.


W62 N587 Washington Ave.

This boutique has an eclectic mix of modern and rustic home décor and gifts to create a colorful and unique space. They have a great selection of baby gifts too.

Handen Distillery

W62 N590 Washington Ave.

Cedarburg’s first and only distillery opened just last year and serves handcrafted cocktails. Meticulous distilling of their full line of spirits happens on site in this gorgeously updated historic space as well.


W62 N588 Washington Ave.

This is the home/garden/wellness store for everything you didn’t know you needed. With an emphasis on local and organic, Weeds makes it easy to live a little greener. They also have a great selection of loose-leaf tea.

Boulangerie Du Monde

W62 N588 Washington Ave.

Nobody does bakery like the French and this is just about the closest you can get to authentic croissants, baguettes and pastries on this side of the pond.

Stilt House

W62 N630 Washington Ave.

The Stilt House has just the right mix of upscale and casual offerings on their menu to please any palette. With an extensive list of craft beer on tap and convivial atmosphere, this is a great local pick for dinner with friends.

Off the Beaten Path Pick

Ernie’s Wine Bar

N49 W5471 Portland Rd.

Veering off the main drag does have its advantages. Named for the owner’s beloved dog, Ernie’s is a bit of a dive bar, but serves a great selection of wine, cocktails and always has tasty bar snacks.

Also, don’t miss the Cedar Creek Settlement in the historic mill at the north end of Washington Avenue. There are lots of great shops, art galleries, eateries, a winery and Rebellion Brewing Co. that has a large outdoor beer garden overlooking the creek.

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Jenna Kashou is a writer, storyteller and journalist specializing in lifestyle and culture feature writing for print and web. She is a frequent contributor to Milwaukee Magazine, MKE Lifestyle Magazine, The Business Journal and more. She was chosen as the fifth writer in residence at the historic Pfister Hotel where she wrote about and photographed guests and events. A Milwaukee native, Kashou has lived abroad and visited far-flung locales like Greece, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, and Argentina. She has always had an enormous sense of pride for her hometown and spreads this Milwaukee love everywhere she goes.