Explore Murray Hill: North Avenue

Explore Murray Hill: North Avenue

Some of the coolest spots in this corner of Murray Hill.

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Murry Hill Neighborhood Guide;
photos by Dominic Inouye


Murray Hill Neighborhood Guide

Check out what’s going on around this upper-east side neighborhood on North Avenue, Farwell Avenue, Downer Avenue and Murray Avenue.



North Avenue Guide


Each time you enter The Waxwing, a fresh and kaleidoscopic array of locally produced merchandise greets you, much of it celebrating Milwaukee: clothes, jewelry and other accessories for you and art, candles, ceramics and more to dress your home.

Where: 1800 E. North Ave.


16,000 square feet of books and art await you at the Milwaukee Public Library East Branch, which boasts airy interior design that gracefully mixes modern simplicity and childlike whimsy with innovative seating, stained glass and soaring windows, doors big enough for a castle and art from Ray Chi, Santiago Cucullu, and kathryn e. martin.

Where: 2320 N. Cramer St.


Who says you can’t have a delicious cookie delivered to you at 9 a.m. — or 3 a.m? National chain Insomnia Cookies lets you indulge without leaving your apartment. If you do want to leave your place, Vitucci’s has been a family business and Murray Hill institution since 1934, serving up cocktails with vintage kitsch flair.

For healthier fare, FreshFin Poké‘s sleek, casual atmosphere complements their healthy signature bowls like Spicy Tuna or Cilantro Chicken, their BYOB (Build Your Own Bowl) option and their delightful sides (try the quinoa puffs). If you’re dining in, Whole Foods Market, recently acquired by Amazon (what a combination), is already lowering prices on many of its items, ranging from tilapia fillets and organic Hass avocados to eggs and almond butter.

Where: Insomnia Cookies (1804 E. North Ave.), Vitucci’s (1832 E. North Ave.), FreshFin Poké (1806 E. North), Whole Foods Market (2305 N. Prospect Ave.)


One of many churches and spiritual centers in Murray Hill, the Presbyterian Lakeshore Church and the Medhanialem Ethiopian Evangelical Baptist Church share a building right on North Avenue, tucked inconspicuously between Vitucci’s bar and the apartment-retail building that is home to Waxwing, Insomnia Cookies and FreshFin Poké. One block north of Waxwing, on Oakland, Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee, founded in 1979, carries on the ancient tradition of Shambhala and Tibetan Buddhism with meditation and mindfulness training “rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness.”

Where: Lakeshore Church (1820 E. North Ave.), Shambhala Meditation Center of Milwaukee (2344 N. Oakland Ave.)