The Best Things to Do This Week, According to Our Editors: July 11

Narwhals, night markets, new restaurants and more make this week’s list!

1. Check Out MPM’s New Narwhal Exhibit


Last weekend, my partner and I decided to go on a museum date – to live out our childhood nostalgia for trips to the museum and to see the new Smithsonian exhibit at the Milwaukee Public Museum: Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend. It was really interesting. For how much I’ve seen narwhals referenced in popular culture – my favorite being “Elf”’s Mr. Narwhal: “Bye Buddy, hope you find your dad!” – I knew next to nothing about them. It turns out, their “horn” is actually a giant, long tooth that pokes through upper lip, not their forehead. Wild. Check it out next time you’re at MPM now until Oct. 2. 

Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend at Milwaukee Public Museum, 2022; Photo by Brianna Schubert

2. Go to the Night Market (Again. Because the Last One I Recommended Was Canceled. Sorry.)


If you took my advice last month and tried to go to the Milwaukee Night Market, you might be a little mad at me. The event lasted about five minutes before it was canceled due to weather. But this week, it’s back – and the forecast is sunny. So now you should actually go to the Night Market, which is happening on Wednesday, July 13 from 5-10 p.m. on West Wisconsin Avenue between Second Street and Vel R. Phillips Avenue. There’ll be vendors, fun, cheese, beer, etc. 

NEWaukee Night Market
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3. Grab a Cup of Coffee (or Tea) at Blüm Coffee Garden


This little suburban oasis has become one of my favorite cafes. The coffee shop, which is connected to Bluemel’s Garden & Landscape Center, is covered in plants and filled with the sound of water, creating a tranquil ambience. I consider it a great spot to get in some reading. This week, the cafe will have live music on Friday (Jack Tell from 10 a.m.-noon) and Sunday (Ben Stuessi from 1-3 p.m.). Go for the tunes, or any other day of the week just to grab a drink and enjoy.

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4. Try Immy’s African Cuisine


Following its success serving up samosas and curries at the Shorewood Farmers Market, Immy’s African Cuisine has spent the last few months settling into its new East Side space (2847 N. Oakland Ave.) – the first full-fledged restaurant for owner Immy Kaggwa. Expect coverage down the line in our print edition, but for now I’ll tease this – there is deliciousness to be had at Immy’s, and their names are “turkey samosa” and “smoked jerk chicken.” I got the samosas fresh out of the fryer – crispy, light, the powerful flavor of cumin coming through – and that jerk chicken was tender and stew-like, with plenty of heat from the scotch bonnet pepper. Service is at the counter, the food laid out buffet style (they serve you), with seating in an adjacent dining room.

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5. Have one on the Third Space Brewing patio


Third Space has always been one of my favorite Milwaukee breweries, but its, well, spaces have never quite matched the high level set by its beer. But I finally checked out its new-ish patio in full operation this weekend, and it’s a huge improvement. There are two levels of sitting areas with nice tables that finally feels like it’s not just an extension of the parking lot. The view is only of some of the more functional parts of the Menomonee Valley, but the air is fresh and it just feels like a place to be, to linger. Some subtle tweaks inside the walls of the taproom – which remains fully open to the out-of-doors – improve the vibe there, too.

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