One of the last of its kind, this independent bookstore on the North Side of town still retains hardcovers and paperbacks for Milwaukeens. It opened in 2009 and since then it has become a favorite haunt for bookworms and academicians who seek knowledge upon its shelves. The store also holds events and symposia with authors and writers throughout the year so check the website for updated information and details.
Fischberger Variety is a one of the best hidden secrets in Milwaukee. It is a simple family-run shop that specializes in unique gifts, kitschy products for the home, gift cards, toys, clothes and other things that you will not find anywhere else. The owners are very affable and provide top-notch customer service, which is another plus for this store.
Located in the Historic Third Ward, the Milwaukee Public Market is open seven days a week and features what seems like an innumerable amount of vendors. Visitors can find everything here, from cheese, baked goods, candies and produce to flowers, meats, wine, ethnic foods, organic products and specialty items. The Milwaukee Public Market should be a stop on everyone's list. It's the perfect place to take a coffee break or to pick up a few items for dinner. The market hosts various festivals focused on food, music and spirits, in addition to the cooking classes offered on-site.
Brady Street is one of the city's liveliest streets thanks to numerous bars, restaurants, and shops that abound. These nine blocks are popular among a young, hip crowd, but you will still see mom and dad pushing Jr. around in his stroller. The restaurant choices include Mexican, American, Italian and Mediterranean as well as the more esoteric Brocach Irish Pub. Shoppers will be delighted to find many cute boutiques, most of which specialize in vintage gifts and clothing. For great vintage treasures, stop in Dragonfly and to snack on some Greek meze, try Apollo Cafe.
Clinton Street Antiques in the hip Walker's Point neighborhood has all kinds of kitschy items for your home or to give as a gift. The store sells items that range from turn-of-the-century nostalgia to 80's gadgets and everything in between, all at the right price. Items include posters, kitchen utensils, old fashioned lunch boxes and other assorted products for the home and garden. If you are there during the summer, they have an immaculate Koi pond and garden out through the back door that you shouldn't forget!
The Spice House, located inside the highly popular and deliciously European Milwaukee Public Market offers the freshest and rarest of spices available. All of the local chefs come here to stock up on herbs and spices, and if that new recipe you're eager to try calls for an obscure spice, the Spice House will surely have it. Even if you're not looking to buy, stop in to breathe in all the wonderful fragrances and to appreciate all the vibrant colors.
Hot Shop Glass Studio & Gallery is set in an old stable dating back to the 19th Century. The brainchild of Doug Chaussee and Amanda Cosgrove Paffrath, this glass blowing studio is a wonderful stop to see the artists in action. It is also a nice place to buy their products which can be unique gifts to your loved ones.
From camping gears to outdoor apparels, furniture, pet apparels and more, L. L. Bean is a one-stop shop in Burlington. L. L. Bean is a popular outdoor equipment giant and has several chain stores across the United States. The store also organizes adventure treks and tours in the great escapes in and around the neighborhood of Burlington.