Milwaukee was our first of several babymoons. It was supposed to be our only babymoon. (Don’t ask, you guys.)
We really enjoyed the vibe Milwaukee has going on. There are some surprising gems we discovered in only a couple days.
Here’s my Milwaukee city guide:
+ Le Reve Patissiere + Cafe: Romantic + lovely. This was our one nice dinner out. We were happy to be seated upstairs in a back corner. The menu is too complex or scary, and the waitress kindly explained the few things about which we had questions. We were stuffed, so we ordered two little desserts to take back to the hotel. If you’re not up for a big meal, come here just for the desserts. The case filled with delicate little desserts might make you forget you’re in Milwaukee.
+ Blue’s Egg: Brunch heaven. Call me snooty, but I was initially put off by this restaurants strip-mall location. Even inside, it’s not the cutest decor, but I’m sure I put too much weight in that. No matter how much weight you put in decor, the food is delicious. We feasted. The menu carries a nice mix of sweet and savory options. The “Blue’s Browns” — hand-cut hash browns — are a must.
+ Kopp’s Frozen Custard: Not just custard! This was recommended by a former local. The burgers are huge, juicy, and slimy. The fries are good, too. They make the regular custard flavors plus a few special flavors. Stuffed again, we took our raspberry dark chocolate custard back to the hotel. I’m not sure about all locations, but the location we went to in Glendale did not have indoor seating. Probably best to get it to go, in the summer, or without little kids.
+ Milwaukee Art Museum: One of my new favorites. I’m picky about my art museums. The architecture here is reason enough to visit, but the galleries were certainly impressive, as well. We especially enjoyed the photography and visual art galleries. Other museums seem to skimp on these, and it’s a shame. Take your time wandering here and enjoying the view of the lake.
+ Lakefront Brewery: The best for your money. (Or so I hear.) My husband wanted to tour a brewery, and this one was most frequently recommended to us. The location is interesting and pretty. For $7, you get a glass and four beer tokens. The tour was average, but for what you’re paying, worth it. It seemed that they were running at a limited capacity on the day we visited, so our tour was likely shorter than most. And, being honest: This was my first brewery tour. I don’t have a lot to which to compare it.
+ Milwaukee Public Market: Perfect for lunch! Save a lunch to explore the market until something catches your eye. This is also worth a visit if you want to buy food + gifts to take home. We got sandwiches and sat in the upper seating, which is perfect for people-watching.
+ Iron Horse Hotel: A rustic boutique hotel. I honestly think my first introduction to Iron Horse was through a Pinterest picture. It’s beautiful, rustic, and surprisingly cozy for a hotel in an old warehouse. The rooms are huge, and the bathroom is seriously sleek and sexy. And I don’t use that word generously. The bar, Branded, had a great drink menu. (Or so my husband tells me. I just like the fruity stuff.) We enjoyed chatting with the bartender about the time Emma Stone stayed at the hotel. The location is not super walkable and parking was a bit pricey, but it was worth it for us.
+ If a stay at Iron Horse is not in the cards — I really can’t blame you! — there are a lot of great Airbnb places in Milwaukee.