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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Capitol Building
“The state Capitol is a must-see for any visitor to the area. The marble and stone that makes up its grand halls and stairways represent the many facets of Wisconsin’s natural heritage.”
  • 68 locals recommend
Student Center
“The Memorial Union is a Madison icon. Sit out by the lake, have a drink, enjoy the views. The Union pulls people by the hundreds on a nice summer weekend. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Excellent food right on the square. A great stop any day of the week. Especially on a Farmer Market Saturday. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Zoo
“It's a great small zoo, kid-friendly, and free. Takes about 3 hours to go through at a leisurely pace.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Garden
“Great in all seasons. Gorgeous gardens (free) and indoor conservatory ($2/person).”
  • 50 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue
“Beautiful venue on State St where a wonderful variety of plays, concerts and other entertainment is always occurring.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Eat at The Great Dane, Cafe Hollander or Bar Taco & play bags in the courtyard outside the Apple Store. Nice outdoor mall with cute cafes, cupcake shop, and movie theater. Seasonal farmers’ market.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“The Chazen is home to the second-largest collection of art in WI: more than 20,000 works include paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and decorative arts. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Food
“Food Scene, grocery store, and sightseeing all rolled into one: the Dane County Farmers Market is the largest farmers market in the Midwest. On the Capitol Square in Madison from mid-April until mid-November, food offerings include locally grown vegetables and fruit, cheese, organic meat, and locally made bakery and pastry items, to name just a few items that are available every Saturday from Spring through late Fall.”
  • 52 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“wine/cocktails and warm friendly neighborhood bar/lounge restaurant, very good food + board games. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“For any grocery needs you can't find at our market next door. Excellent produce, grocery, butcher, bulk isle, and health&beauty needs.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Stadium
“80,000 Badger fans cheering on the local team - the Badgers! Football games are on Saturdays from the end of August thru the end of November (not every weekend)”
  • 26 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Locally sourced fare prepared by some of Madison’s best chefs. Classy casual over looking the capital. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Entertainment
“There are free concerts on the rooftop as well as gorgeous views of Lake Monona”
  • 33 locals recommend
Museum
“Beautiful place downtown with so much to offer for all aged children. I even have a blast! If you are traveling with kids, this place is a must-do. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Park
“1200 acres of plants, trees, and shrubs and nearly 20 miles of hiking trials!”
  • 24 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Student Center
“The Memorial Union is a Madison icon. Sit out by the lake, have a drink, enjoy the views. The Union pulls people by the hundreds on a nice summer weekend. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Excellent food right on the square. A great stop any day of the week. Especially on a Farmer Market Saturday. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“wine/cocktails and warm friendly neighborhood bar/lounge restaurant, very good food + board games. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Locally sourced fare prepared by some of Madison’s best chefs. Classy casual over looking the capital. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Extensive menu. Very popular spot and worth it! We often enjoy carry-out here. Dining in can be a wait if you go during prime time so I'd recommend going early or late. I think they may offer call-ahead seating (you can at least get on the wait list)... ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
“For a drink and a bite. A staple neighborhood spot. Low-key with a slightly punked out edge. Live music if you stay late enough”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
“One of my favorite places to have a nice meal! Cozy, hip, casual atmosphere and amazing food!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“We love pizza delivery from here! Try the Fetalicious... yum yum. If you dine in they have comedy shows in the basement. Can be a fun entertainment while you dine!”
  • 20 locals recommend

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