An Xers Guide Around the City

By Nyerere Davidson

From posh lounges, tasty eateries to trendy grocery stores and shopping centers, Milwaukee has its fair share of gems that keeps us trekking across town on a daily basis. We have rounded up some of our favorite play-eat-shop places and anything else in-between. With summer right around the corner, these places are on top of our to-do lists and a must-have guide for Milwaukee’s young, urban professional.



Mad Rooster (4401 W Greenfield Ave. Milwaukee, WI)

For those who swear by breakfast, Mad Rooster is definitely a highlight to anyone’s morning. The service is great and the food is even better.

Smyth (inside of The Iron Horse Hotel 500 W Florida St, Milwaukee, WI)

One of our most celebrated brunch spots, Smyth is our go-to brunch on Sundays to enjoy a variety of made-to-order eats. Wash it all down with a few mimosas while you’re at it. The food and ambiance are spot on.


Riverwest Pizza (930 E Wright St, Milwaukee, WI)

This local pizza joint has an amazing selection of food. For those vegetarians there are many delicious options here as well. There are some excellent daily drink specials (Psst! The martinis are to die for!).




Picture of Maxie’s jamabalya

Maxie’s Southern Comfort (6732 W Fairview Ave, Milwaukee, WI)

One of our favorites for some good, down home Creole-inspired cuisine. There’s always good food and service.


 Happy Hours 

Balzac (1716 N Arlington Pl, Milwaukee, WI)

Located on Milwaukee’s Eastside, Balzac never fails as a place for good wine and an ever-changing menu of small plates. It’s fun to go and try different options. Perfect location and atmosphere.


Shop Until You Drop


Mayfair Collection has options for patrons to shop and dine.

 The Mayfair Collection (11500 W Burleigh St., Wauwatosa, WI)

One of Metro Milwaukee’s newest shopping centers, has a wide variety of shops that won’t burn a while in your pockets including Nordstrom Rack, Ulta and J. Crew.



Casablanca  (728 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI)

After dinner is done Casa becomes a spot to enjoy a drink or have some hookah.

Shaker’s Cigar Bar (422 S 2nd St, Milwaukee, WI)

Never smoked a cigar? Don’t worry, there are pros to show you the ropes. If smoking isn’t your think, stop by for some eats and a drink.

Skybox Sports Bar (2213 N Doctor M.L.K. Dr, Milwaukee, WI)

Located in the heart of Bronzeville, a city’s gem for great bar food, hookah, sports, and music.



Try the Pourman’s $5 Turn Up when you visit

Pourman’s (1127 N Water St, Milwaukee, WI)

One of the city’s most unprententious spots for YPs. Enjoy reasonably-priced drinks while vibing-out to some of the best DJs in the city. Enjoy your tipple of choice on the back patio.

Plum (780 N. Jefferson St. Milwaukee, WI)

One of the city’s newest hookah lounges. We love the ambiance and small plate options. It’s the prime place to kick off a fun night on the town.


The Double Downtown Trouble

Downtown YMCA (161 W. Wisconsin Ave) and Milwaukee Public Market (400 N. Water St. Milwaukee, WI)

For us Xecs, it seems we can’t have one without the other. The Downtown YMCA is more than just gym for most of the Xecs, but a place to meet new people and catch up with old ones! The health-conscious individual enjoys a good workout and a place to grub afterward. Located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward, the Milwaukee Public Market has a great selection of smoothies and salads to satisfy the healthiest of palettes (they even have some great bakeries too. Yum!).



Metro Market (4075 N Oakland Ave, Shorewood, WI)

One of the newest grocery store additions in the Metro area, creates an innovative shopping experience. While shopping for groceries you can have my dinner prepared fresh with organic ingredients. Also, feel free to grab a refreshing glass of wine while perusing the aisles.

Peddler Jim Produce (275 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI)

Fruit stand inside the Shops of Grand Ave. Best Produce prices, specials daily. Did we mention the produce is ALWAYS fresh – regardless of the season.

 Milwaukee’s Triple Threat


Milwaukee Bradford Beach

The Lakefront

Either it’s taking a jog along the marina or lying out on Bradford Beach, Milwaukee’s Lakefront is a place that encompasses everything you need and want. With further development plans in the works, you can enjoy some good eats, enjoy summertime festivals and get kissed by the sun all at the same time.


We love to hear your feedback. What do you think of our top picks? Also, tell us some of your favorite Milwaukee gems via e-mail at subject, “TOP PICKS.”


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