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This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square and the university, buzzes with activity day and night, offering a diverse array of coffeehouses, ethnic restaurants, bookstores, art galleries and specialty shops.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“people watching” (67 reviews)
“great street” (25 reviews)
Madison, WI
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Shops and restaurants are constantly changing on state street. Each time I walk down, I find something new. It’s a pedestrian and public transportation only street which is really nice. There are festivals in the summer and connects the capital to the university.

Thank Sara M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun street, especially on game days! Lots of cute stores, plus many choices of restaurants and bars.

Thank acedaughter
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you come to Madison you have to walk State Street. Many fun spots to eat, culture, boutique stores and a great view on the capital. Easy and safe to get around.

Thank Mario G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This motor-free (except for buses) street is full of eclectic and interesting shops, most of them locally-owned and chain-free.

Thank MadTownAdventurer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took an uber to State St. on a Saturday night. There is always fun in this area! The bars are mostly full. There are some that aren't too full. When you're with a group of girls, we like the not so busy ones. We...More

Thank Lynn384
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great people watching. Great food. Great bars. Great shopping. Great entertainment. A wide variety of all of the above. The food trucks down at Library Mall are delicious. The view of the Capitol is iconic. If you've never been to State Street, you definitely need...More

Thank Badger_State_of_Mind
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best thing about it is that it's closed off to traffic. Otherwise, it's just a bunch of icky bars, so-so restaurants, and coffee shops. I suppose if it's your first time in Madison, it's worth a look, but I live here and almost never go...More

Thank coricop
Reviewed 30 October 2017

The only reason I don't give it a 5 is because it fills up with incredibly obnoxious drunks after 9pm. Always. I have been to State Street dozens of times and it never fails. I always make sure I am out of there after dinner!

Thank lffannin
Reviewed 12 October 2017

A trip to Madison is not complete without a stroll on State Street. Bars, restaurants, quirky shops, the Capital on one end and UW on the other. Fun, fun, fun!!

1  Thank Kim N
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We walked this street daily because the where we were staying but aside from that we did like that it had many food and coffee options. Basically anything you’d want. Also a few shopping stores plus badgers gear stores. Home of the cool Orpheum theater.

Thank travelingtoday
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Linda G
1 June 2017|
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Response from Travelartgolf | Reviewed this property |
About 15 to 20 minutes. Worth it. May find places to check in between? We liked eating outside at the terrace there.
Lukas M
15 March 2015|
Response from interceptpubs | Reviewed this property |
yes, a lot of them do, except the fish, snakes, and other legless varieties. if you're asking if you see people walking animals (dogs, etc.) on state street, then yes, but on leashes (the animals that is).