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State Street & Downtown Madison

Madison, WI
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Walking Food Tour in Downtown Madison
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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%
Travellers talk about
“people watching” (68 reviews)
“great street” (25 reviews)
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Madison, WI
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"people watching"
in 68 reviews
"great street"
in 25 reviews
"ethnic restaurants"
in 22 reviews
"lots of shops"
in 17 reviews
"unique shops"
in 25 reviews
"pedestrian mall"
in 13 reviews
"soap opera"
in 10 reviews
"street musicians"
in 17 reviews
"window shopping"
in 9 reviews
"college town"
in 21 reviews
"book store"
in 8 reviews
"college kids"
in 13 reviews
"walk up"
in 12 reviews
"outdoor seating"
in 8 reviews
"uw campus"
in 18 reviews
"great place to walk"
in 9 reviews
"ice cream"
in 21 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of unique stores and restaurants. We found inexpensive gems! No cars, which makes it easy to navigate.

Thank Susan A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the spot for nightlife in a Madison. All along state street and the surrounding area are great bars, restaurants, and shopping. State street itself gets blocked off certain times of the year for multiple block-long parties, namely Halloween.

Thank Tom R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a long time local resident, I can honestly say that I still enjoy state street. It always have mixed age groups, so everyone can hang out and feel like they fit in. It is truly a place that is what you make it to...More

Thank nicole2313
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Its the First time on State street and what and excellent experience with 4 teenage girls to be there at the time we were there..

1  Thank Melanie L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to walk around when the weather is a little warmer. Tons of bars to have a cold one and watch different college sport's on TV. Many different places to eat as well, nothing really 5 star but some of the best bar food...More

Thank karl a
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Reviewed 9 March 2018

Very nice quiet street with lots of shops and restaurants. The best restaurants do not work until 5 pm .There is plenty of potential for progress to better decorated shops and restaurants with better choice of clothing and footwear. In the malls just outside the...More

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Enjoyed wandering around the area. Lots of shops, restaurants. Enjoyed the Contemporary Art Museum. Was fun to wander around even in 25 degree weather!

Thank Terri D
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

If you need to walk of the guilty calories from indulging on Spotted Cow and fried cheese curds, then cruising State Street on foot is a great way to redeem yourself. Great small shops offering everything from hats to soaps to skateboarding gear line State...More

Thank plmolina
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

restaurants, specialty shops, local stuff. very friendly atmosphere, ate here and just people watch strolling.

Thank wakisobol
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

Get a taste of Madison cultuure! Students, locals, politicians and more .plenty of variety in food and shopping.

Thank Snowpiste
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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.
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Lukas M
15 March 2015|
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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).
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