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Address: Madison, WI
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This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square...

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.

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A must see

The most highly favored spot in Madison for foreigners. People from Europe enjoy the ambiance and liken it to shopping at home.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
MikeRipp
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Waunakee, WI
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Waunakee, WI
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The most highly favored spot in Madison for foreigners. People from Europe enjoy the ambiance and liken it to shopping at home.

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Thank MikeRipp
Madison, Wisconsin
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97 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is a lot to see and do here. There are a lot of ethnic restaurants and close to parks and the lake. There are also unique shops and a lot of events.

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Thank Treesad
Madison
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67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The main artery for all things Madison, a walk up State, from Library Mall at one end, to the State Capital on the other, will give you a chance to experience the microcosmic city melting pot. It has seen it share of jubilation (making the Final Four) and dismay (rowdy Halloween revelers); but still retains the hippie, yellow power charm... More 

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Thank Wilkins K
San Antonio, Texas
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No trip to Madison will be complete without a visit to State Street. Within a few blocks, one can choose between fine dining, cafe fare, coffee bars, and more. We enjoyed Wisconsin cheeses in one shop, ethnic food at a cultural fair, and several varieties of gourmet popcorn in a local popcorn shop! The beautiful capitol building frames one section,... More 

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Thank Philip M
Dubuque, Iowa
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

love state street. lots of cute, diverse shops and charm. customer-friendly. parking surrounding state street is fairly close.

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Thank Rachel K
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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62 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Similar roads, such as in Charlottesville, VA, are closed to vehicles (cars and buses) during the day. Tables can be out in the middle, it's more bicycle and pedestrian friendly, and honestly a ton nicer. Then late at night deliveries are allowed. Sure, that would require changing bus routes in Madison, but would make a decent place into a true... More 

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Thank Michael D
Madison, Wisconsin
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

State Street links Madison’s Capitol Square with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Along State Street is a diverse selection of shops and restaurants. Of course, it’s also a great place to people-watch, with the mix of political folks, students, and locals.

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Thank Nylkoorb
Bellevue, Washington
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395 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

State Street is wonderful to stroll, shop, graze and people watch, from one end at the UW campus to the other at the state Capitol. Diversity is everywhere, from the shops to the restaurant options to the people themselves. It's always a fun place.

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Thank Steve F
chicago
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84 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

State Street could use a makeover. Multiple coffee shops line the streets but not much else. One section of the street did have different popcorn shops on each side of the street.

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Thank blanche&milver
Watertown, Wisconsin
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109 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

My favorite memory of State Street was on a hot summer afternoon in the 1970s when a man in a long coat, wearing a tam, walked by me playing a flute and leading a duck on a leash. And he didn't seem out of place. You never know what you will see or hear, and if you like, there are... More 

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