We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

State Street

Address: Madison, WI
Improve this listing
83%
Ranked #14 of 43 Attractions in Madison
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
Owner description: This seven-block bustling thoroughfare, which runs between Capitol Square and the university...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining
Owner description: 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.
Write a Review

343 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    175
    111
    40
    14
    3
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Any time we were in Madison, a stop on State Street was a must-do. Not so anymore. We are disappointed that most of the shops are "hippie" shops and there isn't much else. Still fun, and there are great restaurants.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Istanbul
Top Contributor
293 reviews 293 reviews
199 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

State Street runs between the State Capitol and the University of Wisconsin. There are variety of shops, restaurants and coffee houses. Perfect place for people watching. There is something for everyone. Walks are more enjoyable during summer since it can extremely cold in Wisconsin during winter months.

Was this review helpful? Yes
NJ
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Since my son moved to Madison, we have taken a few walks along State Street and somehow always find a new place to try for refreshment. Worth the walk!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Appleton, Wisconsin
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Unique shops, Badger and sports apparel shops, bars, unique dining, treats. State street has everything except traffic.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Watertown, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

You can get ethnic food, all kinds of beverages, and Badger attire to start with. Then just sit back and watch the crowd. My favorite was a summer day when I saw a hippie walking the sidewalk in a beret and ankle length winter coat playing a flute and leading a duck on a rope. I told you that you... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madison, Wi
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This iconic street runs from the State Capitol to Library Square at the University of Wisconsin. As a Bus only Street, State Street offers the pedestrians easy access to the many business' along its corridor. Well known for the diversity of foods and wares, State Street tries to attract an eclectically diverse choice of shops and shop owners. However, as... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mettawa
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Wow, the Soap Opera was the most wonderful store I have ever visited for those into making their own soaps or aromatherapy products.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Northern Wisconsin
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
25 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

I had not been on State Street for many years and was looking forward to going through all the neat little shops-only problem......there aren't many little shops left there. It is mostly bars and restaurants which is maybe why the few stores that we did go in, like The Soap Opera, were packed. It was a cold walk to the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

State Street is one of the places in this town that make me wish that my next visit here comes in the spring when the bars along this street must come alive with college kids being college kids.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
46 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

State street is where you can find eating and drinking places. there are all kinds of food and restaurants.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed State Street also viewed

 

Been to State Street? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from State Street staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?