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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%
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“people watching” (68 reviews)
“great street” (25 reviews)
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"people watching"
in 68 reviews
"great street"
in 25 reviews
"ethnic restaurants"
in 23 reviews
"unique shops"
in 26 reviews
"lots of shops"
in 17 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
"interesting people"
in 8 reviews
"book store"
in 9 reviews
"college kids"
in 13 reviews
"walk up"
in 12 reviews
"outdoor seating"
in 8 reviews
"uw campus"
in 18 reviews
"nice walk"
in 9 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Lots of restaurant choices too! There is a lot to choose from with plenty of parking and clean, safe streets.

Thank Toni_McGo
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great pedestrian (and buses and bicycles) only street, great for cafes, restaurants, unique shops, and just a fun stroll!

Thank Paula W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I walked on State Street for several blocks, starting at the wonderful Chazen Museum of Art, in the direction of the State Capitol. It is a nice walking area (no automobiles). There is a large variety of businesses. It is also an excellent area to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent place to take a stroll for shopping and food. They have many different types of ethnic food that you can try.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great walking location. There are lots of bike lanes for biking, and a walking trail that goes all the way around the lake. Plenty of lunch spots, dinner spots and entertainment venues.

Thank Susie D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

State street is the center of downtown Madison. It is very charming, it has many quaint shops, great restaurants, clothing stores, theatres, book store, a great art store off one of the streets. It’s very fun to go and hang out with friends and grab...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

State Street is still a very interesting place to take in. There are some great restaurants and cool little shops that are hard to keep my wife out of. I'm the same way with the book stores. Still a lot of energy on the street....More

1  Thank Calicoboy
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to visit State Street around the capital. Many ethnic restaurants and unique shops to visit. We plan on coming back so we can check out more restaurants and shops.

Thank Maribeth G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The street is leading in one direction to the campus of UW and in the other, to the State Capitol. It is dotted with restaurants, coffeee shops and bars.

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Reviewed May 9, 2018

Beautiful downtown. You can see the capitol building from many angles. Lots of choices for places to eat, drink, and have dessert.

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Linda G
June 1, 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
March 15, 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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