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“Interesting For Many Reasons”
Review of State Street

State Street
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$53.00*
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Walking Food Tour in Downtown Madison
Ranked #7 of 103 things to do in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed February 16, 2014

On the surface, this pedestrian strip (careful!! a few authorized vehicles still traverse) looks like a collection of retro shops, nice restaurants, fine coffee houses and inviting bars. For that reason, it can be a nice place to stroll on a warm afternoon wandering in and out of shops. However, if you understand the culture of Madison, this street in many ways presents a face to visitors that represents that sub-culture. For example, one of those who was convicted for the bombing of Sterling Hall in 1970 during the Vietnam Era was doing business on State Street (after he had served his time, of course) for quite a long period of time and was a local hero. For better or worse, this says quite a lot about the local aura that is heavily influenced by the student population. If you hang around and watch and listen to the people you find on State St., you can observe a local subculture that can be quite fascinating.

3  Thank Debbie K
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Reviewed February 14, 2014

It's a good time whenever you visit State Street. Lots of places to visit, good variety, fun characters and tons of options for all different tastes.

2  Thank RachelT-B
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

Madison State Street has everything you are looking for day or night. Shopping and restaurants during the day, the same restaurants and bars open at night for a vibrant nightlife. UW home games have State Street hopping the entire weekend which can be a turnoff for locals just trying to get into their favorite eateries but otherwise it is one of the best state capitals in the country.

1  Thank TheHolff
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Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

State Street in Madison Wisconsin is one of the real treasures for people viewing in the upper Midwest. The unique characters who were students in the 60s 70s and 80s are still present as you walk up and down State Street. The uniqueness is slowly going away to progress and new buildings and apartments. From the University of Wisconsin campus to the State Capital you will find unique restaurants and stores. The real The real charm is taking your time and noticing all the unique characters, stores and restaurants.

2  Thank rockydogz1
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Reviewed January 9, 2014

State Street is one of America's most entertaining. Unique shops and eateries galore. Cars are not allowed on the street which is a plus to me. I have been going to State Street since the sixties. I have never failed to have a good time. The street will make you feel younger. A thriving university at one end; and the state capitol on the other. Take a walk, shop and have a nosh on a vibrant, interesting place to be.

1  Thank Calicoboy
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