Recently I visited my old neighborhood of Walker's Point, an eclectic area known for its LGBTQ bars, craft breweries, and antique shops. The district has been revived over the last several years making way for new residences and businesses.
Brad and I lived in the heart of Walker's Point for two years in a renovated loft which was once a clothing factory. Whenever we visit Wisconsin, we can't help but reminisce and often hit up our favorite spots while also discovering new ones.
If you are looking for a quirky Milwaukee experience and desire more than the ever-popular Third Ward and Downtown parts, spend an afternoon exploring what Walker's Point has to offer. Here are a few of my tried-and-true recommendations to help make the most of your visit.
Momo Mee Asian Cuisine
Wake up your tastebuds with a trip to the Orient! A variety of dumplings are offered here including Szechuan spicy wontons, xiao long bao (broth-filled), and potstickers. The noodle and rice entrées are equally mouthwatering. The portions are generous and each dish is hand-crafted with fresh ingredients.
Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co.
Before you walk off your lunch, grab a beverage at this low-key, locally owned coffee shop. The coffee beans are roasted in-house and the drink names will put a smile on your face. Brad's favorite is the Nutty Pedestrian (iced coffee with hazelnut and cream) and mine is the Honey Bee (honey latte with vanilla).
Architecture and Shopping
Milwaukee is known for its industrial aesthetic and architecture enthusiasts will fall in love with the area. While you pop into galleries, tattoo parlors, and boutiques, take a moment to appreciate the history of the city. The main arteries worth a walk are Second Street, Florida Street, and Fifth Street. Keep an eye out for vibrant murals and street art.
Who doesn't love chocolate? Well, my sister-in-law, but let's ignore that for now. Ha! If homemade truffles filled with remarkable flavor combinations molded into gorgeous colorful designs sound delectable to you, make your way over to this dessert haven. For an in-depth experience, take a seat at the bar to enjoy a chocolate pairing class.
Lost Valley Cider Co.
Beer is synonymous with Milwaukee and companies such as Miller, Schlitz, and Pabst paved the way for craft breweries to take hold in the "Brew City." Unfortunately, Brad and I don't drink beer. So what's the next best thing? Cider! Between cider flights, cocktails, and sangria, this place knows how to offer up unique selections in a cool environment.
Undoubtedly Walker's Point has a variety of restaurants to choose from. I've seen quite a turnover in the area over the years, but luckily this casual eatery shows no sign of departure. The tapas style menu features creative dishes inspired from all over the world. Whatever you do, please save room for the tres leches cake. It's heavenly.
Walker's Point offers visitors a different vibe from the rest of Milwaukee with its unconventional character. If you have more gas in the tank, check out the bar scene at night. Head over to Steny's for its famous bloody mary, Byrant's Cocktail Lounge for its creative mixologists, and Caroline's for its live jazz music. Cheers!