Near Downtown Retail


Browse these near downtown retailers’ offerings, in-person or online, as a way to check friends and family off your gift list, while supporting Milwaukee businesses.

Brady Street
An eclectic strip offering a mix of ethnic cuisine, cool coffee shops, chic salons and vibrant nightlife. Featuring nearly 90 restaurants, retailers and businesses like Balzac, Chocolate MKE, Exclusive Company, Polished Nail Bar and more, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Brewery District
A walkable neighborhood with a unique history. Its redevelopment has given rise to hotels, restaurants, taverns, breweries and event spaces. Home to gems like NO Studios, Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery and MKE Brewing Company, plus restaurants like Glass + Griddle and Meat on the Street.

Cesar Chavez Drive
Cesar Chavez Drive is home to many cultural retail stores, restaurants and supermarkets. A statue of Cesar Chavez sits near the entrance to Cesar Chavez Drive to welcome visitors to the commercial district and the near south side.

Gateway to Milwaukee
The Gateway to Milwaukee is the City’s Tourism and Transportation hub. Home to the General Mitchell Regional Airport, Amtrak and Bus Connections, the Gateway district is the jump off point for many visitors to the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The area also boasts industrial businesses due to the area’s key transportation assets.

Historic Mitchell Street
Located on Milwaukee’s South Side, Historic Mitchell Street is home to a vital shopping district. Many of the buildings still retain the historic architecture and are now home to new and exciting cultural clothing, dining and shopping destinations.

Harbor District
The Harbor District has been at the center of our region’s prosperity for hundreds of years – first as a rice marsh with plentiful fish and game, then as an economic hub that served industries throughout the state. Now the area is undergoing a world-class revitalization to set a standard for how waterfronts “work” environmentally, economically and socially. Check out places like Twisted Path Distillery, Melt Chocolates, the Original Cheesehead Factory, Allie Boy’s and more.

Historic Third Ward
Milwaukee’s oldest center of commerce, the Historic Third Ward includes over 50 restaurants and nightlife hot spots, more than 50 retailers and salons, and features the highest concentration of art galleries in Milwaukee. You know you can’t find a Historic Third Ward experience online, so make your list, check it twice, and be sure to spend your money locally this winter. #YouCantFindThisOnline

Historic King Drive/Bronzeville
The Martin Luther King Drive neighborhoods feature a variety of nearly 60 retailers and more than 25 restaurants and nightlife establishments, including Skybox Milwaukee, Glorious Malone’s Fine Sausage, Pilcrow Coffee, Bronzeville Collective and more.

Menomonee Valley
Give the gift of the Harley-Davidson legacy, grab a beer or bloody, tour art installations on the Hank Aaron State Trail, and more down in the Valley.

Near West Side
The Near West Side is known as the neighborhood of neighborhoods – rich with architectural character and historical housing. Some historical landmarks in the area include the Pabst Mansion, Ambassador Hotel and the Historic Eagles Club. Dining hot spots include The Fitz, Five O’Clock Steakhouse and Miss Katie’s Diner.

East Side

Featuring an assorted mix of retailers, restaurants and popular nightlife establishments, North Avenue includes favorites like the Crossroads Collective, The Waxwing, Black Cat Alley, Hacienda Beer Co., Blooming Lotus Bakery and more.

Sherman Phoenix
The Sherman Phoenix transformed the fire-damaged BMO Harris Bank building located at the eastern gateway to the Sherman Park neighborhood into high-quality space for 29 small businesses-of-color offering diverse foods, wellness services and cultural activities. Updates to the neighborhood include much-needed community spaces to curate art exhibits, film showings, and cultural events. By providing mentorship and coaching, the project supports entrepreneurs of color to help them grow their businesses, generate jobs, and support the local economy.

Walker's Point
The longtime hub of Milwaukee’s LGBTQ+ community, Walker’s Point is also a hotbed of restaurants, nightclubs, antique shops and more. Popular spots include Braise, Hamburger Mary’s, Fuel Café, Black Sheep MKE, Walker’s Pint, Great Lakes Distillery and more.