Visit Downtown Madison

Set on an isthmus between two scenic lakes, Madison's Central Business District encompasses the heart of downtown Madison, where the famed State Street pedestrian mall links the Capitol Square, seat of Wisconsin state government, to the University of Wisconsin campus.

The central downtown is home to more than 1,500 businesses - from shops, boutiques, and restaurants to financial, law and communications firms - plus museums and cultural destinations.

Use the Business Directory to get acquainted




100 State
17 S Fairchild

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Public access parking garage.

7 Iron Social
508 State

7 Iron offers something Madison residents can’t find with cold Midwestern winters: year-round virtual golf!

The modern design and earthy ambiance evoke a sense of nature and serenity that will surely sooth the traveler’s mind. Whether you’re enjoying the panoramic views of Madison from the rooftop pool or socializing over handcrafted cocktails in…

Public access parking lot.

Badger Market
800 Langdon Street

“Designed for convenience, the Badger Market is located just inside the main first floor entrance of Memorial Union. Whether you're in a hurry and need a quick bite or beverage or you're looking for a way to keep a little piece of the…

(608) 285-8000
Certificates accepted here

A reflection of Madison's history and growth as a city, the only hotel on Madison’s Capitol Square, Best Western Premier Park Hotel is an icon of hospitality and a true symbol of downtown Madison.

Block 89 Garage
10 E Doty

Public access parking garage.

Brix Coworking
30 W Mifflin

Our goal is to help people work to make a life– not just a living. We’ve designed Brix Coworking with an energizing and inspiring atmosphere in mind to further engage a growing community of like-minded, driven professionals. Working from…

Buckeye Lot
214 W Gorham

City of Madison operated parking lot. Metered.

City of Madison operated parking garage.

Dane County operated parking garage.

800 Langdon Street

Carte is a sandwich and made-to-order salad shop that showcases fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and salad greens from lettuce grown by aquaponics year-round in Wisconsin. Carte also offers a large selection of freshly crafted grab-and-go…

Chazen Café
750 University Avenue

Chazen Café has your daily pick-me-up. Located in the lobby of the Chazen Museum of Art, this dining spot boasts floor to ceiling windows and comfortable spaces for studying or meeting with friends. In addition to Peet's Coffee, you can…

Chazen Museum of Art
750 University

Home to the second-largest collection of art in Wisconsin, with permanent collections, temporary exhibitions, education programs and events.

City of Madison Parks
210 Martin Luther King Jr.

City of Madison Parks offices. Offering parks information, lake access, golf courses, events, shelter rentals, and more.

Club Suites at Memorial Union
800 Langdon Street

The Wisconsin Union Club Suites welcome you to the heart of campus. Six elegantly appointed and updated rooms are available right in Memorial Union along with stunning views of Lake Mendota, the Memorial Union Terrace and iconic UW-Madison…

Daily Scoop
800 Langdon Street

The Wisconsin Union invites you to enjoy dessert at the Daily Scoop at Memorial Union. From a single scoop waffle cone to the Freshman 15 sundae with 15 scoops of ice cream, this lakefront destination is calling your name! The Wisconsin…

Dane County Law Library
215 S Hamilton

Serves the legal information needs of county officers and employees, attorneys and the public.

Public access parking garage.

Der Rathskeller
800 Langdon Street

Der Rathskeller is a favorite gathering place for students, staff, and community members. With a German beer hall feel, this Wisconsin Union icon hosts music sponsored by the Wisconsin Union Directorate's Music Committee, game watches for…

Der Stiftskeller
800 Langdon Street

Serving craft and tap beer, wines by the glass, sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages, der Stiftskeller is downtown Madison’s very own bierhaus. It also offers perfect food accompaniments to your beverage of choice. This restaurant is…

Destination Madison
22 E Mifflin

As Greater Madison’s official destination marketing organization, Destination Madison drives economic impact through tourism. We attract leisure visitors, conventions and sporting events to the area, and partner with local businesses to…

DoubleTree by Hilton Madison Downtown
525 West Johnson Street

Situated on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, we are in walking distance of the vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment district, State Street, as well as other downtown attractions. Experience the legendary atmosphere by…

Open from May into October, the Downtown Madison Info Booth is located where State St. meets the Capitol Square. Offering visitor information, brochures, and answering questions regarding downtown shopping, dining, and entertainment.

The Visitor Center is currently closed, but you can search through our directory , attractions , and see how you can support downtown businesses by…

Ellsworth Block
23 N Pinckney

Ellsworth Block is located in a newly renovated 150-year-old building in downtown Madison with Capitol views, natural light throughout, and exposed original brick and sandstone walls. The Maeder Room, Pinckney Suite, Atrium, and Skydeck are…

Escape This
120 E Wilson

Escape games are real-life, interactive experiences. They're challenging, entertaining and a great way to spend time with family and friends. Your group will have 60 minutes to work as a team to find clues, solve puzzles and crack codes in…

Fluno Center
601 University Avenue

The Fluno Center is a full-service event destination and conference center with well-appointed guest rooms and on-site dining options.

University of Wisconsin operated parking garage.

Government East Garage
215 S Pinckney

City of Madison operated parking garage.

Graduate Madison
601 Langdon
(608) 257-4391
Certificates accepted here

Boutique hotel near State Street and the UW-Madison campus with two food & beverage outlets open to the public, including a rooftop lounge.

University of Wisconsin operated parking garage.

Groove Madison
14 W Mifflin

Groove can host a variety of events at our space, including birthday parties (kids and adults), wedding related events (bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, post wedding breakfasts, pre-wedding day getting ready spot) anniversary…

University of Wisconsin operated parking garage.

Hotel and conference center, connected to Monona Terrace via skywalk.

Hook and Fade
113 S Hamilton

Hook & Fade is a warm and inviting micro-social golf simulator destination where you can relax in comfort equal to your own living room, enjoy elevated hospitality, and take as many swings as you like (or even zero)

Horizon Coworking
7 N Pinckney

When you come work at Horizon Coworking, you'll enjoy…
5 Great Meeting Rooms seating 4 to 40 for members and non-members by appointment. All The Meeting accessories: large flat screens, projection, whiteboards, microphones. 2 phone…

25 W Main

Situated on the Square — just steps from the Majestic Theatre and downtown’s top dining — this newly renovated space was created with your productivity in mind. Our thoughtfully-designed office offers best-in-class services and amenities…

University of Wisconsin operated parking garage.

Lakeview Lounge
800 Langdon Street

Right on Lake Mendota, ceiling to floor windows make every seat in the house a lakefront paradise. Enjoy a beverage, shareable appetizers, and chef-created pizzas. This seasonal dining experience is proudly presented by the Wisconsin Union…

A University of Wisconsin-Extension conference & banquet center and hotel.

Madison Children's Museum
100 N Hamilton

A welcoming, imaginative, joyful learning environment that nurtures children’s creativity and curiosity through hands-on exhibits, creative projects and special events.

Certificates accepted here

Independently owned hotel offering guests a special Madison experience through our distinctive customer focus.

The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in a soaring building designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli. MMoCA offers free exhibitions and education programs that engage visitors in modern and contemporary art. The museum’s…

Public access parking garage.

The recently renovated Central Library offers expanded facilities plus art exhibits, events, films and hands-on activities for all ages including a designated kids area.

Madison Senior Center
330 W Mifflin

The Madison Senior Center continues its mission to promote successful aging. The center welcomes 40,000 visitors annually, and offers close to 3,000 events each year.

Enjoy free art exhibitions by artists from around the country at this gallery in Memorial Union. Exhibitions change throughout the year, so check back often for the latest installations.

Memorial Library
728 State

The principal research facility on the UW-Madison campus for the humanities and social sciences.

Memorial Union
800 Langdon Street

A visit to Madison is not complete without a visit to Memorial Union, one of the community’s most beloved destinations. Located right on the shore of Lake Mendota, Memorial Union is home to almost daily events and activities as well as…

Memorial Union Terrace
800 Langdon Street

“Come enjoy beautiful lake views, gorgeous sunsets, and your food faves. No reservations needed. The Terrace stage is home to a fun-filled free music and film lineup throughout the summer…

A public space and convention center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright hosting conferences, conventions, art installations, Frank Lloyd Wright history, and community events including yoga, meditation, dancing, and concerts. Open daily with a…

Monona Terrace Parking
1 John Nolen

Public access parking located at the Monona Terrace.

Mullins Apartments
401 N Carroll

Mullins Apartments offers many different units spread out across the Madison area, most of them in the heart of the downtown and the University of Wisconsin campus area.

Oros Executive Dining Room
601 University Avenue

The Oros Executive Dining Room is open to the public and offers a buffet breakfast and lunch serving locally fresh and sustainable seasonal fare. Be sure to save room for our delectable house-made dessert selections. The team also offers…

Outdoor UW
800 Langdon Street

Located on Memorial Union's lakefront, Outdoor UW is your outlet to the outdoors! Rent camping, climbing, hiking, and paddling equipment; balance your day with Terrace yoga or standup paddleboard yoga; or plan your family or group adventure…

Ovation 309 Parking
309 W Johnson

Public access parking garage.

(608) 258-4141
Certificates accepted here

A performing arts center with ten resident organizations, presenting Broadway, music, theater, comedy, art exhibitions and educational and community events.

Overture Center Garage
318 W Mifflin

City of Madison operated parking ramp.

Peet's Coffee
800 Langdon Street

Looking for a place to enjoy a specialty coffee and bakery treat? Peet’s Coffee in Memorial Union provides an escape in downtown Madison with inviting seating, big windows, and tons of delicious, customizable options to order! The location…

Pyle Center
702 Langdon Street

Overlooking the shores of Lake Mendota, Pyle Center offers visitors 135,000 square feet of comfortable meeting spaces, rooftop terraces and more.

Rare Steakhouse
14 W Mifflin
(608) 204-9000
Certificates accepted here

A classic steakhouse featuring prime grade beef, over 200 different wines and known for its happy hour.

Smitty's Study Pub
601 University Avenue

Located on the eighth floor of the Fluno Center, guests at Smitty's Study Pub can enjoy views of Lake Mendota and the skyline of downtown Madison while savoring a delicious craft brew or cocktail. The team also has an award-winning menu…

City of Madison operated parking facility.

City of Madison operated parking garage.

City of Madison operated short-term parking stalls. Metered.

800 Langdon Street

Strada, a classic Italian bistro, features hearth-fired personal pizzas, delectable pasta bowls and piadinas—Italian flatbread sandwiches filled with cheese, sauce, meat and veggies. A community favorite, Strada offers a mouthwatering menu…

Tenney Plaza Garage
142 E Main

Public access parking garage.

The BBQ Stand
800 Langdon Street

Open seasonally in summer and early fall

The Brat Stand
800 Langdon Street

A Madison classic since 1987, the Brat Stand at Memorial Union features the classics like brats and burgers, along with a wide variety of cold beverages. This treasured lakefront dining destination is proudly presented by the Wisconsin…

At Union Commons at the University Club, the Wisconsin Union team serves a variety of beverages, including Rooted Grounds coffee and espresso drinks, tea, and wine; bakery items; house-made soups; and toasted sandwiches, including a pesto…

University Club, The
803 State Street

The University Club is a Madison destination offering casual dining with first come, first served seating. Two service counters are available, with one serving beverages and pastries and another serving salads, house-made soups, and…

University of Wisconsin operated parking garage.

US Bank Plaza Parking
10 S Webster

Public access parking garage.

UW-Madison campus and community information and assistance inside the Memorial Union. Info Desks also available at Union South and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.

Wheelhouse Studios
800 Langdon Street

Wheelhouse Studios is an open arts studio located in the lower level of Memorial Union. With three versatile work spaces, flexible studio designs, drop-in art opportunities, and classes for enthusiasts and first-time artists alike, it’s…

An independently financed, nonprofit alumni organization for UW-Madison alumni.

Explore four floors of exhibits highlighting Wisconsin's distinctive heritage and a variety of other American history topics. On Madison's Capitol Square.

Society headquarters, library and archives with materials about the history of Wisconsin, the United States and Canada, plus collections of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.

Drop-in tours (45-55 min.) start at the Information Desk (inside the central rotunda). Mon.- Sat. at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 a.m. and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m. Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m. A 4:00 p.m. tour is offered weekdays (Monday - Friday…

Wisconsin State Law Library
120 Martin Luther King Jr.

Serves the legal information needs of state officers and employees, attorneys and the public.

The Wisconsin Union Campus Event Services Office team makes it easy to host your event at some beloved campus locations in Madison, including Memorial Union and Union South. From team meetings and private parties to regional conferences and…

Wisconsin Union Theater
800 Langdon Street

For more than 75 years, the Wisconsin Union Theater has served as a center for cultural activity in the heart of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The Theater hosts performances in multiple locations, including Memorial Union, and…

Sharing the stories of Wisconsin veterans from the Civil War to present.

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Downtown Ambassadors

Stop by the Downtown Visitor Center at 452 State St. or our seasonal Downtown Information Booth located at the top of State Street for information, directions and a welcoming smile.