Dive into the heart of Milwaukee’s arts and food scenes in the trendy Historic Third Ward neighborhood. This former warehouse district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been revamped and revitalized into Milwaukee’s Arts and Fashion District. The neighborhood is home to the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and the Broadway Theatre Center, as well as the Third Ward Riverwalk and the Milwaukee Public Market. Many visitors come to the Historic Third Ward simply to walk the picturesque streets lined with historic buildings and explore the myriad shops and cafés scattered throughout. Holey Moley Coffee and Doughnuts or the speakeasy-style Bugsy's Back Alley Saloon are popular stops, while the Milwaukee Public Market is the perfect place to stock up on local Wisconsin cheeses.
The Historic Third Ward sits between the river and the lake at the southern end of downtown Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Public Market is located on the northern edge of the neighborhood, with Lakeshore State Park on the eastern side.