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Top store recommendations from locals

Garden
“Even in the winter, this place is magical, especially if you visit the Conservatory, a tropical paradise. Stroll through 16 acres of outdoor display gardens and an indoor, tropical conservatory at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. In the outdoor gardens, visit the Thai Pavilion and Garden. Olbrich's Thai Pavilion is the only one in the continental United States and the only one outside of Thailand surrounded by a garden. Stop and smell the roses in the Rose Garden, opened to the public in 2005. Olbrich's rose garden features innovative mixed borders of Midwest hardy shrub roses and perennials. Also stroll through other specialty gardens such as the Perennial Garden, Sunken Garden, and Herb Garden. Olbrich's outdoor gardens are open daily, year-round.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Food Co-op. Plenty of healthy, local options. (Also the backdrop to the Chad Vader YouTube series). ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Café
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“cash only, and open until 2pm daily. Best Scones in town and kids play area upstairs. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
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“Funky vibe with great coffee, food and beer. Also hosting story slams every week.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Beautiful diner food, with a full page of vegan options in addition to their regular fare. So good. And don't forget to try a piece of their pie!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Café
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“The "Daisy" is only one block away! It serves good food at a decent price, is family friendly and offers a fun array of cupcakes!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“This is a small grocery store with a really great meat counter. If you're thinking of grilling out on the patio, this is the spot to get your meats. They also have an excellent beer selection and other grocery needs.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bar
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“Industrial-chic gastropub & liquor store serving farm-to-table New American fare & craft cocktails. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Bakery
“Best bakery in town (in our opinion). It's SO good. You can't go wrong, no matter what you get. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Just a walk across the street with great daily baked goods, gluten-free menu a great cup of coffee and a kitchen with an excellent breakfast and brunch menu. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Historical theater featuring National and International music, comedy and lectures. Located on State Street”
  • 9 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Love the atmosphere and the neighborhood! Go on a nice day and they'll have the garage doors open on the south side. Parking is a little tricky, but you'll find something with a little patience.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“Distilled spirits. Tasting room. Limited hours so be sure to check if they're open before you go.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
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“Walk to the Victory to sip some delicious espresso and get some sage advice from the proprietor, Patrick. Visit in the afternoon and see how the leaves filter the sunlight against the mural he made outside.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bakery
“Amazing pastries! Highly recommend their herb and gruyere chees croissant. Can't go wrong here! ”
  • 13 locals recommend