The Public Museum of Milwaukee is a fascinating and fun place, and its gift shop definitely reflects that. The market next to the museum sells products based on their current exhibits, and even the adults will want to partake in all of the science and technology fun. So walk away with a postcard or a replica of the Herbior Mammoth; the choices are endless.
The Public Museum Marketplace, 800 W Wells St, Milwaukee, WI, USA, +1 414 278 2795
Sometimes, a trip just calls for a precious handmade item, such as a wooden cutout of the state of Wisconsin or a pillow with the words “Up North” flanked by pines trees printed on it. The Waxwing is a perfect place to live out the dream of owning an item that no one else will have. The shop itself looks as though Etsy came to life. There are quirky items made by locals or sourced to fit the aesthetic of “pure Wisconsin.” Wisconsinites are a proud people, so no doubt, this is where they get their own souvenirs.
Good luck finding any citizen of Milwaukee that would choose Starbucks over Colectivo. The coffee is rich and incredibly well made, and each shop has a welcoming feel. Individual coffee bags and beans are for sale, so if a loved one needs a fantastic morning pick-me-up, this is definitely the gift for them. The roasters also have flavors of the week, as well as seasonal offers. Colectivo also sells Omanhene hot chocolate and chocolate bars, which are incredibly unique Milwaukee-made finds.
There is no doubt that when they are made by hand, with care from an independent producer, products are just better. That’s the whole point of From Milwaukee With Love, an online shop dedicated to highlighting the best independent producers of arts, crafts, and culinary items in the entire Milwaukee area. They also offer some of the coolest curated boxes around; this way you can always have a daily dose of Milwaukee wherever you are.
One of the greatest things about Wisconsin summers is that the climate is mild and breezy—perfect for grilling. The Spice House is the first place Milwaukee grill masters go to stock up on the best rubs and herbs for their meats. Their “Gateway to the North” seasoning will make jaws drop at any dinner party, and rightfully so; the owners of The Spice House come from a long line of spice masters, so they certainly know what they are doing. This location is overwhelming in the best possible way for any cook, beginner or master.
The Spice House, 1031 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI, USA, +1 414 272 0977