In the heart of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Public Market is a place for groups to taste local flavors and interact with local makers and creators. Located in the Historic Third Ward neighborhood, the market sits adjacent to the Milwaukee River and is steps away from the city’s award-winning Riverwalk.

A giant, historic neon sign glows red from atop the industrial-influenced building that houses the market. Inside, local merchants sell homemade and handmade food, art, and products throughout the 14,000-square-foot market, which represents the vibrancy and charm of the city all under one roof.

Milwaukee Public Market
Credit: Joshua Wankowski

“The Milwaukee Public Market is a remarkably unique space, especially if you’ve never been here before,” says Paul Schwartz, executive director of the Milwaukee Public Market. “Our year-round, open-air concept market houses 18 independent and locally owned shops on our main floor. On the second level, we have a seating area that also serves as a flexible space for cooking classes and private events from corporate gatherings to demonstrations by renowned cookbook authors and locally known chefs.”

West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe, Milwaukee Public Market
Credit: Joshua Wankowski

Serving as a “gathering place,” the market provides groups an experience unlike any other in Wisconsin. The market reflects Milwaukee’s vibrant culture, international heritage, and industrial history. Popular spots inside include Café Benelux, inspired by the Benelux region in Europe; Brew City Brand Apparel, a Milwaukee-based and family-owned business; West Allis Cheese & Sausage Shoppe; and Kehr’s Candies, a Milwaukee staple since 1930.

“There’s something for all the senses here, and if you’re a group coming to town for an authentic Milwaukee experience, I can’t think of many other venues you’ll find quite like the market,” Schwartz says.

The Milwaukee Public Market requests large groups contact the Public Market Management Office at 414-336-1111 at least one week before visiting to coordinate motorcoach parking and notify vendors in advance of additional foot traffic. Due to the market’s size and scope, the facility does not offer structured docent-guided tours. Groups are encouraged to explore the market independently and interact with vendors along the way.

For more information on the market, call 414-336-1111 or go to

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Article by Erica Zazo