‘Tis the Season to support local! From festive light displays to delicious foods, you can spend an entire day in the Near West Side celebrating the holidays and supporting local businesses. 

Read on for ideas about how you can spend a perfect day of shopping, dining and exploring Milwaukee’s Near West Side: 

Breakfast at Miss Katies’ Diner 

Begin your day of holiday cheer at Miss Katie’s Diner. A beloved Near West Side establishment since 1985, this diner has a unique ‘50s theme, complete with classic dishes like sweet pancakes, famous corned beef hash and hearty skillets. 

See the holiday decor at the Pabst Mansion

After you’re filled up for a day of festivities, it’s time to make your way over to the Pabst Mansion to see this historic, holiday wonderland decorated for the season. If you’re looking for your new family tradition, make the Pabst Mansion tour your annual trip. 

After oohing and aahing over the twinkling decor, you can stop by the Pabst Mansion gift shop to check off some holiday shopping for family and friends. 

Take a stroll through Washington Park

It’s time to bundle up in your best winter coat and head outside! 

Enjoy the crisp, winter air with a walk through Milwaukee’s historic Washington Park. And who knows – if the weather is right, maybe challenge your friends and family to a snowball fight.

Lunch at Gray Jett Cafe or Deco Cafe

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, it’s time for lunch. 

Head to Gray Jett Cafe for some delicious, tasty and healthy food.  This cafe features food from around the world, and everything on its menu can be prepared vegan or vegetarian!

If you’re feeling a Milwaukee classic, head to Deco Cafe in the Ambassador Hotel for a delightful, classy atmosphere! Their pancake-battered cheese curds are simply a must-have during a trip to the Near West Side.

Take a tour of Miller Valley’s Brewery 

A winter day in Milwaukee is not complete without a brewery tour.

Head to Miller Valley for an iconic indoor/outdoor tour of this historic brewery. You will learn about over 165 years of brewing history, and have the chance to enjoy stunning holiday lights strung all throughout the tour.

Dessert at Pete’s Pops

Grab a tasty frozen treat from Pete’s Pops. Try their Fudgescicle, Blue Moon, Arnold Palmer or another one of their inventive flavors. They are open from 11 AM – 3 PM every Saturday, so stop by midday for a delicious dessert. 

Celebrate Happy Hour at Valley Inn

Stop at the historic Valley Inn pub for a pint of local beer or festive cocktail before dinner. This neighborhood tavern has a special vintage charm, making it the perfect place to warm up on a winter day. 

Dinner at Daddy’s Soul Food or Five O’Clock Steakhouse

In the mood for some soul food? Visit Daddy’s Soul Food for delicious barbeque, great service and food that fills you up.  Whether you’re craving fried chicken or a rack of ribs, this is the place to dine in the Near West Side.

If you’re looking to get dressed up for dinner, put on your holiday best and head to Five O’Clock Steakhouse. Their menu features expertly prepared steak and seafood in an elegant atmosphere.

‘Tis the Season to Support Local

Discover more of what the Near West Side has to offer and learn how you can support local businesses this holiday season by visiting our Support Local page.


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