Only 15 minutes outside of downtown Milwaukee, Wauwatosa has a charming small-town atmosphere combined with big city conveniences. The town's shopping mall is one of the biggest in the state, and in addition to world-class retail stores, it offers restaurants like Maggiano's Little Italy and The Cheesecake Factory. The city's bowling alley is another great place to spend some time, and if you venture downtown, you'll find cozy cafes, restaurants, and local boutique shops. If you're interested in history or architecture, you can also stop by the Kneeland-Walker House, which dates back to the late 19th century. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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Home to more than 160 retail stores and food outlets, Mayfair Mall is one of the largest shopping centers in Wisconsin, and it's a great place to visit whether you want to purchase some new clothes, enjoy a bite to eat, or even watch a movie in a state-of-the-art theater. The mall is anchored by Nordstrom and Macy’s, and it features a diverse range of stores including Williams-Sonoma, Apple, and The LEGO Store. Complimentary Wi-Fi and comfortable seating areas are offered all throughout the building, and wheelchairs and strollers are available for rent if needed.
2500 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226, Phone: 414-771-1300
Owned and operated by the Wauwatosa Historical Society, the Kneeland-Walker House is a beautiful Queen Anne style mansion that was built in 1890. The house remained in the Walker family until 1987 when it was purchased by the Wauwatosa Historical Society, and it's now a charming house museum. All of the rooms are decorated in a Victorian style that recalls the time in which the house was built, and the home also boasts all of its original woodwork. The property can be booked for weddings and other special events, and visitors are welcome to stroll through the property's beautiful 1.5-acre Victorian-style garden.
7406 Hillcrest Dr, Wauwatosa, WI 53213-2226, Phone: 414-774-8672
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Specializing in handmade treats dipped in chocolate, Ultimate Confections is the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth. The owner started out by making chocolate-dipped peanut brittle in the early 1990s, but over the years, the selection has expanded to include everything from turtle popcorn to chocolate-covered potato chips. The treats are so tempting that you might want to eat them all immediately, but there's also an excellent selection of gift boxes and bags to bring home. The store is open seven days a week, and their products can also be ordered online or purchased at some of the area's many craft fairs and festivals.
820 N 68th St, Wauwatosa, WI 53213, Phone: 414-778-0636
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4.AMF Bowlero Lanes
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Boasting 72 bowling lanes with black lights and video walls, AMF Bowlero Lanes is a world-class bowling alley that offers fun for people of all ages. The bowling lanes are the biggest draw, but visitors can also play video games in the arcade, order burgers and beers, or simply relax and chat with friends in the lounge area. There are also private rooms that can be booked for birthdays and other special events, and specials on food, drinks, and games are offered most days of the week, with highlights including Taco Tuesdays and late-night unlimited bowling on Fridays.
11737 W Burleigh St, Wauwatosa, WI 53222, Phone: 414-258-9000
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5.Dave and Buster's
Whether you're looking for delicious food, exciting arcade games, or a welcoming place to watch tonight's game, Dave and Buster's is the place to go. There are drinks for everyone, including beer and handcrafted cocktails and mocktails, and the food menu offers everything from burgers and bar snacks to healthy salads and zucchini noodles. The 40-foot-wide TV screens play up to six games at once, and the bar sometimes hosts sports viewing parties for big games. Happy hour specials are offered on food and drinks every weekday between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and guests can enjoy half-price games all day long on Wednesdays.
2201 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226, Phone: 414-454-0100
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Offering accessible, customized massage and skin care services, Massage Envy is a wonderful place to relax and unwind. Massage treatments range in length from quick 30-minute tension relief sessions to indulgent 90-minute massages designed to encourage relaxation, and all facials can be customized to meet your individual needs, while other facial treatments include chemical peels and microderm infusion. The spa is open seven days a week, including convenient evening hours on weekdays, and appointments are required. Discounted rates are available to members, and first-time guests can take advantage of special introductory prices on most services.
2751 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53222, Phone: 414-479-9000
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Modeled after the grand, European-style coffee shops found in Belgium and the Netherlands, Café Hollander offers a cozy atmosphere, a full food menu, and an extensive list of Belgian beers and other craft brews. The space is decorated with vintage bicycles that reflect the business's dedication to Dutch culture, but the kitchen sources many of its ingredients locally, including their meat and dairy as well as the artisan bread they serve Belgian-style with Parmesan and chive butter. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served every day of the week, and on weekends, there's also a special brunch menu.
7677 W State St, Wauwatosa, WI 53213, Phone: 414-475-6771
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8.The Cheesecake Factory
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The Cheesecake Factory isn't unique to Wauwatosa, but it's a classic for a reason, and it's one of the city's most popular restaurants. The extensive menu offers classic comfort foods like burgers and lasagna alongside lighter fare like salad and grilled meats, and when it comes to dessert, you can choose from indulgent options like caramel apple cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake, and specialty desserts like strawberry shortcake and Italian tiramisu. The restaurant is open between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. seven days a week, and lunch specials are available every day until 5 p.m.
2350 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226, Phone: 414-257-2300
9.Maggiano's Little Italy
Conveniently located inside Mayfair Mall, Maggiano's Little Italy is a casual restaurant that specializes in Italian American cuisine. The menu boasts a wide range of options, including soups, salads, and sandwiches perfect for lunch as well as heartier dinner entrees like homemade chicken Parmesan and baked ziti. Lunch and dinner are served seven days a week, and on the weekends, a brunch menu is offered between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Both indoor and outdoor dining areas are available, and takeout is available if you'd rather enjoy a meal in the comfort of your own home.
2500 N Mayfair Rd, Wauwatosa, WI 53226, Phone: 414-978-1000
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Known for using hand-tossed dough and a wood-burning pizza oven, Pizzeria Piccola specializes in authentic Neapolitan pizza made to order. The menu offers both specialty pizzas and a build-your-own option, and plenty of vegetarian pizzas are available. The restaurant also offers a gluten- and dairy-free pizza crust for customers with food intolerances, but if you're not in the mood for pizza, you can order a delicious panini, salad, or pasta dish instead. Takeout and delivery are available, and there's also a small selection of pre-made frozen pizzas that you can bring home and bake yourself.
7606 W State St, Wauwatosa, WI 53213, Phone: 414-443-0800
10 Best Things to Do in Wauwatosa, WI
- Mayfair Mall, Photo: Mazur Travel/stock.adobe.com
- Kneeland-Walker House, Photo: photofriday/stock.adobe.com
- Ultimate Confections, Photo: Ultimate Confections
- AMF Bowlero Lanes, Photo: New Africa/stock.adobe.com
- Dave and Buster's, Photo: Paylessimages/stock.adobe.com
- Massage Envy, Photo: Microgen/stock.adobe.com
- Cafe Hollander, Photo: Peter/stock.adobe.com
- The Cheesecake Factory, Photo: The Cheesecake Factory
- Maggiano's Little Italy, Photo: Xhico/stock.adobe.com
- Pizzeria Piccola, Photo: Pizzeria Piccola
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