A Tour of Shops and Boutiques on Madison’s Classic Monroe Street

Monroe Street in Madison, Wisconsin is located in an historical area featuring a variety of specialty shops, restaurants, and upscale boutiques. The street has seen many changes over the past 100 years, but continues to be one of Wisconsin’s most classic and beautiful neighborhoods. The increase in specialty shops and boutiques in recent years has helped fill a niche market of goods and services that give the area character, shopping options, and a nostalgic feeling in this historical district. Whether it’s a wine cave, art gallery, jewelry store, or gourmet food and chocolate, you’ll find a gift or browsing opportunity for all tastes!

Located conveniently next to the UW-Campus and Camp Randall Stadium, the street is filled with visitors and Badger fans during the sports seasons. Be sure to stop by on your next visit downtown, and you’ll appreciate the splendor of local artisans, great food, and beautiful views.

Borokhim’s Oriental Rugs
1801 Monroe Street
(608) 257-2222
This independently owned rug store features rugs and carpets from all over the world. Persian and exotic Asian rugs adorn the walls and interior of this historical store.

Barriques Wine Cave
1831 Monroe St.
(608) 284-9463
The first of a locally-owned chain in the Madison area, Barriques features over 200 wines for tasting, browsing, and selecting. The Wine Cave also hosts regular wine tastings and events, so be sure to pick up a schedule on your way out! Gourmet cheese and other food items are also available.

Bluephies
2701 Monroe St.
(608) 231-3663
This locally owned restaurant is part of the Food Fight network of restaurants in Madison. The contemporary and modern setting provides a fresh, but Southern classic environment with brunch available on weekends. Choose from a tasty black bean soup, signature smoked mozzarella pasta, and delicious pies and desserts.

Capital City Comics
1910 Monroe St.
(608) 251-8445
This classic store is a legend for comic lovers and enthusiasts; one of only a few ‘true’ comic shops, Capital City Comics is a welcome addition in the neighborhood for the young and old!

Grace Chosy Gallery
1825 Monroe St.
(608) 255-1211
This local artisan features specialty art pieces, pictures, photos, and other handmade and custommade work. Stop in to browse and learn about this local favorite.

Indigo Moon
1809 Monroe St.
(608) 257-9477
This specialty gift shop features a large selection of jewelry, women’s and men’s casual clothes and formal wear. The boutique is locally owned and jewelry is both imported and hand-made.

Katy’s American Indian Arts
1817 Monroe
(608) 251-5451
This Native American inspired store features gifts and keepsakes from Native American traditions and beautiful artwork. Stop in to browse some Wisconsin history grounded in Native American stories.

Maurie’s Fine Chocolates & Candies
1637 Monroe St.
(608) 255-9092
This locally owned gourmet chocolate shop is a delight and treat for the eyes and many tastes! Featuring fine candies and chocolate, the selections are endless, and timeless. Take a walk down memory lane with a variety of old-fashioned and classic confections, as well as many new and enticing additions.

Orange Tree Imports
1721 Monroe St.
(602) 255-8211
This gourmet kitchen and housewares store also features a full kitchen on the second floor for classes and demonstrations. The unique and hand-selected items populate the store, giving even the most well-outfitted cook plenty to browse! Gifts and cards are also available.

Papa Phil’s
2611 Monroe St.
(608) 233-6311
This family-owned classic Italian restaurant features signature spaghetti, homemade pasta, and pizza dishes. You’ll enjoy a casual and Italian neighborhood feel with great service. Take out is also available.

Vintage Door
2503 Monroe St.
(608) 231-0400
This specialty store provides fine furniture and home accessories. Unique and one-of-a-kind pieces are a mainstay of this boutique, and you’ll find many inspirational and creative ideas to decorate your home.

Victor Allen’s
2623 Monroe St.
(608) 231-0622
This locally owned coffeeshop chain offers fresh coffee, pastries, and a comfortable seating area for a break and or resting spot after a full day of shopping and browsing! Enjoy from a variety of locally grown and fresh coffee flavors and types, and an exquisite bakery.

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