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Hi, my name is Madison (@madisonsfootsteps, blog), I was born in Chicago IL and raised in Madison, WI. I work remotely as a Virtual Assistant and am also a content creator and a social media micro-influencer.
I love my city because it’s where I grew up and I know it better than anywhere else. I also like the fact that there are a lot of down to earth, genuine people living in Madison.
A little about me…my favorite things include handwritten menus, rooftop bars and both starting and ending my day with a strong, Italian espresso (I’m an Italian girl at heart). I have a slight addiction to both Family Guy and crime shows (a weird combo, I know). I spend my days snuggling my sweet and whiny chocolate lab named Vinny and am counting down the days (and the numbers in my bank account) until I can pack up and move out West for my next adventure.
That’s a hard question…if it’s a quick lunch, definitely a sushi burrito from Poke it Up downtown. If it’s a sit down lunch, I’d have to go with Short Stack.
My favorite thing to do in Madison is spend an afternoon drinking Wisconsin beer on the Mendota Terrace. The Terrace is known for their iconic orange, yellow and green chairs! It’s right on the lake and a beautiful place to watch the sunset and listen to live music.
In my opinion, the absolute best restaurant in Madison is Naples15. Their chef is from Naples and makes authentic Neapolitan pizza! Cento is another great one for Italian food and my favorite sushi in the city comes from Red Sushi.
I love going out on Madison’s bar scene! We have a ton of fun bars downtown. If you’re in college or looking for a younger crowd, I would suggest Danny’s Pub, UU or the KK. If you’re looking for more of a chill night, definitely check out Madison’s Piano Bar.
To unwind in the summer, I love renting kayaks on Lake Mendota.
I would definitely suggest a trip to the Saturday morning Farmers Market! They set it up around the square, with the Capitol Building in the center. The perfect place to spend a morning in Madison. Definitely buy some fresh cheese curds, Stella’s spicy cheese bread, honey sticks and spicy dilly (green) beans.
Definitely stay downtown on campus! The Graduate is a fun hotel in the center of campus with a rooftop bar/restaurant.
100% summer. Wisconsin winters are BRUTAL.
Best for a friends trip! We have lots of yummy restaurants and cool, local breweries.