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Top 23 Neighborhood Amenities in Marquette, Madison

Madison's Marquette Neighborhood was designated by the American Planning Association, a Top 10 Great Neighborhood for 2013. The neighborhood is located on the near east side, is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. Abundant in 19th century architectural styles as Greek Rivival, Italiante, Late Picturesque to Arts and Crafts Bungalows, makes this neighborhood the host of the most intact buildings of Madison's early history. But the greatest asset of this neighborhood is its landscaping and its picturesque. Whether you turn your head left or right, on one side you will lay eyes on a beautiful sunset over Lake Mendota, and in the opposite direction – Lake Monona. These two lakes twirl and keep the neighborhood fresh and beautiful. This guide will show you the most prominent sites in the neighborhood. Welcome to Marquette!

Yahara Place Park

Yahara Place Park is a prime example of the wonderful lakeside parks of Madison. It is situated right on Lake Monona's north shore, and the paths along the lake are well-worn for walkers and runners. The place is always clean and well maintained, there are plenty of mature trees and shade available, and the flat grounds make it a great place for picnicking and frisbee. The park also has a small playground and a water fountain, and it hosts one of Madison's greatest events: the Marquette Waterfront Festival.

Hours: 4am – 10pm
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Tenney Park

With its friendly atmosphere and impressive display of storybrook scenery, Tenney Park serves as a place to socialize, to rest and a place to just be. It's an excellent park pierced throughout by the Yahara River, where you can watch boats launch, seagulls flock and children play. The park is also a wonderful and preferred spot for the readers. Here you can enjoy your picnic under the beautiful trees, on the plush and green grass, while gazing at the seemingly endless horizon of Lake Mendota. During winter, thanks to its huge pond, the park has the best ice skating in the city with rentals and shelters available.

Hours: 4am - 10pm
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B.B. Clarke Beach

B.B. Clarke Beach is a large beach, located closely to the downtown area of the city, just off Williamson Street. Here you can swim, play games and all sorts of water sports. The beach also has a playground, nice benches to sit and relax, beach houses and a good array of lifeguards. But if you're not much of a swimmer, you will definitely enjoy your late night strolls in here.
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Orton Park

Orton Park is a 1 square block park in the middle of the Williamson street neighborhood, a cool mini area with big trees, basketball courts, a small playground area, a sidewalk that cuts through on the diagonal, a small drinking fountain and the infamous gazebo of the neighborhood. One of the things that the park is most famous for is the Orton Park Festival, where people of all ages and interests gather to have a good time.

Hours: 4am - 10pm
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Essen Haus Restaurant and Bar

The Essen Haus, Madison's authentic German Restaurant and banquet hall, being one of the top places of the city, features 16 German beers on tap, 200 import bottles, live oompah music, and amazing events throughout the entire year. Its festive Bavarian atmopshere welcome all beer lovers, or those who simply want to try something new and rogue. The Essen Haus is also proud to be the largest seller of German tap biers in the U.S.!

Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: Bar 3pm – 2am, Restaurant 4pm – 10pm; Friday – Saturday: Bar 3pm – 2:30am, Restaurant 4pm – 11pm, Sunday: Bar 3pm – 10pm, Restaurant: 3pm - 9pm
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Eldorado Grill

Eldorado Grill was voted for having the best Brunch menu in Madison. With classic favorites like Chicken Fried Steak and Baby Back Ribs, the southwestern flavor is entangled in every item on the menu. This is definitely the place to be if you like your food well prepared and perfectly served. If you're feeling truly adventurous, you might want to try their South of the Border creations, such as the Spinach Mushroom Enchiladas.

Hours: Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 4:30pm – 9pm, Friday – Saturday: 4:30pm – 10pm; Brunch: Saturday: 9am – 2pm, Sunday: 9am – 2pm; Happy Hour: Sunday – Thursday: 4:30pm – 6:30pm, Monday: all night

*Reservations are recommended
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Plan B

Plan B is Madison's Best Gay Bar and Dance Club, according to the locals. It is located just east of the Capitol Square on Williamson Street, and it is Madison's ultimate and favorite gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender nightlife venue. It features a full-service bar, including draft and bottle beer, and the tastiest cocktails in town. The night club offers a state-of-the-art dance floor, a comfortable VIP lounge area and eight flat screen televisions for music video viewing.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 2am, Friday – Saturday: 4pm – 2:30am, Sunday: 4pm – 2am
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High Noon Saloon

High Noon Saloon is a great concert venue and all-around hangout bar. Great entertainment comes through High Noon, and make sure to get there before the openers start and chances are you might get a front-row seat. Great acoustics, varying acts, cheap beer, intimate atmosphere – this place is great from all aspects. The music events are organized every night, so you'll always have where to pick from. They have pool tables for fun, a second bar that opens when the bar is more crowded, and a deck/loft area offering seating for restrained gatherings.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 2am, Friday: 4pm – 2:30am, Saturday: 12pm – 2:30am, Sunday: 12pm – 2am
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Weary Traveler Freehouse

The Weary Traveller Freehouse is a comfortable and a simply amazing bar and restaurant. The interior is very cool. Every wall is covered with interesting and odd things to look at, and you can always play of the many board games that they offer. The food is out of this world, especially the Carne Asada and the famous Bad Breath Burger. Besides the food, they have a decent beer list, interesting mixed drinks, and the bartenders are always happy to make you any other drink that you wish.

Hours: Monday: 4pm – 1am; Tuesdat – Sunday: 11:30am – 1am
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Lazy Jane's Cafe and Bakery

Lazy Jane's Cafe and Bakery is a funky bohemian style, a Madison favorite place to get your coffee, breakfast and brunch at. All the pastries are made at the bakery so you will certainly enjoy them fresh. And while you wait for your food to be prepared (which comes promptly even if the place is overcrowded with hungry customers), you can enjoy a strong and delicious cup of coffee. You place your order at the counter and you pick it up yourself. Another thing that makes this place great is the friendly staff. The cafe also has gluten free and vegan options!

Hours: Monday – Friday: 7am – 3pm, Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 2pm

*Cash only. No credit cards accepted.
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Batch Bakehouse

Batch Bakehouse has the best savory croissants in town and was rated Madison's Favorite in the Isthmus's Readers Poll. They bake croissants, cookies, cakes, pies, galettes, muffins, scones, and a variety of other pastries. The selection of the pastries varies daily and seasonally. If you cannot make it there early in the morning, you can call them ahead and they'll holf your items behind the counter until you arrive. Though if you do stop by, I strongly recommend you to try the Monkey Bread, it will melt in your mouth!

Hours: Monday – closed, Tuesday – Monday: 7am – 6pm
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Alchemy is one of the best places to dine at in Madison. Everything there is somewhere on the spectrum of excellent to amazing. Their burgers are one of Madison's best and oh, don't get me started about the specials! Oh, the specials! The beer list rivals the food menu. It definitely has one of the best tap lineups in town! They also have vegan, vegetarian and gluten free items on the menu.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 12am, Friday – Saturday: 11:30am – 1am, Sunday: 11:30am – 12am

*Cash only. No credit cards accepted.
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Monty's Blue Plate Diner

At Monty's Blue Plate Diner, for a fair price, you can get the Meatloaf of the Gods. Everything here is cooked from scratch and they use fresh, local ingredients of excellent quality. They are set to making your dining experience memorable, by trying one of their specials knows at the Blue Plate Burger with fries, blue cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce and tomato! It is simply too fantastic to be put down!

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 7am – 9pm, Friday: 7am – 10pm, Saturday: 7:30am – 10pm, Sunday: 7:30am - 9pm
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O'Keeffe Middle School

O'Keeffe Middle School celebrates over 70 years of excellence and has a rating of 8/10 on GreatSchools! The school was established in 1939 as Marquette Junior High, and it was only renamed in 1993 to honor Georgia O'Keeffe, a world famous artist that spent a short period of time living in the neighborhood. The school offers a high quality curriculum, and encourages their students to participate in the array of extra-curricular opportunities.

Grades: 6-8
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Marquette Elementary School

Marquette Elementary School is the school for grades 3-5 for students living on the isthmus. It is paired with Lapham Elementary, where their students attend 4K-grade 2. It gives Marquette Elementary the opportunity to focus on the independence, skills, and needs of the intermediate level student.In their daily literacy instruction, they ensure access for all students to grade level reading in their whole class Shared Reading time. All students also participate in small group Guided Instruction for their individual reading level. The school has a rating of 9/10 on GreatSchools!

Williamson Street Art Center

The Williamson Street Art Center offers art instruction for people of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings, like: art classes and campts at the Williamson Street Art Center, or elsewhere, community art projects and artist-in-residencies at schools and community centers. This Art Center promotes the use of artistic activity as a means of offering inspiration will will facilitate the growth of the creative spirit. Everyone willing to develop and soften the artist within is welcome here.
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Ground Zero Coffee

Ground Zero Coffee is not anything less but a true local pride. Here you have Wi-Fi, good couches, wood floors, funky tables and chairs. The vintage maps and the old school touch make this place worthy of its local title and it is also renowned as a great place for studying. You will have a hard time choosing from all the variety of great coffee, but the baristas will be very patient and willing to recommend a great drink.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 6:30am – 9pm, Friday: 6:30am – 10pm, Saturday: 7am – 10pm, Sunday: 7am – 7pm
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Bandung Indonesian Restaurant

Bandung Indonesian Restaurant is a place celebrating real good and high quality food. The staff is very nice, especially the hostess: greeting and seating people, working with the kitchen by bringing food out, giving a helping hand to the waiters – all with a smile on her face. Nothing but kindness, which only adds to the cozy and warm atmopshere of the place. When it comes to food, you cannot go wrong with the Krakatau, or with the Bakmi Goreng – a very large portion of egg noodles flavored with soy sauce, mixed with an assortment of vegetables. For dessert, order the Pisang Goreng – you will fall in love with it.
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Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

Monona Terrace is a convention center on the shores of Lake Monona in Madison, located two blocks away from the Wisconsin State Capitol building in downtown Madison. From the roof of Monona Terrace, one can see views of downtown Madison, including the Capitol and a panoramic view of the beautiful Lake Monona. The facility hosts over 600 conventions, meetings and wedding each year. It also offers a daily guided tour, a gift shop, a rooftop cafe (during warm weather months only), and serves as the home for some of the community's events.
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The Mermaid Cafe

The Mermaid Cafe will smother you with its energy the moment you park your car in front of this cafe. You will love this place for its warmth, fuzziness, the strings of lights hanging out front, and the delicious meals. When having your brunch at this place, make sure to order the Japanese Farmhouse Breakfast, you will mouthwater even after you've eaten it.

Hours: Monday – closed, Tuesday – Saturday: 8am – 2pm, Sunday: 9am – 2pm
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Snap Fitness

If you want a place to work out at that has virtually everything you could need, is open 24/7, has an available parking outside and doesn't charge for it, then Snap Fitness is the right place for you! It is affordable, clean and it offers a good variety of training equipment. Though if you need some help getting started, you can always get a personal trainer or rely on the staff, which is also available by appointment.
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Chocolaterian Cafe

The Chocolaterian Cafe is simply a nice, warm, and stellar nook in Madison. The envirnoment is great, casual and quiet, and the baristas are always smiling and charming. Their European style hot chocolate is just to die for, especially the Parisian hot chocolate, that tastes like a whole chocolate candy bar in a cup. Be sure to try their specialty – the Ugly Cookie, you will definitely want more!

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10am – 9pm, Friday: 10am – 9:30pm, Saturday: 10am – 10:30pm, Sunday: 11am – 6pm
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Barrymore Theater

The Barrymore Theatre is a 971-capacity live music venue on the east side of Madison, Wisconsin. Originally built as the Eastwood Theater in 1929, the Barrymore was founded by Richard "Sich" Slone and Tom Peterson in 1987 in an attempt to revive Madison's declining Schenk-Atwood neighborhood. The theater has held over 2,000 shows and events including rock concerts, films, plays, dance recitals, broadcasts, political rallies, children's programming, and community events. Today the Barrymore is owned by the Schenk-Atwood Revitalization Association.
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Top 23 Neighborhood Amenities in Marquette, Madison