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If you ask us, there’s nothing quite like that first-time feeling of stepping into Wauwatosa. There’s just something about the merging of small, local businesses, deep-rooted history, and sprawling, open-air parks and trails throughout our city, which allow you to feel that one-of-a-kind Tosa magic.
What makes it so unique are the places you can only find here in Wauwatosa. Take a peek into some of our incredibly special, must-visit stops, so you can plan out a getaway you’ll never forget.
Food & Drink
Allow the twinkling lights strung across this dynamic district — including Buckatabon’s outdoor patio — to set the scene for a fun brunch or relaxed evening dinner.
Plus, you can leave your mark on this lively spot with their dollar bill toss that pins your cash to the ceiling. Add a fun note or draw a picture to spot it from the booths and bar seats below.
Stop by the world-famous Cranky Al’s for our three favorite things in one place: doughnuts, coffee, and breakfast fare.
Choose from a long list of any doughnut you could possibly imagine, including M&M topped, peanut butter buttercream, cinnamon roll, or gluten-free chocolate.
Looking for something savory? Check out their breakfast pizzas, made with scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, or an assortment of veggies.
Ono Kine Grindz
You may not expect a colorful Hawaiian market-deli in Tosa, which is what makes this place such a fun spot. Ono Kine Grindz specializes in authentic, local-style Hawaiian foods, including their Kalua Pig, signature macaroni potato salad, and Manapua.
They also offer Hawaiian jewelry, paintings from local artists, Aloha shirts, 100% Hawaiian-made chocolates, seasonings, and unique Hawaiian groceries.
Ray’s Growler Gallery
Walk through the building’s side door at the back of the parking lot and follow the stairs straight up to the speakeasy-esque bar. Order from any of their craft IPAs, stouts, frozen beverages, and whiskey, grab a drink at a high-top or on a sofa, and enjoy quality time with friends.
Vendetta Coffee Bar
Vendetta Coffee Bar opened in Tosa Village in July 2021 and pays homage to the traditional coffee houses found in cities across Italy.
Immerse yourself in the true Italian experience by ordering a shot of espresso “to stand.” Your order will come with a chaser of sparkling water to wash down the bitter taste — all for just $1.
Be sure to order one of their Italian brioches (you’ll smell them baking as soon as you walk in the door). The owners get the dough for these incredible pastries from Italy and bake them in-store for that fresh, authentic taste.
Entertainment & Attractions
1st & Bowl
Take your talents to Tosa — 1st & Bowl fuses sports and games for the ultimate indoor experience.
Adding a fun twist on the classics, try your hand at Basketball Connect 4, Football Bowling, and bags at Milwaukee’s first-ever football bowling bar.
Check out this large warehouse filled with 15 football bowling lanes, two Basketball Connect 4 play areas, a bean bag toss area, an outdoor patio space, a full-service sports bar and restaurant, and an area for arcade games, board games, and Jenga.
Hartung Park Labyrinth
Tucked away in Hartung Park, stumble upon a true hidden Tosa gem: a giant, stone labyrinth.
This labyrinth was created by laying patterns of cobblestone salvaged from Milwaukee streets. Not only is it the perfect backdrop for a gorgeous photo on a sunny Tosa day, but it’s also a great spot to take the family to explore the surrounding pond, large grassy area, walking path, and large playset.
Heinsight opened in Tosa in 1997 and is the oldest shop in Tosa Village. All of the owner’s leatherwork is done on-premise with the owner Cindy’s Labradoodle, Maggie, keeping a close eye on daily operations.
Magpie Jewelry & Metal Studio
If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind pieces to bring home with you, look no further than Magpie Jewelry & Metal Studio.
Located in Tosa Village, this unique shop is a gallery, retail shop, and creative studio all in one. In addition to the pieces they create in-house, Magpie also shows the work of over two dozen jewelers and a rotating number of painters, sculptors, photographers, and functional craftspeople.
Ruckus & Glee
From cat’s cradle and lava lamps to magic eight balls and Hot Wheels, immerse yourself in the endless selection of novelty memorabilia.
Cream City Soap Company
Walking through the front door of Cream City Soap Company is an act of self-care in itself. Prepare to be greeted by the calming scents of their vegan handmade soaps and mineral bath products.
This shop is all about relaxation with healthy, sustainable, and biodegradable bath, body, and home products from their own product line.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please check the local hotel and travel restrictions and retail and restaurant hours/menus before you go.