Wauwatosa Weekend Itinerary: Art Lovers

Art lovers, this one’s for you. Wauwatosa’s art comes in many shapes and forms here in our charming city — it’s something that brings that extra touch of magic to our community. 

Throughout our dynamic districts, you can find the work of artists from near and far who have all left their mark on Tosa. From East Tosa’s magical murals to street art around Tosa Village, the vibrant colors and patterns are something you just can’t miss. 

We’ve put together the perfect weekend guide for art lovers to tap into the beauty that surrounds Tosa. 

Where to go:

East Tosa Murals

Whether you’re an art-lover or not, you’ll see that Wauwatosa’s East Tosa murals are truly something magical. 

In 2019, artists from around the globe came to Tosa to help make it that much more vibrant. From the brick walls of Cranky Al’s to those of BelAir Cantina, admire the larger-than-life artwork displayed throughout our East Tosa district.

The Village

In need of inspiration for one of your own projects? A walk through Tosa Village should do the trick. 

The Village is filled with beautiful historic buildings and sparkling string lights that connect one side of the street to the other. This charming district essentially looks like a painting that came to life and should not be missed during your visit.

GreyHouse Creative Market

The perfect place to sip, shop, and create, Greyhouse Creative Market is a one-of-a-kind bar and boutique DIY store. 

Put your creative cap on and create a fun keepsake from your visit to Wauwatosa. Be sure to check out their website for the full workshop schedule and make a reservation before you visit. 

Arte Bar & Painting Lounge

Whether you’re in it for the wine or for the painting, Arte Bar & Painting Lounge is the perfect evening activity in Wauwatosa. 

Located in Tosa Village, sign up for any of their instructor-led classes or paint your own masterpiece in an open canvas painting session. They even have an outdoor patio for you to take your skills outside on a warm day!

Magpie Jewelry & Metal Studio

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind piece to bring home with you, look no further than Magpie.

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, sculptures, photographers, and functional craftspeople. 


Where to eat:

Kin by Rice N Roll 

Kin by Rice N Roll is family-owned, and everyone there is passionate about making varieties of Asian food and sushi with an authentic taste and modernized look. 

Known for its beautiful sushi, the restaurant truly creates some masterful pieces of (food) art. We know you’ll want to post this Insta-worthy creation on social media, so be sure to tag us and mention #DiscoverTosa!

Firefly Tosa

This woman-owned restaurant provides a modern twist on classic comfort food and libations with a focus on great taste and creativity. 

Firefly Tosa is known for its scratch-made plates in a lively, warm atmosphere, and even has some artwork scattered throughout the restaurant.

Rocket Baby Bakery

Rocket Baby Bakery is known for its artisan bread, pastries, coffee, espresso, and sandwiches. Made from scratch daily, they use local sources as often as possible, too!

From bread to pastries to breakfast and lunch items, prepare to be amazed by the love and attention that is put into these gorgeous (and tasty!) bites each and every day.


Where to stay:

Renaissance Hotel Milwaukee West

From special surprises in each elevator (in the form of animal photos on the walls!) to stunning artwork in each and every guest room, expect to see awe-inspired pieces throughout Renaissance Milwaukee West that showcase ‘The Tailor and The Seamstress’ hotel theme.

Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West 

Another excellent art-inspired hotel to book your stay in is the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West. Get lost in corridors filled with hand-painted scenes of Milwaukee, WI, and enjoy their many amenities while you visit.

Discover Wauwatosa wants to ensure you have a safe and healthy travel experience. Learn more about where to stay, where to eat, and things to do while you’re here in Wauwatosa. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please check the local hotel and travel restrictions and retail and restaurant hours/menus before you go. 

Header photo courtesy of @roostmke