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Welcome to Milwaukee's most unique downtown food destination!

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Milwaukee Public Market!

Welcome to Milwaukee's most unique downtown food destination! Bursting with unique, high quality selections of artisan and ethnic products, and freshly-made prepared foods, you’re sure to enjoy shopping the independent merchants of the Milwaukee Public Market.

Eat in the Market’s second floor Palm Garden or take your purchases home to be enjoyed. Whatever your taste or craving – the Milwaukee Public Market has something to satisfy your appetite!

The Market also showcases a variety of cooking classes in The Madame Kuony Demonstration Kitchen. Classes feature instructors ranging from our own vendors and local chefs to nationally known cookbook authors. The Palm Garden and Kitchen areas are also available for corporate team building events, company functions, and private parties. Contact our staff today for your next event!

“The facility is rooted in an old tradition. Long after the novelty wears off, the Public Market will remain the freshest landmark in downtown Milwaukee.”

John Gurda, (Milwaukee Historian)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 2005


To foster a market for locally owned food artisans and purveyors and to promote a different way in which consumers shop, cook, eat and experience food.


To create a “gathering place” experience like none other in Southeastern Wisconsin that educates, provokes, entertains, amuses and engages all those who come through our doors.


  • To promote economic vitality within the Historic Third Ward neighborhood, the city of Milwaukee, and the State of Wisconsin.

  • To support small businesses that offer unique products and expertise.

  • To support our local  artists, crafters and food purveyors by providing a unique opportunity during the summer months with our Outdoor Urban Market.

  • To attract urbanites, suburbanites, tourists and people of all backgrounds, races and creeds.

  • To create employment opportunities through new business formation.

  • To cultivate a gathering place for community residents and downtown employees.

  • To expand food choices for consumers that reflect Milwaukee’s vibrant, international heritage.

  • To enhance knowledge of food sources and nutrition through educational programs and direct interaction between producers, vendors, chefs and consumers.

  • To engage the public through private events, cooking demonstrations and classes.

What are the Hours of Operation?

Monday through Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm

EARLY OPEN HOURS AT THE MARKET:  Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co. opens at 7am and On The Bus opens at 9am. Use entrance at Water St. and St. Paul Avenue; or northern entrance off of the parking lot.

LATE HOURS AT THE MARKET: There are currently no vendors remaining open after general hours.


Is there parking available? 

YES! Our adjacent surface loincluding two parking garages within blocks of the market at 212 N. Milwaukee Street and 225 E. Chicago St

Does the Market have free WIFI?

Yes, the Market offers free wifi to customers who make a purchase at one of our vendors.


What will I find at the Market?

The Milwaukee Public Market houses unique, year-round indoor specialty food vendors as well as outdoor seasonal stalls. Our high quality selection of artisan & ethnic products and freshly-made prepared foods are some of the best in the area! From fresh seafood to select cuts of meat, you’ll also take home a variety of great tastes – served up by the very hands that nurtured them. See the vendor page.

Are animals allowed in the building?

Wisconsin DATCP food code mandates that pets and support animals are NOT allowed in the building. However, as is the law, service animals adhering to ADA guidelines are allowed.

Can anyone attend the cooking classes?

Yes! The cooking classes are available to all. Sign up early, they fill up quickly. Some age limits apply. Ask market staff when registering. See the cooking class page.

From its early beginnings to today's community, enhanced by its historic ambiance and significant architecture, the Historic Third Ward has experienced a renaissance as a revitalized mixed-use neighborhood. Here you will find the highest concentration of art galleries in Milwaukee, award-winning restaurants, unique specialty stores, architects, advertising agencies, graphic designers, artists, the Broadway Theatre Center, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design as well as condominiums, office buildings, and industrial space. The Historic Third Ward Association acts as a catalyst to develop the district as an innovative, livable and exciting mixed use neighborhood while preserving its historic and creative character.

For over 3 years, the Market has sold used books for $1.00 from book carts on the 2nd Level Palm Garden.  100% of the proceeds go back to the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library, helping to create programs and resources for children, parents and fellow supports of the Library.

Milwaukee Downtown, Business Improvement District #21 (BID #21), Historic Third Ward Business Improvement District #2 (BID #2), Downtown Neighbors Association (DNA) are leading a unique partnership with other aligning organizations to continue enhancing the competitive advantages of the greater downtown and the City of Milwaukee as a whole. Our goal is to provide a community asset and a much-needed amenity for the growing cohort of dog owners, while promoting livability, and enhancing key gateways into downtown Milwaukee.

Welcome to one of America's Best Public Markets...Milwaukee's most unique downtown food destination!
Bursting with one-of-a-kind, high quality selections of artisan & ethnic products and freshly-made prepared foods, you’re sure to enjoy shopping the independent merchants of the Milwaukee Public Market, located in the vibrant Historic Third Ward neighborhood.

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