The Memorial Union & Terrace
The Memorial Union has everything a student needs! Great food, live music and beautiful sunsets to enjoy while studying. There are the famous sunburst chairs to grab when you wish to be part of the action, or indoor facilities to use when you need a quieter place to focus. Grab some famous Babcock ice cream and join us for a lakefront stroll!
Along Lake Mendota, trails connect the Lakeshore Nature Preserve together. Take a stroll or ride a bike along this scenic route to see glittering lake and relax in the beauty of nature!
Traveling around Lakeshore Path will bring you to Picnic Point, one of the most popular destinations in the Preserve. As the name stands, the peninsula serves as a great gathering spot to enjoy food or study in nature.
Saturday on the Square
Every Saturday, from June to November, the Capitol Square in downtown Madison fills with produce, art, flowers, and other goods! While this is the most popular Madison farmers market, it’s not the only one. There’s also the Wednesday Market, Eastside Market, and more! Some personal favorites are Stella’s Hot & Spicy Cheese Bread, fresh apples, and cheese curds—make sure they squeak!
Summer Sweet Spots by UW-Madison
Fun & Fitness
The Nicholas Recreation Center is UW-Madison’s newest recreational center. Affectionately nicknamed “the Nick”, the center holds 30,000 square feet of fitness space, 8 courts, 5 studios, an Olympic size pool, and more.
The Nielsen Tennis Stadium is perfect for those looking to serve up some fun and competition. It includes 12 indoor tennis courts, two squash courts, equipment rental and racquet services, and a system to help you find a tennis partner.
The Shell, officially Camp Randall Sports Center, houses our ice rink, courts, cardio and strength equipment, and a 200m indoor track. From ice skating to track workouts, the Shell has several options for you to play hard and live well.
The Holt Fitness Center is a great alternative to our other larger workout centers. It may be a smaller facility, but can be less intimidating for those new to fitness. It is packed with strength and cardio equipment.
At Memorial Union, just two buildings down from the Pyle Center on Langdon Street. There’s plenty of tables on the beautiful terrace overlooking Lake Mendota.
Der Rathskeller, pub food
Daily Scoop in Memorial Union, ice cream made on campus!
Peet’s Coffee, coffee/tea/desserts
International food carts on Library Mall (between Memorial Union and State Street), including Korean, Mexican, Ethiopian, and Thai.
Colectivo (café with a variety of sandwiches) 583 State Street
Coopers Tavern 20 W Mifflin Street
Great Dane 123 E Doty Street
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes 571 State Street
Old Fashioned 23 N Pickney Street. (Try the cheese curds!)
State Street Brats 603 State Street
Teddywedgers 101 State Street (carryout Cornish pasties)
Fugu 411 W Gilman Street
Himal Chuli Restaurant (Nepalese) 318 State Street
Ruyi Hand Pulled Noodle 334 State Street
Sol’s on the Square (Korean) 117 E Mifflin Street
Chen’s Dumpling House 505 State Street
Dubai Mediterranean Restaurant and Bar 419 State Street
Forage Kitchen (make your own salads) 665 State Street
Mediterranean Café (open at lunchtime) 625 State Street
Parthenon Gyros 316 State Street
Tutto Pasta 305 State Street
Ian’s Pizza on State 100 State Street
Cento 122 W Mifflin Street
Osteria Papavero 128 E Wilson Street
Ha Long Bay (Vietnamese) 1353 Williamson Street
Lao Laan-Xaang (Laotian) 1146 Williamson Street
Sa Bai Thong (Thai) 2840 University Avenue
Bar Corallini 2004 Atwood Avene
Pizza Brutta 1805 Monroe Street
Maharani Indian Restaurant 380 W Washington Avenue
Petra Bakery & Restaurant (Middle Eastern) 6119 Odana Road
Swagat Indian Restaurant 707 North Highpoint Road
Alchemy Cafe 1980 Atwood Avenue
Green Owl Café (no indoor dining, vegetarian and vegan) 1970 Atwood Avenue
Everly (eclectic eatery) 2701 Monroe Street
Monty’s Blue Plate 2089 Atwood Avenue
The Weary Traveler 1201 Willilamson Street