First things first – where’s the coffee?
Whether it’s your morning routine or a mid-afternoon cuppa, grabbing some coffee during MAC is probably on your list. Of course, you can find solid offerings at the Concourse Hotel’s in-house Starbucks, but here are a few walkable places that have a bit more local flavor.
Heading north from the Concourse and circling the Capital Square in a clockwise direction (which is opposite from the Saturday Farmer’s Market flow, so be mindful), you’ll find:
Impeccable coffee and absolutely fantastic crepes. This is an A+ way to start your day.
Ok, the coffee is good, but it’s not the reason you came here. If you want a perfect New York bagel, this is the place!
This Milwaukee-based chain is a lively stop as you stroll around the Square.
This long-standing Madison coffee roaster knows how to make you feel at home with great coffee and food offerings.
A relative newcomer to the neighborhood, Wonderstate roasts their beans on 100% solar power in rural Wisconsin while working towards a sustainable and just coffee industry.
Located in a beautiful, historic hotel, Barriques satisfies with solid food, coffee, and in the evening, wine & beer.
Michelangelo’s is where UW students, Madison hippies, and political movers & shakers all mingle. The tempting pastry case and art-covered walls invite you to settle in and enjoy.