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Shopping and Dining


Spending the day shopping and dining in the Wauwatosa area is a real treat. This city is brimming with a wide variety of retailers and restaurants, all of which are eager to provide customers with the best in products and customer service.

The open-air historic Village of Wauwatosa, or simply Tosa Village, is an excellent destination for both shoppers and diners. The unique atmosphere brings together old and new, with restored historic structures housing both longstanding and new establishments. The pedestrian-friendly district continues to expand and is currently home to more than 120 businesses. Retailers carry a wide variety of products, including apparel, home décor, fine foods and wines, specialty gifts, jewelry, artwork and more. Delectable dining choices offering carry-out service, casual dining and award-winning fine dining are also widely available, with several establishments providing seasonal outdoor seating. All the shops and restaurants in the Village are easily accessible by walking, biking or by car. Approximately 350 free parking spots are located in municipal lots within a couple of blocks from the district’s main streets.


Another area of niche businesses, East Tosa, is an easily-accessible, 16-block trade district, which lies on the eastern edge of Wauwatosa’s border with Milwaukee along North Avenue, one of the city’s most-traveled thoroughfares. Supported by the East Tosa Alliance, the area is a progressive, walkable, urban community offering unique shopping and dining experiences interconnecting with vibrant, established neighborhoods. Other areas in Wauwatosa where forward-minded businesses and residents work together to maintain vital businesses include the Charles Jacobus Park neighborhood and the Pasadena neighborhood, where shoppers are often greeted by name.

Mayfair Shopping Center

Mayfair Shopping Center in Wauwatosa is one of the Milwaukee area’s finest shopping venues. This modern retail destination is lined with more than 180 stores and is anchored by such major tenants as Macy’s, Boston Store, Crate & Barrel and Barnes & Noble. Mayfair also boasts many of the hottest retail brands in the country, including Sephora, Apple, Williams-Sonoma, Coach, Aerie and White House/Black Market, to name a few. Along with shopping, patrons enjoy film options at the 18-screen movie theater and a multitude of eateries, such as McCormick & Schmick’s, Maggiano’s, Cheesecake Factory and more. Many restaurants offer both sit-down and take-out, and some have seasonal outdoor seating.

Joining these major retail hubs, along with various neighborhood shopping centers and freestanding stores, are plenty of food options for hungry patrons. Whether it is a quick lunch with friends or a romantic night out with a significant other, Wauwatosa restaurateurs are ready to serve up fresh, delicious meals for any occasion. Hungry diners choose from a wide selection of menus, ranging from appetizing pub fare, fresh seafood and prime steaks to garden fresh salads, deli subs and mouthwatering desserts. Ethnic-infused dishes are a part of the spread, too, and include influences from Italy, France, Mexico, Germany, China and more. Patrons also enjoy grabbing a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a quick snack at a local coffeehouse or taking food on the run at one of many fast-food establishments. The dining options are endless in the Wauwatosa area.

For a list of referred retailers and restaurants, contact the Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce at (414) 453-2330 or utilize the online business directory at

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