the watchword at Sparrow Collective. Shop for handcrafted jewelry,
upcycled accessories, bold graphic Ts and cheeky art, all with
affordable price tags. 2224 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 747-9229,
Pick up a ’50s
sundress, vintage bowling shirt or authentic tiki barware at Tip Top
Atomic Shop. Just browsing in this rockabilly heaven is a guaranteed
good time. 2343 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.,(414) 486-1951, tip-top-atomic.com.
Park your bike
on Alterra Bay View Café & Bakery’s vertical rack, find a place
on the patio and grab an iced chai. At one of Bay View’s busiest
corners, there’s plenty of people-watching to do. 2301 S.
Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 744-6117, alterracoffee.com.
& Wine Bar
shareable plate or two at Odd Duck. Local, in-season ingredients
inspire new interpretations of French, Mediterranean and Asian
cuisine. 2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 763-5881,
sauces — peanut, almond, pumpkin seed, sesame and chocolate — at
Riviera Maya have Mexican food fans raving. The colorful décor is as
delicious the tortilla soup. 2258 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.,(414) 294-4848,
Alterra Bay View
Cafe & Bakery
Patio dining at
Café Centraal is one of Bay View’s summer pleasures. The selection
of 100 beers may be overwhelming, until you note that the menu
suggests pairings for each app, entrée and dessert. 2306 S.
Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 755-0378, cafecentraal.com.
With just 10
tables, you’ll need a dinner reservation at the classically French
Pastiche Bistro & Wine Bar. A meticulously edited wine list
complements a menu that would have made Julia Child swoon. 3001 S.
Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 482-1446, pastichebistro.com.
hundreds of music fans who gather at Chill on the Hill, the free
Tuesday night concert series at Humboldt Park. Best bets are Paul
Cebar on July 30 and McTavish on Aug. 13. 3000 W. Oklahoma Ave.,
after-party at Sugar Maple, and try one of the bar’s 60 American
craft beers on draught as you sink into a comfy sofa. 441 E. Lincoln
Ave., just east of Kinnickinnic Avenue, (414) 481-2393,
On the Horizon:
The new solar-powered blue sculpture soaring 32 feet high near the
intersection of Kinnickinnic, Howell and Lincoln avenues isn’t just
contemporary art. It’s a bus shelter, too. Roman Montoto, a
Milwaukee native, is the architect. There will be a plaque at the
shelter in memory of David John Dombrowski, a city employee who left
his entire estate to the city, says Alderman Tony Zielinski.