Murals, Quiche and Chocolate Pack Quite the Winter Treat in Madison, Wisconsin

Monday, December 20, 2021

Murals, Quiche and Chocolate Pack Quite the Winter Treat in Madison, Wisconsin

Mural Spotting in Madison, Wisconsin

Winter or rainy day wandering for us often includes picking up a hot cocoa or mocha latte and heading on a mural adventure. Recently, we spent a morning mural peeping in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Madison Mural delights visitors.
The Madison Mural delights visitors.

With family living nearby, we often find ourselves exploring Madison. However, this is the first time I really set out with the goal to check out some of the murals. Before I knew it, a plethora of murals unfolded before us.

Picking Up a Bite to Eat in Madison

Starting off the day with a meal at Madison Sourdough.
Starting off the day with a meal at Madison Sourdough.

Before starting our adventure, we headed to our favorite, Madison Sourdough, for a bite to eat. If you are looking for bread, Madison Sourdough is the place to go! Madison Sourdough mills and uses Wisconsin-grown grains and sells store milled grains as well. The cafe sells fresh breads, French pastries, sandwiches, quiches, salads and more. I ordered my favorite -- the Roasted Vegetable Quiche. Amazing! I love that it comes with a healthy side of greens. My husband devoured the Deli Smokey Turkey with turkey, aioli, cranberry jam, cheddar and greens. The sandwich came with a side salad. Yum!

Sweet visit to Madison Chocolate Company.
Sweet visit to Madison Chocolate Company.

While we did spy some murals on the way, we did stop at Madison Chocolate Company to pick up a mocha latte and some decadent chocolate. Madison Chocolate Company also has some truly tempting pastries -- it was hard to control myself! I settled for a mocha latte, raspberry cream truffle and a rose truffle. Delicious! The cafe also has a number of locally made goods for sale as well.

Selfie time with the Madison Mural!
Selfie time with the Madison Mural!

Not far from Madison Chocolate Company, we found the Madison Mural by artists Triangulador and Henrique Nardi . City murals have been popping up all over the country and are fun for a selfie stop.

While in Madison, pop indoors to check out the Chazen Museum of Art on the University of Wisconsin - Madison campus to enjoy a diverse collection of art.

From the Madison Mural, we headed to the you are beautiful mural by ArtWrite Collective this particular mural was crafted as a message of acceptance to LGBT youth.

The you are beautiful mural crafted by ArtWrite Collective.
The you are beautiful mural crafted by ArtWrite Collective.

Wandering Madison Mural Alley

Madison Mural Alley beautifies the back of Madison East Shopping Center. The five murals were crafted by five Madison teen groups in partnership with other artist teams. The pieces are spectacular! I love Squeeze the Life Outta Lemons by the Darbo-Worthington Neighborhood Teens, Detroit-based artist Amos Paul Kennedy and other volunteers.

Squeeze the Life Outta Lemons inspires at Madison Mural Alley.
Squeeze the Life Outta Lemons inspires at Madison Mural Alley.

Next, we discovered the KIPP Mural commemorating industrial history in Madison. The mural unfolds in a dramatic series beckoning for exploration. I love that gazers are looking through factory windows!

KIPP Mural commemorating industrial history in Madison.
 KIPP Mural commemorating industrial history in Madison.

From the KIPP Mural, we headed to Delta by Audifax in Monona. We just GPSed the route and once we hit Monona Drive, we noted a number of murals along the route. So, this section of Monona Drive invites further muralling adventure. We did locate Delta which is a stunning mural. 

Delta by Audifax amazes in Monona, Wisconsin.
Delta by Audifax amazes in Monona, Wisconsin.

Wonderful Winter Day of Mural Hunting

Mural hunting is a fun activity when the day's weather is a little less than desired! The creativity and talent of muralists continue to amaze us. Next time you visit Madison, take a little pause to enjoy murals throughout the area!

Where to find more Madison-area murals:



Murals, Quiche and Chocolate Pack Quite the Winter Treat in Madison, Wisconsin


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