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When most people think of Wisconsin or Milwaukee, they probably think of beer, brats, and cheese. Yes, those are totally all delicious staples around here. But, there are actually a lot of places to get fresh, healthy meals as well. And some really cool natural shops. As a Milwaukeean, I can’t wait to share some of my favorite places with you!
Healthy Restaurants & Cafes
Bavette La Boucherie
Bavette is a butcher shop that carries sustainable and organic meat. They honor traditions of quality and excellence by sourcing whole animals raised responsibly on small, local farms. They strive for sustainability and less waste. They also have a full food menu!
Beans & Barley Market & Cafe
Beans & Barley is a health food mecca. You can stop in for a meal, pick up some deli items, get a fresh juice, or do some grocery shopping.
Beerline Cafe is a low-environmental-impact vegetarian restaurant. The cafe has earned a three-star Green Restaurant Association rating, the first in the city of Milwaukee and only the second in the greater Milwaukee metro area. They have lots of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available. I personally love the Chickpea Chorizo Tacos.
Bowls is exactly what it sounds like…healthy food bowls! You can do sweet or savory, vegan or vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. I recommend the Chocolate Peanut Butter smoothie bowl and the Thai Green Curry bowl with chicken. They are now pre-order only!
Cafe Manna also has the three-star Green Restaurant certification. They are 100% vegetarian, made from scratch, and use local ingredients. You can’t go wrong with their raw Thai rolls!
Okay not exactly healthy, BUT these are my favorite donuts in Milwaukee! And they do use high-quality ingredients and incorporate organic when possible. Soooooo tasty.
Fresh Fin Poke
Fresh Fin Poke is Milwaukee’s first poke restaurant! You can either “BYOB” (build your own bowl) with the option to customize your protein, base (rice or greens), sauces, and ingredients. Or you can choose from any of their signature bowls.
The Green Kitchen
The Green Kitchen is located inside the Milwaukee Public Market. I always love their salads because they are never boring and always taste super fresh and delicious. You can also get a fresh juice or smoothie, or grab a healthy sandwich.
Juiced! Cold Pressed Juicery
Who doesn’t love juice?!? Juiced! uses a handcrafted, cold-pressed process protects all the benefits of raw fruits and vegetables: nutrition (live enzymes, natural phytonutrients, antioxidants), integrity (never heated and no additives), and community support (local, straight from the farm when available). You can buy their juices from a lot of local grocery stores too.
Kettle Range Meats
A butcher shop that sources from local, pastured farms. They have so many options for grass-fed meats, pastured eggs, sausages, organ meat blends, and more. This is one of my go-to places to buy meat!
Outpost Natural Foods Co-Op & Cafe
A local co-op that also has a coffee bar and cafe. They make fresh juices, smoothies, smoothie bowls, sandwiches, and even vegan/gluten-free bakery items. My fave co-op! They have a few locations throughout the area.
In Brookfield, this is a farm-to-table restaurant that is SO delicious. They even have their own garden on-site!
Riverwest Co-Op & Cafe
A market co-op where you can buy healthy food and products, as well as a cafe with freshly prepared sandwiches, smoothies, and more. Lots of vegan and vegetarian options too!
Stack’d Burger Bar
Grass-fed burger bar? 🍔 Yes, please! They also offer gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options and focus on local ingredients.
Chocolate that is organic certified, kosher certified, gluten-free, vegan, soy free, and made from bean to bar in small batches using stone grinders. You can visit their store in Tosa or find them at local markets like Outpost.
Urban Beets Cafe & Juicery
Aaaand another juice shop! They also have smoothies, smoothie bowls, breakfast, dinner, and sandwiches. They use fresh, local, organic ingredients and often change up their menu to keep it fresh and fun. I love the Mint Medley smoothie (spinach, banana, cacao nibs, mint, orange juice, coconut milk)
Natural Grocery Stores
Most grocery stores like Pick N’ Save have small organic and natural selections, but usually at higher prices with only a small amount. I suggest going to one of these for a plethora of healthy, organic food and natural brands:
- Beans & Barley Market & Cafe
- Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
- Health Hut Natural Foods
- Milk N’ Honey
- Outpost Natural Foods Co-Op & Cafe
- Riverwest Co-Op & Cafe
- Trader Joe’s
- Whole Foods Market
Organic Beer & Raw Honey Mead
Okay I know beer isn’t exactly “healthy” (some would disagree) BUT did you know that Milwaukee is home to the first certified organic brewery in the country?! And it happens to be my favorite brewery, Lakefront Brewery. Not all of their beers are certified organic, but look for ones with the USDA label like their Fuel Cafe Stout or the Organic Belgian White 🍻 They also have two kinds of gluten-free beer if that’s up your alley!
And about 45 minutes outside the city in East Troy, definitely check out The Hive Taproom! They make delicious mead (honey wine) using raw, local honey 🍯 and it is SO good!
Natural, Biodynamic, Low-Intervention Wines
You guys know I am quite the wine-o, so you can imagine my excitement when my friend Allie opened Nonfiction Natural Wines in Bay View. She is SO knowledgeable about wine it’s crazy 🍷 and her shop focuses on wines that are low intervention, biodynamic, organic, no additives, and use native yeasts. She can give you some great recommendations!
Check out our Positively Green Podcast episode featuring Allie to learn more!
Organic Coffee & Tea
I can’t even begin to tell you how much good coffee there is in Milwaukee! These are some of my favorite local roasters. Since coffee is one of the most heavily chemically treated foods in the world, it’s super important to drink organic. Those chemicals include synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. For the local roasters below, the organic certification varies from blend to blend, and some may use organic practices but not have the certification. Either way, they are roasters that I trust that source quality coffee and trade fairly with farmers! ☕️
- Anodyne Coffee
- Colectivo Coffee
- Pilcrow Coffee
- Rishi Tea (served at most local cafes)
- Stone Creek Coffee
- Valentine Coffee Roasters
- Vennture Brew Co.
- Wonderstate Coffee
Nothing like a good ole’ farmers market in the summer! It’s a great way to buy fresh, local, and organic food directly from a farmer. If they don’t display “organic” anywhere you can always ask them how their food is grown. Sometimes they practice organic methods but just didn’t pay for the certification. Here are some of my faves in the area:
- Greenfield Farmers Market
- Milwaukee Winter Indoor Farmers Market
- South Shore Farmers Market in Bay View
- Wauwatosa Farmers Market
Organic Apple Orchard
Peck & Bushel in Colgate is my favorite orchard to visit in the fall! They have a large variety of apples and they are all ORGANIC! Plus the barn on-site is adorable and sells lots of home goods 🍎
Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) & Food Delivery Services
A farm and health food store in the East Troy area. They sell grass-fed beef, dairy, pastured pork, chicken, and eggs. They also do delicious pizza on the farm during the summers.
This is the CSA box that I subscribe to! It’s a weekly box June-October. It’s not certified organic, but they use organic practices and no chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, or plastic mulch.
Herbs, Shops, Wellness, & Skincare!
Deep Roots Massage in Bay View has been my go-to massage for years! They are holistic and sustainable in many aspects and I just love them. They also have an infrared sauna and offer acupuncture and natural facials (I recommend the manuka honey facial!).
Lakeside Natural Medicine in Shorewood is where I go to see a naturopath doctor. They offer natural health and wellness for the whole family.
Ritual of Remedy is another awesome option for massages! Tori performs Thai bodywork and also offers massages (using natural products!). I loveeeeee when she does cupping on me, too. Book a spot now!
Salt Room Lake Country is a bit outside the city in Pewaukee, but not to be overlooked! They offer halotherapy which has so many health benefits (you sit in a salt room!) and also infrared saunas. I love going in winter for some warmth.
Satya Skin is basically my facial dreams come true. Tess is a holistic esthetician and uses clean products during her facials (The Sunday Standard, manuka honey, and Osea products!). You can also buy retail products from her directly. Love!
Tippecanoe Herbs & Apothecary is a MUST visit! Kyle Denton is a local herbalist that offers a huge selection of organic, local, and wildcrafted herbs as well as handmade skincare and so much more. I love the elderberry syrup, flame cider, and tinctures that he offers 🌱
Ursa is an adorable collective shop in Bay View that carries a lot of smaller makers and even some clean products such as The Sunday Standard skincare, Upcircle skincare, Little Seed Farm deodorants, David’s Toothpaste, and Blue Heron Botanicals lip care.
The Waxwing sells tons of local goods like soaps, skincare, clothing, candles, etc. So cute and you can find lots of goodies here!
Wellnest Chiropractic is where I go for chiro care! Dr. Hannah is the best. She specializes in prenatal, pediatric, and women’s health and focuses on the nervous system. Her practice is in Oconomowoc.
Have you tried any of these places? Let me know in the comments, or if there are any places you love that I missed!