Kiva and Ruby’s Bay View, Milwaukee

Hello city-lovers! This was our first entry to come in from the under-10 set, and we had to admire the remarkably well-honed tastes of Ruby (age 4) and Kiva (age 8), who were eager to share the favorite spots in their Bay View neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Also, we love anyone who puts a tater tot on their fine dining list.

The Bay View Neighborhood of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is Our City

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The first place we take a visitor from out of town is the Farmer’s Market at South Shore Park.

When we crave flavored milk, we always go Anodyne Coffee Roasters.

To escape the crowded city we head out on Lake Michigan in our kayaks.

If we want to climb on rocks we go to Cupertino Park.

For complete quiet, we can hide away in Seminary Woods.

If you come to my city, get your picture taken with the oldest copper beech tree in the state.

If you have to order one thing off the menu from The Palomino it has to be tater tots with Cajun cream dipping sauce.

Outpost is our one-stop shop for great local, organic vegetables, and the best cakes too!

Locals know to skip McDonalds and check out Bella’s Fat Cat for the best burgers instead. Custard, too!

When we’re feeling cash-strapped we go to any of our neighborhood’s awesome summer rummage sales.

Photo ops in our city include the best view of Milwaukee’s skyline, and the best vantage point is the south end of Shore Drive.

The most random thing about our city: Milwaukee’s first library was in Bay View.

In our city, an active day outdoors involves a bike ride to the beach for a freezing dip in Lake Michigan.

Our favorite jogging/walking route is South Shore path.

For live music, check out the Cactus Club.

Café Lulu is the spot for late-night eats.

To find out what’s going on at night and on the weekends, read The Onion.

You can tell a lot about our city from walking the 2600 block of Kinnickinnic Avenue, and stopping at Hi-Fi, Luv Unlimited and Rushmore Records.

Our city has the most men with beards.

Our city has the most women pushing baby joggers.

You can tell if someone is from our city if they’re tattooed.

In the summer you should check out Chill on the Hill at Humboldt Park.

In the fall you should not miss the Bay View Bash.

In the winter you should spend an afternoon at Winterfest at South Shore Park.

A hidden gem in our city is G. Groppi Food Market.

For a great breakfast joint try Sven’s European Cafe.

Just outside our city, you can visit the Milwaukee Art Museum, just over the Hoan Bridge. Summerfest too!

The best way to see our city is while walking your dog.

If we didn’t live in a city, we’d live in the country, so we could have horses and a big garden.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss enrolling them at Fernwood Montessori School!

Café Lulu’s Peep Show could only happen in our city.

Thanks to Kiva and Ruby, and their dad Aaron, for sending along their picks! If you still haven’t shared what you love about your city, there’s still time. Just click on our list of fill-in-the-blank questions then copy and paste the list into an email, fill in your answers, and send your responses to

Photo: Aaron Frank