Just Around the Corner: Milwaukee’s Historic Old World Third Street

Old World Third Street, once the heart of Milwaukee’s German community, occupies three city blocks in the northwest part of Milwaukee’s Central Business District. There are 15 buildings in the district that represent the period of commercial development in Milwaukee from 1858 to 1910.  In most cases the buildings have retained their original architectural character above the first-floor level. It contains retail shops, offices, restaurants, bars, and the Milwaukee Historical Society.

Old and New and the Fiserv Forum
Old World Third St. and the new Fiserv Forum
Old World Third Street
Usinger’s, Spice House and Wisconsin Cheese mart and Über Tap Room

Usinger’s Famous Sausage

The Usinger Family has been making sausage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for over 130 years. Usinger’s is a one of a kind, nationally recognized family business devoted to the craft of sausage making. Discover over 70 varieties of old world sausage. From a better bratwurst to an authentic beerwurst, superior European-style wurst doesn’t get any better than Usinger’s … producing quality sausage products and providing excellence in customer service since 1880.

Wisconsin Cheese Mart and Uber Tap

Founded in 1938 on Old World Third St in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Cheese Mart has grown from a small cheese shop to a leading Wisconsin Cheese retailer. Wisconsin Cheese Mart carries over 150 Wisconsin varieties of cheese in our display cases and ship cheese to all 50 states.  On their 70th anniversary in 2008 they opened the Über Tap Room. The cheese bar offers the unique opportunity to try your favorite Wisconsin cheese paired with Wisconsin craft beer and wines from around the world.

Spice House

Since the 1970’s the Spice House has been in business on Old World Third Street.  The Spice House found its permanent home in the historical Adam Bauer building.  The Adam Bauer Building dates to 1858 and originally housed a “konditorei,” or German bakery and sweet shop. The original owners lived upstairs.  The Spice House offers an array of spices, spice blends and mixes.  Personal favorites: Sunny Paris Salt-Free Seasoning , Taylor Street Cheese Sprinkle & Saigon cinnamon , just to name a few!

Old World Third Street is less than 1 mile from the conference hotel – enjoy some Milwaukee history, spice up your life, play ping pong, or eat some cheese & sausage!  Prost!

Spice House


Photo Credits:  Rita Mitchell, Advocate Aurora Library Network

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