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Coffee & Classics

Rock out. Cozy up. Read more. Whatever your plans may be, Downtown Waukesha has everything you’re looking for and more. Check out our recommendations for devoting your day to coffee and classics.

Martha Merrell’s Books & Toys is the perfect place to find a bookish gift for yourself or the booklover in your life. You might even spot a local author! They also cater to book clubs, offering a warm meeting space and special book club selection discounts, and have an abundant collection of toys. For students or visitors of Carroll University, the Carroll University Bookstore has more than textbooks! Check out Pioneer apparel, backpacks, accessories, and a selection of textbooks and mainstream titles. 

Martha Merrell’s Books & Toys Carroll University Bookstore

If you’re feeling vintage or looking for a tasty trip down memory lane, Allô! Chocolat has just what you’re craving. Their Blast from the Past gift baskets feature nostalgic candy from iconic decades. Mallow cups, fun dip, pop rocks, oh my!

Allô! Chocolat




Creative minds need coffee. And Downtown Waukesha has no shortage of either. For some serious Downtown Waukesha vibes, limited edition lattés, live performances, and guitar decor, visit the Steaming Cup. They’ve got soup and sandwiches and friendly staff to boot! Cafe dé Arts is a family-owned and operated European coffee house and micro-roastery. Their vibrant and eclectic atmosphere calls to all Downtowners, not to mention their hot-off-the-press paninis and European pastries.


Whether you’re in the mood to cozy up with a cup of coffee and scratch-made bakery, or want to enjoy a fresh salad, Mountain Top Coffee has just what you need. Alongside pretty lattés, they also serve bagels, sandwiches, salads, soup, and homemade poptarts. They cater, too! Finally, for a true taste of Wisconsin, don’t leave Downtown Waukesha without stopping at Mama D’s Coffee. This little shop proudly partners with the best of local businesses, serving Valentine coffee, organic tea from Rishi, eggs from Three Brothers Farm, scratch-made soups from The Soup Market, and ice cream from Mullen’s Dairy Bar.



Being the home of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, Les Paul, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some awesome record shops call Downtown Waukesha home. Starship Records and Collectibles has over 50,000 LP vinyl, 20,000 CDs, 5,000 VHS tapes, music memorabilia, and more. For another great selection featuring everything from polka to heavy metal, vintage electronics, and turntables, check out Music Records 262! The Picky Picky Resale Shop is a must-stop for classic records, video games, and collectibles.


Next time you find yourself strolling downtown in the ‘Sha, check out any––or better yet, all––of these one-of-a-kind places!

Whether you want to cozy up with a good book and a cup of coffee, or rock out to a new record, Downtown Waukesha has everything you need.

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