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The Ultimate Guide to East Tosa

The exterior of Nobleman Barbershop in East Tosa

What is East Tosa?

Aptly named East Tosa is located on the Eastside and is a vibrant urban community with a classic Main Street feel. Much like anywhere else in Wauwatosa, you’re bound to find good local brews (both coffee and beer!) and diverse cuisine. However, what truly sets this corner of Tosa apart from the rest of our charming city are the eight magical murals, made by artists from near and far, that truly brighten up the entire city.

Small, Local Restaurants, Bars, Coffee Shops & Bakeries in East Tosa

Complete with an incredibly diverse food and beverage scene, a visit to East Tosa satisfies just about any craving. 

On the food side of things, Crafty Cow simply can’t be missed for all things craft burgers and entree options, including the Dirtiest Swiss Burger, Peanut Butter Paradise Burger, and Pulled Pork Belly BLT. 

If you’re looking for a great selection of margaritas and some fresh chips and salsa, stop into BelAir Cantina. Their menu consists of plenty of tacos and margaritas to go around — plus, they have gluten-free options, too!

Transport yourself to Italy and the Mediterranean with a visit to Il Mito Tratttoria e Enoteca. A Tosa food destination since 2006, this gem features homemade pasta, salads, signature soups, bread, cheese, and pizza. 

East Tosa also has its fair share of unique bars and breweries. Stop into Wauwatiki for a taste of the tropics whenever you step inside. Complete with daiquiris, mai tais, and rum manhattans, this is a must-visit spot all year round.

First time in Wisconsin? Grab a drink at Camp Bar. This cabin-themed bar offers an extensive list of brews on tap and snacks from their Campfire Bites menu. Get a glimpse of the great outdoors of Wisconsin from the great indoors of Camp Bar!

An excellent place to grab a beer in Wauwatosa, Gathering Place is a proud reflection of the history of brewing beers in Wisconsin. They aim to be an extension of your living room, offering customers a comfortable brewery experience.

Don’t miss out on something sweet with Rocket Baby Bakery, an East Tosa staple known for its artisan breads, pastries, coffee, espresso, and sandwiches. Plus, they have an incredibly vibrant storefront that you just can’t miss.

Stop into the iconic Cranky Al’s for candy-topped and cream-filled doughnuts. Their menu boasts peanut butter buttercream-filled doughnuts, double chocolate cake doughnuts, raspberry-filled sugar doughnuts, and dozens of other options.

The perfect place for a pick-me-up, Cafe Blue is a women-owned coffee shop that’s serving up fun coffee drinks along with daily breakfast and lunch specials. 

Must-Visit Attractions in East Tosa

One of our favorite things about our charming city is the vibrant and larger-than-life essence of East Tosa’s magical murals. We recommend a visit to absolutely anyone visiting Wauwatosa. 

Artists from around the globe come to Tosa to help make it that much more colorful. From the brick walls of Alfa’s Flower & Wedding Shop to those of Heartland Information Research Building (and everything in between!), don’t miss these stunning works of art. 

Pro tip: Bring your camera to snap a very Instagram-worthy shot and mention #DiscoverWauwatosa on your pics!

Another bonus of this dynamic district is the numerous Bublr Bike stations conveniently located throughout. Rent a bike and discover the magical murals and local businesses from two wheels.

Take in the scenery at East Tosa’s 69th Street Plaza. Located directly next to Rocket Baby Bakery, the string lights and ample seating really set the mood for a great place to gather with family and friends when you visit.

Learn more about where to stay, where to eat, and things to do while you’re here in Wauwatosa. 

Make sure to discover all of Tosa’s great Districts:

Mayfair and the Mayfair Collection

Midtown Tosa

The Village

68th & Wells