Celebrate Milwaukee's heritage like the locals when you pick up these iconic Cream City souvenirs.

By Jennifer Billock
November 13, 2015
Courtesy of Wisconsin Cheese Mart

Milwaukee may not be as big as other major cities, but it packs just as much of a cultural punch—one that should be celebrated with these wierd, wonderful, and distinctly Wisconsin souvenirs.


It may be a little cliché—but do not leave MKE without a foam cheese hat. Wisconsinites have been known as cheeseheads for practically millennia, and now the term is completely embraced. Wear the hat to a Packers game, but be prepared for the other team to have cheese grater hats.


Satisfy a dairy tooth with a visit to the Wisconsin Cheese Mart, where customers can browse more than two hundred types of cheese to find the perfect wheel to take home. Oh, and don't forget to celebrate the city's German heritage with some local sausage, also available at the Cheese Mart.


Milwaukee natives love local sports, and the Klement's Racing Sausages are the darlings of the Cream City. Bring home a piece of the game with a bobblehead version of Bratwurst, Polish, Italian, Hot Dog, or Chorizo. And don't worry, no one will judge you for staging your own sausage races at special events. It's a pastime everyone can enjoy.

Jennifer Billock lives in Chicago and writes about the Midwest for Travel + Leisure.