Go to new heights: Three of Madison’s Hidden Rooftops

A one-hour gap between classes can be inconvenient, with not enough time to head back to your dorm. With a busy schedule, you probably won’t want to be studying between classes. These rooftop views are just steps from campus and provide a relaxing break from the sometimes stressful amount of homework and other activities of Badger’s. Surrounded by both lake Mendota and Monona, Madison rooftops provide beautiful views of the lakes and the State Capitol.

  • Located on State Street, the Graduate Hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar, Madison Blind, provides great views of Lake Mendota and the capitol building. Enjoy the view with coffee or tea. If you have extra time, you can also grab a bite from their locally sourced menu. The rooftop restaurant is open 4:30 Monday-Thursday and 3:00 on Friday’s providing the perfect late afternoon escape, especially for those with classes later in the day.


  • On the rooftop of the Pyle Center, you’ll find F.H. King’s rooftop garden. Right by Lake Mendota,       this rooftop, surrounded by a vegetable and herb garden, provides the ultimate stress free location for a quick break between classes. Bring a book or just hangout and enjoy the view. The garden’s open hours vary throughout the week so check out their website for more details


  • The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, located on state street, has a sculpture garden and rooftop restaurant, Fresco. Check out the views of the Capitol and the city skyline from the roof. For a classy dinner with a view head to the rooftop restaurant after class.

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