Highest Recs - Restaurants, Sights & More!

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Highest Recs - Restaurants, Sights & More!

Food Within A Few Minutes

Here are my top recommendations either for walking to, or a short drive. So many other great options - but these are my personal favorites.
Brick & Bourbon is just a few minutes away. It is family friendly, but also perfect for a fun group hang! Enjoy their outdoor patio and fire pits that pair perfectly with their fun, crafted drinks. The food is great! It doesn't disappoint.
Brick & Bourbon
7887 Elm Creek Boulevard North
Brick & Bourbon is just a few minutes away. It is family friendly, but also perfect for a fun group hang! Enjoy their outdoor patio and fire pits that pair perfectly with their fun, crafted drinks. The food is great! It doesn't disappoint.
Rusty Taco is WALKING DISTANCE! This place is perfect for a quick bite! Great for a lunch stop in. You can also grab a quick dinner and stay on their outdoor patio for a margarita. Its fun and low key. Perfect for family.
Rusty Taco Maple Grove
6346 Vinewood Lane North
Rusty Taco is WALKING DISTANCE! This place is perfect for a quick bite! Great for a lunch stop in. You can also grab a quick dinner and stay on their outdoor patio for a margarita. Its fun and low key. Perfect for family.
WALKING DISTANCE! Make sure to book a reservation in advance if you are getting breakfast or brunch on the weekend. This place is a Minneapolis staple. Kids, teens AND adults absolutely love this place. Known for their incredible and huge pancakes. Also, request a latte. You can't go wrong.
The Original Pancake House Maple Grove
6322 Vinewood Ln N
WALKING DISTANCE! Make sure to book a reservation in advance if you are getting breakfast or brunch on the weekend. This place is a Minneapolis staple. Kids, teens AND adults absolutely love this place. Known for their incredible and huge pancakes. Also, request a latte. You can't go wrong.
Just a few miles away - enjoy their rooftop patio at night! It's a great time with lots of options. Try my personal favorites - the Chicken Avocado Egg Rolls and the Godzilla Sushi Roll!
CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar (The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes - Maple Grove)
12734 Elm Creek Boulevard North
Just a few miles away - enjoy their rooftop patio at night! It's a great time with lots of options. Try my personal favorites - the Chicken Avocado Egg Rolls and the Godzilla Sushi Roll!
Pop in for an incredible salad and healthy smoothie!
CRISP & GREEN
11704 Elm Creek Boulevard North
Pop in for an incredible salad and healthy smoothie!
The best ramen in the city! If you like ramen, you don't want to miss out on Ichiddo Ramen. 5 minutes away!
Ichiddo Ramen
11716 Elm Creek Boulevard North
The best ramen in the city! If you like ramen, you don't want to miss out on Ichiddo Ramen. 5 minutes away!
A staple! If you ever wanted a chipotle style stop in restaurant for pizza - look no further. If you go once, you may be going back again shortly after :) Just a few minutes away.
Punch Pizza Maple Grove
12107 Elm Creek Blvd N
A staple! If you ever wanted a chipotle style stop in restaurant for pizza - look no further. If you go once, you may be going back again shortly after :) Just a few minutes away.
Bon Chon has incredible chicken and fried rice. Its take out style with top tier taste. Definitely try the Kimchi Fried Rice!
Bonchon Maple Grove - Elm Creek Blvd
11708 Elm Creek Boulevard North
Bon Chon has incredible chicken and fried rice. Its take out style with top tier taste. Definitely try the Kimchi Fried Rice!

Lakes to Visit

Here are my top recommendations for lakes and beaches to explore in all around the cities.
Lake Bde Maka Ska is full of activities! - Load up for a day at the beach by parking near "Thomas Beach." - Rent their paddle boards, canoes, paddle boats, etc. and explore the lake! - Rent a bike and enjoy the 3.2 mile path around the lake. - Enjoy various ice cream shops, coffee shops and restaurants that border the lake. You won't want to miss the incredible views and vibes that Bde Maka Ska offers.
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Bde Maka Ska
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Lake Bde Maka Ska is full of activities! - Load up for a day at the beach by parking near "Thomas Beach." - Rent their paddle boards, canoes, paddle boats, etc. and explore the lake! - Rent a bike and enjoy the 3.2 mile path around the lake. - Enjoy various ice cream shops, coffee shops and restaurants that border the lake. You won't want to miss the incredible views and vibes that Bde Maka Ska offers.
Lake Nokomis is another great attraction for fun in the sun. Nokomis is best for family fun. There is a park and a large beach area where kids can swim. You can also rent paddle boards to explore the water better!
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Lake Nokomis Beach
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Lake Nokomis is another great attraction for fun in the sun. Nokomis is best for family fun. There is a park and a large beach area where kids can swim. You can also rent paddle boards to explore the water better!
Lake of the Isles is stunning! If you're up for a walk, walk around the glorious Lake of the Isles pathway. You will see lovely homes and nature. It's incredibly peaceful and relaxing. Check out some local ice cream and coffee shops while you're in the area, too.
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Lake of the Isles
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Lake of the Isles is stunning! If you're up for a walk, walk around the glorious Lake of the Isles pathway. You will see lovely homes and nature. It's incredibly peaceful and relaxing. Check out some local ice cream and coffee shops while you're in the area, too.
Fish Lake is your closest lake! If you want to lay out and take a dip with your family, look no further! There's lovely trails that surround this lake. It's either a few minute drive or a 30 minute walk if you take the trails.
Fish Lake Regional Park
14900 Bass Lake Rd
Fish Lake is your closest lake! If you want to lay out and take a dip with your family, look no further! There's lovely trails that surround this lake. It's either a few minute drive or a 30 minute walk if you take the trails.

Minneapolis STAPLES!

These Minneapolis staples are essential. Find the best sights and restaurants in this chapter.
The Stone Arch Bridge is breathtaking! It is lined with multiple restaurants, ice cream shops and coffee shops. You will see so many friendly faces, friendly pups and gorgeous scenery. It is worth the hype! After your walk, choose a patio to sit and have a bite. The possibilities are endless.
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Minneapolis Stone Arch Bridge
100 Portland Avenue
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The Stone Arch Bridge is breathtaking! It is lined with multiple restaurants, ice cream shops and coffee shops. You will see so many friendly faces, friendly pups and gorgeous scenery. It is worth the hype! After your walk, choose a patio to sit and have a bite. The possibilities are endless.
The Guthrie theatre is a must see! Go for a show, or just to explore all the beauty that the Guthrie has to offer. When you go inside, don't miss the yellow room or the endless bridge!
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Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street
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The Guthrie theatre is a must see! Go for a show, or just to explore all the beauty that the Guthrie has to offer. When you go inside, don't miss the yellow room or the endless bridge!
Check out these incredible waterfalls! If you're here in the winter, they're even more stunning as they are completely frozen over.
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Minnehaha Falls
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Check out these incredible waterfalls! If you're here in the winter, they're even more stunning as they are completely frozen over.
Did you really go to Minneapolis if you didn't see the Cherry on a Spoon? Come check it out and tour this lovely sculpture garden.
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Spoonbridge and Cherry
14357 Loring Greenway
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Did you really go to Minneapolis if you didn't see the Cherry on a Spoon? Come check it out and tour this lovely sculpture garden.

Farmer's Markets

If you are visiting on the weekends from May to October - you can't go wrong with any of the below Farmer's Markets! You'll find amazing vendors with incredibly talented artists, lots of yummy food to find and breath taking flowers to bring home!
If you're here on the weekends from May to October - you can't miss all the culture, food and art that come with the Minneapolis Farmer's Markets!
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Minneapolis Farmers Market
312 East Lyndale Avenue North
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If you're here on the weekends from May to October - you can't miss all the culture, food and art that come with the Minneapolis Farmer's Markets!
Lovely flowers, beautiful art, yummy food. You won't want to miss it!
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St Paul Farmers Market
290 5th Street East
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Lovely flowers, beautiful art, yummy food. You won't want to miss it!
The Mill City Farmer's Market is a dream! The most beautiful sights and lovely craftsmen. Grab a bite to eat and coffee while you walk around this limitless area.
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Mill City Farmers Market
704 South 2nd Street
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The Mill City Farmer's Market is a dream! The most beautiful sights and lovely craftsmen. Grab a bite to eat and coffee while you walk around this limitless area.

My FAVORITE Restaurants!

In this chapter, find my absolute favorite places to eat. All of these places have my highest recommendations.
Want an incredible burger? Red Cow should be your first stop. No questions asked. Just go.
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Red Cow North Loop
208 North 1st Avenue
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Want an incredible burger? Red Cow should be your first stop. No questions asked. Just go.
Graze is unique and perfect. It is a Food Hall offering tons of options with a full bar on both the bottom floor patio and rooftop! Enjoy restaurants to find tacos, vegan options, burgers, chicken wings, pizza, soul food, etc. My honorable mention for Graze would be both Soul Bowl (an amazing Soul Food restaurant) and Bad Wingz. (amazing chicken wings!) Pro Tips: #1The Rooftop at night has incredible city views! #2 There is a coffee shop as well that offers great remote working areas.
Graze | Provisions + Libations
520 North 4th Street
Graze is unique and perfect. It is a Food Hall offering tons of options with a full bar on both the bottom floor patio and rooftop! Enjoy restaurants to find tacos, vegan options, burgers, chicken wings, pizza, soul food, etc. My honorable mention for Graze would be both Soul Bowl (an amazing Soul Food restaurant) and Bad Wingz. (amazing chicken wings!) Pro Tips: #1The Rooftop at night has incredible city views! #2 There is a coffee shop as well that offers great remote working areas.
Another Food Hall that just so happens to have a couple of the best restaurants in the cities! Honorable Mention: Abang Yoli's Fried Chicken Sandwhich and Asian Fries! BeBe Zito's Burgers and milkshakes!
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The Market At Malcolm Yards
501 30th Avenue Southeast
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Another Food Hall that just so happens to have a couple of the best restaurants in the cities! Honorable Mention: Abang Yoli's Fried Chicken Sandwhich and Asian Fries! BeBe Zito's Burgers and milkshakes!
Incredible Thai cuisine. Basil Wings, Curry and Fried rice are all amazing. They have fun drinks that pair well with their options. If you like Thai food, you will have a great time here.
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Lemon Grass Thai Cuisine
8600 Edinburgh Centre Dr N
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Incredible Thai cuisine. Basil Wings, Curry and Fried rice are all amazing. They have fun drinks that pair well with their options. If you like Thai food, you will have a great time here.
One of the best restaurants Minneapolis has to offer. Be sure to make a reservation as it can tend to get booked quickly. The architecture and design of the space is breathtaking. The food is just as good. If you can get the chance to get on the patio - do it!
Khâluna
4000 Lyndale Avenue South
One of the best restaurants Minneapolis has to offer. Be sure to make a reservation as it can tend to get booked quickly. The architecture and design of the space is breathtaking. The food is just as good. If you can get the chance to get on the patio - do it!
You can't miss these tacos and drinks. Make a reservation and enjoy all the amazing flavors! It's a great time!
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Colita
5400 Penn Ave S
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You can't miss these tacos and drinks. Make a reservation and enjoy all the amazing flavors! It's a great time!

Coffee Shops - Only The Best!

The best coffee shop in Minneapolis. Both my opinion and the opinion of many others :) If you like good coffee - you want to go here. They roast their own beans and the baristas are incredible and knowledgable. You can't go wrong with anything on their menu. Grab a drink and stay in their peaceful atmosphere, or head across the street to the Minneapolis Art Institute and check out their museum.
Wesley Andrews Coffee & Tea
111 E 26th St
The best coffee shop in Minneapolis. Both my opinion and the opinion of many others :) If you like good coffee - you want to go here. They roast their own beans and the baristas are incredible and knowledgable. You can't go wrong with anything on their menu. Grab a drink and stay in their peaceful atmosphere, or head across the street to the Minneapolis Art Institute and check out their museum.
A great coffee shop with beautiful interior! You'll want to stay and hang. But if not, enjoy the limitless restaurants around. Or, you can always step directly outside and enjoy their massive patio space. This place does tend to get a little busy - but their coffee and donuts make it worth it. I'm sure it'll be a hit! Also dog friendly!
FRGMNT Coffee
729 North Washington Avenue
A great coffee shop with beautiful interior! You'll want to stay and hang. But if not, enjoy the limitless restaurants around. Or, you can always step directly outside and enjoy their massive patio space. This place does tend to get a little busy - but their coffee and donuts make it worth it. I'm sure it'll be a hit! Also dog friendly!
The Get Down has great specialty coffees! They know how to have incredible flavor. This coffee shop is smaller, but the vibes are wonderful. You'll enjoy the experience from beginning to end! It's a great, artistic space.
The Get Down Coffee Company
1500 North 44th Avenue
The Get Down has great specialty coffees! They know how to have incredible flavor. This coffee shop is smaller, but the vibes are wonderful. You'll enjoy the experience from beginning to end! It's a great, artistic space.