Guidebook for Minneapolis

Chris

Guidebook for Minneapolis

Food Scene
One of my favorite places on earth! And it's right there close by. Try to go on a weeknight or a Sunday evening. Otherwise, go early if you go on a Saturday, it gets packed around 8pm. Try the grilled octopus--they slow-cook it with black garlic and it melts in your mouth more like a slow-roasted pork than a member of the squid family! They also have fabulous cocktails for only $10--a veritable steal around here these days for a non-dive bar! My other favorite dish is their daily oysters (they have both east and west coast options which change daily). On some nights they have local DJ's spinning retro albums! And the kitchen is open late.
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Nightingale
2551 Lyndale Avenue South
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One of my favorite places on earth! And it's right there close by. Try to go on a weeknight or a Sunday evening. Otherwise, go early if you go on a Saturday, it gets packed around 8pm. Try the grilled octopus--they slow-cook it with black garlic and it melts in your mouth more like a slow-roasted pork than a member of the squid family! They also have fabulous cocktails for only $10--a veritable steal around here these days for a non-dive bar! My other favorite dish is their daily oysters (they have both east and west coast options which change daily). On some nights they have local DJ's spinning retro albums! And the kitchen is open late.
Incredible coffee with all the latest technology and a very cool vibe. Great place to park with a laptop and work, with a fancy latte.
Misfit Coffee
2401 Lyndale Ave S
Incredible coffee with all the latest technology and a very cool vibe. Great place to park with a laptop and work, with a fancy latte.
One of my favorite coffee shops! They have incredible coffee and nice baked goods, and the atmosphere is incredible with vintage fixtures and creative colors.
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Spyhouse Coffee
2404 Hennepin Avenue
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One of my favorite coffee shops! They have incredible coffee and nice baked goods, and the atmosphere is incredible with vintage fixtures and creative colors.
French Meadow is a local icon and one of the first places to introduce organic food and bread in the country! They have incredible breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Great vegetarian options and good coffee and cocktails. French Meadow has it all and it is often packed! A perfect place for families.
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French Meadow Bakery & Cafe
2610 Lyndale Avenue South
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French Meadow is a local icon and one of the first places to introduce organic food and bread in the country! They have incredible breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Great vegetarian options and good coffee and cocktails. French Meadow has it all and it is often packed! A perfect place for families.
The Lynhall is one of the latest amazing additions to the incredible food and drinks scene on Lyndale Avenue. And their set-up is really fun and communal. The food is AMAZING and the craft cocktails are creative and juicy and unlike anything I've had anywhere else (which is saying something!) They are also well-known for their breakfasts. This would be a great place for a big group and yet still lovely for one or a few friends!
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The Lynhall
2640 Lyndale Ave S
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The Lynhall is one of the latest amazing additions to the incredible food and drinks scene on Lyndale Avenue. And their set-up is really fun and communal. The food is AMAZING and the craft cocktails are creative and juicy and unlike anything I've had anywhere else (which is saying something!) They are also well-known for their breakfasts. This would be a great place for a big group and yet still lovely for one or a few friends!
Sightseeing
A walk around Lake of the Isles or any of the other lakes nearby is one of the highlights of Minneapolis! A walk around Lake of the Isles takes about 45 minutes - an hour. Perfect after brunch or in the evening for sunset! Lake of the Isles is calmer and has fewer people most of the time, but if you want to see folks and be seen, visit Lake Bee Make Ska nearby!
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Lake of the Isles
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A walk around Lake of the Isles or any of the other lakes nearby is one of the highlights of Minneapolis! A walk around Lake of the Isles takes about 45 minutes - an hour. Perfect after brunch or in the evening for sunset! Lake of the Isles is calmer and has fewer people most of the time, but if you want to see folks and be seen, visit Lake Bee Make Ska nearby!
See the famous cherry and spoon sculpture amongst others and iconic views of downtown. The sculpture garden is the perfect place to capture photos!
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Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
725 Vineland Place
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See the famous cherry and spoon sculpture amongst others and iconic views of downtown. The sculpture garden is the perfect place to capture photos!
Parks & Nature
Cedar Lake is sleepy and so pretty. It's a pretty lake with lots of woodland trails and views of downtown. Very unique! It's perfect for swimming in the summer.
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Cedar Lake East Beach
2000 Upton Ave S
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Cedar Lake is sleepy and so pretty. It's a pretty lake with lots of woodland trails and views of downtown. Very unique! It's perfect for swimming in the summer.
Arts & Culture
An amazing museum of Art! Two of my favorite permanent exhibits are their Asian collections and their impressionist rooms! Currently they have an exhibit featuring sunken treasures of Egypt and it's STUNNING! They also have an INCREDIBLE gift shop--be sure not to miss it for gifts.
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Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Avenue South
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An amazing museum of Art! Two of my favorite permanent exhibits are their Asian collections and their impressionist rooms! Currently they have an exhibit featuring sunken treasures of Egypt and it's STUNNING! They also have an INCREDIBLE gift shop--be sure not to miss it for gifts.
Shopping
Patina is an amazing local chain of Boutiques with great gifts, unique household and kitchen items, and an incredible selection of cards.
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Patina
1009 West Franklin Avenue
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Patina is an amazing local chain of Boutiques with great gifts, unique household and kitchen items, and an incredible selection of cards.
Amazing locally made artistic goods for the home. Her famous specialty is half-painted vintage silverware with a special auto-quality powder-coated brightly colored paint treatment. They also have whimsical lighting treatments that I particularly enjoy!
Julia Moss Designs
2508 Hennepin Ave S
Amazing locally made artistic goods for the home. Her famous specialty is half-painted vintage silverware with a special auto-quality powder-coated brightly colored paint treatment. They also have whimsical lighting treatments that I particularly enjoy!
Essentials
The Wedge is a local icon! It's a great co-op with incredible fresh produce, products in season and unique foods and gifts. They also have a fantastic deli and places to sit and eat.
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Wedge Community Co-op
2105 Lyndale Avenue South
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The Wedge is a local icon! It's a great co-op with incredible fresh produce, products in season and unique foods and gifts. They also have a fantastic deli and places to sit and eat.
Kowalski's is a locally family-owned grocery store with high-end produce and food goods. They have an expansive deli with everything from roast turkey to go to sushi and fresh salads. They also have a Starbuck's in store. Best of all, they're open LATE!
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Kowalski's Market
2440 Hennepin Avenue
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Kowalski's is a locally family-owned grocery store with high-end produce and food goods. They have an expansive deli with everything from roast turkey to go to sushi and fresh salads. They also have a Starbuck's in store. Best of all, they're open LATE!
Entertainment & Activities
Children's Theatre Company is a leader in the world for family-friendly theatre that challenges and inspires. They create new works constantly, and their plays are reproduced all over the world. The theatre is also right next door to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, so you could visit and make a day out of it!
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Children's Theatre Company
2400 3rd Avenue South
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Children's Theatre Company is a leader in the world for family-friendly theatre that challenges and inspires. They create new works constantly, and their plays are reproduced all over the world. The theatre is also right next door to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, so you could visit and make a day out of it!
Super cool bar with vintage video games. Especially fun for those of us who grew up in the 80's, but the place is also full of young folks getting in on all the vintage fun! They also have a ginormous jenga game and great drinks!
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Up-Down Minneapolis
3012 Lyndale Ave S
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Super cool bar with vintage video games. Especially fun for those of us who grew up in the 80's, but the place is also full of young folks getting in on all the vintage fun! They also have a ginormous jenga game and great drinks!
This place is amazing! Fun to go with friends and perfect to go with family during the day. They have gourmet hot-dogs and fun adult drinks. And I haven't even gotten to the pinball--it's OUT OF THIS WORLD! They have taken vintage pinball machines and restored them in great detail so they sparkle and shine and play so smoothly! A pure pleasure.
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TILT Pinball Bar
113 E 26th St
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This place is amazing! Fun to go with friends and perfect to go with family during the day. They have gourmet hot-dogs and fun adult drinks. And I haven't even gotten to the pinball--it's OUT OF THIS WORLD! They have taken vintage pinball machines and restored them in great detail so they sparkle and shine and play so smoothly! A pure pleasure.