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twin cities city guide {UPDATE}

by Grace Bonney

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Today’s Twin Cities Guide Update comes from Jennie Eukel, founder and editor of Twin Cities Design Scene, a blog that focuses on local designers, businesses and events. Jennie also specializes in helping creative companies and organizations with marketing and PR. In her free time, she loves exploring all the fun places that the Twin Cities has to offer, and today she shares some of those favorites with us. Thanks, Jennie, for showing us the way around these wonderful twin cities! — Stephanie

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Downtown Minneapolis


Love from Minnesota This gift shop is full of items to display your Minnesota pride! Where: 80 S 8th St, Ste 178. Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 333-2371


Solera A multi-level restaurant, this is the place to go for tapas and a fun rooftop bar. Enjoy the Minnesota summer evening with their summer rooftop movie series. Where: 900 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 338-0062

Barrio Are you in the mood for tequila? You’d better be if you are coming to Barrio! With hundreds of tequilas to choose from, you could be staring at your drink menu for hours before making a decision. With its sultry red atmosphere, you can’t help but feel cool when you step into this bar. Be sure to try their guacamole! Where: 925 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 333-9953

Hell’s Kitchen This place is known for their brunch, but it also has awesome late night entertainment. Not only do you get to see good bands for a decent cover, but you can also get cheap eats such as State Fair cheese curds, fried cereal French toast and a grass-fed burger. Where: 80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402, (612) 332-4700


Brit’s Pub If you work downtown, chances are you’ve been to Brit’s Pub at least once. Their rooftop patio is great for people watching. Also, make sure to sign up and play a game of rooftop lawn bowling! Where: 1110 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 332-3908

The Cowles Center Formerly known as the Schubert Theater, this building was saved from demolition and holds the record as the largest building ever to be physically moved. Catch excellent dance performances by some of the best local and national dancers. Where: 528 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 206-3636

Dakota Jazz Club This is one classy place. Come for the main concert earlier in the evening and see the best jazz artists. Stick around on the weekends for the late night show. You get happy hour treats (get the French fries with béarnaise sauce!) and the chance to see up-and-coming local talent. Where: 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 332-1010

First Avenue and 7th Street Entry This is the club of all clubs. Formerly a Greyhound bus station, this building is THE place to go to see all types of local and national acts. Made famous by the Prince movie Purple Rain, this place is still occasionally graced by the royal highness himself. Where: 701 1st Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 332-1775

Downtown East


Open Book This special space in downtown Minneapolis is a book lover’s dream! It is home to a book store, a café, and the Loft Literary Center, a space where numerous classes are held for everything including workshops, readings and book clubs. Where: 1011 Washington Ave S, Ste 200, Minneapolis, MN, 55415, (612) 215-2650


Spill the Wine This restaurant is a great place to grab a glass of wine and a small bite before seeing a show next door at the Guthrie Theater. Where: 1101 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415, (612) 339-3388

Sawatdee This place has great Thai food with both takeout and delivery options. Check their website for different events held at the restaurant, including occasional cooking classes. Where: 607 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415, (612) 338-6451


Mill City Museum Learn everything you ever wanted to know about flour and Minneapolis history. The views of Minneapolis from the nine-floor elevator are also worth the price of admission. If you are looking to entertain out of town guests, you must take them here! Where: 704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 341-7555

Guthrie Theater In its newer location by the Mississippi River, this site is not only a destination for some of the best shows in the Twin Cities but also home to spectacular views from the Endless Bridge. The Guthrie still rules as king of the Twin Cities theater scene. Be sure to check out their annual A Christmas Carol show. Where: 818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415, (612) 377-2224

Gold Medal Park A perfect place to go for some green space in the city. Go here for some views of the Mississippi and beautiful architecture. Where: 2nd St & 11th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 339-4711

Downtown: North Loop/Warehouse District


Martin Patrick 3 Although this is a men’s store, it is equally fun for ladies to shop here for the men in their life. Minneapolis needed a men’s boutique like this! They sell everything from bar wear and shaving tools to clothes and accessories. Ask for a brandy sampling while you are waiting to check out — they always keep a few on hand! Where: 212 3rd Ave N., Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 746-5329

ID Design Attached to Martin Patrick 3, ID Design is filled with colorful, contemporary furniture and accessories. They also offer complete design services. Where: 212 Third Ave N, Ste 106, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

Dwelling Design This is both a furniture store and an interior design boutique specializing in contemporary furniture brands. Where: 618 Washington Ave N, Ste 101, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 922-9361

Studio Vincent Stephen Vincent creates beautiful, classic modern jewelry with many types of materials. He sells his own designs as well as custom designs. One thing to note: he is one of the few jewelers in town who can create a true tension set ring in steel. Not an easy feat to achieve! Where: 212 N 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 338-1481


Bar la Grassa This classy place has delicious meat and pasta. One of the best places to eat in the Twin Cities! The gnocchi with cauliflower and orange is delicious! Where: 800 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 333-3837

Moose and Sadies Delicious brunch and lunch food! This place is always bustling with the warehouse business regulars on weekdays and couples on the weekends. Where: 212 3rd Ave N, Ste 107, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 371-0464

The Bachelor Farmer Healthy sustainable food is served up at The Bachelor Farmer. Some of the vegetables and herbs are even grown on their rooftop garden! Where: 50 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 206-3920

Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza Darn good pizza with a crispy crust. Grab a salad with your pizza for a filling, solid meal. Where: 600 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 342-2625

Be’wiched Deli This place consistently has fast service and delicious sandwiches, soups and salads. Make sure to get a dessert while you are here. You’ll regret it if you don’t!  Where: 800 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 767-4330

Monte Carlo One of Minneapolis’ oldest restaurants, Monte Carlo has all the charm of a bar straight out of the 1950s. Be sure to come for the brunch! Where: 219 3rd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 333-5900


Clubhouse Jager If you feel that you have grown too old for most of the dance venues along First Avenue but still want to get your groove on, head down to Clubhouse Jager. There is a big back patio to grab a drink and enjoy the summer weather. Also, be sure to stop by Wednesday night for “Transmission,” a dance night with DJ Jake Rudh that features jiving tunes mostly from the 80s and 90s. Where: 923 Washington Ave N. Minneapolis, MN 55488, (612) 332-2686

JETSET With its minimalist, chic interior, great tunes and good service, this is a fun place to go for an after-work cocktail, or to get down on their weekend dance nights! Where: 115 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 339-3933

St. Anthony Main


Pracna on Main Established in 1890, Pracna is the oldest restaurant on the oldest street in Minneapolis. This is a fun place to visit and study the original architectural elements such as the brick walls, arched entries, stained glass windows and high ceilings. Where: 117 Main St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, (612) 379-3200

Wild Roast Café With its new location by the Mississippi River, you have to stop by and enjoy the cozy atmosphere and terrific food and coffee. Where: 65 Main St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 331-4544

Aster Café This is one of the best places to visit year round. In the summer, they have a wonderful patio overlooking the river. When it is winter, their inside is warm and relaxed, making it perfect for a date with your significant other or a really good book! Where: 125 Main St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 379-3138


St. Anthony Main Theatre This is such a great place to see a movie because not only are the tickets affordable, but they also show screenings of independent or locally made films. Where: 15 Main St Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 331-4723

Downtown West


FinnStyle If you are a fan of color and modern Scandinavian Finnish design, then you are going to be in heaven when walking into FinnStyle. They have a large selection of Marimekko, Moomin and Ittalia products, as well as many other brands. Where: 60 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405, (612) 333-2127

International Market Square This is the Mecca for interior designers. Chock full of beautiful offices and showrooms, a designer could spend all day here! If you are not a designer, there are a number of showrooms that are open to the public. Be sure to ask for a guide from the front desk folks. Where: 275 Market St, Ste 700, Minneapolis, MN 55405, (612) 338-6250


Lee’s Liquor Lounge You have to come here for the music! They have lots of great music acts. My favorite night is Wednesday’s swing dance night! They give lessons at 8pm before turning the floor loose to all the dancers! Where: 101 Glenwood Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55474, (612) 338-9491

Bryn Mawr


Honeyshine This store is about objects for the home and gifts for people in them. They offer design services, so judging by their store assortment, you know they have classy style! Where: 414 Penn Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55405, (612) 377-7300

Cockadoodledoo This place is full of gifts, both new and antique. They even have handmade cards from local artists. Where: 403 S Cedar Lake Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55405, (612) 377-8000


Cuppa Java With a cozy atmosphere, good coffee and a courteous staff, this is the place to go to relax and have a good time. They also have gluten-free bread and snacks. Always a plus! Where: 400 Penn Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55405, (612) 374-4806


Theodore Wirth Park With 759 acres of natural land, Theodore Wirth Park is a great place to enjoy nature while still staying in the city. Every year, a cross-country skiing festival called the City of Lakes Loppet begins here and ends in Uptown. Where: 501 Theodore Wirth Pky Golden Valley, MN 55422

Loring Park


Lunalux This store/studio offers beautiful letterpress stationery and cards. They will even create custom cards and invitations. The letterpress equipment is in plain sight so you can see the process of how the stationery is made! Where: 1618 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 373-0526


Café and Bar Lurcat Overlooking Loring Park, Lurcat is a hip, classy restaurant with an excellent wine selection and delicious cinnamon-coated doughnuts! Where: 1624 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 486-5500

Joe’s Garage With a huge outdoor patio, Joe’s Garage is a must-do in the summertime. Their menu carries many different varieties of burgers as well as a mashed potato bar. Where: 1610 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 904-1163

La Belle Vie This is the place to take your date if you really want to impress them. The drinks are superb! Dine in the dining room for a full French culinary experience, or if you are going for a more causal evening, the lounge is always a good option. Where: 510 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 874-6440

Nick and Eddie’s When you go here, you must try their butterscotch pudding! This place is perfect to sit down and causally have a cocktail with friends. Where: 1612 Harmon Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 486-5800


Walker Art Center Minneapolis’ premier contemporary art gallery, the Walker Art Center is a fantastic place to go when you want to encounter a surreal, artistic experience. Their permanent collection is always fun to look through, but their temporary exhibitions are also intriguing. Where: 1750 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 375-7600

North Minneapolis


Guilded Salvage Antiques Their niche is salvaged lighting and hardware found mostly from homes dating from 1880 to 1940. Having been in business for over 13 years, this team knows their stuff! Where: 4430 Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412, (612) 789-1680


Victory 44 A gastro pub that knows how to make good food for low prices. Their chefs are your servers, so you can talk directly with them to learn about the foods, or request something be done differently, which is always helpful for people with dietary restrictions. Where: 2203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412, (612) 588-2228


Donnie Dirk’s Zombie Den B-rated zombie movies play on the screen to set the ambiance for the zombie den. The crypt-like décor is fun, and the themed drinks have inventive names as well. They are great at concocting new drinks to fit your style! Where: 2027 N 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55411, (612) 588-9700

Northeast Minneapolis


I Like You How could one not like I Like You? The store has green Astroturf, a swing, hula hoops, and workshops, and all of their gifts are from local artists and crafters. Also, the staff is awesome! Where: 501 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, (612) 208-0249

Northrup King Building Home to hundreds of artists of all mediums and a few showrooms, the Northrup King Building is a great place to go when you are looking to buy an exquisite piece of work. There is a handful of showrooms that are open to shoppers. Additionally, all the showrooms and galleries open their doors to the public on the first Thursday of every month. Where: 1500 Jackson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, (612) 363-5612

Crafty Planet This place offers an excellent selection of designer fabrics, yarn and supplies. Where: 2833 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418, (612) 788-1180

Rewind Vintage Clothing Moderately priced clothing in great condition! You will be walking out of this place with style! Where: 2829 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418, (612) 788-9870

City Salvage Antiques Come here to find reclaimed house parts, including doors, stained glass, and many other materials. If you are renovating a house, be sure to stop by! Where: 505 First Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 627-9107

Pacifier If you want your baby to be the coolest on the block, give this place a try! Pacifier is filled with cute gifts and trendy baby clothing. Where: 310 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 623-8123

Danish Teak Classics For a mid-century modern lover, this place is like stepping into a candy store. Gorgeous original furniture and accessories are in excellent condition. If it is not, they have a shop downstairs where they will help restore the pieces to their original glory. Where: 1500 Jackson St NE Ste 277, Minneapolis, MN 55413, (612) 362-7870

Casket Arts Building Despite the interesting name, the building is filled with incredibly cool artists, galleries and showrooms. Be sure to come here on the first Thursday of the month to explore all the artists’ open studios! Where: 681 17th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, (612) 788-5551


Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge Minnesota is known for their cold winters and snow, but Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge provides an oasis from the outdoors! Refreshingly strong tiki drinks warm any winter blues. Come here in the summer for the patio. Where: 1900 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418, (612) 788-9069

Red Stag Supper Club This LEED-certified restaurant carries some of the best food in Minneapolis. Come here on the weekends for late night music or on a Tuesday for cheap date night. Where: 509 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, (612) 767-7766

Bulldog NE Tons of beers, a great atmosphere and gourmet tater tots all make this place fun to visit and catch up with friends! Where: 401 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 378-2855

Conga Latin Bistro Come here for dinner but be sure to stick around for the late night dancing! Where: 501 Hennepin Ave E, Minneapolis, MN 55474, (612) 331-3360

Brasa Rotisserie This place is so good that one craves it when walking by and catching a whiff of chicken coming from the building! Their meat dishes are so good they have been featured on the Travel Channel. Where: 600 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 379-3030

The Sample Room A relaxed ambiance and small plates make this place a wonderful hangout or date spot. Where: 2124 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418, (612) 789-0333

Taraccino Coffee A full-service espresso bar that focuses on organic and fair trade coffee from around the world. Where: 224 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 617-0292


Fox Tax These folks make taxes fun! It is an accounting and tax services business, but it is also part art gallery. Be sure to make it out for gallery openings! 503 1st Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, (612) 824-2829

331 Club Great music and trivia nights — what more could one ask for when going to a bar on a weeknight? Its dark atmosphere makes it incredibly comfortable for watching a free concert. Where: 331 13th Ave NE Minneapolis, MN 55413, (612) 331-1746

Honey Located in the basement of The Ginger Hop, this place knows how to party! The chic lounge and hopping music sets the tone to get you grooving! Where: 205 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 746-0306

Nye’s Polonaise Only in NE Minneapolis would you find a Polish, polka and karaoke joint. Its old-school martinis and décor keep all generations coming back for more fun! Where: 112 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 379-2021

Altered Aesthetics This non-profit gallery always has fun monthly shows and art openings! Where: 1224 Quincy St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, (612) 378-8888

Elsie’s Restaurant Bar and Bowling Center A great dive joint for people of all ages. The music for bowling varies, and it is always a fun time! Where: 729 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, (612) 789-4714


LeBlanc House This historic home was built in 1896 by William LeBlanc, an engineer with the riverfront lumber mills. Grab some lemonade, relax on the front porch and enjoy the flower gardens. On the weekends they serve a delicious breakfast where you may choose from Swedish pancakes with lingonberries, a three-cheese spinach frittata, fresh fruit, bacon and Danish kringle. On weekdays, a full continental breakfast is served. This place is full of history and charm. A great choice for out-of-town guests or a staycation for Twin Cities folks. 302 University Ave NE. Minneapolis, MN 55413, (612) 379-2570



Design Collective Carrying the latest fashion and accessories from up-and-coming designers, Design Collective’s inventory rotates regularly, so if you see something you like, be sure to buy it! Where: 1311 26th St W, Minneapolis, MN 55405, (612) 377-1000

Local Motion A cute store with a unique selection of clothing. There are plenty of pretty dresses to choose from! Where: 2813 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 871-8436

Cliché A hip boutique for women, Cliché offers trendy new and locally designed clothing. Where: 2403 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405, (612) 870-0420

Treehouse Records This place carries a great selection of vinyl. The staff is also super helpful, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or inquire about music recommendations. Where: 2557 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405, (612) 872-7400

Tatters This solid vintage store has a diverse selection of clothes. If you are looking to kill time before meeting a friend at one of the nearby restaurants, be sure to stop in and check it out! Where: 2928 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 823-5285

Moss Envy An eco-friendly boutique, Moss Envy carries high-quality natural gifts and home décor. If you are looking for an environmentally safe mattress, please stop here first! Where: 3056 Excelsior Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416, (612) 374-4581

Roam Since this store’s recent opening in Uptown, it is consistently one of the best places on Hennepin to ooh and aaah at furniture and accessories. If you are looking for local BluDot furniture, this place is a certified “Dot Spot,” meaning they carry their merchandise. Where: 2914 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 377-6465


Namaste Café This delicious Indian and Nepalese restaurant is nestled in a renovated Victorian house, so the coziness factor is through the roof! Where: 2512 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405, (612) 827-2496

Muddy Waters Bar and Eatery Morning, noon or night, the Muddy Waters is the place to be. Delicious coffee, good food and great drinks keep the people coming and staying till the late hours of the evening. Where: 2933 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 872-2232

Bob’s Java Hut This biker bar knows how to serve up a good cup of Joe. The best part is that they are dog friendly, so bring your pooch and enjoy your time at Bob’s! Where: 2651 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 871-4485

French Meadow Bakery and Café This is a great staple for an uptown brunch! The best part is that they serve organic and natural foods with or without gluten! Where: 2610 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 870-7855

Common Roots Cafe Serving up amazing natural foods, this is a great place to meet up for networking or simply working on your own. Where: 2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405, (612) 871-2360

Heidi’s Superb Minneapolis dining! Known for four-star food at two-star prices, Chef Stewart Woodman creates a culinary dining masterpiece. Where: 2903 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 354-3512

Chang Mai Thai A great Thai place with an even greater happy hour makes it an excellent place to visit after work. Where: 3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 827-1606

Lucia’s A small, lovely wine bar to make a date night special. The menu constantly changes, so stop back often for new dishes! Where: 1432 W 31st St, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 823-7125

Barbette Serving French food, Barbette is a lovely place for a date night. They have live music on certain evenings, which makes the place even more chic. Stop by in the summertime for their Barbette music festival. Where: 1600 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 827-5710


Soo Visual Arts Center A great art gallery in the heart of Uptown, Soo’s mission is to exhibit exceptional artists that help foster the understanding and creation of art. Where: 2638 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 871-2263

Intermedia Arts This venue hosts an art gallery, workshops and a collaboration space. Their mission is to be a catalyst that builds understanding among people through art. If you are in the area, this place is definitely worth stopping by. Where: 2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 871-4444

Jungle Theater This theater puts on an array of diverse shows, but each one is top notch in their acting and production. Make sure to enjoy the chic lobby. Where: 2951 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 822-7063

Bryant Lake Bowl A great place to see a show or a cabaret, Bryant Lake Bowl always has a chill vibe and fun entertainment. Be sure to grab some grub here. Their food is far superior to the usual bowling alley fare. Where: 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 825-3737

South Minneapolis


Tangletown Gardens This place is fun to wander through and get ideas of how to arrange your garden. Check out their summer garden and art tour, where you can explore the beautiful landscaping work that they have done on some large yards! Where: 5353 S Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419, (612) 822-4769

Hunt and Gather When going into this store, it is a fun sensory overload! They set up their vignettes well, grouping items with a similar aesthetic. It is hard to walk out of this place without buying a carful of items! Where: 4944 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410, (612) 455-0250

Casa Verde Stepping into Casa Verde makes you wish your kitchen could look like the showrooms they display. The best part is that you can! Just talk to one of the designers to get the process started. They also sell beautiful home accessories. Where: 911 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55419, (612) 353-4401

Gallery 360 Part gallery, part store, this shop carries a myriad of products for different local artists. Make sure you check out their jewelry case. Where: 3011 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410, (612) 925-2400

Loft Antiques This place appears small when you first walk inside, but don’t be deceived by first impressions! If you venture to the basement, you will find a maze of rooms filled with beautiful treasures! This place specializes mostly in items for the home. Where: 3022 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410, (612) 922-4200

The Vintage Studio A classy boutique, the owner selects the best merchandise! She makes sure everything is in terrific condition. In addition to fabulous clothing, you can also find a wide assortment of jewelry and accessories. Where: 3106 West 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410, (612) 929-2559


Broders Pasta Bar Make sure you get here early! The Italian food is so good that this place fills up fast. Everything is so fresh and delicious. Even the bread they serve before the meal is hard to put down once you start eating it! Just don’t fill up on it before getting your entrée! Where: 5000 Penn Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55419, (612) 925-9202

Blackbird Café The kitchen of Black Bird Café makes just about everything from scratch, highlighting the seasonal ingredients. Whether grabbing brunch or a late night dinner, they will always have delicious fresh food served with a smile. Where: 3800 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409, (612) 823-4790

Patisserie 46 This place has the best croissants in the Twin Cities! My mouth is watering just writing about it. Their case is chock full of desserts, bread, pastries and frozen yogurt. If you are in the area, you must stop by and feed your pastry addiction! Where: 4552 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419, (612) 354-3257

Café Ena Café Ena offers dishes influenced by Latin American flavors with the traditional French technique and presentation. Big, bright windows add to the cheery atmosphere. Where: 4601 Grand Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55419, (612) 824-4441

Pizzeria Lola The thin-crusted pizzas here are amazing! With so many unique types of pizza, it is hard to choose just one. After dinner, get the warm chocolate chip cookies and milk for dessert. One extra nice touch is the photo booth in the back of the restaurant. Where: 5557 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410, (612) 424-8338

Wise Acre Eatery Built within a classic midcentury modern building, Wise Acre Eatery has great décor and fresh ingredients straight from their farm. Talk about from farm to table! Where: 5401 Nicollet Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55419, (612) 354-2577

Kings Wine Bar Come for the wine, stay for the tater tots! With so many wines, it is hard to choose which one to pick. Luckily the staff is very knowledgeable and happy to guide you through making your decision. Where: 4555 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419, (612) 354-7928

Café Maude This bustling restaurant never seems to slow down! Crafted cocktails and good-sized portions are signatures at this place. The late night live music adds a particularly nice touch to your meal. Where: 5411 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419, (612) 822-5411

Piccolo Specializing in small plates, Piccolo has received numerous accolades for their sustainable cooking and good food. Please keep in mind that like its plates, this location is small, so a reservation is a must. Where: 4300 Bryant Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55409, (612) 827-8111

The Malt Shop This neighborhood staple has been around for decades, serving up many varieties of malt to happy kids and their parents. Recently, this place has gotten ritzier, adding beer and wine to their menu! Where: 50th St & Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419, (612) 824-1352


Museum of Russian Art Nestled into a converted church, this museum hosts an impressive permanent collection with a traveling show. Stop by their gift shop on the upper level. Where: 5500 Stevens Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419, (612) 821-9045



Fun Sisters Open on select days of the month, this store has tons of purses, makeup and other trinkets, which are, well, fun! Where: 4253 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409, (612) 822-9872


Corner Table Proud to cook with ingredients from local farms, the Corner Table always presents beautiful farm-to-table food. For a special treat, get a group of people together for the Kitchen Table, an all-inclusive gluttonous meal in which the chefs keep cooking you delicious food until you say, “Enough!” Where: 4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409, (612) 823-0011

Anodyne Coffeehouse Cute and casual, Anodyne Coffeehouse has an excellent breakfast menu with tasty waffles and quiche. They also cater to dietary restrictions, so they have something for everyone! Where: 4301 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409, (612) 824-4300

The Lowbrow You know you are going to love this place when you walk up and see that their logo is a big bear face! They have good burgers and a wonderful brunch menu. I highly recommend their Wisconsin-style hashers. Where: 4244 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409, (612) 208-0720


Kingfield Farmers Market This fun community event goes on every Sunday from late May to late October. They often have fun live music. Come to get your fresh produce and stay to have brunch from one of the food cart vendors! Where: 4310 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Linden Hills


Rick Rack Beautiful, bohemian-style clothing and accessories all reside at Rick Rack. The red house that Rick Rack resides in is as charming as their merchandise! Where: 3413 W 44th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410, (612) 746-4160

Wild Rumpus Stepping into Wind Rumpus bookstore is like walking into an actual fairy tale! Cats, chinchillas and chickens walk around you. Even the mystery section is in its own dark and foreboding area of the store. Adults, be sure to let your kids enter through the little door meant just for them! Where: 2720 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410, (612) 920-5005

Linden Hills Yarn and Textile Design A knitter’s dream! This place has tons of materials, and the staff is super warm and friendly. Where: 2720 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410, (612) 929-1255

Victory This gorgeous home décor boutique shop offers an assortment of antiques, accessories and gifts for the home. Where: 3505 West 44th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55410, (612) 926-8200


Sebastian Joe’s What a great place to grab an ice cream cone in the summer and sit on the patio! They have generous portion sizes and staff who are happy to let you sample as many different types of ice cream as you like before picking your favorite. I recommend the Pavarotti! Where: 4321 Upton Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410, (612) 926-7916

Tilia This place has so much charm. With friendly staff, good food and clean, causal décor, you can tell that a lot of love was put into this place. Where: 2726 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410, (612) 354-2806


Lake Harriet Take a stroll, bike ride or boat ride, but whatever you do, be sure to visit this lake! One edge of the lake falls within Linden Hills, but there is so much to do, from barbecuing and picnicking to catching a show at the band shell. Where: 43rd St W and E Lake Harriet Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55409, (612) 230-6475

50th and France


Il Vostro Boutique This women’s boutique strives to find under-the-radar designers so customers can add special, unique pieces to their wardrobes. Where: 5045 France Avenue South, Edina, MN 55410, (612) 920-3167

Gather Founder Barb Hagle and her son, Michael, had a mission to create a high-quality store experience with the finest gifts and decorative accessories. Their idea was brought to life with Gather, a store filled with classic accents. Where: 4999 France Ave S. Edina, MN 55410, (612) 920-1400

Bluebird Boutique This trendy shop is filled with designer clothing that is tres chic! Friendly staff makes shopping a fun experience! Where: 3909 W 50th St, Edina, MN 55424, (952) 746-8675

Russell + Hazel The moment you step into this store, every impulse purchase seems justified because you are going to have the fairest office of them all! Shop the flagship store and make all your co-workers jealous of your cute office supplies. Where: 4388 France Ave S. Edina, MN 55424, (952) 929-9000


Beaujo’s A cute wine bar with a nice ambiance. If you are taking a special someone for a date, come here first before catching a movie at the Edina Cinema. Where: 4950 France Ave S. Edina, MN 55410, (952) 922-8974

Pig and Fiddle A relatively new kid on the block, Pig and Fiddle is known for their selection of 36 beers on tap. With its charming décor, it is worth stopping by. Where: 3808 W 50th St. Minneapolis, MN 55410, (952) 955-8385


Edina Cinema This smaller movie theater has a charm that you rarely see anymore, including an outdoor ticket window and a giant lighted marquee. One of the best things about this theater is that it primarily shows independent films. Where: 3911 W 50th St. Edina, MN 55424, (651) 649-4416



Shop in the City A fun place to shop for gifts and cards! Where: 4737 Chicago Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55407, (612) 825-2808

Spruce Flowers and Home A fantastic floral shop with great customer service. They offer both indoor floral arrangements and flowers for the outdoors! Where: 4751 Chicago Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55407, (612) 767-1101

The Cottage House A vintage store that carries mostly shabby chic finds. They switch up their supply most months, so be sure to check out their hours and stop by when you are in the area. Where: 4304 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407, (612) 825-4934


Pepitos A staple of this neighborhood, Pepitos serves up solid Mexican fare. Where: 4820 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417, (612) 822-2104

Pumphouse Creamery This ice cream shop is dedicated to making all their ice cream onsite using local, organic ingredients. Where: 4754 Chicago Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55407, (612) 825-2021

Café Levain The brainchild of owner Harvey Mclain of the Turtle Bread Company and Executive Chef Adam Vickerman. Café Levain is full of flavor! When you go, try the mussels in cream sauce. Where: 4762 Chicago Ave Minneapolis, MN 55407, (612) 823-7111

Matt’s Bar Dive into this dive bar and order up a Juicy Lucy with a side of fries. You won’t be disappointed. Where: 3500 Cedar Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55407, (612) 722-7072

Hot Plate Quirky paint-by-number décor, lighting and retro stools set the ambiance for a fun brunch. With big portions, you will not leave the restaurant hungry! 5204 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55417, (612) 824-4794


Parkway Theater This single-screen theater venue offers a range of independent film and hosts an array of events, including the ability to watch the World Cup live on the big screen. Grab a margarita, cozy into a loveseat and enjoy the show! Where: 4814 Chicago Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55417, (612) 822-3030

Lake Nokomis Unlike Minneapolis’ chain of lakes, Nokomis is a safe bet if you want a calm, non-crowded lake experience. Where: 4800 E Nokomis Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55467, (612) 370-4938



Weisman Art Museum Gift Shop Great place to get fun gifts including cards from the WAM’s permanent collection and items from local artists. WAM members get a 20% discount. Where: 333 East River Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55455, (612) 625-9494


Al’s Breakfast Al’s is a Minnesota tradition located in the heart of Dinkytown. Make sure you have cash on hand and belly up to one of the 14 stools. They have some of the best diner food in the Twin Cities. Be prepared to wait in line, but know that the wait is well worth it! Where: 413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 331-9991

Loring Pasta Bar Known for its great ambiance, this place is cozy, romantic and lots of fun. If you go on a Saturday night, you can get in on some salsa dancing. Also, be sure to check out the bathrooms — some of the coolest in the Twin Cities! Where: 327 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 378-4849

Mesa Pizza If you find yourself in Dinkytown at 1am with a food craving, swing by Mesa Pizza! Make sure you try their Mac n’ Cheese pizza! Where: 1323 4th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 436-3001


Kitty Cat Club If you are on a date in Dinkytown, this is THE place to end up. They have cozy couches, a photo booth in back, an outdoor patio, and funky lighting. Grab a drink and settle in for a music show! You can also come on certain evenings and get your groove on for dance nights. If you come earlier in the evening, you can grab some bar food from the upstairs Annie’s Parlor. Where: 315 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 331-9800

Varsity Theater One of the most beautiful music venues in the Twin Cities. With its wide standing floor, high ceilings, and beautiful décor, it seems like you stepped into a theater from the 1930s. They also bring in awesome shows. If you are looking for a fun evening, make a night of it by going to the Loring Pasta Bar, the Varsity Theater, and the Kitty Cat Klub. Where: 1308 4th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 604-0222



Ax Man Surplus Store If you are looking for a random item to complete a craft project, then you must start your search here. Their motto, “When all else fails, try Ax-Man,” could not ring truer. Where: 1639 University Ave, St Paul, MN 55104, (651) 646-8653

Spinario Design Specializing in beautiful mid-century modern furniture, Spinario has high-quality original pieces that will look wonderful mixed with other furniture styles or added to a purist modern aesthetic. Where: 3338 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 396-1860

Art and Architecture This antique store is full of antique treats and is especially great if you are looking for architectural pieces to complete a home renovation project. Be ready to spend your afternoon happily digging through glass windows, doorknobs, tin ceiling tiles and lots of hardware! Where: 3338 University Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 904-1776


Cupcake LOVE this place! So many different types of cupcakes reside in the glass case, making it hard for a cupcake fanatic to choose. They even have gluten-free cupcakes, so just about everyone can be happy. Where: 3338 University Ave SE. Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 378-4818


Turf Club Of all the clubs in town, there is a reason that Lady Gaga chose to hang out at this one during her Minneapolis tour. Great music, a chill vibe and straightforward drinks, this venue is one of the first places you should look when searching for good local shows. Where: 1601 University Ave W, St. Paul, MN 5510, (651) 647-0486

West Bank/Cedar Riverside


Midwest Mountaineering Carrying a wide selection of outdoor gear, this store even has a thrifty section upstairs where you can find great prices that beat the big box competitors. Be sure to come here and sign up for one of their many events. Where: 309 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454, (612) 339-3433


Hard Times Café This café is one of the only places in the Twin Cities that is open for 22 hours and serves vegan food. If you need a late night meal, this is the place to go. Where: 1821 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55488, (612) 341-9261

Chai’s Thai Restaurant This small venue hosts Thai food that is big on flavor! Once you find this restaurant, you will want to come back time and again. Where: 414 1/2 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454, (612) 339-9385


American Swedish Institute Built in a gorgeous turn-of-the-century mansion, this museum and cultural center houses a variety of exhibits and puts on numerous events every month. Where: 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407, (612) 871-4907

Triple Rock Social Club One of the best venues in Minneapolis, this place hosts a myriad of different events ranging from music shows and karaoke nights to Triple Tuesday, which is their big dance night. Where: 629 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454, (612) 333-7399

400 Bar Come here to see great local and national acts. It is a smaller venue, but it hosts quite a few big acts. Where: 400 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454, (612) 332-2903

The Cedar Cultural Center Housed in an old movie theater, this place hosts some spectacular and intimate performances from local and international musicians. This is one of the more quality places to see a show. Where: 416 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454, (612) 338-2674

Nomad World Pub I always come here and have a great time. They book some international/national acts, but it is one of the best places for catching local bands. If you need a break from the inside, go play a game of bocce ball on their patio. Where: 501 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454, (612) 338-6424



Corazon A great gift store, this place has a knowledgeable staff who can tell the back story and interesting tidbits behind their merchandise. Come here to find unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else! Where: 4646 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406, (612) 276-0198

Forage Modern Workshop Part design collective, part consignment store, part vintage, this new store has lots to enjoy. Not only do they forage for cool vintage home accessories, but they also partner with local furniture designers to produce beautiful Midwest modern furniture. Where: 4023 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406

Mother Earth Gardens This place offers a great selection of gardening supplies and products. Friendly and approachable staff is happy to answer all of your gardening questions. Where: 3738 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406, (612) 724-2296


Longfellow Grill This casual restaurant has a great neighborhood vibe. When you go here, try the turkey burger with sweet potato fries! Where: 2990 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55406, (612) 721-2711

Blue Moon Café With such a relaxed vibe, this is an easy place to spend the day studying or reading a book. Where: 3822 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406, (612) 721-9230

Midtown Global Market Located in the old Sears building, this market is home to some of the best ethnic grocery shops and restaurants. Do you want Vietnamese, South American, or Mediterranean food? They have it! Where: 920 E Lake St. Minneapolis, MN 55407, (612) 872-4041

Sea Salt Eatery This seasonal restaurant (they are open late March through mid-September) serves fresh seafood, Sebastian Joe’s ice cream and Peace Coffee. It is not too far from Minnehaha Park, so be sure to stop by afterward! Where: 4825 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55467, (612) 721-8990


ArtiCulture Part store, part classroom, ArtiCulture offers art camps, private art lessons and a great place to throw a birthday party for kids! Where: 2613 Franklin Ave East, Minneapolis, MN 55406, (612) 729-5151

Riverview Theater Don’t call this discount theater cheap! This dates back to 1949 and has its original stage curtain, stadium seating and a beautiful mid-century-inspired lobby. With the best popcorn and $3 admission, you must catch a movie! Where: 3800 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406, (612) 729-7369



Filmzilla This may be one of the Twin Cities’ last operating DVD rental stores. If you want to be spontaneous one evening and see a movie, come to Filmzilla and browse their terrific selection of genres. Where: 2701 E Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 813-0079


Blue Nile Restaurant and Lounge Serving Ethiopian food, the restaurant gets hopping later in the evening when it turns into a karaoke lounge! Where: 2027 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404, (612) 338-3000

Seward Community Café This vegan spot is affordable, casual and delicious. Where: 2129 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404, (612) 332-1011

Midori’s Floating World Café Delicious, understated sushi spot in the Twin Cities that never disappoints. Where: 2629 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406, (612) 721-3011

Birchwood Cafe A neighborhood favorite, this place serves up seasonal dishes and treats. They live up to their motto, “Real good food!” Where: 3311 E 25th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406, (612) 722-4474


Memory Lanes A fun spot to go on the weekend, Memory Lanes has live music while you enjoy a round of bowling. Where: 2520 26th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406, (612) 721-6211

Northern Clay Center Part classroom, part store, part gallery, the Northern Clay Center gives individuals the opportunity to attend one of their many classes or workshops. Where: 2424 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406, (612) 339-8007



Blacklist Vintage This styling vintage store is a place where you can lose track of time digging through racks of clothes. If you found something you love but it’s a bit too big, there is a friendly tailor located in the back of the store. Where: 25 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404, (612) 872-8552

The Electric Fetus They have a wonderful selection of music from local and national musicians. Oftentimes they host in-store live performances, so be sure to check their website regularly to see who is playing next! Where: 2000 4th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404, (612) 870-9300


Bad Waitress This is an all-around awesome diner. Vintage sci-fi posters line the walls and ceilings, a jukebox waits in the back for you to play music and old movies play on the TV next to the bar. Don’t let the name fool you; the only thing bad about this place is that there aren’t more locations in the Twin Cities! Where: 2 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404, (612) 872-7575

Jasmine 26 This Vietnamese restaurant is amazing! Putting a contemporary twist on Vietnamese classics, Jasmine 26 offers trendy decor and friendly service. Come for the lunch happy hour. They have big lunch plates for great prices. Where: 8 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401, (612) 870-3800

Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine Stepping into this restaurant is always inviting. A big window lets in plenty of sunlight, the food is just the right spice level and your drinks come with little umbrellas for embellishment. As an added treat, you can watch the chefs in the kitchen create noodles from scratch! Where: 2608 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 871-8282

Christos Greek Restaurant The staff here is so courteous, it makes it a pleasure to come back over and over again. They have fantastic Greek food, but my favorite is the warm pita bread they serve beforehand. Just be sure not to completely fill up on the pita bread! Where: 2632 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408, (612) 871-2111

Eat Street Social Walking into this place makes me feel like I am stepping onto the set of Casablanca. The woven rattan chairs are comfortable, allowing you to relax and enjoy one of their delicious drinks from the resident mixologists. Where: 18 W 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403, (612) 767-6850

Black Forest Inn The perfect place to go for a winter meal! This restaurant has been around since 1965 with good reason. The food is delicious, and it feels like you have stepped into a fairy tale cottage. Stop by for drinks on their beautiful patio. Where: 1 E 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404, (612) 872-0812


Light Grey Art Lab Part art gallery, part classroom, Light Grey Art Lab has a range of fun and interesting classes, from illustration to creating your own cameo. The brainchild of the creatives at Paper Bicycle, the art lab is both affordable and fun. Grab a friend and take a class! Where: 118 E 26th St, Ste 101, Minneapolis, MN 55404, (612) 239-2047

Minneapolis Institute of Art One of the finest art museums in Minnesota, the institute holds priceless pieces of art from many different periods of history. Grab an audio tour from the front desk and spend an afternoon winding through the maze of galleries. Where: 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404, (612) 870-3000

Vertical Endeavors After taking in one of the delicious restaurants nearby, why not work off those extra calories by rock climbing? Head over to Vertical Endeavors, take a lesson on safety and you will be scaling those walls in no time. Where: 2540 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404, (612) 436-1470

Downtown St. Paul


Artist Mercantile Dedicated to promoting the work of Minnesota artists, the Artist Mercantile carries diverse and unique gifts. Where: 24 West 7th Place, Saint Paul, MN 55102, (651) 222-0053

Heimies Haberdashery This is the epitome of a man’s shop. Not only do they sell clothing, luggage and other accessories, but you can also get suits tailored, shoes shined and a traditional shave with a straight razor. This store has been around since 1921, so they know what they’re doing! Where: 400 St Peter St, St Paul, MN 55102, (651) 224-2354


Mickey’s Diner Infamous in the Twin Cities before it became famous in The Prairie Home Companion movie, Mickey’s Diner is known for its tiny space and darn good diner food. It is so good that they may have invented diner food! Where: 36 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102, (651) 222-5633

Cossetta’s Like any respectable Italian restaurant, you are going to get a large portion of deliciousness served to you at Cossetta’s! Make sure you check out the small grocery attached to the restaurant. You can find some great specialty items that are hard, if not impossible, to find in your grocery store. Where: 211 7th St W St Paul, MN 55102, (651) 222-3476


The Artist’s Quarter Come down to The Artist’s Quarter if you want to catch a great jazz show for a low cover or no cover. It is owned and run by musicians, so it’s the real deal. The dark space is perfect to kick back, relax and enjoy the music. Where: 408 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102, (651) 292-1359

Ordway Theatre This beautiful theater is home to many theatrical organizations including the Minnesota Opera, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Ballet of the Dolls, Schubert Club and many other travelling musicals and performers. The best part: there isn’t a bad seat in the house! Where: 345 Washington St. Saint Paul, MN 55102, (651) 224-4222

Mears Park Once Mears Park was a quiet little park in downtown St. Paul where locals would often walk their dogs. Flash forward a few years and it is now a bustling spot in St. Paul filled with activity, thanks to bars such as Barrio and the Bulldog. Be sure to check out “Music in Mears,” a summer concert series featuring some of local music’s best. Where: 221 E. 5th St., St Paul, MN 55101

Camp Bar One of the best bars in the whole Twin Cities. They have delicious drinks, an upscale atmosphere, a cabaret and fun dancing later in the evening. This is a great place with friendly staff and patrons. Where: 490 N Robert St, St Paul, MN 55101, (651) 292-1844

Roy Wilkins Auditorium Located next to the Ordway and the Xcel Energy Center, Roy Wilkins Auditorium hosts a handful of concerts each year. Besides concerts, the auditorium is home to the St. Paul Roller Girls. These ladies know how to create a spectator sport! I bite my nails every time I see them speed around the circle in their roller skates! Where: 175 Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55145, (651) 265-4800

Park Square Theater This is a great place to get affordable theater tickets and see high-quality productions. A little secret: they usually have a 99-cent preview on Tuesdays before the show starts its run. Where: 20 7th St W, Saint Paul, MN 55102, (651) 291-7005


The Covington Inn I’m on a boat! This Covington Inn is a floating bed and breakfast that resides on a transformed 1946 towboat. The boat is docked on the Mississippi River, so you can surprise your honey with a package deal to see a theatrical show on the Minnesota Centennial Showboat and then come back to enjoy your night’s stay. 100 Yacht Club Rd W. Saint Paul, MN 55107, (651) 292-1411

Grand Ave


Wet Paint With a wide variety of art supplies and knowledgeable staff, it is easy to stay in this store longer than anticipated. Where: 1684 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105, (651) 698-6431

Cooks of Crocus Hill Specialty kitchen gadgets and in-store cooking classes appeal to both the experienced and the novice foodie. Also be sure to check out their crop shares. Where: 877 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105, (651) 228-1333

Quince Kitschy and funky gifts, jewelry and purses fill Quince. Stop here and you are sure to find something unique. Where: 850 Grand Ave #2, St Paul, MN 55105, (651) 225-9900

Bibelot Great little gifts and clothing fill this store. There are fun and useful kitchen items, cute cards and stationery and lots of candles and lotion. What’s not to like? Where: 1082 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105, (651) 222-0321

Avalon on Grand This place has tons of funky cards and gifts. There are a lot of unusual, beautiful gifts. Also, since it is close to a few college campuses, there are plenty of gag gifts! Where: 1652 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105, (651) 690-2885

Karma Carrying a variety of local and national designers, Karma is a store where women of all generations can shop and look amazing. Their great quality clothes will be a staple in your closet for years. Where: 867 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105, (651) 291-1997

Flirt Forget about Victoria’s Secret! Once you have been to Flirt, you can never turn back! Inspired by vintage glamour pin-up models, their collections of undergarments are sexy, pretty and comfortable. Where: 1330 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105, (651) 698-3692


The Barbary Fig Carrying a rich array of Moroccan dishes, this restaurant is a delight to visit. Great customer service and wonderful flavors! Where: 720 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105, (651) 290-2085

Everest on Grand If you have never had Nepalese food, I strongly encourage you to head over to Everest on Grand and try one of their curry dishes. It is so good! I am never disappointed by this place! Where: 1278 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105, (651) 696-1666

Bread and Chocolate Come for the chocolate, stay for the sandwiches! I can almost hear the croissants speaking my name! Where: 867 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105, (651) 228-1017

Café Latte This place has three restaurants rolled into one. First is a gourmet cafeteria serving soups and sandwiches, second is a pizza wine bar and third is a retail bakery. Try my favorite, the double chocolate cake! You will not be disappointed! Where: 850 Grand Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55105, (651) 224-5687

Grand Ol’ Creamery Serving up creamy, airy ice cream, it is hard to resist stopping for a scoop when passing by! Where:750 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105, (651) 293-1655


Axel’s Bonfire This nightspot usually has a local band or dueling pianos entertaining the crowd. Where: 850 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105, (651) 312-1299

Wild Onion It is always someone’s birthday at Wild Onion! With specials for the birthday boy or girl, or the bachelorette, this place is packed with partiers late on a Friday or Saturday night. 788 Grand Avenue. St. Paul, MN 55105, (651) 291-2525

Cathedral Hill


Paper Patisserie A quaint store with cards, gifts and stationery. Lots of unique finds make it fun to keep coming back! Where: 366 Selby Ave Saint Paul, MN 55102, (651) 227-1398

BlackBlue This store has so many cool people coming here that they use their own customers as models for their blog. In fact, it is so cool that musician Justin Vernon of Bon Iver decided to wear his new BlackBlue tweed suit to the Grammy’s, where he won the 2012 Best New Artist award. Trust me, if you want to be cool, go here. Where: 614 Selby Ave St Paul, MN 55102, (651) 260-5340

Dr. Chocolate’s Chocolate Chateau If you have a sweet tooth, be prepared to see the dentist after visiting this store! Almost like a story from a book, the chateau is four floors filled with all things chocolate, even a Chocolate Hall of Fame. Chocoholics: you have reached your nirvana. Where: 579 Selby Ave. St Paul, MN 55102, (651) 379-3676


W.A. Frost This restaurant has been delighting customers with its cozy atmosphere, sophisticated wine cellar and popular outdoor patio since it opened in 1975. Working with local farmers, they bring the best quality ingredients to your meal. They also offer office space, so you never have to go without their delicious food. Call for office availability. Where: 374 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55102, (651) 224-5715

The Happy Gnome Looking for a place to explore your interest in craft beer? Then the Happy Gnome is for you! They feature 76 rotating taps. If you are a whiskey drinker, you are also in for a treat. With over 300 selections on their whiskey list, you will not be disappointed. Where: 498 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55102, (651) 287-2018

Cheeky Monkey The fun name matches the fun atmosphere. The sandwiches are delicious! If you come for brunch, indulge yourself with a $1.50 mimosa. Where: 525 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55102, (651) 224-6066

Nina’s Coffee Café This charming café is a gem. Exposed brick walls, art nouveau-style paintings on the windows and a painted bookcase wall make this a great space to grab a coffee and a newspaper and take in the atmosphere. Where: 165 Western Ave N, St Paul, MN 55102, (651) 292-9816

The Muddy Pig A cozy bar serving up multiple types of beer, scotch, whiskey and wine. Where: 162 Dale St N. Saint Paul, MN 55102, (651) 254-1030


Curling Club of St. Paul Don’t tell me you have seen curling at the winter Olympics and never thought to yourself, “Brooms on ice? You’ve got to be kidding me!” The sport is actually a lot of fun, and the Curling Club of St. Paul makes it even better! A cozy club room, bar food favorites, cheap pitchers of beer, plus CURLING! For your next office party, grab a group and head down to the ice! Where: 470 Selby Ave. Saint Paul, MN 55102, (651) 224-7408

James J. Hill House James J. Hill was the builder of the Great Northern Railway. He also had one of the most opulent homes in Minnesota. Join the Minnesota Historical Society for a house tour and gain insight into both family and servant life within the 1891 mansion. Where: 240 Summit Avenue, St Paul, MN 55102, (651) 297-2555

Penumbra Theater Co. Open since 1976, the Penumbra Theater Co. presents emotional and impactful productions from the African American perspective. The theater has launched the careers of many playwrights, including two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson. This respected theater is a treasure of the Minneapolis/St. Paul theatrical community. Where: 270 Kent St, Saint Paul, MN 55102, (651) 224-4601

Merriam Park


Retro Loop Four of the best St. Paul retro shops teamed up to form the St. Paul Retro Loop. Consisting of Lula Vintage Wear, Succotash, Up Six Vintage and Retro @ Pete’s, you can always find some cool mod furniture and accessories at these stores.

  • Succotash 781 Raymond Avenue @ University
  • Classic Retro @ Pete’s University @ Cretin/Vandalia
  • Lula 1587 Selby Avenue @ Snelling
  • Up Six Vintage 157 Snelling Avenue @ Selby


Izzy’s Ice Cream Not only does this place have tons of delicious flavors to choose from, but they also give you a tiny izzy scoop of a different flavor to put on top. If you want, you can also get a sampling of five different flavors in the small, izzy-scoop size! Where: 2034 Marshall Ave, St Paul, MN 55104, (651) 603-1458

Blue Door Pub Come here for great beers and the “Blucy,” which is their version of a Juicy Lucy. Where: 1811 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104, (651) 493-1865

Trotter’s Café and Bakery With its cozy atmosphere and healthy food options, this is the perfect place to spend an afternoon chatting with friends or reading a good book! Where: 232 Cleveland Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104. (651) 645-8950


O’Gara Bar and Grill A fun place to come and grab a drink or a live show. One interesting Minnesota historical fact is that the father of Charles Shultz, who wrote the Peanuts cartoon strip, had a barbershop in the same location! Where: 164 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104, (651) 644-3333



Java Train Café A great place to take kids to play on their patio while you grab a cup of coffee and relax. Where:1341 Pascal St N. Saint Paul, MN 55108, (651) 646-9179


Como Park Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory The conservatory is the best place to go in the Twin Cities if you are looking to get out of the cold and into a beautiful, tropical oasis. In the summertime, be sure to stop by for a ride on the 1914 built Cafesjian’s Carousel. The zoo has an array of animals and with a $2 donation/person, it is the perfect place to bring the kids. Where: 1255 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103, (651) 487-8200

Local Notables

  • Polica (Local band, pretty up and coming on the national scene)
  • Prince (Need I say more?)
  • Solid Gold (Local band with national recognition)
  • Tapes ‘n Tapes (Local band with national recognition)
  • Gigamesh (Producer for the beats behind Mike Posner’s Cooler Than Me hit)
  • Vincent Kartheiser (Actor, Pete Campbell on Mad Men)
  • Bob Dylan
  • Garrison Keillor (Author and host of “A Prairie Home Companion”)
  • Louis Anderson (Comedian)
  • Walter Mondale (42nd Vice President of the United States)
  • Winona Ryder (Actress)
  • Josh Hartnett (Actor)
  • Rachael Leigh Cook (Actress)
  • Joe Mauer (Minnesota Twins catcher)
  • Coen Brothers (Filmmakers)

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  • minneapolis is so underrated. i left it for chicago about five years ago and still pine for french meadow and leaning tower of pizza and the fanciest grocery stores anywhere. anyway, is the reuse-it center still there? i believe there was one on lake street, and it was such a fun place to browse… tons of windows and doorknobs and weird-yet-awesome stuff. maybe i’ll move back…

  • Thank you for this! I’m moving to Minneapolis from LA early next year and this is definitely going to be valuable!

  • Way to go this design guide is fantastic. Being from the Twin Cities I was hoping you would do one for Mpls./St. Paul. It is a surprising mecca of great design and shops. I’ve even discovered a few more places to visit!!! Thanks for including us!!

  • Wish I still lived in the Twin Cities so that I could take advantage of all of this fantastic info! Any plans for a Seattle Design Guide? I sure would appreciate it.

  • how perfect! the twin cities are the closest major u.s. cities that i can get to, (and i go there often) so this is just what i was looking for!

  • How perfect! The twin cities are the closest major u.s. cities that I can get to (and I go there often) so this is just what I was looking for.

  • Another excellent letterpress resource in Minneapolis is Lunalux Press. I’ve had business cards printed there for 3 different projects. Plus, they have a great selection of cards and stationery.


    1618 Harmon Place on Loring Park
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
    ph. 612-373-0526 • fx. 612-673-0671

  • Yeah twin cities! The North Loop is my hood and I’m lovin it. Corazon is really great. I see something online and then they have it! Toast Wine Bar & Cafe and Jeune Lune Theatre are great if you’re in the neighborhood. Also visit the Guthrie Theater…a work of art in itself. thanks grace!

  • Thanks so much for posting this! I love in St. Paul and I can’t wait to visit some of the places I have never heard of!

  • don’t forget:
    cliche clothing in uptown, my favorite boutique that carries great new and locally designed fashions AND that there are four patina locations (northeast, uptown, south minneapolis and st. paul).

  • Thank you for doing a Twin Cities guide. I think our little cities often get overlooked but there are great places to visit. There is another Corazon location on Lake Street right by the river. If you go there you can go to the Birchwood or the Craftsman for lunch or dinner. And right next to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Their gallery is well worth going to for both design and art shows. Right down the street on Nicolette is the Jasmine Deli for great Vietnamese. Thanks again!!!

  • oh oh another i forgot to mention is Past Present Future {pastpresentfuture.net} – they have so much more than whats on the crazy website. lovely furniture finds.

  • This is such a great guide! I was born here and still reside in the lovely cities. You should check out the Soo Gallery, right next door to Robot Love, they have a great little shop with tons of local artist’s t-shirts, prints, etc. They also sell a cool new local magazine called l’étoile, which is beautiful.
    Thank you again!

  • As a student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, it’s always nice to see places to shop that I haven’t been to yet. Might I reccomend the Spyhouse/Bad Waitress (http://www.thebadwaitress.com/) family for those looking to make a day of it in South Minneapolis? They’re favorite spots for tired and hungry MCAD students.

  • I forgot to add Linda Getchell’s “Shop in the City” (I think that’s the name) and also Turtle Bread for foodstuffs ….. oh, and Sebastian Joe’s for ice cream (in Linden Hills) …. and picturebookonline.com. Can you tell that I love the Twin Cities?

  • yay twin cities!!! glad to see axman made the list. may i also recommend i like you, 4222 nicollet ave south in minneapolis. great handmade local art!

  • This list rocks! I moved here a 2 years ago and I love it (despite the cold weather)!

  • Can I also recommend Re-Gifts in South Minneapolis (42nd & Cedar?) and Twin Cities Green in Uptown (24th & Hennepin)… Lovely organic and/or re-purposed things. Yea for twin cities design guide! So many lovely places to eat and shop!

  • Don’t forget Bjorling Grant for fabulous home stuff and Broder’s Pasta Bar is not to be missed if you’re in that area.

  • Yay! So great that TC got some love. I’m a born and raised Minnesotan, but live in SF now. I miss Axman! :)

  • Thanks for the mention Grace! If anyone has a chance to visit the Northrup King Building (in the guide’s NE section), you can’t pass it up! The next First Thursday is coming up- December 6 from 5-9pm. There is so much to see that you’ll have to return again and again. Several of the artists mentioned in Grace’s guide have studios there. Be sure to stop by say hello- I’m in #469!

  • Great guide! I travel to St. Paul often and recently came upon a couple of gems: Succotash and Up-Six. They are small retro furniture and home decor shops (with some clothing). So well done. Check out the other stores mentioned on the website too.


  • Cool guide on the Twin Cities!
    I love Bryn Mawr and 2 stores there, NOLAHOME & Bloomsbury Market.
    NOLAHOME now has organic bamboo wear and bedding. Just bought the sheets and my boyfriend just bought me the
    red bamboo robe for an early Xmas gift! Very cool
    I love the variety… a remix of everything from design books to one of a kind old furniture from India to very cool African textiles to lots of repurposed and ecoluxe stuff….
    Bloomsbury Market was voted one of the top garden design stores by Garden Design Magazine…. and it was a pioneer in this very cool urban neighborhood.
    Great coffeeshop/restaurant on the corner there… Cuppa Java. Wow.
    Homemade soups are the best!

  • Morgan’s right–It’s Bloomsbury Market that’s close to Nola Home, in the Bryn Mawr neighborhood. Tangletown Gardens is in the Tangletown neighborhood. My bad!

  • I forgot to rave about RICE PAPER Restaurant in Linden Hills…. its out of this world!

  • Oh my. This post has been like a sign from heaven. I moved to Las Vegas just 5 months ago and I already want to pack my bags again (hate it here). I’ve been eyeing Minneapolis for a while, for a great job opportunity that might or might not happen. But I am SERIOUSLY considering making a move there next Spring/early summer, regardless of the outcome.

    Glad to know great design resides in the twin cities!

    Thank you Grace and Alyssa!

  • Another North Loop resident here, and I’m thrilled with how our cities are represented. Great diversity! Another new gem in the North Loop is Be’wiched sandwich shop run by 2 young chefs who make fab gourmet sandwiches, soups and salads. so many friends on this list makes i’m so proud! crafty planet in ne mpls is a great indie fabric, yarn and crafty shop that even hosts classes. Mercury Mosaics (129 w Broadway Ave on edge of N & Ne Mpls) is a great resource for housewarming gift switchplate covers, and tile art. More a studio than store, so call first. (All have websites) Thanks!

  • These must be added:

    I LIKE YOU – 42&Nicollet
    All local, handmade wares- jewelry, clothing, home, baby. Insanely affordable and fun – a break from the Mpls giftware ubiquity

    Ingebretsen’s – the original Scandi shop, on Lake Street

    GUILDED SALVAGE – 44& Lyndale NORTH – specializing in reclaimed hardware.

    galleries: Rosalux on N Washington, Rogue Buddha in NE

  • Another must add:

    4th St in White Bear Lake
    listed as a Cool Shop in the Twin Cities in the eat.shop.play periodical.
    Handmade goodness abounds!

  • Don’t forget stopping by the Textile Center — Right on University Avenue in the shadow of the “witch’s hat” tower of Prospect Park! http://www.textilecentermn.org/
    Fabulous exhibition space, classes, shop, and meeting place for quilters, spinners, weavers, surface designers and more!!

  • Check out Pulp Fashion in Stillwater, it’s about a half an hour from the twin cities….but it has some really awesome, unique stationery and one of a kind items!! The one thing I thought was really cool is that they do custom design work :) wish I would have known about them before I got married!! Would have had them do my wedding invitations!

  • If you are visiting the twin cities don’t forget to check out Cliche, located in Uptown on 24th & Lyndale. Featuring the work of 20+ local clothing, jewelry, and accessory designers, plus an
    eclectic mix of affordable, hip, women’s clothing. Pick up a party dress by a local designer and an I heart MPLS tee to show off back home. Voted best local boutique by the City Pages two years running! A must! http://www.clichempls.com

  • Written two years ago and it still holds up. I think now that it is warmer out I will hit up some of these spots and see if they can put my photography up. Thanks for the guide.

  • In SW Minneapolis you’ve got to check out the BIGGEST vintage shop ever: hunt&gather, 4944 Xerxes S. HUGE collection of the funkiest, affordable stuff.

  • Hi, I am born and raised in a suburb of LA, never left…then one day, I landed in MSP and fell in love! Too bad I can’t move! What a wonderful, beautiful place. It’s in my heart.

  • Sadly, 2 of these great recommendations have since closed. Letterbox closed about a year ago when its owners moved back to NY and Chamber’s closed recently and is now owned by a local catering company. The loss of Chamber’s is a major loss for the city – it was my favorite fancy dining.

  • My favorite place in the Twin Cities was left out and it is a “can’t miss” destination. It’s Hunt & Gather in Linden Hills. It’s an antique store with two stories filled with eclectic goods. I also recommend grabbing lunch or dessert at Turtle Bread (best soups in town) or at Zumbro in downtown Linden Hills. YUM!

  • One of the most missed places in Mpls/ St Paul is the farmers markets. The farmers market on Lyndale is probably the largest one and operates the most days out of the week….there is food (as expected) along with arts, clothing, plants and flowers and much more. A great place if you want to walk around outside, enjoy the weather and the many local farmers and artists.

  • Essentials for ARTIST to shop AT:

    SR Harris Fabric Outlet
    8865 Zealand Ave N.
    Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
    *Huge warehouse – You’ll spend hours here!

    Paper Depot
    221 Border Ave.
    Minneapolis, MN 55405
    *Huge selection of paper, envelopes, printed papers, eco papers, stamps, cutting utensils, etc. The lowest prices in the area, with staff that is waiting to help you plan your project.

    Unique Thrift Store
    4471 Winnetka Ave N
    New Hope, MN 55428-4928
    * HUGE thrift store, fairly well organized, but busy.

  • I was so glad to see the Twin Cities on your list! Although I don’t live there currently, I grew up there and my parents still call St. Paul home.

    There are a couple places you missed –
    For artists (or anyone with a artistic whim, really) Wet Paint on Grand Av is a great little arts supply store. Everyday People, a local chain, has really great used clothes and good prices (Dinkytown, Selby Av, Uptown), Heartbreakers in uptown, especially for shoes, and the Como Park Zoo which is small, but fun and free.

    Also, Brasa Rotisserie, Supatra’s (Thai), Chino Latino, Grand Ole Creamery, and Namaste (Indian).

  • Great info about the Twin Cities. I didn’t see any information about the Mall of America, as cliche as that may be. It’s a great option for families. It’s also connected to the Light Rail, which is connected to MSP airport and downtown.
    Also – ditto on the Punch Pizza recommendation.

  • You should stop at Design Vertigo! Its a very funky and charming store- the young and trendy owner (who is also an interior designer) features a local artist every month, women’s fashion and accessories that are very affordable and full of style as well as products for your home. Design Vertigo is Located in North Saint Paul near many other antique and salvage shops, salons, and eateries. Well worth checking out! (and parking is free and ample!) DesignVertigo.net

  • craftyplanet in Northeast — hello!
    Hot Plate— S Minne/Nokomis — retro diner with awesome decor and amazing food.
    Black Bird Cafe— S MInne—new location & twice as fabulous
    Common roots in Uptown
    Highpoint Center for Arts— Printmaking shop
    SR Harris Fabric Warehouse
    Pizza Lola in S. Minne —fresh takes on pizza and a photobooth to boot!
    Black Sheep Pizza Downtown—also super yummy pizza
    Everyday People in Uptown
    Town Talk Diner (R.I.P.)
    Farmer’s Markets galore
    Broder’s Pasta Bar in S. Minne— the BEST Italian by far!
    ilikeyou in Northeast
    LAKES & Bike Paths!
    Calhoun Lake
    Lake of the Isles
    Cedar Lake
    Lake Harriet
    Nokomis Lake
    Theodore Wirth Park
    etc :D

  • August 2011 UPDATE from a resident of the amazing Southwest Mpls

    GUILD a design collective on Excelsior Blvd
    Patisserie 46 at 46th and Grand–outstanding French pastries & much more
    Cafe Ena for latin fusion done well
    Pizza Lola on Xerxes and about 54th?
    Hunt and Gather for an incredible visual and junker experience @ 50th and Xerxes
    Style Mpls on 45th and Nicollet
    The Lowbrow for a great burger on Nicollet and about 43rd

  • I have to add:
    Obento Ya for the best bento boxes (Como and 15th, just north of Dinky Town)
    Abu Nader Deli for the best shawarma/gyro (on Como close to the St Paul Campus)

  • First off, I would delete Solera from the downtown mpls eat scene. It hasnt been great in quite a while.

    Duplex in uptown is already closed.

    Rice Paper in Linden Hills moved a little bit further south for probably close to a year and a half already.

    Mango Thai in Cathedral Hill shouldnt be on the eat list. It has gone down hill for quite some time.

    Porky’s on University Ave in St. Paul already closed.

  • I have mixed feelings about the “Nokomis” section for Minneapolis. I love my neighborhood, and it seemed like the best places were passed over.

    1) 5*8 Club: I am shocked that Matt’s Bar is on there but not 5*8. Matt’s Bar was so terrible when I tried their Juicy Lucy that I went to 5*8 the next day to get the shame out of my system. I was very disappointed with Matt’s: bad service, mediocre quality, $2 for one can of Diet Coke (seriously?!?), and they only take cash or check. I was very upset.
    5*8 has gone through it’s bad moments, but it’s been under a different manager since… 2010? It could have been 2009, but they are absolutely amazing now. Great service, reasonable wait times on most nights, and enough space to actually move.

    2) Fat Lorenzo’s: Great pizza. And they have amazing gelato. It’s tiny, so you’re better off with late afternoon than any other time of day or ordering take out/delivery.

    3) Not technically in Nokomis, but I was really surprised Minnehaha Park isn’t on here at all. “Sea Salt Eatery” is under the Longfellow neighborhood, but the eatery and park are just down the parkway from the lake, so I’ll include it here.
    First, it has the falls. They are beautiful. Check them out.
    Second, it has plenty of hiking trails that feel like it’s not even in the city.
    Third, it has one of the best rated dog parks in the city. This one is huge, so make sure your pooch has a good recall. It’s absolutely beautiful.

  • As another local, I’d say that the restaurants on this list are not exactly bad, but many of them are completely ordinary and not worth a special trip. For example, if you are downtown you are much better off eating at virtually anyplace other than Sawatdee.

    This doesn’t mention 112 Eatery which is probably one of the best restaurants in the whole Metro area and is only like 7 blocks away.

    So basically, I’d be skeptical of the restaurant recommendations here.

  • What an interesting guide … you had some fabulous things on here indeed and one knows that everyone has an opinion! I know you can’t get every fabulous place but you missed some major ones like St. Paul Hotel for Sunday brunch and staying there and a HUGE array of foreign cuisine that the Twin Cities is delighted to have in their culinary repertoire. Places like Moscow on the Hill (Cathedral Hill, St. Paul) or Shuan Cheng (Dinkytown, Minneapolis) or Kopplins (Merriam Park, St. Paul), Scusi (St. Paul), Maria’s for corn pancakes (Franklin, Minneapolis) … are just some of the other excellent places in town. All in all, a super fun read.

  • Giorgi, Abu Nader shut down a while ago, try Mim’s for fantastic Falafel and Black Sea Turkish for doner/shwarma. Oh, forgot to add Midtown Global Market for fabulous cuisine and a great atmosphere. El Burrito Mercado … okay, I’m stopping.

  • I know a few others have mentioned it, but I’m hoping that the lack of Punch Neapolitan Pizza on this list was just an oversight. It’s probably the best pizza I have ever had, at least in the U.S. I live in California now, and am often tempted to fly to St. Paul just for a pizza from Punch. The thought has me salivating already…

    Great job on the guide!

  • i’m pretty sure nick & eddie’s has closed and cafe maude is moving into that spot.
    omitting kopplin’s coffee (new location at 2038 marshall ave, st paul) is a huge oversight! it’s right next to izzy’s so you can get your coffee and your ice cream in one shot.

  • UPTOWN ADD: Atmosfere @ 1426 West Lake Street; majority mens with womens piece. Fabulous uptown find!

  • Awesome list! And just in the nick of time … flying up there from Florida in 2 days for a wedding with some “play time” to spare … sooooo interested in the design locations and artist studios — THANK YOU for this great list!!!!!

  • Minneapolis Proud!!
    Great list for for those in or coming to Minneapolis. So much more could be added but enjoyed the read!

  • Good summary of great attractions. One minior quibble: The photo marked “Uptown” is actually a shot of Minneapolis from Northeast and the photo labeled “St Paul” is actually Minneapolis.

  • wow, this is amazing! glad to see my hometown on design*sponge and i’m excited to check out some of these places – some of them are in my very own neighborhood (northeast minneapolis) and i didn’t even know they existed!

  • The Wild Onion in St. Paul–yikes!!! I would never recommend that place to an out-of-towner. NEVER.

  • we live in St. Paul–I laughed at all the places I haven’t been to in Minneapolis (young kids at home and don’t get out enough :) ) But I agreed with a lot of these–the building with Art+Architecture/Spinario/Cupcake is a great stop. We just discovered Riverview a few weeks ago…our kids love the grand old creamery. I’d add Brasa to the list of restaurants on Grand.

  • Annie’s in dinky town is my FAVORITE place to eat in the cities I LOVE IT and go there every time I am there. Great burgers and even better homemade hot fudge sundaes!!!

  • WOW. I am a born and bred Twin Citian and a Minneapolis-lover all the way, and this is one of the best guides to the Twin Cities ever! This is definitely from a true local’s perspective and not something you can just google. This is not just another city guide that any website could whip up… Thanks Design*Sponge for representing the Twin Cities for what it is: one of the places to live in the United States!

  • This is great! Although Corazon is not in Longfellow anymore, and Spinario is no longer on University (not sure if they moved or closed for good, but the space is empty).


  • I’m surprised to see that Children’s Theatre Company didn’t make the list. As the nation’s leading theatre dedicated to creating and producing work for that demographic, and with a Tony Award to boot, I would have loved to see it mentioned!

  • Thank you so much for such wonderful recommendations! I’m a flight attendant + always like to check if D*S has a city guide for my layovers–they’re usually WAY better than the NY Times 36 hours pieces.
    I think it’s worth mentioning that you might want to take a cab to FinnStyle, as the walk from downtown is pretty sketchy.

  • 112 Eatery should for sure be on this list! Also Grand Cafe in South MPLS. I didn’t see SpoonRiver either—my favorite DT restaurant for healthy, vegetarian options.

  • A note on St. Anthony Main:

    It’s the Wilde Roast Cafe, not the Wild Roast Cafe. It’s named after Oscar Wilde. The cafe donates to numerous organizations and is dog friendly (inside and out).

  • GREAT job with the city guide of Mpls/St. Paul!!! I am from MN (: The truth is, there are too many great places to eat in the twin cities to name all of them in this guide! I now live in Atlanta where we are severely lacking in affordable food done well which MN has a plethora of…

  • I just got back from a trip to Minneapolis, and this guide (especially the Google map) was my BIBLE. I got to show the friend I was visiting all sorts of places she wasn’t aware of–we had a blast! Thank you so much!

  • DS city guides are my go-to when I travel. I have enjoyed so many great places as a result! And I forward friends to DS city guides all the time when they travel.

    And this is the mother of TC city guides- it’s huge! I didn’t make it all the way through, but there are some places on here that have closed or relocated: Nick and Eddies closed, Joe’s Garage closed, Spill the Wine is in Uptown on Lake St, the Artist Quarter in St Paul closed, Chai’s Thai closed, and Wild Roast should be Wilde Roast since it takes its name from Oscar Wilde.

  • Love this list!! It’s so fun to see some of the best local restaurants, events & shops. You should add a ‘Anywhere’ category for us truck businesses (food & other)!

  • If you ever needed help on an update on this one, I would be elated! I live in Northeast Minneapolis and could give a pretty great tour – I”m extremely passionate about the area!