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Guidebook for Minneapolis

Ian & Grace

Guidebook for Minneapolis

Drinks & Nightlife
Because... awesome. If you go looking, you'll think Google has made a mistake, but it's back there, tucked behind the warehouses. Trust. Or just follow the streams of people flowing in and out of the formerly secret currently hippest watering hole in MPLS. Great spot. Great cocktails. Food trucks if you want to try another drink but need to balance it out.
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Tattersall Distilling
1620 Central Avenue Northeast
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Because... awesome. If you go looking, you'll think Google has made a mistake, but it's back there, tucked behind the warehouses. Trust. Or just follow the streams of people flowing in and out of the formerly secret currently hippest watering hole in MPLS. Great spot. Great cocktails. Food trucks if you want to try another drink but need to balance it out.
Bang is Ian's favorite local brewery. They make a top notch product. A tiny operation, Bang occupies just one converted grain silo in an industrial neighborhood of St Paul. Their outdoor seating is cozy and ample, and they always have a food truck or two pulled up outside. This place is a stark contrast to the larger, more commercialized local breweries like Surly. And that is the best part about it.
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Bang Brewing Company
2320 Capp Road
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Bang is Ian's favorite local brewery. They make a top notch product. A tiny operation, Bang occupies just one converted grain silo in an industrial neighborhood of St Paul. Their outdoor seating is cozy and ample, and they always have a food truck or two pulled up outside. This place is a stark contrast to the larger, more commercialized local breweries like Surly. And that is the best part about it.
Smaller venue, close to home.
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The Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Avenue South
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Smaller venue, close to home.
This is both a restaurant and a music venue. It is a pretty cool place to catch a last minute show.
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Icehouse
2528 Nicollet Avenue
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This is both a restaurant and a music venue. It is a pretty cool place to catch a last minute show.
Minneapolis is all about the brewery and distillery scene right now. Lawless is a nice distillery that is walking distance from home. Check it out!
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Lawless Distilling Company
2619 S 28th Ave
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Minneapolis is all about the brewery and distillery scene right now. Lawless is a nice distillery that is walking distance from home. Check it out!
Arts & Culture
Modern Art. With a capital M. In addition to the indoor museum space, they have a sculpture garden for some nice meanderings.
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Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
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Modern Art. With a capital M. In addition to the indoor museum space, they have a sculpture garden for some nice meanderings.
MPLS history, built on the ruins of what was the largest flour mill of its time. A trip here can be part of an afternoon in the Mill District. Be sure to walk across the Stone Arch Bridge, wander the Guthrie Theater, try some ice cream at Izzy's, and hang out in Gold Medal Park.
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Mill City Museum
704 South 2nd Street
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MPLS history, built on the ruins of what was the largest flour mill of its time. A trip here can be part of an afternoon in the Mill District. Be sure to walk across the Stone Arch Bridge, wander the Guthrie Theater, try some ice cream at Izzy's, and hang out in Gold Medal Park.
The Guthrie puts on world class shows. It is also open to the public, and can be fun to wander around as an architectural interest. They have a couple of great viewing spots for skyline, river and city views. A trip here can be part of an afternoon in the Mill District. Be sure to walk across the Stone Arch Bridge, try some ice cream at Izzy's, check out the Mill City Museum, and hang out in Gold Medal Park.
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Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street
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The Guthrie puts on world class shows. It is also open to the public, and can be fun to wander around as an architectural interest. They have a couple of great viewing spots for skyline, river and city views. A trip here can be part of an afternoon in the Mill District. Be sure to walk across the Stone Arch Bridge, try some ice cream at Izzy's, check out the Mill City Museum, and hang out in Gold Medal Park.
The MIA is free admission. I love to wander around its permanent collection. This is a well-curated and lovely museum. Museum lovers will not be disappointed by the work presented here.
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Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Avenue South
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The MIA is free admission. I love to wander around its permanent collection. This is a well-curated and lovely museum. Museum lovers will not be disappointed by the work presented here.
Food Scene
This is an indoor market with many stalls selling all sorts of ethnic foods, gifts and trinkets, clothing, food and everything else you could think of! Fun to explore and great for lunch. My favorite is Holy Land, best falafel sandwiches in the world and a MPLS icon.
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Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street
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This is an indoor market with many stalls selling all sorts of ethnic foods, gifts and trinkets, clothing, food and everything else you could think of! Fun to explore and great for lunch. My favorite is Holy Land, best falafel sandwiches in the world and a MPLS icon.
If you time your trip to the Mill District for a Saturday or a Tuesday (see the website for exact timing, which is seasonal), you can walk around this iconic farmer's market. A trip here can be part of an afternoon in the Mill District. Be sure to walk across the Stone Arch Bridge, wander the Guthrie Theater, try some ice cream at Izzy's, and hang out in Gold Medal Park.
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Mill City Farmers Market
704 South 2nd Street
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If you time your trip to the Mill District for a Saturday or a Tuesday (see the website for exact timing, which is seasonal), you can walk around this iconic farmer's market. A trip here can be part of an afternoon in the Mill District. Be sure to walk across the Stone Arch Bridge, wander the Guthrie Theater, try some ice cream at Izzy's, and hang out in Gold Medal Park.
This place is iconic. A 24 hour coffee shop and home to the grunge/hippie scene, it's a long-standing Minneapolis gem. Their food menu caters to the vegans among us, with options for everyone. Come here on a rainy day to play board games and hang out.
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HardTimes Cafe
1821 Riverside Avenue
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This place is iconic. A 24 hour coffee shop and home to the grunge/hippie scene, it's a long-standing Minneapolis gem. Their food menu caters to the vegans among us, with options for everyone. Come here on a rainy day to play board games and hang out.
One of Minneapolis' best restaurants with a long-standing history and reputation in the Seward neighborhood. Walking distance, about 15 minutes from home.
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Birchwood Cafe
3311 East 25th Street
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One of Minneapolis' best restaurants with a long-standing history and reputation in the Seward neighborhood. Walking distance, about 15 minutes from home.
Walking distance from home, this restaurant started as a famous food truck and specializes in Latin American street food. Their menu has plenty of small plates, and sharing items.
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Cafe Racer Kitchen
2929 East 25th Street
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Walking distance from home, this restaurant started as a famous food truck and specializes in Latin American street food. Their menu has plenty of small plates, and sharing items.
This is the hottest new restaurant in town. Their cocktail menu is unique and out of this world. The ambiance is great, and makes you genuinely feel like you're not in Minnesota anymore. Their menu features Southeast Asian street food, and encourages sharing.
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Hai Hai
2121 University Ave NE
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This is the hottest new restaurant in town. Their cocktail menu is unique and out of this world. The ambiance is great, and makes you genuinely feel like you're not in Minnesota anymore. Their menu features Southeast Asian street food, and encourages sharing.
Young Joni is one of the hottest restaurants in town. They do wood-fired pizza, and small plates. Fantastic wine, beer and drink menu, excellent ambiance, this is a place you'll want to hang out in for awhile. The wait times can be long, so plan accordingly. Reservations are encouraged. They also have a back bar that is first-come, first-served.
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Young Joni
165 13th Ave NE
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Young Joni is one of the hottest restaurants in town. They do wood-fired pizza, and small plates. Fantastic wine, beer and drink menu, excellent ambiance, this is a place you'll want to hang out in for awhile. The wait times can be long, so plan accordingly. Reservations are encouraged. They also have a back bar that is first-come, first-served.
Mercado Central is an indoor market with food vendors and small shops. You'll hear mostly Spanish spoken here, and this is THE PLACE to get authentic Mexican food or groceries.
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Mercado Central
1515 East Lake Street
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Mercado Central is an indoor market with food vendors and small shops. You'll hear mostly Spanish spoken here, and this is THE PLACE to get authentic Mexican food or groceries.
Dogwood is one of the best coffee shops in town. This is a good location for working, as well.
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Dogwood Coffee Bar - East Lake
4021 East Lake Street
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Dogwood is one of the best coffee shops in town. This is a good location for working, as well.
Kopplin's is the best coffee, arguably in the Midwest region. Their prices are higher than average, due to the quality of their product and because they pay their employees a living wage and offer benefits like paid sick time. It is WORTH IT!! If you are a coffee aficionado, do not miss this place.
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Kopplin's
2038 Marshall Avenue
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Kopplin's is the best coffee, arguably in the Midwest region. Their prices are higher than average, due to the quality of their product and because they pay their employees a living wage and offer benefits like paid sick time. It is WORTH IT!! If you are a coffee aficionado, do not miss this place.
Izzy's is a local ice cream shop that has truly phenomenal ice cream. They also do gluten-free and vegan flavors that will rock your socks off. They have two locations, one in the Mill District of downtown Mpls, and the other right next door to Kopplin's Coffee Shop in St. Paul. Both are within a couple miles of our home. See their flavors online, they update the flavor list every 3 minutes so you always know what is in the dipping cabinet.
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Izzy's Ice Cream
1100 South 2nd Street
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Izzy's is a local ice cream shop that has truly phenomenal ice cream. They also do gluten-free and vegan flavors that will rock your socks off. They have two locations, one in the Mill District of downtown Mpls, and the other right next door to Kopplin's Coffee Shop in St. Paul. Both are within a couple miles of our home. See their flavors online, they update the flavor list every 3 minutes so you always know what is in the dipping cabinet.
The local joint of local joints- established...before time. Bar food ++, good taps and Minneapolitans.
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Tracy's Saloon & Eatery
2207 East Franklin Avenue
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The local joint of local joints- established...before time. Bar food ++, good taps and Minneapolitans.
Pizza. Close. Other things. Pizza. Close. They'll say 40 minutes for delivery and then show up in 20 after realizing that we're only a few blocks away.
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Pizza Luce
2200 East Franklin Avenue
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Pizza. Close. Other things. Pizza. Close. They'll say 40 minutes for delivery and then show up in 20 after realizing that we're only a few blocks away.
Parks & Nature
Bde Maka Ska is one of our many city lakes, all of which are connected by bike path or creek. Bde Maka Ska (formerly known as Lake Calhoun) is our largest city lake, and is right on the edge of Uptown. If you rent a kayak or paddle board, you can paddle the chain through Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake.
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Bde Maka Ska
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Bde Maka Ska is one of our many city lakes, all of which are connected by bike path or creek. Bde Maka Ska (formerly known as Lake Calhoun) is our largest city lake, and is right on the edge of Uptown. If you rent a kayak or paddle board, you can paddle the chain through Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake.
Cedar Lake is our favorite lake here in town. Cedar Lake Point Beach is tucked away and tends to be less crowded. Ride your bike here along the Greenway bike path!
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Cedar Lake
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Cedar Lake is our favorite lake here in town. Cedar Lake Point Beach is tucked away and tends to be less crowded. Ride your bike here along the Greenway bike path!
Theo Wirth Park is extensive, and gorgeous. It has plenty of walking and biking paths, picnic spots, the Eloise Butler Flower Garden and mountain biking trails.
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Theodore Wirth Regional Park
1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway
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Theo Wirth Park is extensive, and gorgeous. It has plenty of walking and biking paths, picnic spots, the Eloise Butler Flower Garden and mountain biking trails.
Shopping
Awesome locally-owned outdoor retail store. Highly recommended for those of you who engage in outdoor activities and need gear or just want to browse what our local shop has to offer (it's a big selection and the staff is amazing).
Midwest Mountaineering
309 Cedar Avenue South
Awesome locally-owned outdoor retail store. Highly recommended for those of you who engage in outdoor activities and need gear or just want to browse what our local shop has to offer (it's a big selection and the staff is amazing).
Hazel & Rose is a small boutique that features ethical, sustainable fashion. We have a handful of notable small design houses here in Minneapolis (Hackwith Design House and Winsome Goods, to name a couple), and Hazel & Rose is a good place to check out their work in one place.
Hazel & Rose
117 N 8th Ave
Hazel & Rose is a small boutique that features ethical, sustainable fashion. We have a handful of notable small design houses here in Minneapolis (Hackwith Design House and Winsome Goods, to name a couple), and Hazel & Rose is a good place to check out their work in one place.
Askov Finlayson is a menswear store complete with a full Warby Parker showroom in the back. Check out their website for a better idea of their offerings. A trip here can be combined with an exploration of the North Loop, which has plenty of small high-end boutiques, coffee shops, and cool scenery.
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Askov Finlayson
204 North 1st Street
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Askov Finlayson is a menswear store complete with a full Warby Parker showroom in the back. Check out their website for a better idea of their offerings. A trip here can be combined with an exploration of the North Loop, which has plenty of small high-end boutiques, coffee shops, and cool scenery.
This Target is about a half mile from the house, and is a good place to get the essentials, including groceries.
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Target
2500 East Lake Street
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This Target is about a half mile from the house, and is a good place to get the essentials, including groceries.
Essentials
The Seward Co-op is our neighborhood food co-op and is just a 4 block walk from the house.
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Seward Community Co-op
2823 East Franklin Avenue
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The Seward Co-op is our neighborhood food co-op and is just a 4 block walk from the house.
Cub Foods is our closest conventional grocery store, and is budget-friendly. It is about a half mile away.
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Cub Foods
2850 26th Avenue South
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Cub Foods is our closest conventional grocery store, and is budget-friendly. It is about a half mile away.
Getting Around
One of two Light Rail stations closest to the house. This one is about a 20 minute walk.
Lake Street Station
2220 E Lake St
One of two Light Rail stations closest to the house. This one is about a 20 minute walk.
I note the light rail station at the Mall of America because if you are considering going shopping, I highly recommend taking public transportation rather than driving. The parking can be crazy, especially on the weekends. The light rail station is about a 20 minute walk from our house, and as long as you aren't planning to buy an entire vehicle's worth of stuff, it can be worth it to avoid the traffic headache of driving out there!
MOA Transit Station
I note the light rail station at the Mall of America because if you are considering going shopping, I highly recommend taking public transportation rather than driving. The parking can be crazy, especially on the weekends. The light rail station is about a 20 minute walk from our house, and as long as you aren't planning to buy an entire vehicle's worth of stuff, it can be worth it to avoid the traffic headache of driving out there!