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Guidebook for Minneapolis

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Guidebook for Minneapolis

Food Scene
Fantastic stone oven pizza. 36 craft beers on tap. and great outdoor patio. https://www.redwagon-mpls.com/
Red Wagon Pizza Company
5416 Penn Avenue South
Fantastic stone oven pizza. 36 craft beers on tap. and great outdoor patio. https://www.redwagon-mpls.com/
Voted best Italian deli in Mpls for decades. Only place I know of that gets imported fresh buffalo mozarella regularly.... TWO OTHER Broder's eateries at same intersection: Broder's Pasta Bar is sit-down pasta dinners, mid-priced meals. Terzo, is their ritziest Italian restaurant, expensive but very good cuisine. https://www.broders.com/; https://www.broderspastabar.com/; https://www.terzompls.com/
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Broders' Cucina Italiana
2308 W 50th St
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Voted best Italian deli in Mpls for decades. Only place I know of that gets imported fresh buffalo mozarella regularly.... TWO OTHER Broder's eateries at same intersection: Broder's Pasta Bar is sit-down pasta dinners, mid-priced meals. Terzo, is their ritziest Italian restaurant, expensive but very good cuisine. https://www.broders.com/; https://www.broderspastabar.com/; https://www.terzompls.com/
Fun bar & Restaurant with spiffed-up comfort food and great drinks. Within walking distance. Always busy 'cuz it's so popular, so expect a wait. https://www.ganddpub.com/
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George and the Dragon
813 West 50th Street
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Fun bar & Restaurant with spiffed-up comfort food and great drinks. Within walking distance. Always busy 'cuz it's so popular, so expect a wait. https://www.ganddpub.com/
Innovative local chef serves creative Latin fare. This cafe is named after his daughter. https://www.cafeenampls.com/ He also owns a very new restaurant nearby with high-end tapas: Don Raul - https://www.donraulmpls.com/ AND several others: Rincon38, and Costa Blanco Bistro in NE Mpls, and Fresca (one of our hidden gem faves - see below.....)
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Cafe Ena
4601 Grand Avenue South
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Innovative local chef serves creative Latin fare. This cafe is named after his daughter. https://www.cafeenampls.com/ He also owns a very new restaurant nearby with high-end tapas: Don Raul - https://www.donraulmpls.com/ AND several others: Rincon38, and Costa Blanco Bistro in NE Mpls, and Fresca (one of our hidden gem faves - see below.....)
Bakery and coffee shop . . .. their pastries are pure decadence and arguably the best French version in the city - several high end restaurants contract them for their desserts and breads. Dark miche bread is rich and hearty - you don't have to buy the whole loaf! http://patisserie46.com/
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Patisserie 46
4552 Grand Ave S
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Bakery and coffee shop . . .. their pastries are pure decadence and arguably the best French version in the city - several high end restaurants contract them for their desserts and breads. Dark miche bread is rich and hearty - you don't have to buy the whole loaf! http://patisserie46.com/
Classic burgers, fries and really good malts. Relatively inexpensive and very family friendly. https://www.themaltshoprestaurant.com/
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The Malt Shop
809 West 50th Street
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Classic burgers, fries and really good malts. Relatively inexpensive and very family friendly. https://www.themaltshoprestaurant.com/
Hidden jewel, because it's tucked into a quiet neighborhood and serves exquisitely innovative Mexican by a chef trained in Paris. Seafood focus with varying flavors of standard and non-traditional Mexican dishes. Unique decor, great date-nite locale. https://www.lafrescampls.com/
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La Fresca
4750 Grand Ave S
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Hidden jewel, because it's tucked into a quiet neighborhood and serves exquisitely innovative Mexican by a chef trained in Paris. Seafood focus with varying flavors of standard and non-traditional Mexican dishes. Unique decor, great date-nite locale. https://www.lafrescampls.com/
Somewhat secret spot: no sign at the entrance because they're busy enough via word of mouth.....this French cuisine restaurant ($$-$$$$) by very popular chef Steven Brown. It's also good for a bar-stop (their champagne menu includes Miller High Life's " champagne of beers"), like during Drinks Only between 2:00-4:00 on weekends. https://www.stgmpls.com/
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Saint Genevieve
5003 Bryant Ave S
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Somewhat secret spot: no sign at the entrance because they're busy enough via word of mouth.....this French cuisine restaurant ($$-$$$$) by very popular chef Steven Brown. It's also good for a bar-stop (their champagne menu includes Miller High Life's " champagne of beers"), like during Drinks Only between 2:00-4:00 on weekends. https://www.stgmpls.com/
A hidden gem because not only is it wonderful pastries, sandwiches and salads, but tables are INSIDE Bachman's Floral garden center GREENHOUSE! Even in summer this is a treat, but in winter.....the best escape for good lunch and tropical atmosphere. Mid-range pricing. http://patricksbakerycafe.com/locations/bachmans/
Patrick's Bakery & Cafe
6010 Lyndale Ave S
A hidden gem because not only is it wonderful pastries, sandwiches and salads, but tables are INSIDE Bachman's Floral garden center GREENHOUSE! Even in summer this is a treat, but in winter.....the best escape for good lunch and tropical atmosphere. Mid-range pricing. http://patricksbakerycafe.com/locations/bachmans/
Voted Best Burgers in Twin Cities several times and for good reason. Hand-pressed, unique flavors and meats including a must-try tuna burger. So popular it's opened several locations in the area. Often busy, but if willing to sit at the bar, usually seated right away. https://redcowmn.com/
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Red Cow 50th & France
3624 West 50th Street
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Voted Best Burgers in Twin Cities several times and for good reason. Hand-pressed, unique flavors and meats including a must-try tuna burger. So popular it's opened several locations in the area. Often busy, but if willing to sit at the bar, usually seated right away. https://redcowmn.com/
New brick-and-mortar that started as a food truck, by a Mexican immigrant who not only uses recipes from his mother, but still takes instructions from her - she's "the chief (Jefe)" in the name. Ceviche is one of the best we've had in years, and neighbors rave about the fish tacos. https://www.eljefecuisine.com/restaurant
El Jefe Cocina & Bar
5309 Lyndale Ave S
New brick-and-mortar that started as a food truck, by a Mexican immigrant who not only uses recipes from his mother, but still takes instructions from her - she's "the chief (Jefe)" in the name. Ceviche is one of the best we've had in years, and neighbors rave about the fish tacos. https://www.eljefecuisine.com/restaurant
Another independent restaurant with great drinks and creative plates large and small. And the owner provides AIRBNB guests with BOGO coupons just ask me for one! http://www.bookclubrestaurant.com/
Book Club
5411 Penn Ave S
Another independent restaurant with great drinks and creative plates large and small. And the owner provides AIRBNB guests with BOGO coupons just ask me for one! http://www.bookclubrestaurant.com/
Unique Mexican - actually "latin inspired" and voted "Best in the Cities" in 2019(the Red Mole Pozole soup is so good I even order it in hot weather). https://tintokitchen.com/
Tinto Kitchen
Unique Mexican - actually "latin inspired" and voted "Best in the Cities" in 2019(the Red Mole Pozole soup is so good I even order it in hot weather). https://tintokitchen.com/
Sightseeing
Unique museum with wonderful tours, fascinating exhibits, and excellent gift shop. Cool architectural space, both inside and out, and can get through it in 1-2 hours.
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The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave
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Unique museum with wonderful tours, fascinating exhibits, and excellent gift shop. Cool architectural space, both inside and out, and can get through it in 1-2 hours.
Historical site with tours, displays, great view of the Mississippi, and nice museum displays. Historical society has occasional exhibitions and events
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Unorganized Territory of Fort Snelling
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Historical site with tours, displays, great view of the Mississippi, and nice museum displays. Historical society has occasional exhibitions and events
Not only the most famous theatre in town, but also has great views of the city (go to the very top as well as out on the "bridge" that juts out toward the river.) Several restaurant options here, including the estimable (and expensive) Sea Change.
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Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street
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Not only the most famous theatre in town, but also has great views of the city (go to the very top as well as out on the "bridge" that juts out toward the river.) Several restaurant options here, including the estimable (and expensive) Sea Change.
Parks & Nature
Easy paved hiking and biking trails parallel the Minnehaha Creek most of the way, and end up at the Mississippi River, It takes you past the Minnehaha Falls as well. https://www.traillink.com/trail/minnehaha-trail/
East Minnehaha Parkway
Easy paved hiking and biking trails parallel the Minnehaha Creek most of the way, and end up at the Mississippi River, It takes you past the Minnehaha Falls as well. https://www.traillink.com/trail/minnehaha-trail/
A beautiful waterfall on Minnehaha Creek. Large park with bandshell, playground, and popular (in summertime) Sea Salt restaurant (fish, fries, beer). Can rent pedal carriages for up to 6 people and ride the bike trails!
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Minnehaha Falls
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A beautiful waterfall on Minnehaha Creek. Large park with bandshell, playground, and popular (in summertime) Sea Salt restaurant (fish, fries, beer). Can rent pedal carriages for up to 6 people and ride the bike trails!
Only 1/2 mile away, free beach access. The walking and biking trails that ring Lake Harriet is accessible from this point; you'll see your first glimpse of the Lake Harriet Bandshell, which is only ~ 1.5 miles around the lake from the beach.
Lake Harriet South Beach
4642 E Lake Harriet Pkwy
Only 1/2 mile away, free beach access. The walking and biking trails that ring Lake Harriet is accessible from this point; you'll see your first glimpse of the Lake Harriet Bandshell, which is only ~ 1.5 miles around the lake from the beach.
Arts & Culture
Premier contemporary art museum, free for kids under 18. Eclectic art, perfomances and cinema. Sculpture garden has been recently renovated, and is free and open to the public. Right across from downtown with great views of the skyline.
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Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
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Premier contemporary art museum, free for kids under 18. Eclectic art, perfomances and cinema. Sculpture garden has been recently renovated, and is free and open to the public. Right across from downtown with great views of the skyline.
Free! Classic art museum spanning thousands of years. Something for everybody, but don't try to see it all in one day. Near "Eat Street" ethnic restaurants on nearby Nicollet Ave.
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Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Avenue South
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Free! Classic art museum spanning thousands of years. Something for everybody, but don't try to see it all in one day. Near "Eat Street" ethnic restaurants on nearby Nicollet Ave.
Architect Frank Gehry designed this building and the adjacent bridge on the U of MN campus. Free admission; contemporary art with changing exhibits, easy to see within an hour. So walk around campus a bit afterwards.
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מוזיאון וייסמן לאמנות
333 East River Parkway
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Architect Frank Gehry designed this building and the adjacent bridge on the U of MN campus. Free admission; contemporary art with changing exhibits, easy to see within an hour. So walk around campus a bit afterwards.
Permanent and special exhibits are well presented in beautiful, easy-to-find museum just off of I-94 in St. Paul. Specializes in MN history, of course.
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Minnesota History Center
345 West Kellogg Boulevard
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Permanent and special exhibits are well presented in beautiful, easy-to-find museum just off of I-94 in St. Paul. Specializes in MN history, of course.
Entertainment & Activities
http://mspmag.com/travel-and-visitors-guide. This source (MplsSt.Paul Magazine) is what locals go to for the newest and best "to do, to see, to eat" in the Twin Cities. Here you'll find most up-to-date local suggestions.
Free live music every night June - Sept, and it's right on Lake Harriet. Near playground and picnic area, and adjascent Bread & Pickle serves up non-chain food burgers, dogs, ice cream and beverages
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Lake Harriet Bandshell
4135 E Lake Harriet Blvd
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Free live music every night June - Sept, and it's right on Lake Harriet. Near playground and picnic area, and adjascent Bread & Pickle serves up non-chain food burgers, dogs, ice cream and beverages
Unusual and popular venue: indoor mini-golf created (and owned) by local artists, as well as over-the-top tropical drink presentations, dozens of retro pinball machines (for fifty cents a game) and even some performances.
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Can Can Wonderland
755 Prior Ave N
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Unusual and popular venue: indoor mini-golf created (and owned) by local artists, as well as over-the-top tropical drink presentations, dozens of retro pinball machines (for fifty cents a game) and even some performances.
Essentials
Low-lighting for a grocery store, so stress seems low, though prices high - because produce is quite good, and cheese selections are optimal, and deli is tops.
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Kowalski's Market
5327 Lyndale Avenue South
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Low-lighting for a grocery store, so stress seems low, though prices high - because produce is quite good, and cheese selections are optimal, and deli is tops.
good all-around grocer, with good service and decent produce. Very convenient off of Hwy 62.
Lunds & Byerlys Richfield
6228 Penn Avenue South
good all-around grocer, with good service and decent produce. Very convenient off of Hwy 62.
Closest ER and urgent care hospital
M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital
6401 France Avenue South
Closest ER and urgent care hospital
A food cooperative that has most everything, including daily sushi, large cheese section, good deli choices, and all the organic, sustainable, and local produce, meats, and grocery items one expects of a high-end co-op. Coffee shop with seating inside, and behind the coop is a lovely picnic area that most people don't even know is there.
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Lakewinds Food Co-op Richfield MN
6420 Lyndale Avenue South
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A food cooperative that has most everything, including daily sushi, large cheese section, good deli choices, and all the organic, sustainable, and local produce, meats, and grocery items one expects of a high-end co-op. Coffee shop with seating inside, and behind the coop is a lovely picnic area that most people don't even know is there.
closest drug store and pharmacy, toiletries etc.
Walgreens Pharmacy
5428 Lyndale Ave S
closest drug store and pharmacy, toiletries etc.
Shopping
Gift shop, of varying prices. Good quality items, and fun to peruse.
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Patina
821 West 50th Street
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Gift shop, of varying prices. Good quality items, and fun to peruse.
Unique gift shop: clothing, presents for kids and adults, seasonal items are great
GoodThings
4315 South Upton Avenue
Unique gift shop: clothing, presents for kids and adults, seasonal items are great