I know, I know. Minnesota has a reputation for being fly-over territory. Which one is that again? The one shaped like a hand or one of the squares?
Well, if you think that Minnesota is only good for flying above (or, likely, connecting through our airport), you couldn’t be more wrong. Minneapolis is a cool area, known for hipsters on bikes, good food, and lots of theater. Read on for your tips on how to spend a weekend in Minneapolis.
Welcome to town! Take a cab or uber to your hotel when you arrive, our public transportation hasn’t quite evolved far enough to be stellar yet. I’d recommend the Depot hotel, but stay in the location you’re going to hang out in the most. Welcome yourself to the city in my favorite fashion, by having a drink with a view at Prohibition at the W Hotel. This speakeasy is up on the 27th floor, which means a cool vibe and great views. Awesome!
Grab a quick breakfast at Glam Doll Donuts, where you can grab a donut with a retro vibe. Spend your morning exploring one of the museums the city has to offer: The Walker for modern art (especially once the sculpture garden reopens in June), The Minneapolis Institute of Art, which has a Luther exhibit through Jan 15 (nerding out over here) or The Mill City Museum for a Minneapolis history lesson.
After lunch, enjoy a distillery tour at one of the many cool local distilleries and learn how your favorite spirits are made. Check out Norseman, which has tours on Saturdays and occasionally “cocktail laboratories,” where you can get a mini bartending lesson, or Sociable Cider which has Saturday tours in exchange for a food shelf donation.
If you’re not in the mood for a cocktail, our local coffee shops might be more up your alley. Check out Spyhouse Coffee, which has a few locations around the cities, for the perfect Instagram-friendly cappuccino.
Have dinner at Butcher & the Boar, where carnivores will delight in huge pieces of meat prepared perfectly and fans of heat and weird flavor combinations will love my personal favorite, the peanut butter stuffed jalapeños. After dinner, you might want to catch a show: Minneapolis has the most theater seats per capita after New York—see if you can fill one.
Wake up and have Sunday brunch at Smack Shack. The lobster fair may be more at home on the east coast than in the middle of the country, but an opportunity to have lobster for breakfast is all the convincing I need.
In the afternoon, catch a game at one of the new stadiums in town. The Minnesota Twins had an abysmal season, but the park is nice and right downtown, and of course the Vikings have a new home as well. Whichever park you head to, don’t miss an opportunity for cheese curds before you have to leave town.
If you’re not a sports fan, wander around and enjoy the parks the Minneapolis has to offer and the abundant waterfront available everywhere (when we say 10,000 lakes, we really mean it!). Minnehaha park has a lovely waterfall, or, if it’s fall, head out to an apple orchard and enjoy one of our Minnesota-born varieties, like the honeycrisp. Grab a few extra to sneak home in your suitcase.
Have you been to Minneapolis? Let me know which spots were your favorite in the comments!
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