Things To Do In Minneapolis
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Dude Friendly, Favorites, Treat Yo' self / 27.11.2017

When Tim and I moved to the North Loop, we were both so excited for the amount of amazing restaurants we would be surrounded by, most within walking distance. Shortly after we moved, Kado No Mise opened it's doors. We had walked by multiple times and I had heard some buzz about some of the chefs/owners, so I was excited to try it out. A few of our friends and family tried it before us (even though its right in our back yard) and gave good, yet, underwhelming reviews....

Dude Friendly, Lovely for Ladies / 29.09.2017

A note on who didn't win. Honorable mentions: Culvers,  Shake Shack, Matt's, Burger Jones. I'm not an elitist. Frankly, these burgers are in my honest opinion, as good as those on this list. Culvers is amazing for a fast food restaurant, Shake Shack blew my mind the first time I ate it and is now in the Mall of America, Matt's bar was good enough for Obama to visit when he was in town, and Burger Jones has awesome twists on the burger like their gyro burger I love. 5. Five...

Dude Friendly, Favorites, Lovely for Ladies, Treat Yo' self / 10.08.2017

Minnesota summers can’t be beat! People seem to come alive after the brutal Winter and fickle Spring and do everything in their power to soak up every last sunny day. Because of this I love to take mini “staycations” to fully embrace what our lovely state has to offer. For our 1st Anniversary, Tim and I spent the weekend in Wayzata. It was a perfect getaway from our busy lives in Minneapolis and felt like we were much farther away from home. We stayed at  Hotel Landing which just...

Our Favorite Things to Do in Minneapolis

#1. Wander down Eat Street: Being sure to stop for cocktails and Steak Tartare at Eat Street Social. Save room for dessert and cuteness overload at Glam Doll Donuts- hitting every craving imagined, and they even offer a selection of Vegan options. #2. Scratch your nature itch by exploring the trails behind the Stone Arch Bridge. Finish off with dinner and a view on one of the patio restaurants along the St. Anthony and Main strip. My favorite is Aster Café. #3. Grab coffee and Minneapolis’ Best Cinnamon Roll (which you can top with as much frosting as you can handle) at Isles Bun and Coffee. You can justify this indulgence by walking around Lake of the Isles after. There is also a nice ride station right around the corner if that’s more your speed. #4. Shop the Farmers Market on a Saturday morning. The Lyndale Market is open everyday from 6 Am- 1pm, but what better way to start your weekend then with fresh veggies and flowers? #5. Get your fall fix by picking your own apples. Ok, you’ll have to venture a little out of the city for this picture perfect opportunity, but nothing says hello fall more than grabbing your own apples off the tree. You can apple pick, sample wine from the Saint Croix Vineyard and eat apple brats all at Aamodt’s Apple Farm. Let’s get real; your photos will be -Cute. #6. Attend a show at First Ave. #7. Sample beers at a local Brewery. Surly had a great food menu and allows dogs on their patio. Bauhaus has great beers and rotating food trucks and also allows pups. Not a beer fan? Try Sociable Cider Werks- rotating ciders on tap along with their own beer and root beer. Curious Goat is the resident food truck so you won’t leave hungry. #8. Shop Local. There are so many great boutiques in every neighborhood of the city – and the suburbs. My current faves are Proper in Uptown and Primp at 48th and Chicago. Both have unique pieces at reasonable prices. Take the day and shop downtown Excelsior for multiple unique boutiques all in one place. #9. Soak up Minnehaha Falls and the Seas Salt Eatery. Although Sea Salt is only open seasonally, the falls can be enjoyed anytime- they look even cooler frozen. #10. Try the Best Chai in Minneapolis. Head over to Uncommon Grounds for a unique coffee house experience.

What Makes Minneapolis Special?

The home to pop legend Prince, First Avenue, The Cherry and the Spoon – but what really makes Minneapolis special? Explore Minneapolis is all about what to do in Minneapolis, but just as much of things to do in Minneapolis we like reveling in the quirks and pleasantries of the nooks and crannies. It's easy to fall in love with a city with little nuggets like the Midtown Global Market where our city's multi-culturalism is out in full force.

The Greenway makes Minneapolis special by being a concourse for bikes and other wheeled transportation, and the lakes that break up Uptown draw out the closet outdoorsman and ladies of the hipsters and yuppies of Uptown. Little hotspots like the CC club, and Williams are great for a game of pool and the Varsity Theater, Kitty Kat Club, and the Ice House are good for a good show.

A brief History of Minneapolis

The land that comprises Minneapolis was originally inhabited by the Mdewakanton band of the Dakota Native Americans, and grew up around the Saint Anthony Falls because of transportation and proximity to Fort Snelling – the first U.S. Military presence in the area. Zebulon Pike was the purchaser of two large tracts of the land in 1808 and gave them $200 in trading goods and sixty gallons of liquor, along with another payment from the United States government – a payment of $2,000.

Flour milling spurred on demand for a railroad to the area, the river helped spur on hydro-electric power, and wheat oats and corn were big industry as well. The U of M, the arts, and the parks all make up a really solid basis for social awareness and eco-conscious culture that seem to effect alot of aspects of life in Minneapolis.

But what is Minneapolis about these days?

  • We're subculturally sociable: Including tons of bike lanes and appreciation of that kind of culture.
  • One of Minnesota’s nicknames is “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” but in total Minnesota's total is closer to 11,000!
  • We're a land of industry! 3M, Best Buy - an electronics store, and Target an upscale department store got there start here and provide a ton of jobs.
  • In addition to the big boys, tons of other smaller companies feed a growing culture and keep the city full of opportunity.
  • Minneapolis is full of theaters like the Guthrie and Ordway, Art Galleries like Walker and M.I.A., and comedy shops like HUGE and Acme Comedy Company.

So there's the obligitory stuff for context, but what do we love about Minneapolis?

"Minnesota nice is a real thing – and it's not just passive aggression. I find that the people of Minneapolis are sincere, pleasant and ambitious. I love walks along the river, and biking around on the greenway and city streets. The culinary options in Minneapolis are incredible and you'll literally never exhaust all of the amazing places to eat if you tried. Altogether, there's tons of stylish – well meaning people and to me that's awesome. You get the character that comes with having to wear 5 coats for 6 months out of the year, and the cultural heritage of several rich cultures in a radical melting pot." - Tim

"Minneapolis has a small town vibe with big city opportunities. There is always something new do to whether it is a checking out a new restaurant, catching a show or spending the day shopping, Minneapolis is a one stop shop. People are friendly, and the vibes a cool." - Bea