5. Northeast Minneapolis
Along and near the Mississippi riverfront is a slew of art, food
and brews. Galleries, theaters and music venues provide a variety of entertainment and taste of local culture. Microbreweries
are booming in the area where the old Grain Belt brewery was
once king. Indeed Brewing is located here, and a 10-minute
walk away is 612 Brew. You will also discover that Northeast
has some very atypical bars. Drink beer out of das boot and
shout “Ziggy zaggy oy oy oy!” at Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit,
or go on a tropical getaway to Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge
and drink out of a tiki cup on the patio that overlooks the river.
And don’t miss Nye’s Polonaise Room, a nationally acclaimed
bar and home to the World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band.
Whether it’s a group of bicyclists zipping past, vibrant art, the
reflection of the sun off Lake Calhoun or the taste of local produce, Uptown Minneapolis is one cool place to hang out. The
area is populated with restaurants that believe in using organic,
sustainable and local food, as well as ones with rooftops that
offers views of Minneapolis’ skyline, like Uptown Cafeteria.
You’ll find plenty of retail at Calhoun Square, and can expose
yourself to local artists in the area by attending a show at Jungle
Theater or by strolling through the Uptown Art Fair in August.
You’ll also want to get outside by renting a Nice Ride bike and
pedaling down the Midtown Greenway, which has been named
the best urban bike trail in the nation.
7. Linden Hills
West of the Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis is Linden Hills,
a family-oriented area with a tightly knit community. The
shopping district at 43rd Street and Upton Avenue is home
to boutiques and restaurants, including Zumbro Café and
the award-winning Tilia. You’ll want to spend time outdoors
to listen to tunes at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, admire the
Lyndale Rose Garden, picnic at one of the many parks and
walk, bike or blade on the paths that lead you to the Grand
Rounds National Scenic Byway. You can also go back in time
by taking a ride on a historic Minnesota Trolley along the
Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, and then learn about the mysteries of
electricity at the Bakken Museum.
8. Mill District
In the oldest part of Minneapolis you can visit the Mill City
Museum to learn about what it was like to mill flour and bake
bread for the likes of Pillsbury and General Mills (both are headquartered in Minnesota). Visit The Depot, a train station built
in 1864. Its last train left in 1971 and now it’s the location of a
hotel, waterpark and in the wintertime, a skating rink. The area
is also home to some of the best views in Minneapolis. Stroll
along Nicollet Island Park or on the Stone Arch Bridge for
a view of the Minneapolis skyline and St. Anthony Falls. You
can also see the skyline from Gold Medal Park or the Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater’s endless bridge; then you’ll want to
catch a show on one of three stages.
9. North Loop
Once where abandoned buildings sorely sat next to railroad
tracks, this area of Minneapolis has become a dining and shop-
ping hot spot. Beginning with nationally known Bar La Grassa
in 2009, the restaurant and nightlife scene continues to grow
with places like The Bachelor Farmer, Borough, Haute Dish,
Smack Shack and craft beer at Fulton Brewery’s taproom.
Scattered throughout the North Loop are high-end boutiques,
including fair trade and eco-friendly home goods at The
Foundry, men’s pieces at Askov Finlayson and martinpatrick3,
and women’s fashions at Statement Boutique and C’est Chic
Boutique. Also in the neighborhood you can catch a Twins
game at Target Field, home of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.
10. 50th & France
The neighborly, yet sophisticated style of 50th and France in
Edina is where a collection of boutiques and local eats col-
lide to create a charming cobblestone stretch. More than 175
retailers and professional services line the avenue, including
popular chains like Anthropologie, Sur La Table and Athleta,
but the real reasons to come are the high-end boutiques,
like the ritzy Grethen House, custom stationery and invitation
store Paperista, and consignment-clothing shop Fashion
Avenue. You can find home décor at Gather, meaningful gifts
at Live, Laugh, Love, and children’s clothes at Goodnight
Moon and Pacifier. You can also pamper yourself at one of
several spas. Stop at Beaujo’s wine bar, the cozy Pig & Fiddle,
Raku for sushi, or Mozza Mia for handmade mozzarella and