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August 29, 2016

56 places to visit in minneapolis

56 Places to Visit in Minneapolis, MN
I moved to Minneapolis about a year ago, & while there are areas that are unfamiliar to me, it definitely feels like home here. My brother & his wife are coming to visit soon (yay!), & I'm extremely excited to "show off" the new stomping grounds. I still feel like a tourist in my own city, but over the past year Heather & I have tried to do lots of new things - not to mention eat lots of good food - so I feel like we can do a decent job taking the fam around town. If you're new to Minneapolis or planning on coming over for a visit, here's some places to check out. There are a handful of places on the list I haven't visited yet, but are definitely scribbled on a list that hangs on the fridge!
56 Places to Visit in Minneapolis: Freewheel Bike, Mississippi River, Stone Arch Bridge, Midtown Greenway


1. Go pedal boating on one of the many lakes
2. Visit Minnehaha falls (even better in the winter)
4. Rent a Nice Ride bike to tour the city
5. After sight-seeing, bike the Midtown Greenway
6. Visit the Stone Arch Bridge
7. Take a stroll in Loring Park (make sure to visit the Dandelion Sculpture)
9. See the city from atop the Foshay tower
10. Ice skate at the Depot (winter only)
12. Play skyline mini golf at the Walker Museum
56 Places to Visit in Minneapolis: Chef Shack Ranch, Spoon & Stable, The Bachelor Farmer


11. Aster Cafe (best quiche in town)
12. The Bachelor Farmer (adore)
13. Birchwood Cafe (vegetarian biscuits & gravy whaa?)
14. LUSH (because of the endless mimosas!)
15. The Local (Irish delish - also a bar)

16. Chef Shack Ranch (also a food truck!)
17. World Street Kitchen (I have literally never had anything bad here)
18. Spoon & Stable ($$$, but so good)
19. Salsa a la Salsa (authentic Mexican food)
20. The Nicollet Diner (perfect if you're craving a milkshake at 3 in the morning)
21. Dancing Ganesha (hands down the best Indian food in the city)
22. Trieste Café (open during the week - right off the skyway. AMAZING FALAFEL)
23. The Hi-Lo Diner (haven't been yet, but Adele has, so it must be good. Right?)
56 Places to Visit in Minneapolis: Mill City Farmer's Parking, Loring Corners, North side of the river, Lake Harriet


24. Crafty Planet (STILL have yet to visit this adorable craft store what is wrong with me?)
25. Mill City Farmer's Market (Saturdays!)
26. The Herbivorous Butcher (vegan butcher - no lie)
27. Freewheel Bike (a bike shop / lunch spot that is literally on the Midtown Greenway!)
28. Find Furnish (they always have super cute furniture)
29. I like you (nifty gifts)
30. Patina (also cute gifts / stuff I need want)
31. Pharmacie (home goods, pretty things)
32. Askov Finlayson (men's apparel - also want)
56 Places to Visit in Minneapolis: The Bachelor Farmer Cafe, Peace Coffee, Spyhouse, One on One


33. Spyhouse (potentially the hippest coffee houses in town)
34 . The Bachelor Farmer Cafe (home of the most adorable tile work)
35 . Dunn Bros. (a local company - try the iced caramel macchiato)
36. One on One Bike Shop (get your bike fixed & have one of the best mochas in town)
37. Peace Coffee (convenient if you're downtown - you don't even have to leave the skyway)
38. Common Roots Cafe (their cold press is the best press)
56 Places to Visit in Minneapolis, MN: Brit's Pub, The Local, Salsa a la Salsa, Spoon & Stable


39. Brit's Pub(very British, very chill)
40. Rosa Mexicano (margaritas & endless guac)
41. Up-Down (on our "yet to go" list - arcade games & beer!)
42. Prohibition Bar at the Foshay tower (a speakeasy with some of the best views in town)
43. Spoon & Stable (I know - this is their second appearance on the list. I almost put them in the "brunch" section too! They can do no wrong)
44. Marin (had drink that tasted straight up like licorice)
45. Butcher & the Boar (lovely beer garden - dog friendly Mondays!)
56 Places to Visit in Minneapolis: Path to the Walker, Mill City Museum, Cherry on a Spoon, Bob Dylan Mural

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46. Browse paintings at the MIA
47. See the Cherry Spoon at the Walker Sculpture Garden
48. Visit Walker on the first Saturday of the month & get in for free
49. View the Bob Dylan mural off Hennepin
50. See contemporary work at MCAD
51. Pose in front of the quintessential Minneapolis mural at 515 1st Avenue
56 Places to Visit in MPLS: Bread & Pickle, Bogart's Doughnut Co., Milk Jam Creamery, Izzy's Ice Cream


52. Glam Doll Donuts (hands down the best donuts in town)
53. Milk Jam Creamery (ice cream & donut sandwiches whaaa?)
54. Bogart's Doughnut Co. (this is basically a list of donuts)
55. Angel Food (delish chocolate croissants)
56. Izzy's Ice Cream (yumm-o. They have mad waffle cone skills)

All the pictures are from Instagram, either the @wecanmakeanything feed, or Heather's account, @hbomb.mpls



  1. i want to come visit sometime! (and by sometime, I mean spring or summer :-)

    1. Ooo you know I'd love that! And yeah - I'm echoing that spring/summer because otherwise you'd have to buy a parka!

  2. Oh wow. My husband is moving to Minneapolis tomorrow and our child and I are following in a few weeks. A friend just sent this to me and I am so happy to see it. Thank you!!!! - Jonathan

    1. Oh awesome! You'll love it here. There are so many fun things to do - welcome to Minneapolis! :)


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