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The best HotelsRestaurantsCultural Attractions, and just plain Fun Stuff to do and see in Minneapolis.


Hotels: Minneapolis

Sleep in boutique splendor at the Hotel Minneapolis, housed in the old Midland Bank Building.

Sleep at the Radisson Hotel Bloomington, the site of the Water Park of America.

Dream about your adventures at the Westin Edina Galleria.


Restaurants: Minneapolis

Take in the red-leather booths, the mirror wall behind the bar, and the classic chicken soup at Monte Carlo Bar and Café. (612) 333-5900

Dine on delectable water creatures—think crab cakes and fish tacos—at Sea Salt Eatery.

Chow down on gnocchi and a hoisin pulled pork sandwich at Blackbird.

Gluek’s Restaurant and Bar serves cold fresh Gluek in a spiffy joint crammed with historic beer memorabilia. Sample the Gluek pilsner, dark, red, or honey bock.

Go old-school with the retro bar, vinyl booths, and some polka music at Nye’s Polonaise Room.

Sample beers from around the globe—and maybe a glass of sake—at the stylish Azia Restaurant in Minneapolis.

Down a pint and do some lawn bowling at Brit’s Pub and Eating Establishment.


Art: Minneapolis

The famous Guthrie theater was previously parked in a modish ’60s box on the other side of downtown. The new Guthrie is a looming blue monster in the residential/historical area, and sports a strange narrow walkway jutting out from the building that looks like a shuttlecraft dock on a futuristic structure. Note the fake smokestacks that serve as marquees; they’re a nod to the area’s industrial heritage.

For a short course in the city’s history take an architectural tour: The Mill Ruin Park is built on the remains of the giant flour mills that powered Minneapolis’ rise. The North Star Lofts building occupies a blanket factory founded in 1864. And the rehabbed Milwaukee Road Depot has a hushed and elegant waiting room restored to its 1899 glory.

Get your modernistic fix at IDS Center, Philip Johnson’s landmark skyscraper.


Shops: Minneapolis

Hunt and Gather sells all the stuff Dad never threw away and Mom couldn’t bear to part with. The bright, eclectic antiques store stocks ordinary items made special by the passage of time, now shined and cleaned for another generation to enjoy, either as retro style, kitsch-camp, or a symbol of an era with better taste.


Cultural Attractions: Minneapolis

Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul is regarded as the finest beer-foundry in Minnesota. Tour the small place and try free samples of pilsner, IPA, and red ale.


Fun Stuff: Minneapolis

Visit Minnehaha Falls, a lovely spot where the creek completes its long meander through the city and empties into the Mississippi.

Head downtown to the Stone Arch Bridge for a great view of thundering Saint Anthony Falls.

When it’s 30 below outside, it’s tropical at the indoor Water Park of America. Take an innertube and float around a fast-moving stream, or hurtle down chutes that whip you around the building and dump you in a chlorine broth.

Ride around town on a 16-seat BYOB bike called Pedal Pub through October. 

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