I was on the phone with my mom the other day and she said I missed the boat career wise and should’ve been a travel agent. While being a PA is my dream AND writing a blog are my career dreams, if I had to choose another it would be travel extraordinaire. I LOVE planning out a big list of to-dos and living like locals when traveling. I had the opportunity to do so when I was in Minneapolis visiting my boyfriend. Here are the recommendations I found and received from those who are from the twin cities!
[one_half]Birchwood Cafe: I headed here right from the airport and it was an excellent move. I got the vegetarian scramble and it was so unbelievably fresh! Menu changes quite seasonably. [/one_half][one_half_last]The Bachelor Farmer: WOW JUST WOW. One of the best meals I’ve ever had at a restaurant. We got the: 1. housemade cow’s milk cheese toast, heirloom tomatoes, olive oil, thyme, smoked salt 2. Grilled zucchini, cilantro-mint pesto, pistachios, Hidden Springs feta, 3. Pork fat-fried Brussels sprouts, bacon, crème fraîche, chives, Caves of Faribault AmaBlu and 4. Roasted chicken, mushrooms, celery root cream, cherry tomatoes, hickory nuts. Wouldn’t change a thing. It was definitely expensive but well worth it if it’s in your budget possibility. [/one_half_last][one_half]Lynhall: Loved this spot! Very cute, but small portions. I got the shakshouka: tomato and roasted eggplant, poached egg, feta, avocado crème, fried capers, chickpea fries. [/one_half][one_half_last]Midtown Global Market: I loved this spot! I got an amazing chicken tagine dish from a Moroccan restaurant and it was DIVINE! [/one_half_last][one_half]Milkjam: YESSSSSSSSS got so many recommendations for this one and for good reason. I got the cereal killer (orange coriander ice cream with fruity pebbles) and ridin’ duuurty (Oreo milk with Oreo chunks and salted peanut butter). [/one_half][one_half_last]Hai Hai: Another spot that came highly recommended. Loved the aesthetics and the food was also good! [/one_half_last]
[one_half]Tattersall: Cool distillery!! With a taco truck out front!! [/one_half][one_half_last]Surly Brewery: Beers and soft pretzels. A love affair for the storybooks. [/one_half_last][one_half]Marvel Bar: right below Bachelor Farmer. Highly recommend for drinks before. [/one_half][one_half_last]DogWood Cafe: Came recommended over the popular Spyglass. Amazing workspace, cool artwork on the walls, and great matcha. Triple win. [/one_half_last]
[one_half]ALTR: FREE FIRST WEEK! Bootcamp style HIIT type workout. Very challenging. [/one_half][one_half_last]ZESA: FIRST WEEK FREE! Very cool stability type workout. Engineered the bosu balls themselves, and they’re now selling them to sports teams! [/one_half_last]
[one_half]Minnehaha Falls we walked around a bit one morning. Fun times were had. [/one_half][one_half_last]Hewing Hotel: We got drinks on the rooftop one night. Great views! [/one_half_last][one_half]Guthrie Theatre: We got to see a show before the official production began. Tickets were only $15. There’s also an amazing view of the city from the rooftop. Just a spectacle from an architectural standpoint. Well worth it. [/one_half][one_half_last]Sculpture Garden: Nice walk. Many icons here, i.e. cherry on a spoon. [/one_half_last]
For the whole week long trip schedule
As always, you guys outdid yourselves and gave me AMAZING recommendations!! I’ve compiled them here below, and will definitely have to re-visit MPLS to cross more things off the to-do / to-eat list!
- Café / Fast Casual:
- Café Latte
- Sprout Salad
- Birchwood Café
- Truce (smoothies)
- Green and the grain
- Tao organic café
- Red cow- amazing brunch and burger!
- the tiny diner
- namaste café
- milk jam
- penny’s coffee
- sift bakery
- spyhouse coffee
- Free house for lunch!
- can can wonderland!
- French meadow
- Namaste Café
- Wise Acre Eatery
- Aster café
- Fairgrounds is a fun coffee/tea quick breakfast place. They have good
matcha as well https://www.fairgrounds.cafe/drinks-menu
- Mill Valey kitchen brunch
- Bachelor Farmer
- Hola Arepa
- Hai Hai
- Young Joni
- Fig and Farrow
- Chico lantio for a fun date night
- 112 eatery for their cauliflower and tres leches
- spoon and stable
- butcher and the boar
- bar la grasa
- sakana in wayzata for sushi
- union bar –> Union Rooftop drag brunch is a blast
- World street kitchen
- Chino Latino (food)
- Yum Eatery (food
- Food Halls:
- Keg and Case
- Mill City Farmers Market (Saturday) Walk across the stone arch bridge on
your way/after the mill city farmers market
- The Lynn Hall
- Midtown global market
- Sebastian Joes
- Heights Bakery (donuts)
- Izzie’s ice cream
- sebastian joes
- milk jam is right next to world street kitchen and they have donut ice
- Libertine (rooftop views)
- the rooftop of the Hewing hotel – can buy a day pass and use the hot tub and
- distillery called Tattersall that I highly recommend (kinda artsy and if you like gin
it’s a fun place).
- Surley is also a really fun brewery and they have dope pizza and they grow
(grow? Raise? Keep?) their own bees and make their own honey!!!
- Breweries: Fair State, inbound, modist, and bad weather are some of my favs
- ZeSa fitness = first week free
- ALTR – first week free – HIIT training
- Alchemy 365 = first week free – crossfit type workout
- Minnesota power yoga – YOD has HIIT into it
- Yess yoga – $10 first week
- Patagonia in St. Paul has free yoga!
- Yoga near Loring Park (great open park to walk around in) First week is free.
- If you like HIIT – F45!
- Guthrie Theatre
- sculpture park, it’s next to the Guthrie and free
- Biking along the rivers
- Minnehaha Falls
- Acme open mike night (Monday – free)
- Upstairs circus – DIY stuff
- walking around lake Harriet
- rose gardens
- in the summer time they usually show a movie or have live music at the
bandshell at lake Harriet
- explore Hunt and Gather – thrift / antique
- Paisley park
- Twins game
- Saints game
- MIA or walker and are in a mood for a museum
- Walk across the stone arch bridge on your way/after the mill city farmers market
- Betty Dangers is an amazing bar/restaurant with mini golf a Ferris wheel-
- Lake of the isles is a Great Lake to walk around in Uptown. It’s around 2.5 miles
and less busy than the large lake next to it, Bde Maka Ska. Lake of the Isles also
has a great bakery near by that has the best cinnamon rolls called Isles bun &
- Bryant Lake bowl, good for bowling but also has a good date night deal in food
and wine (can’t remember which night)!
- Sunny Side Gardens and a great assortments of indoor and outdoor plants.
- Mother Co., Plants = succulent & cactus goals.
- NE Wellness is my favorite wellness place. Everyone is down to earth, I’ve taken
classes there, had appointments for cupping, acupuncture, infrared saunas and
- Lebanon Hill Regional Park (free) has good hiking trails