Edina for Solo Travelers
Collected by John Sandstone
Edina’s chic spark comes with substance; it’s a resolutely family-oriented place with a quietly thriving arts community and legendary hockey dynasty. Visitors find that once they get to know Edina, it’s like an old friend.
3038 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA
Three floors of books beckon at Magers & Quinn Booksellers in the boutique Uptown District of Minneapolis. The store fosters a community of enthusiasts with its range of new bestsellers, used books, and rare finds on a variety of subjects in...
5034 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55410, USA
Salut isn't a buttoned-up French dining experience. Instead it takes a cheekier approach to brasserie classics, as its logo—a beret-wearing frog smoking a cigarette (a Gauloise, no doubt)—implies. The “Américain” refers to the casual spirit of the...
5401 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419, USA
The folks who own Wise Acre Eatery also own Tangletown Gardens, a farm of some 100 acres just outside Minneapolis. They proudly source 80 to 90 percent of the restaurant's food directly from their own farm. Even when I was there in the middle of...
7499 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435, USA
It's easy to escape the city for an hour or two in Centennial Lakes Park. Among numerous activities, the park features a 1,000-seat amphitheater that hosts performances throughout the summer. If movies are more your thing, you can catch a flick...
3535 Hazelton Rd, Edina, MN 55435, USA
Now you see it, but in a year you might not. That's one reason to keep coming back to the Edina Promenade, a cheerful pedestrian and bike-friendly greenway that connects Centennial Lakes to the Galleria shops. I recommend walking it so you can...
4315 S Upton Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55410, USA
The Bibelot Shop is a fun and playful independently owned store that's been in the Twin Cities for almost 50 years. The shop is incredibly well-curated, offering unique items and clothing for you and anyone else on your list. If you're looking for...
3925 W 50th St, Edina, MN 55424, USA
Even in the face of fierce national competitors, locally based Cooks of Crocus Hill holds its own (and then some) as a mecca for foodies and gourmands of every stripe. Its cooking classes are the gold standard in the Twin Cities. Whether you want...
3909 W 50th St, Edina, MN 55424, USA
As anyone who watched Pretty Woman can tell you, stylish boutiques have a reputation for being a little snooty—if not downright unwelcoming. Well, throw that notion out because this is how Minnesota does fashion: cute and fun with nice service to...
219 N 2nd St #106, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
This ultra-stylish spot might just be one of the prettiest boutiques in the Twin Cities. The brand, built around design-centric office accessories, has made cube dwellers’ lives more chic in recent years, but its reach now extends beyond the...
3911 W 50th St, Edina, MN 55424, USA
Right in the heart of the 50th & France district, the neon glow of the Edina Theater marquee stands out like a beacon. The four-screen movie house is a local favorite, drawing Minneapolitans and St. Paulites down to Edina for an array of films...
7401 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435, USA
Not only do you get free Wi-Fi at this Whole Foods in Centennial Lakes, but you get a spot to recharge your laptop. Pretty nifty! Plus, the hot and cold deli inside—with a delicious selection of prepared food—means you won't go hungry.
3910 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55424, USA
The Wisconsin border is about a two-hour drive away, but this is still cheese-loving territory. And Mozza Mia, a mozzarella bar, is light years away from your average deep-fried curd. Dip into some seriously divine burrata or order a sampling of...
3520 W 70th St, Edina, MN 55435, USA
Date-and-drinks destination, client-meeting enclave, and girls'-night hotspot: Crave is the Edina go-to when you want to impress. The menus are eclectic, ranging from brick-oven flatbreads to steaks to Minnesota walleye. It’s also the top option...
3460 W 70th St, Edina, MN 55435, USA
Just outside The Good Earth restaurant is one of the best places in the Twin Cities to get a fresh juice that's equal parts healthy and delicious. Yes, you can get your basic O.J., but don't order one without checking out the rest of the menu...
3350 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA
Bull Run Roasting is a locally owned, Minneapolis-based coffee roasting company and bar. This place boasts a casual yet charming atmosphere and crafts the perfect cappuccino. I drink my coffee simply—black, no cream, no sugar. But, when it comes...
7499 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435, USA
Need a moment to take a deep breath? Want to find a bit of nature in the relatively urban setting of Edina? Centennial Lakes Park is the perfect place to do it. A mile and a half of beautifully landscaped trails ring a 10-acre lake that is as good...
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