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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.
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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...
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5034 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55410, USA
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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...
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5401 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419, USA
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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3925 W 50th St, Edina, MN 55424, USA
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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7401 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435, USA
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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.
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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...
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3520 W 70th St, Edina, MN 55435, USA
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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...
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3460 W 70th St, Edina, MN 55435, USA
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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...
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3350 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA
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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...
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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...