Collected by Laura J. Hernández
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...
3803 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409, USA
What’s not to like about a sweets shop called “Sugar Sugar Candy” ? This little spot is artfully and whimsically decorated: The 45 rpm “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies is framed in a shadowbox on one wall while antique Parisian chocolate boxes adorn...
6010 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419, USA
Tucked inside a sprawling floral and garden center in Minneapolis is a mini Europe—more specifically, a French café with blue-checkered tables. The Parisian-born owners offer an impressive selection of classics, from croissants to bouchée à la...
235 6th St E, St Paul, MN 55101, USA
One of my favorite cocktails: Enter The Dragon - a margarita with passion fruit juice, cava, muddled hot peppers ... Yum! You can find it at Barrio. And there are pretty good eats at this place, too. Find it in Saint Paul by the lovely Mears Park,...
1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103, USA
Peaceful. Relaxing. Green. Tropical palms of all shapes and sizes rule in the Palm Dome at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. "Wow" and "Oh my god" escape my lips a lot each time I visit this mammoth glass enclosure—some trees have leaves big enough...
4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55410, USA
The Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis is a popular summer spot, but it also provides some of the best leaf-peeping around in the fall. The sailboats outside the band shell on Lake Harriet speak of lingering summer days, but the vivid leaves are a...
3812 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410, USA
In the last few years, Minnesota’s beer culture has come roaring to life, with breweries popping up like spring flowers (maybe hop flowers). Pig & Fiddle’s alluring wall of taps is packed with brews produced in-state, making it easy to take a...
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...
Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis, MN, USA
This is one of my favorite places in the city. Either side of the bridge gives you a fantastic view. Anyone who wants to consider themselves part of the Twin Cities needs to go here at least once. Speaking from experience though, you'll want to go...
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...
2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA
While at the Minneapolis airport for a long layover, we left the terminal to explore the city. At the Minneapolis Institute of Art, I saw this French painting on display and immediately fell in love with the vivid hues and expressions.