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The Midwest meets metropolis in Minneapolis, and the result is the best of both worlds. The city's restaurants, boutique shops, mixology bars, and art galleries are friendly, fun, and without pretense, all set in a landscape of lakes along the Mississippi River.
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423 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA
Wally's is a fantastic little Middle Eastern eatery tucked into the trendy, university-centric Dinkytown neighborhood. A friend and I stopped in before catching a show at the Varsity Theater just down the street. My friend ordered the veggie...
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1308 SE 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA
Minneapolis has no shortage of good music venues. But the Varsity, located in the funky college neighborhood of Dinkytown, is an exceptionally neat place to catch a gig. The interior is beautiful industrial-chic with exposed brick and pipes and...
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117 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA
Pracna on Main is hands-down my favorite bar in Minneapolis for many reasons. Here are my top three: Established in 1890, it's the oldest restaurant located on the oldest street in Minneapolis - historic Main Street. On warm nights, Pracna's huge...
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100 Washington Square, 100 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
The Nice Ride bike rental service makes getting around Minneapolis easy and cheap. Bike stations are scattered throughout town, so you can hop on and off shared bikes as you travel, using bike lanes, boulevards, and dedicated paths and bridges.
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112 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA
The dimly lit Nye's bar and restaurant is a step back in time, complete with red carpeting and dark wood paneling. There's live music most every day of the week, and the patrons haven't left since the 1960s (well, not literally). Polka with "The...
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725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
The Walker Art Center has one of the best collections of modern art in the Midwest, and in 2017, it reopened its public sculpture garden following a two-year renovation. The 19-acre collection holds 60 pieces, up from 40 when the center opened in...
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730 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
Borough’s atmosphere is as pleasant and thoughtful as its cuisine. The industrial interior has rustic accents like dangling lights covered in antique cheese graters. Their regularly changing menu features organic, locally grown and raised...
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50 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
Minneapolis’s Nordic heritage is getting a contemporary food facelift thanks to the Bachelor Farmer Restaurant. The renovated “Peer House” warehouse space now holds the restaurant, a “secret” basement cocktail bar, a clothing store, and a rooftop...
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1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
Butcher & The Boar serves up manly food with a modern twist, and a side of bourbon. The meats are carved and crafted in-house. The Smoked Beef Long Rib with Tabasco-molasses BBQ sauce falls off the bone, and the Cheddarwurst Borkshire Pork and...
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4300 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409, USA
Innovative seasonal small plates are Piccolo’s specialty. The best items are intended for a refined protein palate—suckling pig, foie gras, pigeon, and pickled pigs feet are on the current menu. For $52, select one item from each of five sections...
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4124 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN 55422, USA
The fun and interactive fine-dining experience of Travail Kitchen & Amusements will be extended with the opening of Travail 2.0 in a larger new location, thanks to a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised its goal of $75,000 in just...
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323 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, USA
The arty, European vibe of Erte and its neighboring Peacock Lounge cocktail bar welcome locals and visitors for some of the best steak in town. Erte specializes in protein delicacies, like artisan burgers, pork belly, and duck confit as well as...
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711 NE 15th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55413, USA
I stumbled upon Indeed Brewing Company and Taproom while exploring the northeast Minneapolis Arts District last winter. It's a warmly lit, wide-open yet cozy space that welcomed me right in. Groups of friends were seated in wooden booths and...
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2000 S 4th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA
Electric Fetus record store has been serving music heads in the community since 1968. Its roots are in the hippie scene of the '60s and '70s, evidenced by tales like the Streakers Sales (where customers were allowed to take all they could carry...