Collected by Chris Adamoli
308 E Prince St, St Paul, MN 55101, USA
Black Dog Cafe is the cultural epicenter of Lowertown in Saint Paul. Kudos to this wonderful place for ambitious programming in music and the arts. Some of the most respected twin cities musicians stop by regularly to play gigs. Music ranges from...
4801 S Minnehaha Dr, Minneapolis, MN 55417, USA
One of the unique things about the Twin Cities is just how much nature is part of the urban landscape. Few places exemplify this better than Minnehaha, one of Minneapolis’s oldest and most popular parks. Here, visitors will find everything...
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...
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...
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...
1428 W 32nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA
The juice craze has finally hit Minneapolis, with Truce Juice the first pressed juice store to open in the city. There are six to seven flavors on offer, depending on the day, including Morning Greens (apples, cucumbers, ginger, kale, lemon,...
Grand Marais, MN 55604, USA
Following a business trip to the Twin Cities, I decided to take a few days off and head up to the north shore of Lake Superior, just to see what was there. I made it as far north as the town of Grand Marais, where adjacent to the downtown area...
65 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA
Decorated with peacocks and named for a famed Irish playwright, this little Victorian cafe serves up a killer huevos rancheros with smoked gouda hash browns. In addition to the Mexican food with an Irish twist, The Wilde Roast has some good...
3440 Bloomington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407, USA
The Powderhorn Park neighborhood in South Minneapolis has a flavor all its own. It's creative (without being pretentious), diverse and, well, it's pretty granola. (A recent map of Minneapolis' neighborhoods labeled it "real hippies" as opposed to...
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...
2610 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA
French Meadow Bakery & Café has been promoting sustainable practices since before it was cool. Their menu of small plates, sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads, and more hearty main dishes cater to all dietary needs and allergy restrictions with...
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...
1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
With great live music nearly every night, the Dakota Jazz Club provides a wonderful way to spend an evening. I recently took my husband to hear a group that promised something a bit different on his birthday. Baladino, a five-piece band with...
895 Arcade St, St Paul, MN 55106, USA
Today I finally tried one of the taquerias in my new East Side neighborhood. And let me say this: these were easily the best things I've ever tasted. Dayton's Bluff, specifically Arcade Street, is a hidden lode of outstanding authentic...
2840 N Shore Dr, Orono, MN 55356, USA
This time of year the garden is dominated by bold summer flowers - at Noerenberg, that mostly means grasses, butterfly weeds, and prairie flowers. Thus, these delicate looking lilies lit by the sun in an otherwise shady corner of the garden were...
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