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...
38 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105, USA
Garrison Keillor's unique brand of wit is evident in his bookstore. Here, I found "The Silence of Dogs in Cars" and many other unique book titles -- most neatly organized under non-conventional headings, such as "the head," "god," "reporting," and...
Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, MN 55417, USA
Minnehaha Park is a serene 193-acre green space along the Mississippi River that features a 53-foot waterfall. During the winter, the falls turn to ice, making for a dramatic landscape. With a restaurant on site, bandshell, playground, wading...
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...
2002 23rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA
Boneshaker Books is an all-volunteer run, collectively owned radical bookstore where you can browse the latest fiction alongside radical classics by Assata Shakur and Malcolm X. There's an adorable children's section as well! Check out their...
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...
701 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
Bands of all caliber and genre come through the iconic First Avenue & 7th St Entry music venue. Most famous as the backdrop to Prince's Purple Rain performances, the venue helped Prince get his start in the '80s. It was also home to the early punk...
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...
201 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA
Tasty and right amount of crisp! This Asian-fusion restaurant has, I believe, the best sweet potato fries. It's served with spicy ketchup -- a "nosh" side is $2.95; a basket for sharing is $6.95. Bonus: Gluten free.
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...
275 N Syndicate St, St Paul, MN 55104, USA
Kopplins coffee shop in St. Paul has gained a national reputation for both the flawless and consistent coffee pours and the philosophy of coffee shop as community. Come for meticulous barrista-crafted coffee, quality snacks, monthly art exhibits,...
290 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101, USA
We have always loved our Saint Paul Farmer's Market, and it looks like it's someone else's favorite, too! It was voted one of the best markets in the US in July 2013 by Zagat. Why do we love it? I think it's because of the cozy size (3 isles in a...
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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