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The Modern Midwest in Minneapolis

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The Midwest meets metropolis in Minneapolis and the results are the best of both worlds. Foodie restaurants, boutique shops and mixology bars are friendly, fun and farm sensible without pretense. The art scene is thriving with galleries, museums, co-ops, craft stores and architectural feats scattered throughout town. A landscape of lakes and the Mississippi River make for plentiful outdoors space and activities. Even the urban space caters to biking, the city's preferred mode of transport.
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701 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
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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...
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333 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum is a striking stainless steel landmark on the University of Minnesota campus. Stroll by to admire the silver curves and angles, and either continue on to explore the college...
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50 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
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Marvel Bar is at the center of Minneapolis’s mixology scene, with bartender Pip Hanson literally chipping ice for each cocktail. Classic and creatively crafted cocktails are served in this speakeasy setting, behind a discreet purple door and...
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212 3rd Ave N #106, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
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From apparel to accessories, drinking to shaving necessities, MartinPatrick3 has goods and gifts for the rugged modern man covered. Materials like wool, leather, tweed, and denim texturize the store, and colorful socks and watches give it that...
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Bde Maka Ska, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Lake Calhoun is circled by nearly 3.5 miles of walking and biking trails that lead to an even longer set of trails that connect Lakes Isles and Harriet. As the largest of Minneapolis’s Chain of Lakes, Lake Calhoun is the center of water and land...
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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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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...
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725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
The Walker Art Center is one of the major contemporary art museums in the U.S., housing some of the most iconic and innovative visual, performing, and mixed media art in the world. The Center hosted the first major museum exhibits by Joseph...
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2610 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA
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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...
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18 W 26th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA
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Eat Street Social’s new bar-within-a-bar, the Torpedo Room, serves artisanal tiki cocktails with tasteful kitsch and Midwest flair. Flavors like sweet corn cream (instead of coconut cream) and apple cider (instead of pineapple and orange juice)...
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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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250 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
From farm equipment to bread to appliances, the historic warehouse of the current Traffic Zone Art Center has had a diverse past. It is now home to 23 studios and an art gallery to help foster a community of mid-career artists. Stop by while...
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100 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
This former railroad bridge, built across the Mississippi River in the 1880s, is now a pedestrian and bike path perfect for strolling between parks. With panoramic views of the downtown skyline, river, and St. Anthony Falls, Stone Arch Bridge is a...
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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,...
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3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA
Dogwood is a local boutique roaster built on relationships with producers around the world who the owners have visited and with like-minded importers. Its beans are served at Dogwood Coffee Bar in Upton, where you can order a delicious latte, and...
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501 1st Ave NE #1, Minneapolis, MN 55413, USA
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The wooden playground swing dangling in the center of the Astroturf-carpeted DIY shop, i like you, gives the store a playful atmosphere that is quickly solidified by the selection of authentic locally or independently made items. Their original...
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212 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, USA
In the NE Arts District of Minneapolis is Two 12 Pottery, a quirky store that is local to its core. Stoneware pottery is made on site and you can sometimes catch artists throwing clay at the wheel. It is also stacked high with other handcrafted...
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2852B Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418, USA
Vintage shopping can be cumbersome but Rewind Vintage’s carefully curated mid-century selections bring out the stylist in everyone. Their abundance of accessories, especially jewelry, belts, and handbags, can give any outfit that extra pop, 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...
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2726 W 43rd St, Minneapolis, MN 55410, USA
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Featuring a German-folklore-inspired name, Tilia delivers delicious dishes and shared plates, like the Today’s Potted Meat “confit” spread, daily hand-rolled pasta, and soups with surprise ingredients that pop. This homey neighborhood spot has 21...
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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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3220 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416, USA
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Neighborhood bakery, Rustica, bakes classic and unique varieties of breads with daily specials including brioche (Tuesdays), currant rye (Fridays), and egg braid with raisins (Fridays). Their hands-on approach brings out the best in taste and...
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4021 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406, USA
Three Minneapolis specialty spots—Dogwood Coffee, Rustica Bakery and Victory 44 restaurant—have teamed up to create a 'trifecta' of tastiness. The minimalist, modern restaurant-meets-coffeehouse crafts locally roasted coffee from Dogwood, serves...
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730 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
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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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2203 N 44th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55410, USA
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At Victory 44, there are no servers, only chefs, so each dish you order comes with a personal, thorough description from the man or woman who cooked it. The high-quality items, like the dates-and-bacon Devils On Horseback, all have their own...
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4124 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN 55422, USA
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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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4300 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55409, USA
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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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119 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
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Haute Dish is making Midwestern diner food with an upscale, sustainable twist. Menu items like Meatloaf in a Can, Breakfast Corndog, and Tater Tot Hautedish are un-ironically plated to perfection. Steak and Eggs? Try Steak tartare, egg in a hole,...
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1121 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
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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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50 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
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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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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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818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415, USA
Although the new Guthrie Theater was only completed in 2006, it has a rich history in the resident-theater movement of the 1960s. Architect Jean Nouvel created this stunning masterpiece that is worth visiting even if not attending a show, although...
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Uptown, Minneapolis, MN, USA
The main thoroughfares and side streets of Hennepin and Lyndale avenues in the Uptown District are packed with boutiques, cafes, galleries, indie theaters, restaurants, and bars. The area is great for a day of urban wandering and is right near the...
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2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA
Between the cafes, galleries, indie theaters, boutiques, and vintage shops of Uptown Minneapolis are the graffitied walls of the Intermedia Arts building. Make sure to stop by to see the regularly updated street art on the exterior as well as the...
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323 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, USA
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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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211 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
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The drinks menu at this French-inspired restaurant reads like any cocktail list anywhere, belying the alchemy behind every ingredient. Beverage director Robb Jones's Pimm’s Cup is made with strawberries that are cryovaced (hermetically sealed)...