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Minneapolis Trip Guide

The larger of the Twin Cities does everything on a grand scale. It has more theater seats per capita than any city outside New York, it has the largest mall in America, and its miles of trails trace the second-longest river in America—the Mississippi.
Target Field
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Mill City Museum
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Minnehaha Falls
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Weisman Art Museum
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Butcher and the Boar
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Radisson Blu Mall of America
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Smack Shack
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Guthrie Theater The Mississippi riverfront theater draws crowds for first-class performances; the 2016 lineup includes Harvey and South Pacific. guthrietheater.org

Mall of America Seven Yankee stadiums could fit inside the Bloomington mega-mall, home to 520 stores, a Nickelodeon theme park and an aquarium. (952) 883-8800; mallofamerica.com 

Mill City Museum Ride the Flour Tower, an eight-story elevator show about the city’s rich milling history. A ninth-floor observation deck overlooks St. Anthony Falls. millcitymuseum.org

Minneapolis Institute of Arts Admission is free to view the permanent collection of more than 89,000 objects, which includes European tapestries and Turkish embroideries. (888) 642-2787; artsmia.org 

Minnehaha Park Hikers and bikers on the 10 miles of trails stop to see the Mississippi River, limestone bluffs and 53-foot-tall Minnehaha Falls. (612) 230-6400; minneapolisparks.org

Nicollet Mall A 12-block pedestrian thoroughfare balances big-city feel with eclectic hidden gems. Highlights: the Dakota Jazz Club and Brit’s Pub (with lawn bowling on the roof).  minneapolis.org

Target Field Families pack the downtown stadium to cheer on the Minnesota Twins while savoring local fare like polish sausages from Kramarczuk’s. Kids 14 and under get a thrill from running the bases after Sunday games. 

Twin Cities Food Tours Expect international flavors and Minnesotan history on this three-hour walk. Learn about Neapolitan-style pizza and discover old-world Polish treats. twincitiesfoodtours.com

Walker Art Center The on-site Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is undergoing renovations until summer 2017, but you can still explore the 11 indoor contemporary art galleries. (612) 375-7600; walkerart.org

Weisman Art Museum Frank Gehry’s gleaming silver building houses the University of Minnesota’s collection of more than 20,000 objects, including numerous pieces of American modernism. weisman.umn.edu


112 Eatery A cheeseburger and an egg sandwich appear on the menu next to creative dishes like Chinese fried eggs. 112eatery.com

The Bachelor Farmer Exposed wood beams give this spot a down-home feel. A rooftop garden produces veggies that show up in items such as toast with cherry tomatoes and fresh cow’s milk cheese. thebachelorfarmer.com

Bar La Grassa James Beard Award-winning chef Isaac Becker crafts twists on traditional Italian food. The gnocchi with cauliflower and a splash of orange is a must-try. barlagrassa.com

Butcher and the Boar German classics get modern updates here. Expect entrees like a Berkshire pork chop with bourbon sauce. butcherandtheboar.com

Hell’s Kitchen You can’t go wrong with anything at this underground joint known for its Mahnomin porridge (wild rice, cream, berries and hazelnuts). hellskitcheninc.com

Lucia’s Chef Lucia Watson served organic, regional fare before it was cool. The menu changes weekly and includes entrees like apple-cider-glazed Berkshire pork chops. lucias.com

Midtown Global Market Shop for ethnic groceries and ready-made foods at an indoor market.. midtownglobalmarket.org 

Pizza Luce The namesake pizza comes topped with Italian sausage, garlic, onion and mounds of gooey mozzarella. Mashed taters and bacon star on the popular Baked Potato Pizza. pizzaluce.com

Prairie Kitchen and Bar Servers wearing plaid flannel shirts deliver sophisticated riffs on traditional fare, like salmon BLTs and seasonal yogurt parfaits served in a Red Wing Pottery crock. prairiekitchenandbar.com

Red Stag Supper Club A green restaurant in northeast Minneapolis offers a Friday fish fry featuring seasonal catches. redstagsupperclub.com

Salty Tart Bakery A must-stop for oatmeal cake. (612) 874-9206; saltytart.com

Smack Shack Go all out with the lobster boil: a whole lobster with corn on the cob, Polish sausage, red potatoes, coleslaw and milk bread. www.smack-shack.com

Travail Kitchen and Amusements  Music thumps and chefs cheer when the doors open for the 5 p.m. seating of the nearly three-hour culinary masterpiece at this Robbinsdale restaurant. Chefs prepare at least 10 courses and on some nights parade past guests to dole out avocado mousse and hot-pepper macaroni accompanied by a symphonic soundtrack. travailkitchen.com

Victory 44 Well-executed eggs Benedict and Devils on Horseback (bacon-wrapped dates with a cloud of blue cheese foam) make this a brunch beacon in a developing northside neighborhood. victory-44.com


The Commons Hotel Plush beds encourage lingering over reads delivered by a book butler. commonshotel.com

The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel The renovated train depot offers comfy modern rooms (some with whirlpools), plus beer and wine flights at the Stone Arch Bar. thedepotminneapolis.com

Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis The owner’s art collection adorns guest rooms at this boutique hotel in the heart of the theater district and near Nicollet Mall. lemeridien.com/chambers

Loews Minneapolis Hotel This super-luxe hotel spares no detail, even when it comes to pets. Four-legged family members dine on gourmet room service. loweshotels.com

Radisson Blu Mall of America A lobby awash in a blue glow welcomes guests to this hotel attached to the Mall of America. Staffers follow a your-wish-is-our-command approach. radissonblu.com

For more information: Meet Minneapolis (888) 676-6757; minneapolis.org

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