Minneapolis Trip Guide | Midwest Living

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. Check out our guide for what to do, where to eat and where to stay.


Above the Falls Sports A four-hour tour of the Mississippi River Valley beckons experienced kayakers with views of the city skyline, limestone cliffs and sandy beaches. Novices stick with a shorter journey and might visit an island where 150 blue herons roost. abovethefallssports.com

Above the Falls Sports

Above the Falls Sports

Guthrie Theater The Mississippi riverfront theater draws crowds for first-class performances. 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. 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 Art Admission is free to view the permanent collection of more than 89,000 objects, which includes European tapestries and Turkish embroideries. artsmia.org 

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Minneapolis Institute of Art

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. minneapolisparks.org

Minnehaha Park

Minnehaha Park

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—Neapolitan-style pizza, old-world Polish treats—and Minnesotan history on this three-hour walk. twincitiesfoodtours.com

U.S. Bank Stadium The Vikings' new $1.1 billion stadium hums even on nongame days; catch a concert or take a behind-the-scenes tour. usbankstadium.com

Walker Art Center The on-site Minneapolis Sculpture Garden reopened in summer 2017 after a two-year, $33 million renovations. Inside the art center, explore 11 indoor contemporary art galleries. 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

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum


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

Borough For lunch it's hard to beat the Parlour Burger, a mix of ribeye, brisket and sirloin. Dinner in the former warehouse building goes fancy with choices like octopus, veal and duck. boroughmpls.com



Butcher and the Boar German classics get modern updates, such as 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

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. 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

Spoon and Stable James Beard Award-winner Gavin Kaysen churns out classic French cuisine made with seasonal Midwest ingredients, like baby beet tartine with fresh goat cheese, shallot marmalade and bee pollen. Two-story-tall brick walls, large windows and skylights brighten the former horse stable in the North Loop. A lovely final touch: A tin of petits fours arrives with the check. spoonandstable.com

Spoon and Stable

Spoon and Stable

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

Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown The just-renovated 1910 plymouth building offers two-room suites accented with local artwork plus an excellent hot breakfast buffet. embassysuites3.hilton.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. A spa and indoor saltwater pool offer a soothing break from shopping. radissonblu.com

Radisson Blu Mall of America

Radisson Blu Mall of America

For more information: Meet Minneapolis  minneapolis.org

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