Except for some larger exhibitions, admission is free to view the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ vast collection; see how women influenced the Arts and Crafts Movement in Women in Craft and Design, ending July 20, 2014.
The string of city blocks comprising Nicollet Mall is home to Target’s flagship store plus shops, bars and restaurants.
Favorite eateries include Brit’s Pub for lawn bowling on the roof and The News Room—read headlines in newsprint-inspired decor.
Watch a Minnesota Twins baseball game at Target Field before dining on gourmet burgers at 112 Eatery.
Boutique hotel Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis has luxe guest rooms decked with edgy, original artwork (from $189).
Finish the night listening to live music at Nicollet Mall’s Dakota Jazz Club.
Salty Tart Bakery sells cream-filled brioche in Midtown Global Market.
At the market, pick up ethnic groceries or ready-made foods for a picnic at Lake Calhoun, which draws walkers and joggers with a 3-mile paved trail along a sandy beach in the Uptown neighborhood. Or crowded Pizza Luce serves its namesake by the slice.
Spoonbridge and Cherry anchors the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at Walker Art Center, which merits an afternoon.
The dive Matt’s Bar serves its famed Jucy Lucy burgers (beef wrapped around American cheese on a bun).
More information: (612) 767-8001; minneapolis.org
Add a day
Start off with huevos rancheros or corned beef hash at Hell’s Kitchen, where the food is actually heavenly and brunch rules on weekends.
In southern Minneapolis at Minnehaha Park, hikers stop at scenic overlooks to see limestone bluffs and beautiful Minnehaha Falls.
A tasty array of ingredients, like Korean sausage and short ribs, escalates simple wood-fired pizza to a culinary journey at Pizzeria Lola.
Meal you’ll remember
Meat-lovers rejoice at upscale palace of protein Butcher and The Boar, where German classics get modern updates thanks to a creative head chef, an expert in-house butcher and a skilled pastry chef. Expect entrees like wild boar links and turkey braunschweiger with Vidalia onion jam. (612) 238-8888; butcherandtheboar.com
Crema Cafe Locals head to Lyndale Avenue South on the southwest side for locally sourced, organic fare: chocolate chip pancakes, seasonal soups, the Gruyère-topped Cheesy Sonny burger and popular Sonny’s ice cream. (612) 824-3868; cremacafeminneapolis.com
By The Numbers
Seven Yankee stadiums could fit inside the Mall of America in Bloomington, just south of Minneapolis. More than 520 stores, dozens of restaurants (including popular American Girl Bistro), an amusement park and an aquarium are in the nation’s largest retail and entertainment complex. Make a visit hassle-free by staying in the new Radisson Blu Mall of America Hotel; from $229. (952) 883-8800; mallofamerica.com