Morning Start the day fresh with a stop at Dunn Brothers Coffee, a Minneapolis classic—and a great place to run into die-hard locals. Pick up a freshly-brewed cup and take a walk around the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Be sure to check out Spoonbridge and Cherry—the Cherry in the Spoon to native Minneapolis residents—designed by the legendary Claus Oldenburg.
Midday Hop Leaves brown, sky grey? Okay, Minneapolis has the best fall foliage around, but if it’s getting a little nippy, head across the street to the Walker Art Center. It’s considered one of America’s greatest modern art museums and features the work of Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Nam June Paik and Yoko Ono. When you’ve had your fill of art, stroll across the historic Whitney Bridge and take a table at Café Lurcat, where the vogue design matches the food. Their mini-burgers and enormous wine selection are sure to cure any art hangover.
Evening Experience Minneapolis at its cutest: visit Lake Harriet. Wrap up in a scarf and take a promenade around the lake’s walking path. Take in breathtaking views of the city skyline along the way. When you finish your loop, walk on up to the Linden Hills neighborhood, and do a little damage at The Bibelot Shop or Creative Kidstuff, one of the best toy stores around.
Then, carry your bags to Moto-I, an Asian fusion restaurant sure to knock your socks off. If you’re more in the mood for meat and potatoes, trek across the street to Famous Dave's. It’s now a successful national chain, but this was one of the first and Famous Dave himself calls Minneapolis home. Even though the autumn wind can blow chilly and cold, make sure to stop at Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream Parlor. The lines may be long, but the result is delicious and totally worth it. Raspberry Chip, Oreo and Pavarotti are some flavor favorites.
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