Downtown Dining

With four distinct seasons and dozens of international culinary traditions, Minneapolis restaurants offer farm-to-table experiences you won't find anywhere else. Enjoy the multitude of dining options that will spoil your tastebuds.

Morning
Set the mood for food and kick off the day with a sumptuous breakfast or weekend champagne brunch at Cosmos in the Graves 601 Hotel. From there, stroll down Nicollet Mall to Macy's, where the lower-level Marketplace selection of cookware beckons your inner foodie. Sample recipes and check out trends from Macy’s Culinary Council, a national authority on all things tasty. Or, ease into the day with brunch at Spoonriver, headed by local culinary star Brenda Langton.

With your taste buds' interest piqued, take in the sights, smells and tastes of the Mill City Farmers Market. Mingle with the growers themselves as you discover the variety of local, organic and sustainable foods available. If you’re a bread lover (and who isn't?), get a taste of history and tour the Mill City Museum. Find out why Minneapolis was, for decades, flour-milling capital of the world as you ride the Flour Tower and explore hands-on exhibits.

Afternoon

Take a break and wet your whistle at The Local, an Irish pub with a patio that's tops for people watching. Then it's off to lunch at Gather, D'Amico and Sons Walker Art Center restaurant. Take in the spectacular downtown view while you savor the locally sourced and globally inspired American cuisine by executive chef Josh Brown.

With your palate inspired, venture through the Walker Art Center, hailed by Newsweek as "possibly the best contemporary art museum in the country". Work up an appetite in the outdoor Sculpture Garden and find magnificent art around every hedge.

Or, for more theatrical flavor, slide into a table at Sea Change. Inside the Jean Nouvel-designed Guthrie Theater, this savory spot has a flair for the dramatic as well. The sleek atmosphere sets the stage for award-winning head chef Tim McKee's imaginative menu. Take in a matinee show at the Guthrie, and stop to marvel at the amazing Riverfront views.

Evening
Check in at the Chambers, a luxury art hotel featuring original contemporary art work on the walls and on your plate. Dinner at the D'Amico Kitchen, led by internationally recognized star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, is a must.

Or, complete your culinary adventure with a romantic dinner at the elegant La Belle Vie. La Belle Vie. Named one of America's top-50 restaurants by Gourmet magazine in 2006, it's home to 2009 James Beard Award Winner chef Tim McKee.

Feast on sublime Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Save room for drinks and live jazz at the Dakota Jazz Club and Restaurant. Raise a glass and toast to the delicious culinary and cultural flavors you've enjoyed. Cheers!

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  • Explore the unexpected at the Alexander Ramsey House, a Victorian-era home filled with thousands of original family items and furnishings. Through special events and programming visitors can immerse themselves in life from the 1870s. The home was built by Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota's first territorial governor. Open year round for seasonal events and programming. Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House: Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas with special holiday tours. See Original family ornaments and family gifts, hear holiday music played on the 1875 Steinway piano, and taste fresh cookies baked in the wood stove. Discover how the Ramsey family and servants celebrated the exciting holiday.The Alexander Ramsey House is one of 26 historic sites and museums operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.
  • See all that the Twin Cities has to offer by taking the Twin Cities Highlights Tour by Award-Winning City Tours and Gray Line. Peer into the glass and steel of Minneapolis, the stately stonework of Saint Paul, and the diverse neighborhoods in between. Or try our exciting Minneapolis Tour and Mississippi River Cruise, our historic Stillwater Tour and St. Croix River Cruise, and our ever-popular Holiday Lights Tour. We can even design private, customized tours for groups. With educational and entertaining live narratives, our spacious motor coach tours are always engaging. No matter which city tour you choose, you'll have an unforgettable time in the Twin Cities. Our public tours pick-up at the Mall America (Transit Station - east side / lower level). Visit our website for tour dates and prices.
  • Come check out Minnesota's largest outdoor waterpark! Bunker Beach now features six towering waterslides, a 900’ lazy river, leisure pool with climbing wall, a zero-entry pool with a water play structure, a creative sand play area, and as always, Minnesota’s largest outdoor wave pool! Large open areas for sunning and relaxing are scattered throughout the water park. Concession options, changing rooms, and a metro-area location, make Bunker Beach a perfect family destination!
  • Canterbury Park Racetrack Card Club features live summer horse racing, year-round simulcast racing and a deluxe, 24-hour card club dealing a variety of poker and casino card games.
  • One of the last free zoos in the United States, Como is home to a wide array of animals and plants and welcomes visitors 365 days a year. Located next to Como Town Amusement Park, the historic Cafesjian's Carousel, and in Como Park, the zoo and conservatory are great fun for visitors of all ages.
  • Big fun for little kids! At Como Town kids can drive cars, fly planes, fight fires, run, climb and play. Safe and wholesome family fun right next to Como Zoo.
  • Visit Dave Buster's! Our Full Service Dining and Gaming Facility is the best in the industry! We have a complete Full Service restaurant, Bar, and Game Floor all under one roof! So come on down and experience 40,000 square feet of the most fun you can have in one place!
  • From the highlights of the Twin Cities to the back beat of the streets, we offer amazing tours that educate and entertain. Whether you'd like to choose one of our standard tours or customize your own, our professionally trained guides and expert coordinators will keep tour group's needs and interests in mind. Step on guides and translators available. Tour Registration, Secure Payments Accurate Reporting.
  • Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, Foci MCGA, seeks to engage the Minnesota community in the study and appreciation of glass arts by offering classes, demonstrations, workshops and other avenues toward understanding the potential of the glass art form. The studio is a central location and community for professional and emerging glass artists, located in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Established in the early 1820s, Fort Snelling was built to protect the fur trade. Today, the reconstructed fort is a National Historic Landmark where visitors can learn not only about military history from before the Civil War through World War II, but also about domestic life, slavery in Minnesota and the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. Historic Fort Snelling is one of 26 historic sites and museums operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.

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