Hipster Haven

Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Want to get out of your hotel room and into the local scene? Perhaps you are looking to catch some of the best views of the city while feeling like you are miles away on a beautiful lake. Grab your skinny jeans and flannel shirts and settle in to one of the hippest neighborhoods in America – Uptown Minneapolis.

Start with coffee and pastry at any of Minneapolis’ amazing coffee shops. Then, visit Hennepin Avenue's one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty stores. Some good bets: 

Goorin Brothers Hat Shop — Friendly neighborhood hat shops were commonplace and visited regularly back in the day. Goorin Brothers Hat Shop is bringing this piece of history back with a shop where buying a hat is a personal and special experience.

John Fluevog Shoes —  Since 1970 John Fluevog has been an independent designer of and retailer of forward-thinking footwear and accessories. Creating 'unique soles for unique souls' that have been seen everywhere from the feet of Madonna and Jack White to the runways of high fashion.

Columbia Sportswear — The Columbia Uptown store features Columbia’s high-performance outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment, as well as stylish Sorel brand footwear throughout two stories of glass, reclaimed wood and locally sourced stone. 

Just down the street from the shops grab lunch at Salsa a la Salsa featuring recipes that come from the central part of Mexico, and have been in the family for generations.

If the weather is fine, walk the few blocks down to Lake Calhoun for one of the best views in the city. After lunch, check out some more funky fashions and home accessories at the shops in Calhoun Square.

For a real Uptown experience, dine with neighborhood trend-setters at the cozy Barbette. Or enjoy dinner at another one of Uptown's hot spots: 

Libertine – one of Uptown’s hottest restaurants Libertine reflects a diversity of talent united by a belief that the public should be able to drink and eat as they wish, and that creativity thrives in an atmosphere of freedom.

Coup D’ Etat - new standard of dining and drinking in Uptown Minneapolis. The smart and stylish restaurant and bar provides intimate dining areas or a semi-private room for larger groups.

Bryant-Lake Bowl - catch live music, edgy theater, good food (once featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives), and five lanes of bowling—no kidding! 

Chino Latino – Saki bombs, signature drinks and food from the hot zones. Chino Latino is one of Uptown’s most lively establishments.   


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  • As Lake Minnetonka's largest fleet, Al and Alma's Charter Cruises has catered to business and personal event specialists for over 30 years. They offer private cruises for groups up to 400, and feature public weekend brunch and dinner cruises.
  • 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.
  • Loosen your tie and let the creative juices flow during an interactive event at this chic Uptown studio. Minneapolis's premier art and wine venue, Bottle and Bottega, provides all the materials and instruction you need to create wondrous works of art in a creative, comfortable environment. Make your mark on a blank canvas while chatting with your guests and channeling your inner artist, and walk out with a display-worthy canvas of color.
  • Explore local craft breweries! Our professional drivers depart every 30 minutes from each brewery all day long. Go at your own pace and see more breweries. Buy a $7 one-time pass or a $35 all-day unlimited HOP Pass to visit 2, 3, or all 4 of the brewery stops. Your Brew Ride bus experience includes music, bottled water and snacks. Getting between breweries has never been easier!
  • Host exciting and unique events at any of our entertainment centers. Our Brunswick Zone XL locations include Brooklyn Park, Blaine, Eden Prairie, and Lakeville.
  • 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.


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