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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  • Landmark Center serves as a cultural center for music, dance, theater, exhibitions, public forums, and hosts countless special events. Landmark Center also houses Anita's Cafe, Landmarket Gift Shop, five gallery spaces, and a number of St. Paul's premier arts and culture organizations.
  • Magnolia Blossom Cruises is a quaint river boat on the Mississippi River in St. Paul, MN that can accommodate up to 110 people for your special occasion. The Magnolia Blossom is a perfect venue for weddings, birthdays, corporate events, and all other occasions. Public tours available at select times during the year.
  • Mall of America (R) is the largest U.S. retail and entertainment complex, featuring 520 stores, 60 restaurants, the nation's largest indoor theme park - Nickelodeon Universe and many other attractions.
  • metroConnections offers award-winning sightseeing tours for individuals and groups, with English and bilingual speaking step-on guides available.
  • Offering everything from heirloom vegetables and organic fruits to flowering plants, pastured meats, dairy, and eggs. Check out Mill City Farmers Market's wide selection of specialty foods including farmstead cheeses, preserves, breads, and more. Weekly kitchen demos, live music, kids' activities, and more! The first farmers market in Minneapolis to focus on locally grown, seasonal foods from the region's finest sustainable, organic farmers, and small businesses. Open every Saturday May 9 through October 31, 8am to 1pm. And monthly winter markets inside the Mill City Museum (Second Saturdays, November through April).
  • The Minneapolis Queen is a perfect way to experience the history of beautiful downtown Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Queen also makes the perfect venue for private events such as weddings, meetings, private parties and group tours. The 125 passenger Minneapolis Queen offers public tours and private charters on the Mississippi River cruising through historic Downtown Minneapolis. We are conveniently located at Bohemian Flats just south of the historic Minneapolis Riverfront District.
  • Just across the street from the Walker Art Center is the first major urban sculpture park in the United States - the 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. At its center is the beloved Twin Cities icon, the found-sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry. During the summer, spend the afternoon hitting the greens at the artist-designed mini-golf course.
  • The Minnesota Historical Society has been sharing the stories of Minnesotans for over 165 years! Join us for programs and events at 26 historic sites and museums statewide. The Twin Cities metro area historical sites and museums include the Minnesota History Center, Mill City Museum, Historic Fort Snelling, James J. Hill House, Alexander Ramsey House, Minnesota State Capitol, North West Company Fur Post, and Oliver H. Kelley Farm. Visit our website to learn more!
  • Minnesota's largest public garden on 1,000 acres, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is open year-round and offers seasonal tours of beautiful display gardens and plant collections.
  • Journey back in time to a 16th-century village. This Minnesota tradition features entertainment, artisans, food, history and more! We also coordinate and host weddings on-site, and coordinate events on- and off-site year-round.


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