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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  • Completed in 1905, the Minnesota State Capitol is used by the Minnesota Governor, Supreme Court, Senate and House of Representatives. Designed by Cass Gilbert, who was known for his classical style and pioneering skyscrapers, the Capitol features the second-largest self-supporting marble dome in the world, works by important 19th and 20th century artists and battle flags from the Civil and Spanish-American Wars. While currently undergoing a three-year renovation, the Capitol remains open to visitors for daily tours. The Minnesota State Capitol is one of 26 historic sites and museums operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.
  • This annual exposition is Minnesota's best-attended event. Plus, fairground buildings are available for off-season rental. They can handle large-audience events that others cannot.
  • The Minnesota Wild are a professional hockey team in St. Paul, MN. We offer season group tickets to assist you in entertainment.
  • Minnesota Wine Country Tours provides specialized winery tours for individual groups, wedding parties, large groups and special corporate tour events. Our smaller vehicles can accommodate groups from 6 to 14 people. We can also arrange tours for larger corporate events using full service, first class motor coaches. Free pick up and drop off at all area hotels, or your pre-arranged location within the Twin Cities Area.
  • With more than 2,000 animals representing over 400 species, you're bound to have a wild time at the Minnesota Zoo.
  • The National Sports Center is a premier destination for amateur sports. Their campus is filled with 8 hockey rinks, 50 soccer fields, and a 50,000 square foot sports hall.
  • Nickelodeon Universe is the nation's largest family indoor theme park with over 30 remarkable rides and attractions that shape the seven-acre park, which also features nine places to eat, entertainment and shopping.
  • Step into a reconstructed fur post from the winter of 1804. Meet a French Voyageur, a British fur trade clerk and visit an Ojibwe encampment. The visitor center houses an expansive exhibit gallery with a 24-foot birch canoe, a 30-foor tall stone fireplace and a gift shop. The Snake River heritage trails are open year round for hiking, snowshoeing and skiing. The North West Company Fur Post is one of 26 historic sites and museums operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.
  • Located on the east bank of the Minneapolis Riverfront District, the Northeast Business Association offers Old St. Anthony (the birthplace of Minneapolis) and 50-plus restaurants and retail shops.
  • Padelford Packet Boat offers narrated Mississippi River cruises May through September, as well as dinner and brunch, trips and private charters. St. Paul riverboats carry 500 passengers.


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