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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  • Paradise Charter Cruises has been providing private charters on beautiful Lake Minnetonka and the Mississippi River for over 18 years. They are ideal for corporate or personal events, as they accommodate for groups from 10 to 150.
  • Pinstripes is a unique dining and entertainment venue, featuring a bistro with exceptional Italian/American cuisine and wine; bowling and bocce; a year-round outdoor patio and fire pit; and event space and meeting rooms accommodating 20-600 guests. Enjoy Sunday Brunch, lunch or dinner; private parties; weekend live blues and jazz; craft beer wine dinners; parents tot play dates and many other exciting promotions. We look forward to meeting you!
  • Running Aces Casino Racetrack is a cutting-edge Las Vegas style card room, with live summer harness racing, a full service restaurant and year round Simulcast wagering. The card room has a warm elegant feel with all of the hottest games being offered. Running Aces also features daily poker tournaments with various buy-ins to accommodate all players. Running Aces offers entertainment for everyone with monthly comedy shows, BINGO, and various events throughout the year. The facility is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Running Aces is located adjacent to I-35 exit #129 in Columbus, Minnesota, 20 minutes north of downtown Minneapolis, under 5 minutes from hotels.
  • From sharks to sea turtles, and jellyfish to seahorses, SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium showcases over 10,000 sea creatures underneath the Mall of America. Throughout your 75 minute experience you will to come face to face with animals never before seen in Minnesota, giving you a new level of excitement and understanding of the world's oceans. You will be amazed by our 300 foot long tunnel and 1.3 million gallons of water.
  • Shooting Star Casino, Hotel Event Center in Mahnomen, Minnesota, is home to gaming, live concerts, dining, 386 hotel rooms and nearly 30,000 square feet of event and meeting space.
  • Springbrook Nature Center is a uniquely diverse natural area of native habitats and wildlife. It has 127 acres of native prairies, oak and aspen forests, oak savannah, and extensive wetlands. Springbrook is a popular City of Fridley park, and is a destination for people from the greater Minneapolis St. Paul regional metropolitan area. Its three miles of hiking trails, floating boardwalks, and interpretive center live animal exhibits are an attraction for families, children and friends. Springbrook Nature Center is a jewel to be cherished and protected. Let the City of Fridley's Springbrook Nature Center be your choice for a family adventure, or a quiet interlude, to learn about and enjoy the beauty and diversity of nature!
  • Don't miss your chance to explore Target Field, rated the #1 Fan Experience in all of major league sports by ESPN the Magazine! During your guided tour to Target Field, you'll see areas of the ballpark guests normally don't see. These spaces may include the press box, clubhouse, dugout and other premium areas (all subject to availability).
  • Come enjoy all the tastes the Twin Cities has to offer on our guided tours! Our walking food tours are a 3 hour experience sampling food at 5 local restaurants all while seeing the sites and learning about the history of the Twin Cities. Some sites include the Guthrie, Mill City Museum, Stone Arch Bridge, Pillsbury Mill, Mary Tyler Moore Statue, Mills Ruin Park, Mississippi River, tallest building in Minneapolis, the oldest street in Minneapolis and Skyways. Or join our Brewery or Winery Bus Tour to 3 local breweries or wineries. You'll enjoy private tours and get to sample some of the best local beer or wine around the Twin Cities. Join in tours are available daily or book a private tour for smaller or large groups. Please visit our website for booking a tour or contact us directly to schedule a private tour.
  • Enjoy guided biking and walking tours around the Twin Cities. Explore the sites and learn about the local history. The tours may include the historic riverfront and mill area, Nicollet Mall, the Walker Sculpture Garden, the Twin's Stadium, Minnehaha Falls, the city lakes and beyond. Experience one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the country. Get out, get active and enjoy our fabulous cities.
  • Unique spaces, distinctive environment, scenic views, chef-designed farm to table menus using locally sourced ingredients, wellness activities from yoga to spa services tailored to meet your needs. From the moment you take your first tour of our venue until your event is complete, we are your partner in planning.


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