Minneapolis has big plans this fall and is ready to give you plenty of new reasons to come check out the city! Experience it all now, whether you want to view inspiring art, find a unique way to relax, or eat at some fresh dining options, there's a new place for everyone to explore.
1. Plenty of New Eats
There is no shortage of places to eat in Minneapolis and with restaurants popping up all over the place you can find something for whatever your stomach desires. New eateries have opened up with creative foods, menus for healthy and inclusive lifestyles and flavors from around the world. Check out a few we can't wait to try:
Abang Yoli: First they made it big at Malcolm Yards Market, now they have their own brick and mortar that brings in the favorite dishes and celebrates the values and cultures of both Eastern and Southeastern Asia cuisine. Now Open
Chopped & Served: Expanding from a catering service to a take-out and take-and-bake food spot out of the former Dragon Wok space at George Floyd Square, Chef Imani Jackson is bringing together flavors from her Black and Jewish background. You'll be able to order up things like quinoa bowls, loaded hummus, collard greens, and juices to Hoppin’ John salads made with black-eyed peas and candied yams. Now Open
Bar Rufus: Located in the historic Rand Tower Hotel and features French bistro dishes and cocktails. It’s the first of three concepts in the hotel by local chef and restauranteur Daniel del Prado. Now Open
Sainaa Café: A new cafe for the fall season is just what we needed. This family-owned Ethiopian coffee shop is hoping that visitors will slow down and make some memories while sipping on their organic, fair trade tea and coffee creations. Now Open
HEAL Mpls: A black-woman owned business, HEAL MPLS, wants to bring a little bit of wellness to the NorthSide Minneapolis community. Their daily selection of plant-based food options are specially curated to provide plenty of variety and options. Visitors can also pick up some sweet treats, smoothies, fresh juices, herbal teas and more than 130 kinds of bulk herbs to keep that healthy lifestyle in tact. Now Open
D’s Banh Mi: Get ready for a robust banh mi menu with not only the classic flavors we love but also inclusive dietary options as well, like deep-fried curry tofu, salt-and-pepper tofu, and mock duck, and gluten-free alternatives to the Vietnamese-French baguettes. And if the Vietnamese Sandwich isn't your thing, there will also be sticky rice and noodle bowls options. Be on the look-out for a heated outdoor patio for year-round dining soon! Opening in Mid-October or November
Francis: What once started as food trailer outside of Social Cider Werks is now opening up shop in Northeast Minneapolis. This entirely plant-based burger joint will also serve vegan milkshakes and malts, "chicken" nuggets, and plenty of dipping sauces. Opening in November
Don't have tickets to the big game, but want to feel like you're part of the action somehow? Tom's Watch Bar is the new downtown spot to watch wall to wall coverage (literally) of all sports, all the time. Stadium sized screens are spread out all around the restaurant for a 360 degree view of all the games happening that day. A vast selection of beers will be on tap and available in their signature two-handed 40oz steins and the menu has all your favorite traditional bar food to round out your ultimate sports viewing experience.
3. New Opportunity to See a Classic Broadway Show
Rediscover a Broadway Musical favorite, Les Misérables at the Orpheum Theatre. Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Les Misérablestells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. This epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. So don't miss your chance to see one of Broadway's most talked about musicals.
The most anticipated spa center in Minneapolis finally opens this fall. Watershed Spa promises new restorative and relaxation techniques to help you recharge. Their specialized Bath and Spa treatments focus on wellness and holistic healing. So take some time to de-stress this season and feel renewed.
5. See a New Art Exhibit
Weisman Museum: Piotr Szyhalski: We Are Working All the Time! This exhibition features works in a variety of media across three decades of Polish-born and -trained, American multimedia artist, Piotr Szyhalski. It includes poster design, web projects, mail art, painting, installation, and public performance. Working with the Weisman Art Musuem (WAM), the artist guided the exhibition’s design, creating, in effect, a new installation work that reflects not only a record of his body of work to date, but also serves as a self-reflection on his overall practice. The exhibition will include a number of artist-led “activations” in and around WAM, with moments of performance, printmaking, and in-gallery “office hours” by Szyhalski on select Fridays throughout the show’s run.
On Display Now
Mia: Revolution a la Mode On view for the first time are Mia’s remarkable collection of 18th-century French periodicals that document the tumultuous years leading up to and spanning the French Revolution. Regarded as the first modern fashion magazines, they were issued at an unprecedented pace—eventually every 10 days—to keep up with fashions that seemed to change daily. “Revolution à la Mode” showcases their charming hand-colored fashion plates, and demonstrates how fashion, theater, and politics influenced one another as France constructed a new democracy. From 1790 to 1792, these magazines included musical scores from contemporary theater productions for amateur performances at home. Mia partnered with violinist Peter Sheppard Skaerved (London’s Royal Academy of Music) and musicologist Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden (University of North Texas) to make new recordings of these songs long lost to history, allowing visitors to experience the soundscape of Revolutionary Paris. On Display Now
Botticelli and Renaissance Florence: Masterworks from the Uffizi In a partnership with the Uffizi Galleries, Mia is hosting a major exhibition exploring the fevered creativity that defined Renaissance Florence. Paintings, sculptures, and prints from Mia’s collection will be shown alongside masterworks from the Uffizi, including rare paintings and drawings by Sandro Botticelli, such as his masterful Pallas and the Centaur (c. 1482); works by his teacher (Fra Filippo Lippi) and colleagues (Domenico Ghirlandaio, Cosimo Rosselli, Perugino); and ancient Greek and Roman marbles that the Florentine artists saw and studied. Mia is privileged to be the single stop for this exhibition, an enviable opportunity to see Uffizi stars that rarely travel outside Italy.
The Four Seasons Hotel has been the talk of the town since it opened in June. Minneapolis’ first five-star hotel, it has some amazing amenities, including a 4th floor Terrace restaurant and bar with city views, a spa featuring seven treatment rooms, a fitness center and indoor pool, and an outdoor pool plaza with lounge seating and fire pits. And don't forget about the new dining by award-winning local chef Gavin Kaysen. It's pretty booked up, but if you’re flexible with your dates you may find an opening for a fall getaway!
Did you binge all of Netflix's Bridgerton too? Well now you can fully immersive yourself in that world with The Queen's Ball: A Bridgerton Experience. The Queen invites you to an evening of music, dancing, acrobatic performances and activities based on the hit series. So throw on your best suit or gown and make your appearance at this magical ball.