Minneapolis offers distinctive activities that both locals and visitors enjoy, even if you have only 48 hours.
Start your Minneapolis tour with an icon, tiny Al’s Breakfast near the University of Minnesota campus. With only 14 seats, you’ll always find a line but it usually moves fairly fast and it’s worth a wait. Al’s won a James Beard Foundation award in the”America’s Classics Restaurants” and offers eggs cooked any way you can imagine and an equal number of pancake variations.
Or, May-October, you’ll find breakfast and plenty more at the Mill City Farmers Market next to Minneapolis riverfront. Afterward, visit the adjacent Mill City Museum, the historic waterfront and St. Anthony Falls to learn more about the flour milling industry that put Minneapolis on the map.
Sports fans should head for a Minnesota Twins baseball game at the beautiful Target Field. Depending on the season, other professional or collegiate sports abound. For a more sedate experience art museums such as The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center (with its outdoor sculpture garden) and the lovely American Swedish Institute offer world-class collections and interesting eateries, too.
Tonight, combine dinner and theater. Seafood takes center stage at Sea Change, located at Minneapolis’s famed Guthrie Theater. Not a fish fan? They’ve got you covered with “Not Fish”—chicken, hanger steak and crispy tofu. Then head for a show at the acclaimed Guthrie Theater, designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. While you’re there, don’t miss stepping out onto the famous Endless Bridge that cantilevers out from the building to reveal a sensational view of the Mississippi riverfront, St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge. For a nightcap, head to the James Beard award winning Marvel Bar, downstairs at The Bachelor Farmer restaurant or settle in for a beer on the fabulous terrace at Surly Brewing in the “Nordeast” neighborhood.
Have breakfast at Victor’s 1959 Cafe which offers “revolutionary Cuban cooking.” At Victors find both colorful decor and colorful cuisine such as Eggs Havana and more “American” eggs and french toast. Afterward, stroll some of Minneapolis’s unique neighborhood shops and galleries.
If the weather is fine, be sure to join the city’s cyclists traveling the many bike routes of Minneapolis. You’ll see Nice Ride green bicycles to rent just about everywhere. So, hop on and visit cycle-friendly sites such as Minnehaha Falls Park, the Midtown Greenway with a visit to Midtown Global Market, or bike Minneapolis’s famous Chain of Lakes to see beautiful parks and neighborhoods right in the middle of the city. If you prefer to get your exercise power shopping, the Mall of America, the largest shopping center in the country, offers abundant retail territory to explore.
Tonight you’ll again find it easy to combine food and entertainment in one spot. Check out the Dakota Jazz Club downtown which cooks up both hot jazz and excellent food all in one venue. The more rock minded should take a seat at Ice House where they blend great drinks, food and music. And for more music, head for First Avenue, the music venue made famous in Prince’s movie, “Purple Rain.”