You know that saying, that if you live in a place, you don’t know the attractions. But when friends come to visit, what do you do? I wrote this a few years ago but never got around to publishing it, so here’s my list. A few places to eat, things to see, etc., in Minneapolis/St. Paul:
- The American Swedish Institute, http://asimn.org
- Walker Art Center, http://walkerart.org
- Minneapolis Institute of Art, http://artsmia.org
- Mill City Museum, http://millcitymuseum.org
- Science Museum of Minnesota (St. Paul), http://smn.org
- St. Mary’s Basilica, Minneapolis
- Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul
(There is so much theatre here in the Twin Cities.)
The Twin Cities has lots of open space, parks, walking trails, etc.
- Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu
- Minnesota Zoo, http://mnzoo.org
- Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, http://comozooconservatory.org
- National Eagle Center, http://www.nationaleaglecenter.org
The Twin Cities is pretty cosmopolitan, you can find almost anything here. Personally, I stay away from fish/seafood places with a couple of exception, probably not worth mentioning as they’re chains.
- Amore Victoria, Italian, http://amorevictoria.com - this place has amazing dishes, superbly prepared. Beware the quantities are huge.
- Christos Greek Restaurant, 3 locations, http://christos.com
- Cossetta’s Italian Market and Pizzeria, http://cossettas.com
- Heartland Restaurant & Market, farm-direct-to-table, fresh, ever changing menu, http://heartlandrestaurant.com
- Pizza Lucé (several locations), https://pizzaluce.com/ - the best pizza ever! They also have gluten-free crust and dairy-free cheese. These people are amazing, and are hugely civic minded.
- Smack Shack, one exception to my seafood restriction, a North Loop (warehouse district) establishment, http://smack-shack.com – their catfish hoagie is amazing.
- Thanh Do Restaurant, pan-asian cuisine, St. Louis Park, http://thanhdorestaurant.com
- The Birchwood Cafe, Minneapolis, http://birchwoodcafe.com - fresh food, great dessert case
- Vincent, http://www.vincentarestaurant.com
closer to home
- The King and I Thai https://www.kingandithai.com/ - an awesome Thai restaurant
- Teresa’s http://teresasmn.com/ - really excellent Mexican fare
- Haiku Japanese Bistro - https://www.haikujapanese.com/stpaul/ - very local, very Japanese; I will eat their sushi / sashimi
Sadly, I can’t comment on night-life, as I don’t have any.
- Mississippi Market, https://msmarket.coop/, a coop with great stuff for vegan and other alternative eating styles
- HyVee, https://www.hy-vee.com/, a huge superstore style grocer, employee-owned, slowly moving into the Twin Cities Metro
- Kowalski Markets, https://www.kowalskis.com/, smaller stores, focused on locally grown and sourced foods, high quality