First Time Tourists Guide in Minneapolis, United States

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Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota, United States

This city is blessed with several beautiful lakes such as the Lake Harriet, Lake of the Isles, and Bde Maka Ska or Lake Calhoun

The culture of Minneapolis is rich with the diversity of the community that migrates from other parts of the world

The cuisines, the arts, the landmarks, and the beautiful natural sites of this city makes it even worth to visit

 

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SIGHTSEEING

Foshay Museum and Observation Deck are located in The Foshay Tower. This 32 stories building is one of the most popular landmarks in Minneapolis. There's a museum inside this building that provides a guided tour that explains the history of this building. One thing that can't be missed is the observation deck where you can see the 360-degree view of Minneapolis from the top. The building opens all year round, opening hours start from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. At Minneapolis Institute of Art or Mia, there are more than 90.000 works of arts portraying 5.000 years of world history, from a mummy to paintings by European famous artists. The aim of Mia is to collect, preserve, and make it easier for the public to access incredible artworks from all around the world. Several paintings that are being displayed here are Madonna and Child with Grapes by Lucas Cranach the Elder, Olive Trees Saint-Remy by Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Alvina by Robert Koehler, and etc. The entrance fee to enter the institute is free and it opens from Tuesday to Sunday.

Foshay Museum and Observation Deck

Tours of a distinctive tower skyscraper with 360-degree views from the 31st floor (up to 30 miles)

Address : 821 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402, United States

Minneapolis Institute of Art

5,000-year span of fine & decorative arts on display from a mummy to paintings by European masters

Address : 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404, United States

DOWNTOWN

Walker Art Center is a contemporary art center and home to more than 13.000 modern and contemporary artworks ranging from books, costumes, drawings, paintings, photography, sculptures and many more. The art center also has several interesting programs such as visual arts where you can see some of their collections from famous artists such as 16 Jackies by Andy Warhol, Lost Forty by Goshka Macuga, and Office at Night by Edward Hopper, as well as performing arts program, moving image, design, digital media, and even education and public programs. You can visit the Walker Art Center daily from Tuesday to Sunday. Just like its name, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is an integrated place where a park, zoo, and the conservatory is located inside the same area. The park is located around the Como Lake that features paved trails, athletic fields, fishing pier, art sculptures, and etc. The zoo is home to various animals and art sculptures, and the conservatory has several gardens and galleries that house various kinds of plants, such as the Ordway Garden that features a Bonsai Gallery, Enchanted Garden which is a butterfly garden, Japanese Garden, Fern Room, and many more.

Walker Art Center

Acclaimed venue featuring contemporary art in a variety of media, plus a sculpture garden & bistro

Address : 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, United States

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Scenic zoo & conservatory housing various animals plus gardens & kid-friendly attractions

Address : 1225 Estabrook Dr, St Paul, MN 55103, United States

SHOPPING

Mall of America or MOA is located across the interstate from the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport. The mall that first opened in 1992 is the biggest mall in the United States and it has more than 530 stores and an amusement park, Nickelodeon Universe, located in the center of the mall. Several popular retailers can be found here, such as Apple Store, Barnes & Noble, Nordstrom, and Macy's. On the second and the third level, you can find more than 20 fast food and full-service restaurants. This is the place where you can find anything that you need, while at the same time having an enjoyable time at the amusement park. And if you're looking for a shopping center in the Uptown of Minneapolis, then Calhoun Square is the perfect place to stop by. This modern shopping center and landmark hosts local, national, and international retailers such as H&M, Sephora, Timberland, Nespresso, and etc. You also don't have to worry about finding a great place to eat while you're here because the shopping center also features several restaurants such as Sushi Tango, Fig + Farro, Roat Osha, Jimmy John's Sandwiches, and two coffee shops, Peoples Organic and Dogwood Coffee Co.
Wellness and beauty centers are also available for you to experience, some of them are Calhoun Nail Spa, LA Fitness, and Oriental Acupressure.

Mall of America

Giant 4-level mall with hundreds of stores, plus restaurants, a theme park, cinema & aquarium

Address : 60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425, United States

Calhoun Square

Brand-name shops & restaurants, plus a fitness center & nail salon, housed in an old brick building

Address : 3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408, United States

FOOD & DRINK

Minneapolis has several delicious foods that you must try, such as the Juicy Lucy, which is a cheeseburger like no other because the cheese is in the meat instead of on top of it. Wild rice is also popular. Wild rice burgers, soups, pancakes, and porridge are the variations of food that are made of wild rice. Walleye is a type of fish that you must try when you're in Minneapolis that is usually found in Minnesota's lake and rivers. There are also other popular foods that are typical to Minneapolis such as hotdish and even Scandinavian foods. Meanwhile, for the drink, Frosé is quite popular in Minneapolis. Frosé id made of frozen rosé wine, sweet vermouth and strawberry is a cold drink that is best to dring during the summer.

CULTURE

The culture in Minneapolis is influenced by several other cultures from around the world since Minnesota is also a melting pot of other cultures. From Hmong, Somali, Mexican, American Indian, African Americans, and Europeans are all live together here and able to create diversity and added to the richness of the culture of Minneapolis. This also results in the diversity of cuisines, festivals, and other cultural events in Minneapolis.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Peak season: The month of June and August is the best time to visit Minneapolis. The sunny summer weather is appropriate to explore the city and the many lakes the city of Minneapolis has, such as Lake Harriet, Bde Maka Ska, and Lake of the Isles.

HOTEL

The "Emery, Autograph Collection" is an elegant and classy hotel located in downtown Minneapolis. The hotel offers comfortable and pet-friendly spaces, as well as other features such as an outdoor pool with Whirlpool. The location is close to several interesting spots such as the Guthrie Theater, Nicollet Mall, and the University of Minnesota. Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis is another boutique hotel in Minneapolis. When you enter this hotel, you will see that the hotel is adorned with many pieces of contemporary artwork. The location of the hotel is also quite strategic since it's close to Walker Art Center, restaurants and theaters can also be found nearby the hotel.

Emery, Autograph Collection

This upscale hotel is 0

7 miles from Target Field stadium, home of the Minnesota Twins baseball team, and 1

5 miles from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Address : 215 S 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55401, United States

Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis

This art-focused hotel in a landmark revival building is a minute's walk from the Orpheum Theater, a mile from the Walker Art Center and 1

3 miles from the Guthrie Theater

Address : 901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, United States

RESTAURANT

Holy Land is a restaurant that serves Mediterranean, Arabic, and Middle Eastern cuisines. Delicious foods such as Gyro's Falafel, Hummus, and Kebabs are the must-try when you eat at this restaurant. The foods that are served in this restaurant uses no added MSG and preservatives and the vegetables are fresh from their gardens. Gluten-free products can also be found here. Al's Breakfast is a great small restaurant nest between other buildings. This small restaurant specializes in made-from-scratch breakfast food was established by Al Bergstrom in 1950, hence the name Al's Breakfast. Scramble eggs, omelets, pancakes, and waffles are the menus that you can order here. They even offer special dishes such as the Winter Special, Summer Special, and Spring Special.

Holy Land

Middle Eastern deli attached to a market offering traditional from-scratch eats & a lunch buffet

Address : 2513 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418, United States

Al's Breakfast

Classic diner fare for breakfast & lunch draws locals to this narrow nook with an old-school vibe

Address : 413 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, United States

CAFE

Five Watt Coffee Kingfield is a modern coffee shop that serves espresso drinks. Besides coffee, this place also provides a breakfast menu such as pastries and a weekend oatmeal bar. The coffee shop that has been operating since 2014 has one interesting feature, a radio station. The Radio Five Watt is a 24 hours radio that streams from its other branch, Northeast Minneapolis Five Watt Coffee shop. The aim is to promote the local community's arts, talents, and culture. Caydence Records & Coffee is a coffee shop that has a unique concept. Besides espresso drinks and delicious food such as baked goods, gluten-free cookies, and donuts, this coffee shop also offers a wide selection of vinyl records, CDs and cassettes. The inside of the coffee shop is adorned with the works and crafts of local artists. At night, the coffee ships become a lively place where talented local musicians show their talent through live music performance.

Five Watt Coffee Kingfield

Hip modern venue with a garage door wall serving espresso drinks, pastries & a weekend oatmeal bar

Address : 3745 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409, United States

Caydence Records & Coffee

Caydence Records & Coffee is home to several offerings

From specialty espresso beverages with ingredients crafted in house to live events, Caydence is the communal destination for the Payne – Phalen neighborhood & beyond

Address : 900 Payne Ave, St Paul, MN 55130, United States

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Up-Down Minneapolis is an arcade bar with more than 50 arcade games available. The 80's and 90's games, pinball machines, skeeball alleys, life-size Jenga, and many other fun games can be played here. Besides games, they also offer a wide craft beer selection with more than 60 beers on tap and homemade pizza with extensive choices of unique toppings. First Avenue is a live music venue that has been around since 1970. It is also a music club that aims to promote art, music, and entertainment. The building has two separate performances venue and the Mainroom alone is able to accommodate 1550 people. Hundreds of concerts take place here every year that make First Avenue a prominent music club in Minneapolis.

Up-Down Minneapolis

Roomy watering hole offering 60 tap beers, pizza slices & old-school pinball & video games

Address : 3012 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, United States

First Avenue

Since 1970, this rock venue & tiny side bar in an old depot have hosted & launched many name acts

Address : 701 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, United States

INTERESTING PLACE

Lake Harriet Bandshell Park is a park located by the famous Lake Harriet. The park provides several facilities that you can enjoy, such as the bandstand, biking path, water fountain, fishing pier, garden, picnic area, and etc. You can even rent a boat to explore the lake.
During the summer, concerts and movies are available to enjoy for free. You also don't need to worry about finding good snacks because eateries can be found around the park. Another park that is worth visiting is Target Field, which is a baseball park located in downtown Minneapolis. Target Field is the home of Minnesota Twins, which is Minnesota's Major League Baseball franchise. This park has some incredible features, such as a stadium that also often used for concerts venue, Target Plaza, and Twins bars and restaurants.

Lake Harriet Bandshell Park

Scenic setting providing biking & walking trails, water activities & a castle-inspired band shell

Address : 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55409, United States

Target Field

Home baseball stadium for the Minnesota Twins offering group & private behind-the-scenes tours

Address : 1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, MN 55403, United States

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is home for more than 40 artworks. Besides artworks, the park also has some other interesting features such as Cowles Pavilion, Alene Grossman Memorial Arbor, and accessible walking paths that make it easier for visitors to see each artwork. The highlight of the garden is a fountain named Spoonbridge and Cherry designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Stone Arch Bridge used to be a railroad bridge that crossed over the Mississippi River. First opened in 1883, today the bridge is one of the most popular historical landmarks in Minneapolis. The bridge is a nice area to walk, run, bike, take pictures, or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery of the St. Anthony Falls.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

An 11-acre preserve featuring a conservatory, an arbor & 40+ sculptures by notable modern artists

Address : 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, United States

Stone Arch Bridge

Biking & walking paths on this former railroad bridge with panoramic views of St

Anthony Falls

Address : 100 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, United States