Two-Day Getaway to Minneapolis | Midwest Living

Two-Day Getaway to Minneapolis

The state’s largest metro hums with pro sports, pristine parks and a megamall. The bigger of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis is known for its impressive art collection and its global take on food and activities.

Day 1

Except for some larger exhibitions, admission is free to view the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ vast collection.

The string of city blocks comprising Nicollet Mall is home to Target’s flagship store, plus trendy shops, bars and restaurants.

Favorite eateries include Brit’s Pub for lawn bowling on the roof and The News Room—read headlines in newsprint-inspired decor.

Watch a Minnesota Twins baseball game at Target Field  before dining on gourmet burgers at 112 Eatery.

Target Field. Photo courtesy of Meet Minneapolis

Target Field. Photo courtesy of Meet Minneapolis

Boutique hotel Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis has luxe guest rooms decked with edgy, original artwork.

Finish the night listening to live music at Nicollet Mall’s Dakota Jazz Club.  

Day 2

Salty Tart Bakery sells cream-filled brioche in Midtown Global Market.

At the market, pick up ethnic groceries or ready-made foods for a picnic at Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun), which draws walkers and joggers with a 3-mile paved trail along the shoreline in the Uptown neighborhood. Or Pizza Luce serves its namesake by the slice.

Walker Art Center and its sculpture park merit an afternoon.

The dive Matt’s Bar serves its famed Jucy Lucy burgers (beef wrapped around American cheese on a bun).

More information: (612) 767-8001;

Add a day

Start off with huevos rancheros or corned beef hash at Hell’s Kitchen, where the food is actually heavenly and brunch rules on weekends.

In southern Minneapolis at Minnehaha Park, hikers stop at overlooks to see the Mississippi River, limestone bluffs and 53-foot-tall Minnehaha Falls.

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls

A tasty array of ingredients, like Korean sausage and short ribs, makes simple wood-fired pizza to a culinary journey at Pizzeria Lola.

Meal you’ll remember

Meat-lovers rejoice at upscale palace of protein Butcher and The Boar, where German classics get modern updates thanks to a creative head chef and an expert in-house butcher. Expect entrees like a Berkshire pork chop with bourbon sauce. (612) 238-8888;

By The Numbers

Seven Yankee stadiums could fit inside the Mall of America in Bloomington, just south of Minneapolis. More than 520 stores, dozens of restaurants (including popular American Girl Bistro), an amusement park and an aquarium are in the nation’s largest retail and entertainment complex. The connected Radisson Blu Mall hotel is convenient for overnights. (952) 883-8800;

Night Out

The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis' Historic Mill District draws crowds for first-class performances on its three stages. (612) 377-2224; 

Guthrie Theater. Photo courtesy of Meet Minneapolis.

Guthrie Theater. Photo courtesy of Meet Minneapolis.


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