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Plan a special night out at this upscale eatery, which is one of Minneapolis’s hottest restaurants. Try the tagliatelle with foie gras meatballs or their unique cheeseburger, which features slices of brie.
The Bachelor Farmer
This earth-friendly, Nordic-influenced restaurant serves seasonal dishes such as grilled venison, wild rice porridge, and cured foie gras in an upscale setting.
Butcher & the Boar
It’s been called one of America’s best steakhouses, and the food at this lively restaurant—16 oz. Wagyu ribeye, duck breast, and green chorizo sausages—lives up to its lofty reputation. Pair your smoked meats with craft beer or bourbon.
Bar La Grassa
Savor modern Italian dishes, such as red wine spaghetti with pine nuts, alongside bottles from a distinguished wine list at this refined Warehouse District eatery.
Spoon and Stable
Led by James Beard award-winning chef Gavin Kaysen, this hipster favorite in the North Loop mixes American traditions and European flavors in dishes like potato gnocchi or steelhead trout.
The three stages at this theater, which range from a 1,100-seat venue to a flexible “black box” studio, host dramas, musical theater, and experimental works.
The Minneapolis Institute of Art
Collecting more than 89,000 works of art—ranging from African and Asian artwork to photography—this art museum hosts half a million visitors a year. It’s just over a mile south of our hotel.
Mill City Museum
Once an enormous flour mill, this museum on the Mississippi hosts educational baking labs as well as a rooftop observation deck overlooking the river and Stone Arch Bridge.
Northeast Minneapolis Arts District
Stop by 13th Avenue in this neighborhood, which is home to more than 500 artists, to attend open studio events and art galas in historic buildings.
Walker Art Center
This major center of contemporary art hosts a sculpture garden, exhibits of moving images and room-scale works, film screenings, and live performances.
Walk beneath festively decorated trees in Loring Park during the winter festival, which features free rides, a skating rink, and musical performances, plus a host of local vendors.
In town in July? Don’t miss this annual event celebrating the city’s lakes and rivers, which features around 70 events ranging from triathlons to fireworks displays.
Minnesota State Fair
One of the largest state fairs in the U.S., this local tradition attracts more than two million guests each year. Stop by for classic fairground foods or soda floats, hop aboard thrill rides, or head to the grandstand to hear major rock acts.
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Known for its picturesque course, this annual road race is one of the largest marathons in the country.
Twin Cities Pride Festival
Bringing crowds of up to 400,000 to the Twin Cities, this summer festival celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and features free concerts on four stages.