Hill Valley Cafe & Coffee


Food & Drink

Off Central in Northeast Minneapolis, Hill Valley Cafe & Coffee is a true neighborhood hangout. Step up to the counter custom built from reclaimed wooden doors. Peruse the menu, filled with breakfast sandwiches, tacos, wraps, French toast (yes, it’s as good as it looks!), and coffee drinks. There’s even a rack of vintage mugs for […]

September 16, 2018

The Anchor Fish & Chips


Food & Drink

Anchor Fish and Chips is a traditional pub grub in Northeast, Minneapolis. You may have seen the food truck at different festivals and events around the Twin Cities. Their brick-and-mortar establishment is a local favorite hole-in-the-wall. It is just down the street from Dangerous Man and Sleepy V’s donut shop. Anchor is a hidden gem […]

September 5, 2018

Mojo Coffee Gallery


Food & Drink

Mojo Coffee Gallery is a quaint and quirky northeast Minneapolis staple. Located in The California Art Building, Mojo is cozy, warm and inviting, with locally-made ceramic mugs, bowls, and cups all over the walls. The unique, artistic atmosphere of the coffee shop, café and ceramics gallery marries well with its grassroots, arts district, Portland vibe. […]

September 2, 2018

Jax Cafe


Food & Drink

Jax Cafe has been a Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood staple, a landmark if you will, since opening its doors in the early 1900s. Now in its third generation of ownership, Jax began when great-grandfather, Stanley Kozlak, built a local dance hall and a store to sell furniture, hardware, and funeral services (I know, right?!). When prohibition […]

August 14, 2018

Tracy’s Saloon and Eatery


Food & Drink

The hidden gem of the Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis, Tracy’s Saloon & Eatery is a favorite local bar off Franklin Ave. The bar originally opened as Dick Tracy’s Saloon in 1979. When the owner of the comic book rights threatened a lawsuit, Tracy’s was born. Even without the famous moniker, Tracy’s keeps with its friendly […]

August 2, 2018

Ideal Diner


Food & Drink

It’s hard to pass up Ideal Diners vibrant marque off Central Avenue. This Northeast Minneapolis landmark was built in 1949, touting iconic slogans like, “where regular people feel special, and special people feel regular” and “14 Stools, 1 Counter, No Bathroom.” Both irrevocably true. For decades, Ideal has been THE quintessential city breakfast spot. Owned […]

July 30, 2018

The Twin Cities 400 Tavern


Food & Drink, Historical & Museum

The Twin Cities 400 Tavern in North Minneapolis is an expansive restaurant and bar inside the Marriot. Located in an industrial area off of Broadway, the restaurant was formerly Scalzo’s Italian Grille, and prior to that, the Itasca Room at the Ramada Plaza Minneapolis (now the Marriot). It is named for the Twin Cities 400 […]

July 24, 2018

MN Nice Cream


Food & Drink

You may know MN Nice Cream as a little food truck on Instagram but what you may not know is that they just opened up a brick-and-mortar cafe in Northeast Minneapolis. Located in the former home of Empire Coffee across the courtyard from Able Seedhouse + Brewery, MN Nice Cream serves up ice cream tacos […]

July 9, 2018

Brother Justus Whiskey Co.


Food & Drink

Northeast Minneapolis plays hosts to a pretty hefty number of groundbreaking, good-time places, faces and intoxicating liquor joints. Well, it just got better. Brother Justus Whiskey Co. is a brand new, underground distillery that promises to put Minnesota whiskey back on the map. “Back,” you say? Why yes, didn’t you know that Minnesota made some […]

July 2, 2018

Eastside


Food & Drink

Eastside is located in the eastern downtown neighborhood in Minneapolis. Located in the ground level of the Latitude 45 apartment building off Washington Ave, this modern, upscale establishment is characterized by its tile floors, industrial chic architecture, high top tables, white oak bar top, and a drink ledge that allows you to gaze at Eastside’s […]

June 21, 2018

Madre Cacti Co.


Retail

Madre Cacti is a cactus-only plant shop that recently opened at 22nd & 2nd in the Bottineau neighborhood of Minneapolis and it is already an Instagrammers dream. Madre opened with more than 300 cacti of more than 80 different species from private growers in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Carrying a unique assortment of cactus […]

June 18, 2018

24th Street Pedestrian Bridge


Historical & Museum

If you have some time this week, I highly recommend visiting the 24th Street pedestrian bridge that stretches across I-35W in Minneapolis. Scheduled to be torn down this Friday as part of the I-35W reconstruction project, the bridge has stood since the 70s, linking the Phillips and Whittier neighborhoods. It has become a haven for […]

June 13, 2018

BANK at the Westin


Food & Drink

If you are in the mood for a little retro with a dash of glamour, you’ll want to check out BANK in downtown Minneapolis. Filled with historical significance, BANK resides in the early 20th century Farmers and Mechanics Bank building that is now part of the Westin Hotel. Swoon-worthy spiral staircases, the original vault turned […]

June 9, 2018

MayDay Parade and Festival 2018


Events, Food & Drink, Parks & Geology

Another MayDay Parade and Festival has come and gone, but how incredible it was! The free event takes place in the Powderhorn neighborhood in South Minneapolis. It has been produced by In the Heart of the Beast Theater (HOTB) since 1975, taking place the first Sunday of May. The festivities bring out more than 50,000 […]

May 7, 2018

The Lynhall


Food & Drink

The Lynhall in Minneapolis is a hybrid of a coffee shop, bakery, full bar, and an upscale restaurant. It’s a LynLake neighborhood favorite brunch spot with a rustic, cozy, and inviting ambiance. The comfortable, bright, warm, welcoming space has a mix of communal dining tables and cafe seating complete with a fireplace, a magical hallway […]

April 24, 2018

American Swedish Institute: The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson


Historical & Museum

I was lucky enough to attend the preview party at the American Swedish Institute’s newest exhibit, The Fantastical Worlds of Kim Simonsson. We began by stepping inside the “moss-covered”, fairytale-like imagination of Finnish artist/sculptor, Kim Simonsson, filled with life-sized, “moss-covered” children, animals and other mysterious characters. The American Swedish Institute exhibition displays 35 selections of […]

April 20, 2018

Victor’s 1959 Cafe


Food & Drink

Victor’s 1959 Cafe just off Grand Ave, brings a little piece of Cuba to south Minneapolis. The snug hole-in-the-wall was originally a Shell gas station in the 1920’s and later operated as a Dairy Queen until it became Rick’s Ol’ Time Café. Victor’s has since become a fast favorite and Cuban go-to. They serve up […]

April 17, 2018

Mary Tyler Moore at Super Bowl 52


Events

If you are headed downtown to take in the all of the Super Bowl 52 festivities, don’t forget to snap a picture with the Mary Tyler Moore statue. With her hands cloaked in Bold North mittens, you can finder her tossing her hat into the air against the frigid backdrop of Nicollet and 7th Street.

February 1, 2018

Explore Minnesota’s ‘Sota Pop at Super Bowl 52


Events

If you are planning to check out all the festivities downtown this week… Stop by Explore Minnesota’s ‘Sota Pop an interactive pop-up experience Now through through Super Bowl Sunday! Curated by Explore Minnesota and created by local artists Its the most Instagrammable spots of Super Bowl LII! Located in storefront windows of Renaissance Square building […]

January 30, 2018