Twin Cities Magic
Minneapolis Skyline from Prospect Park
Divided by the Mississippi River by the other half of the famous Minnesota moniker “Twin Cities”- the state capital of Saint Paul- the city of Minneapolis is an eclectic and vivid metropolis and home to our Twin Cities Orthopedic Torchlight 5K presented by Nooma event! Below we explore some of the best venues and sights this city has to offer!
Food & Drink
Best Bakery: Rose Street Patisserrie
2811 W. 43rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55410
From John Kraus of Patisserie 46, the much-lauded French Bakery in south Minneapolis has cases filled with stunning French pastries, big crisp-chewy cookies, world class artisan breads, and the addition of more savory options like good sandwiches on baguette, tartines (open-faced sandwiches), and quiche. If you’re new to the Patisserie family, start with the Chocolat, a layered treat of chocolate ganache, chocolate mousse, chocolate sponge cake, and pecan crumble.
Best Barbeque: Big Daddy’s Old Fashioned BBQ
609 University Avenue W.
St. Paul, MN 55103
This hole-in-the-wall joint brings authentic, southern-style BBQ–thought by many to be the best in the Twin Cities–to University Avenue. In the spot formerly occupied by West Indies Soul, something miraculous occurs as ordinary beef and pork are transformed into heavenly morsels, tender and moist, with just the right amount of char. Having been in the business for 25 years, owners Ron Whyte, Bob Edmond, and Gene “Big Daddy” Sampson know their ‘cue, so if you see smoke billowing into the air from the oil-drum cooker in the back, you’d better stop the car.
Best Beer: The Freehouse
701 N. Washington Avenue, Suite 101
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Opened in December 2013, The Freehouse is an ideal place to venture if you’re looking for some great beer. It offers eight signature brews, ranging from traditional IPAs or Kölsch beers, to a coconut chai stout, and even two rotating cask selections made with anything from coffee & cocoa to blueberries.
Best Cocktail Drinks: Parlour
730 Washington Avenue N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
On the lower level of North Loop’s Borough, you’ll find Parlour, a cozy and intimate bar serving up classic cocktails, like martinis and gimlets, with fresh-squeezed juice, house-made syrups, elixirs, and artisanal spirits. The small bites menu touts New American dishes like tuna crudo and the Parlour Burger, made with ground sirloin, ribeye, brisket, and American cheese.
Best Landmark: Turnblad Mansion
2600 Park Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
In the early 1900s, Swan Turnblad ran Svenska Amerikanska Posten, America’s largest Swedish-language newspaper. So he built a mansion befitting a news baron at East 26th Street and Park Avenue. It’s an exquisite old castle, erected in an era where craftsmanship was both prized and unhurried. The woodwork and stone carving are breathtaking, as are the handmade tile stoves imported from the motherland. And because Turnblad donated the home to the American Swedish Institute in 1929, it’s one of Minneapolis’ few grand old structures to be preserved in close to its original state.
Best Public Transportation System: Minneapolis Skyway System
A godsend during the winter months, The Minneapolis Skyway System is an interlinked collection of enclosed pedestrian footbridges that connect various buildings in 69 full city blocks over 11 miles of Downtown Minneapolis, enabling people to walk in climate-controlled comfort year-round. It is the longest continuous system in the world. The skyways are owned by individual buildings in Minneapolis, and as such they do not have uniform opening and closing times.
Best (Art)chitecture: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is an 11-acre park located near the Walker Art Center, which operates it in coordination with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. It is currently closed for renovation, and will reopen in June 2017 when the Walker and Sculpture Garden are unified as one 19-acre campus. It is one of the largest urban sculpture gardens in the country, with 40 permanent art installations and several other temporary pieces that are moved in and out periodically.
Best Natural Attraction: Minnehaha Falls
4801 S Minnehaha Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Minnehaha Falls, located in Minnehaha Park, is a 53 foot waterfall on the shores of the Mississipi River. There is a bridge just above the falls, and trails that go down into the gorge on both sides with another bridge below the falls. There are viewing areas on both sides of the gorge and at the bottom of the gorge which allow for some stunning and scenic photos of this natural wonder. The centerpiece of the park, it is the namesake in Longfellow’s “Song of Hiawatha.”‘