If you are searching a perfect weekend in mega polis Minneapolis is the best choice you can choose.

This city is urban edge and cultural authenticity proof that we can reach and be a part of it.

Minneapolis, a city of lakes.

This city has long industrial past and same time this city has it is own glamour. There is locate 17 Fortune 500 headquarters and companies itself.

Minneapolis city offers cultural and recreational activities for everyone and on taste you like.

This city is all that Midwestern friendliness can hold up in one place. Trip to Minneapolis will give you a perfect weekend away.

City of Minneapolis

Coming to Minneapolis on Friday

Minneapolis trip map

1. Coming to the river on 

Magnificent Mississippi riverfront in summer will give you unforgivable time to spent. The only major waterfall on river is on The Stone Arch Bridge. From there you will have excellent view of roaring St. Anthony Falls waterfall. Bridge were built on 1883 from native granite and limestone and main propose was to connect two river sides. Right now this bridge is bike friendly, here you can find bike sharing program as a Nice Ride. Pedaling bike you can visit Historic Mill District buildings. During 19 th century to the late 1930 Minneapolis was the flour-milling capital of the world.

2. Searching meal in happy hour 

As we are pedaling to mill district we should make a stop to a Spoonriver. There you will find local organic food with a reasonable price. You should try our cocktail Elderflower Martini or Passion Fruit Bellini.

3. Visiting Guthrie Theater 

This is a place a must to visit. Over decade ago theater was moved to mill district to reflect the neighborhood’s history. Theater was founded in 1963 by Sir Tyrone Guthrie and from that time this theater is a place where people come to get some cultural inspiration. 

4. Dinner time in Minneapolis 

Airy French-inspired restaurant St. Genevieve and Scandinavian heritage on a Best Midwest Chef by the James Beard Foundation is the places which you can pick to eat dinner in Minneapolis following my steps.

5. Searching celebrity history 

First avenue and 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis

On the First Avenue & 7th Street Entry is a virtual constellation of white with meaning of celebrities who made a performance in these music avenue. These celebrities would be Joan Jett, Wilson Pickett, James Brown. There we will see a lonely gold star and it is for music artist “Prince”. It was painted as celebrity not only performed here but and made a movie “Purple Rain.” I really hope to visit this place again and hit a “Let’s Go Crazy” Prince tribute nights.

Prince star in Minneapolis

Saturday in Minneapolis

6. Visiting Mills and markets on Minneapolis 

If you are visiting Minneapolis through October, you must visit Mill City Farmers’ Market that works on Saturdays. There is all from local farmers. You are free to get a hot organic doughnut from Chef Shack. After snack you can visit Mill City Museum with an eight-story glass façade.

7. Visiting shop loop 

Warehouse Historic district and The nearby North Loop neighborhood is a place where are situated independent retailers, bars and coffee shops. There we can find a Martin Patrick 3 stylish men’s store.

8. Sophisticated swedes in Minneapolis 

Let’s travel back in time and visit the American Swedish Institute. This place is a French-style mansion which was constructed in five years’ time period by a wealthy Sweden family in 1908.

Right now it is a cultural center and museum but still it can still tour the original home. Before you enter that historical building get a cup of coffee at popular Fika. If you want a desert pick a cardamom bread pudding, with brandy, caramel and cinnamon whipped cream.

9. Preparing for Minneapolis lakes 

Stopping in Lowry Hill Meats will give you a chance to make your own hamper for two with duck liver pâté and artisanal cheeses, exotic charcuterie, nut-filled bread. Head straight to Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, there is 5 lakes in total. These Minneapolis lakes are surrounded by pedestrian and bike paths.

There you will find public beaches where you can rent bikes, kayaks, pedal boats, canoes and etc.

Lake Calhoun Minneapolis

10. Search place for picnic at the Bandshell in Minneapolis 

Lyndale Park Rose Garden and the Lake Harriet will be a perfect place for your picnic. Lake Harriet Bandshell is the place where summer concerts find place. Finding a bench will be a hard problem, as there will be a plenty of happy people to listen Lake Harriet Bandshell showcasing pop, blues, folk and rock.

If you do not rush time, stay there for a while and night movie will surprise you. Modern classic movies will be shown right there.

11. Dinning at night Minneapolis 

To be clear, late dinning is a norm at 112 Eatery and here food may be served until 01:00 on Friday and Saturday. In this intimate dark restaurant, you should try cheese burgers or ricotta dumplings with peas and morels. For the complete evening ending glass of wine will pleasure you as wine prices are normal and it lets you get another one before you go to bed. 

Sunday in Minneapolis

12. Sunday morning in Minneapolis

You should not surprise to see early morning people in bistro Tilia tasting beer. Here are 21 special craft brews bearing names like War & Peace. Food here is not for everyone as a Fish Taco Torta, Reuben Benedict, and Biscuits and Sawmill Sausage Gravy. Sit here, make new friesds, don’t forget Minneapolis welcome all who are friendly.

Tilia bistro Minneapolis

13. Sunday walking in Minneapolis 

Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden campus major renovation are underway so spent some time there before it will change or will be closed. Visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the 10-year-old Target Wing, which added 34 galleries. As you will be ready to leave stop at Minnehaha Falls, a watery wonder that will give you some pleasant time. This place is most photographed as water ripping over the bluff is one of the prettiest.

Lodging in this trip to Minneapolis.

Aloft Minneapolis, 900 Washington Avenue South. It is located in the heart of downtown in the Mill District. There I found a fun lobby bar with a pool table, an indoor splash pool.

There was free wife and coffee as much as I want. Rooms were not so expensive and depends on everyone wish you can find something else.