Minneapolis Travel Guide: What to Eat, Drink, See & Do

As the larger of the twin cities, Minneapolis has plenty of room for attractions. From abundant natural lakes and waterways to cultural centers and fine dining, a trip to Minneapolis does not disappoint. Check out our complete traveler’s guide to Minneapolis and find out why The Wall Street Journal has called this city “one of the ten best places to visit in the world.”

What to Eat

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Start your day off right with breakfast from one of these A+ Minneapolis restaurants known for their morning cuisine:

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No a.m. routine is complete without a coffee:

If you’re looking for places to get lunch while you travel to Minneapolis — visit any restaurant from our list of  most instagrammable foods. P.S. they taste as good as they look!

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Dinner time! Eat your way through Greek favorites like gyros and kebabs here:

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Don’t forget dessert! Embrace the city’s love of dairy at one of these ice cream parlors:

What to Drink

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Try a couple of local brews while you travel to Minneapolis. Our favorite local breweries include:

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Feeling fancy? Hit up these cocktail bars for all the refined refreshments you need:

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Spice up the night with a visit to a speakeasy. Here are some semi-secret spots to start your journey:

What to See

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Take in some of the epic natural beauty of Minneapolis. Visit one of these super-scenic waterfalls that surround the city:

  • Minnehaha Falls | Roughly Hiawatha and Minnehaha Aves, and Godfrey Rd., Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Anthony Falls | Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Shadow Falls | 30 N Mississippi River Blvd, St Paul, MN 55104

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Move on to man-made marvels — spend a day (or night!) sightseeing the most iconic buildings in town, like:

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Seek out these stunning local murals. Art and Instagram lovers will be in awe! Here are some spots where you are sure to find an epic street art piece:

  • 3541 Lyndale Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55408
  • 5959 Baker Rd #320, Minnetonka, MN 55345
  • 821 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402

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View the Cheesiest Eats in Minneapolis

There’s no better duo like potatoes and cheese, right? View our list of the cheesiest eats in the city.

View the Cheesiest Eats in Minneapolis

What to Do

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Soak up some culture while you are traveling in Minneapolis at one of the many famous museums. Make sure you don’t miss our top three:

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Shop local clothing stores. We guarantee you’ll find something you love to take home — or wear out — at one of these gems:

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Take a relaxing bike or car ride along one of these gorgeous scenic routes:

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