Whether it’s a group of bicyclists zipping past, vibrant art, the reflection of the sun off Lake Calhoun or the taste of local produce, Uptown Minneapolis is a buzzing area of movement and culture. Rich in style and creativity, this area is frequented by hipsters. Shop, dine, watch a show, bike, or even canoe while you experience the beauty of Uptown.
Start with ciabatta French toast or shirred eggs with truffle cream at The Lowry Uptown, or get classic but large pancakes and dynamite hash browns at the Uptown Diner. Work off your meal by renting a Nice Ride bike and pedaling down the Midtown Greenway, which has been named the best urban bike trail in the nation. You can also take a relaxing stroll along Lake Calhoun, part of the Chain of Lakes.
For lunch, visit French Meadow Bakery & Cafe for a selection of health and diet-conscious dishes made with local ingredients. If you want to eat on the go, you can call in your order or stop by Caffrey’s Deli for a sub. Then explore the thrift and vintage stores that line the streets and Calhoun Square, home to clothing and accessory boutiques and national retail shops. For a slice of the Twin Cities’ independent music scene, visit Treehouse Records where you can browse vinyl records. Take a break during your shopping venture for some homemade ice cream at Sebastian Joe’s.
Before your evening out, eat a meal at Stella’s Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar, a casual seafood restaurant serving everything from oysters and jambalaya to blackened rib-eye steak. For something close to home, the Paul Bunyan pizza at Galactic Pizza tastes local because every ingredient is native to the Minnesota ecosystem. For something lighter, nibble from an artisan cheese plate and sip on a glass of wine at Lucia’s. For a different kind of drink, Lyndale Tap House has a selection of more than 20 beers on tap. After dinner, catch an indie flick at the Uptown or Lagoon movie theaters, or enjoy an intimate production in the 150-seat Jungle Theater.
Also consider: Linden Hills
West of the Chain of Lakes is Linden Hills, a family-oriented area with a little bit of everything. The shopping district at 43rd Street and Upton Avenue is home to boutiques and restaurants, but you’ll also want to spend time outdoors listening to tunes at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, admiring the Rose Garden, picnicking at one of the many parks and walking, biking or rollerblading on the paths that lead you to the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway.