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The Fourpost Guide to Minneapolis

Minneapolis-St. Paul is at the epicenter of culture in the north. Intersected by the Mississippi River, the city is known for its Scando-accented lifestyle and enviable music and art scenes, as well as one of the nation’s best park systems. The Twin Cities are also home to Mall of America—the number one retail and entertainment destination in the United States—which attracts 40 million shoppers and over $1 billion in spending each year.

Explore the city’s best spots below, then swing by Fourpost at Mall of America to experience the best shopping destination for today’s family:

Eat & Drink

Borough and Parlour Bar

The restaurant and subterranean cocktail bar is one the most popular nightlife spots in the North Loop. Borough offers upscale, seasonal fare and the lower-level bar is renowned for its delicious diner-style burger.

730 Washington Ave. N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Cafe Astoria

Need your coffee fix? Check out Cafe Astoria, a cute, local coffee shop featuring classic espresso drinks, as well as crepes and smoothie bowls.

180 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102

Constantine

This house of tippling is set in a Gothic, candle-lit bar, serving craft cocktails and pub grub that excite the senses.

1115 2nd Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Glam Doll Donuts

This hip donut spot serves up coffee and artisan treats in a quirky, retro atmosphere.

2605 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Marvel Bar

Behind an unmarked purple door, this small, neighborhood speakeasy serves classic and imaginative cocktails.

50 North Second Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The Nook

The Irish-themed restaurant and bar offers amazing stuffed burgers, Nookie wings, beers, and more in a casual, bustling environment.

492 Hamline Avenue S. Saint Paul, MN 55116

PinKU Japanese Street Food

The small, art-lined Japanese restaurant makes its traditional seafood and sushi dishes right in front of you from the freshest local ingredients.

20 University Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Revival

Serving fried chicken and Southern comfort food, Revival’s original location is just south of downtown. Their second, larger location in St. Paul offers full plates of barbecue as well as their specialty fried chicken.

525 Selby Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102  and 4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55409

Smack Shack

Named for the boats used to catch lobster, Smack Shack launched as a food truck in 2010, serving lobster rolls from a land-locked downtown Minneapolis parking lot. It is now a full restaurant in the North Loop, serving sustainable seafood in a fun, casual atmosphere.

603 Washington Avenue N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Spoon and Stable

Converted from a horse stable dating back to 1906, Spoon and Stable is located in the heart of the North Loop. The menu is inspired by French cuisine, the seasonality of the Midwest, and the roots of the local culture.

211 First Street North, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Rest & Relax

Hewing Hotel

This stylish, local hotel is built from a converted warehouse dating from 1897 and is located in the trendy Warehouse District.

300 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Hotel Ivy

A Marriot hotel, Hotel Ivy is located in a historic landmark in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. It features a premiere spa destination, original works from local artisans, and luxury furnishings.

201 S 11th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403

JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America

This luxury hotel is connected to Mall of America, letting you stay close to the pulse of the action at one of the largest shopping centers in the world.

2141 Lindau Ln, Minneapolis, MN 55425

Moxy Hotel Uptown

One of Marriott’s Moxy Hotels, guests can expect to enjoy all the comforts of home combined with the exciting action of a music lounge, cocktails, shuffleboard, and more activities in a funky, urban setting.

1121 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408

Radisson Blu Mall of America

The elegant hotel gives you direct access to Mall of America, and offers an indoor pool and spa, so you can rest and relax after a long day of shopping.

2100 Killebrew Dr, Bloomington, MN 55425

Shop Local

Gathered Goods

This local market also features brands, such as Excelsior Candles and Essence One, among other goods from Minneapolis artisans.

Tonka Bay Shopping Center, 5619 Manitou Road, Tonka Bay, MN 55331

Hagen and Oats

Shop for hundreds of gorgeous custom wood decor and art pieces at this Fourpost member’s workshop just outside Minneapolis.

312 21st Street, Newport, MN 55055

Minnesota Makers

Looking for another place to shop the best local brands that Minnesota has to offer? Check out Fourpost member Hagen and Oats at this handmade artisan market.

4180 West Broadway, Robbinsdale, MN 55422

Russel + Hazel

This cute shop is a store, lab, and style studio featuring the best stationary and office products in the area as well as the hottest accessories from Fourpost member MEND Jewelry.

219 N 2nd St #106, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Explore the Twin Cities

Minnehaha Park

Founded in 1889, Minnehaha Park is one of the first state parks in the United States. It features a majestic 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs, and river overlooks, and attracts more than 850,000 visitors each year.

4801 S Minnehaha Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Saint Anthony Falls

Located northeast of downtown Minneapolis, Saint Anthony Falls was the only natural major waterfall on the Upper Mississippi River. The falls have a long history, having partially collapsed in 1869 and been rebuilt as a concrete spillway.

100 Portland Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55401

Stone Arch Bridge

The former railroad bridge was built in 1883, and crosses the Mississippi River at Saint Anthony Falls in downtown Minneapolis. It is the only arched bridge made of stone on the entire length of the Mississippi River.

100 Portland Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55401

Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center is a world-class contemporary art museum and gallery, sculpture garden, cinema, stage, and design studio. The Sculpture Garden showcases more than forty works from the center’s collections and welcomes millions of visitors each year while the center itself is one of the most celebrated art museums in the country. It’s known for innovative presentations and collections of contemporary art across the spectrum of the visual, performing, and media arts.

725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Things to Do

Acme Comedy Company

Love to laugh? This standup comedy club hosts some of the best comedians touring the country as well as comedy newbies at open mic nights.

708 North 1st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Betty Danger’s Country Club

The highlight of Betty Danger’s is “The Danger,” a ferris wheel featuring open air dining cars and views of the surrounding Northeast Arts District. Make a night of it with your favorite pooch—the country club’s golf courses are dog-friendly!

2501 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Can Can Wonderland

Built in an old can factory, the popular mini-golf courses are designed and inspired by local artists. Not down to golf? They offer plenty of other entertainment as well, including an arcade, game nights, art workshops, local music, and more.

755 Prior Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104

Guthrie Theater

This local theater was founded in 1963 and maintains a resident acting company. Check out their live performances, plays, concerts, and special events.

818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Minnesota Zoo

Lions, and tiger, and bears, oh my! This exciting zoo showcases some of the world’s most spectacular animals from kangaroos and lemurs to leopards, camels, and more.

13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN 55124

Nickelodeon Universe

This Mall of America amusement park is the perfect place to bring the whole family for a fun day of rides, roller coasters, and events where you can meet your favorite cartoon characters.

5000 Center Ct, Bloomington, MN 55425

Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium

Discover a deep sea experience inside Mall of America, where you can go underneath sharks and turtles in an ocean tunnel, feed stingrays in a lagoon, and swim with fish on a snorkeling adventure.

120 East Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425

Looking for more things to do or places to shop and eat? Stop by Fourpost at Mall of America.