As fun and unique as downtown Minneapolis may be, I’d like to bring you to Midtown and Uptown.
Looking for a local park to have a nice picnic and get some exercise in around a pond? Stop by Powderhorn Park (where my old apartment used to be)! If you are an exercise junkie, they have plenty of equipment along the paved trails as checkpoints to do pull ups, leg presses, and more! There is plenty of grass and private areas to have a romantic picnic and if you are touring around May Day, they have a cool May Day festival with vendors and music. At night, you can view a portion of the Minneapolis skyline.
Midtown Global Market:
The Midtown Global Market is a great place to stop in and walk around for a little while. It is actually the second largest leasable sized building compared to Mall of America in the city. Inside this building, you will find a portion of it is filled with international food stands and craft vendors.
Uptown is a hip neighborhood in Minneapolis that has plenty of rooftop restaurants and bars as well as shops. Amore Uptown is a great romantic nighttime rooftop restaurant to take your date. Sadly, my favorite restaurant was Cowboy Slim’s which closed shortly after I moved away, they had the BEST buffalo chicken wraps! Besides rooftop restaurants, record shops and clothing boutique’s flood the streets of uptown. Park, walk, and shop your day away!
Want to spend time at the beach, but can’t get away to the ocean? Minneapolis has tons of lakeside beaches! The best beach in Uptown is Calhoun Lake’s North Beach. If you don’t feel like lounging lakeside, there are plenty of biking and walking trails that go around the entire lake.
About 5 years ago I had the pleasure of living in this beautiful city, Minneapolis, for about 2 years. I met amazing people and saw beautiful places I will never forget. It was certainly an experience that I’m glad I had. Minneapolis is a beautiful city with a lot of hidden places that only locals would know about and I loved it. Some of those hidden places I’m going to tell you right here in these posts. But shhh, keep it between us.
The Guthrie Theatre may look like just a theatre to most people, but this was one of my favorite places to go to in the city to see some beautiful views and get some awesome photos. Once you go in the main entrance, you can go up the elevator and tour the different floors, each one having something else to see. The level that has the café, is one of my favorite floors because you get to walk out onto the part of the building that jets out. This allow you to see a great view like the photo I took above as well as the river. The next floor that I really enjoy is what I like to call, The Yellow Room. All the windows are yellow giving a different perspective of the city.
Stone Arch Bridge:
In behind the Guthrie Theatre, you will see the Stone Arch Bridge. This is a beautifully architectural bridge only made for walking and bikes. If your touring the Guthrie Theatre it’s a nice area allowing you to walk/bike across the river to get to the other side. The other side has some hidden trails for a more private walk-if you can find it that is. (Once you find this trail, see if you can find the gorilla graffiti, take a photo of it and post it in the comments below!)
You may be thinking, why would we want to go to the mall on a beautiful day in downtown? Psych! It’s not really a mall, its a street full of shops!
Great place to get some grub and shop in some huge stores! They have a two story Marshalls and a two story Target with an escalator specifically for your shopping carts…how cool is that?!