Weekend Inspiration: Minneapolis - United Hub

Weekend inspiration: Minneapolis

By Kelsey + Courtney Montague

Minneapolis is always one of our favorite cities to visit. It has a growing street art scene and so many great restaurants, bars and clubs to choose from.

During this visit we got to focus our adventuring on the North Loop area, a neighborhood enveloped with some of the best spots in town!

Friday evening

Hewing Hotel Bar
Hewing Hotel Lobby

Our favorite hotel in the North Loop is the stylish Hewing Hotel, a refurbished warehouse with up-scale rooms and an immaculate bar. As the Twin Cities continue to grow in popularity, we recommend booking a room early for your next trip.

After checking in, walk down the street to the well-known Bar La Grassa for classic Italian fare. If you don't have a reservation, be sure to be in line right when they open — it's a popular place.

James Beard Award Winner Chef Issac Baker delivers bold flavors and adventurous pasta at this excellent hot-spot. The filled pastas will change your life and the flattened and grilled chicken is excellent.

If you're looking for something sweet post-dinner, walk down the street to Edwards Dessert Kitchen for a scrumptious fig and grape tart that tastes even better when paired with a craft cocktail.

Saturday morning and afternoon

Wake up early and head down for a classic breakfast at Tullibee, the hotel's restaurant.

If you're in the mood to do something a bit more active, and want to visit some of Minneapolis' famous lakes, Uber over to the Lake of the Isles Park. This park features ice skating in the winter, canoeing in the summer and has a stunning two mile walk/bike trail around the lake. If you're feeling really adventurous continue to walk around the larger Bde Maka Ska Lake.

After all of the activities, you've probably worked up an appetite, so when you're back in the North Loop walk over to Black Sheep - Coal Fired Pizza for one of their simple, yet excellent pies.

Saturday evening

Depending on your evening plans, we recommend getting an early reservation at our favorite restaurant in Minneapolis, Bachelor Farmer. Everything at this restaurant is excellent, but you can't leave without ordering a toast board and complementing whatever meal you get with their crazy-good popovers.

If you plan to attend a show, the Orpheum is a stunning, refurbished theater that attracts talent from all over the globe. We were lucky to catch Hamilton while we were there.

Sunday morning and afternoon

Stop by Freehouse for breakfast and be sure to get the breakfast bowl. After breakfast stop by the Walker Sculpture Garden to see some iconic Minneapolis pieces. The iconic cherry on the spoon is not to be missed.

After a stroll through the sculptures, stop by Keirans Irish Pub for their famous fish and chips and an IPA.

If you're still looking for an art experience, we suggest taking an Uber over to the installation at the Rosedale Center. Inside the center you will find three huge, beautiful sets of wings that make for the perfect photo opportunity .

Sunday evening

Spoon and Stable is another Minneapolis staple that's smart and classy with beautiful cocktails. Focused on Midwest cuisine with an edge, another James Beard Award Winning chef Gavin Kaysen delivers exceptional food. May we humbly suggest the orecchiette and the swordfish?

Afterwards top off your trip with a delectable cocktail from the speakeasy Marvel Bar. It's unmarked, so keep an eye out for a long hallway (under Bachelor Farmer) that ends with a purple door.

Enjoy your time in this Midwest marvel that's full of great food and kind people.

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