Minneapolis in the summer is the ultimate American city. With a prime combination of culture, history, and active lifestyle, it's no surprise that the Twin Cities has topped many "Best Of" lists of cities to live, work, and play. Bikers abound on the 129 miles of on-street bike lanes, families and picnickers lay blankets and pitch hammocks at Gold Medal Park, and the North Loop is an extremely walkable neighborhood with hip eateries, coffeeshops, and carefully curated boutiques around every corner. While the sheer number of things to do and see can be staggering, here are our essential picks for a weekend visit to the city.
1. SPYHOUSE COFFEE
The fourth and newest opening of this local favorite is in the North Loop neighborhood, where creative energy seems to emanate from all of the beautifully designed boutiques and eateries. Stocked with handpicked coffees, and selections of pastries and teas, this stunning space is the ideal place to start your day.
Spyhouse Coffee: 907 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
2. FOUNDRY HOME GOODS
After sipping on coffee or tea at Spyhouse, wander over to Foundry Home Goods, where the shelves (and tables) are stocked with a beautiful collection of items locally and abroad - from Minnesota-made beeswax candles, towels and table linens from Ethiopia; bath towels from Japan and hearty jute baskets from Morocco, among many others.
Foundry Home Goods: 125 N 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
3. THE BACHELOR FARMER
Just across the street, marked inconspicuously by a graphic icon of a white coffee cup with a swirl of steam, is the Bachelor Farmer, a cafe and restaurant serving fresh and simple creations inspired by the region. The cafe serves house made pastries, fresh squeezed juices, and loose leaf teas. We especially loved the selection of creative magazines (Apartamento, Monocle, Gear Patrol, among others..) available for perusing while sipping tea by the window table.
The Bachelor Farmer: 50 N 2nd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
4. MILL CITY MUSEUM
Honoring the city's history as a flour milling powerhouse, the Mill City Museum has been restored with many features of the original mill, including flour bins, milling machinery, and a wheat house. Located in the Historic Mississippi Riverfront District, the surrounding area is perfect for picnicking along the river, where there are usually a group of food trucks parked on the weekends.
Mill City Museum: 704 South 2nd St. Minneapolis, MN 55401
5. GUTHRIE THEATER
The innovative architecture of the Guthrie Theater can be enjoyed even without seeing one of it's world class performances. Designed by acclaimed architect Jean Nouvel, the iconic cantilevered bridge with incredible views of the river is open to the public, in addition to the bar and dining venue.
Guthrie Theater: 818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Feel free to share any additional suggestions and/or additions in the comments below if you have other stops that shouldn't be missed!