Home to the Minnesota Vikings, Minneapolis has been growing in population since 2016. As well as being adored by locals, Super Bowl 52 just recently put the largest city in the state on the map.
As Minneapolis is approximately four hours away from my long-distance boyfriend’s hometown of Green Bay, we decided to go there for a weekend away. It was conveniently just before the Super Bowl so we could see what this hub of arts, culture and entertainment had to offer before it was swarmed by tourists.
If you’re heading to the Twin Cities soon yourself, here’s how to spend a weekend in Minneapolis.
Firstly, if you’re an artsy person, head to the Minneapolis Institute of Art situated on the outskirts of the city.
As well as having an extensive art collection spread out over three floors, it also has a killer view of the city’s skyline from its floor-to-ceiling windows.
And being a keen painter, I absolutely loved it!
Nicollet Mall is confusingly a street name as well as an actual mall down one street. Located in the very heart of downtown Minneapolis, it features some of the most-loved American shopping chains.
It’s also a central hub for some of the most exciting goings-on in the city. For instance, this area was packed with food stalls, bars and points of interest whilst we were there in preparation for the Super Bowl.
There were people everywhere and the atmosphere was electric, especially at night when local musicians would perform on a big stage in the centre of the street.
If only we had the heart to stay out and brave the MINUS 12-degree Celsius cold! (Spoiler: we didn’t.)
Like Italian food? Head to Zelo, a fabulous Italian restaurant well-known in Minneapolis for its amazing drinks and cuisine.
In fact, dining at Zelo made for a very romantic and enjoyable date night. I couldn’t recommend it enough.
(Limoncello optional, but we like to go hard or go home.)
Additionally, even if you’re not an American football lover, the US Bank Stadium is still worth checking out.
Built on the former site of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, this indoor stadium opened in 2016 and is an amazing piece of architecture.
Go have a nosy and make sure that you don’t forget your #StadiumSelfie! (I got mine.)
Finally, if you’re looking for a cute restaurant that does a variety of fresh, yummy food, Hen House Eatery is an ideal place to eat brunch.
Why? Well, it’s popular, has an exciting atmosphere and the menu is spot on.
Seriously, what’s not to like?
Located in Bloomington just outside of the city, you simply can’t go to Minneapolis without stopping off at the Mall of America. It’s one of the top tourist destinations in the USA and has a variety of stores and entertainment attractions, which makes it a rather fun place to spend an afternoon.
Oh, and it has a freakin’ theme park in the middle of it – so there’s that. (Wait, what?!)
One word: go.
Even though Minneapolis is one of the lesser known cities of the United States for those who aren’t natives, this doesn’t mean that it’s not a great place to visit.
Whether you’ve been before or are a total Twin Cities newbie, Minneapolis has certainly got a lot to offer the average traveller. The look and feel of downtown alone are enough to make you want to continue in your exploration of the city (and the state!)
(Have you ever been to the Twin Cities? Do you have any recommendations in terms of how to spend a weekend in Minneapolis? Let me know in the comments below!)
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