24 Hours: Minneapolis

With 24 hours in Minneapolis, here is how we made the most of our stay to this hip northern metropolis on the Mississippi River.

Brunch

We started our day at Modern Times, an organic mecca perfect for all your vegan, gluten free, gluten lover and carnivorous friends in the Central / Powderhorn neighborhoods of MSP – reminiscent of the up-and-coming scenes in Bed Stuy and Bushiwck. Tattooed waitresses and baristas brewed up delicious iced coffee and served up a range from Croque Benedict to Chakra Khan, menu here.

Boutiques

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Photo credit: Twin Cities Design Scene

After breakfast, we hit up the Forage Modern Workshop near to the Saint Paul border. This gorgeous design store featured an array of mid-century modern inspired sofas to knick-knacks, handsome toiletries and locally sourced waxes canvas goods from Minnesota-based Frost River. I’m using one for this road adventures as my sturdy makeup bag. Read more about Minnesota’s great exports here. Also attached and within is a coffee shop with plenty of seating and excellent air conditioning for a summer day.

Antiques

One could easily get lost in the many rooms and floors of the giant indoor and outdoor antique emporium that is Hunt and Gather. In southwest Minneapolis this shop is a destination for everything. Vintage trunks, maps, books, crates, lamps, dressers, tables neon light up letters, Merck bottles, crystal chandeliers, flags… this is a haven for the forager of items from Christmas pasts, and pasts, and pasts. And some parts of the store are totally plain nuts.

 

the fineries of 1st street north

Shop.

The area betwixt the North Loop and the Mississippi River is full of factories converted into desirable brick condominiums with refined eateries and barrooms and modish design shops on the street level.

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The Foundry

We checked out The Foundry which bodes an array of beautiful home goods from Turkish hammam hand towels to simple dishes and lightly scented candles.

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Poster for concert presented by the fab store-bar-restaurant trio featuring Minn. native Poliça

Next, Askov Finlayson proved to be an exceptional menswear store for the outdoor dandy with tweed blazers, cabin building books, thick canvas satchels and my favorite Swedish soap, Kalastyle Swedish Dream Soap.

Drink.

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Photo credit: Gallivant

The friendly guy behind the counter at Askov Finlayson directed us to Marvel, a speakeasy bar around the corner to quench our thirst of an evening cocktail.

Try the all-refreshing SuperDry vermouth cocktail.

Eat.

Wallpaper

TBF, Photo credit: Honest Cooking

To follow, we stayed in the North Corp family and and got a table for dinner upstairs at The Bachelor Farmer.

Walking in, the heart-shaped design on the wallpaper is immediately warm and friendly. We sat at the end of a long wooden pew at a corner table of candlelight, the evening sunlight still peering in through the window. Exposed wooden beams and ducts, and wainscoting on the walls create a farmhouse feel in the midst of converted factory building. We had a delicious meal of sweet corn to start, followed by local caught red herring from Lake Superior, and to conclude, homemade gingerbread cookies. It was sophisticated, all the while being rustic and homey. To further meld farm to urban table, The Bachelor Farmer grows its own produce on a small farm located on the roof.

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TBF, Photo Credit: Gentlemanbug

Thirsts well quenched and tummies well fed, Andrew and I strolled back to our hotel while the Yankees played the Twins just over the walls at Target Field.

 


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