Minneapolis Awaits


If you haven’t figured out yet why Minneapolis continues to rank among the best cities in the country – best for parks, best foodie scene, best place to find a job; the list of accolades goes on and on – a visit to the Midwestern boomtown ought to do the trick. And oh! Did you hear? JetBlue’s touching down in the Twin Cities on a daily basis beginning in spring of 2018. When you’re ready to see for yourself what makes the locals such happy campers, JetBlue will take you there.

Rustica Bakery – Uptown

“With a James Beard nomination and treats that regularly make publications’ lists of the best chocolate chip cookies in the country, it should be clear that you’re gonna wanna stop by Rustica Bakery. The bread is outstanding and the treats are to die for. I suggest enjoying your freshly baked treat and then hopping across the street to walk it off with a relaxing stroll around the lake. A perfect balance.” – as recommended by Minneapolis Localeur Morgan Jones

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Electric Fetus – Whittier

“Minneapolis is as a much a music town as Nashville, Seattle or Austin. And while there are a lot of really great record stores around the city, each with their own niche, Electric Fetus is king daddy. Part record store, part novelty and gift shop, Electric Fetus has been selling the counter-culture since 1968. Pro tip: Head straight to the Recent Arrivals section for some great, used vinyl at a reasonable price.” – as recommended by Minneapolis Localeur James Taylor

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Eastside – Downtown

“Eastside is a gorgeous restaurant with well-crafted drinks and high-quality food. It’s a solid bet any time, but it also happens to offer a good deal at happy hour. Stop by between 2 and 6 p.m., Monday-Friday, for deals like four fried oysters with preserved lemon aioli for $7 and pork ribs for $5. They also offer discounts on drinks, and a couple of their specialty cocktails go for only eight bucks during the happiest hour.” – as recommended by Minneapolis Localeur Morgan Jones

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Magers & Quinn Booksellers – Uptown

“Personally, my favorite thing to do in a new city is to find a quality bookstore and get lost in it for an afternoon. Magers & Quinn is one of the largest independently owned bookstores in the Midwest and located in the bustling Uptown neighborhood. Browse a beautiful collection of rare and one-of-a-kind editions alongside thousands of current releases.” – as recommended by Minneapolis Localeur James Taylor

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Bauhaus Brew Labs – Northeast

“Bauhaus has probably my favorite atmosphere of all the Minneapolis breweries I’ve visited. The colorful space is bright, airy and fun. They’ve got bags for tossin’ and food trucks for snackin’. The crowd is usually loud and friendly, and you can expect a packed house on a pretty weekend day. My favorite brew? Wanderstuff Pils, a light and citrusy delight that, in my mind, perfectly encapsulates everything Bauhaus represents – fun, brightness and good beer.” – as recommended by Minneapolis Localeur Morgan Jones

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The Foundry Home Goods – Warehouse District

“Housed in a former brass factory in the downtown Warehouse District, The Foundry sells stylish home goods that encourage a ‘non disposable lifestyle.’ Porcelain dishware from Dust and Form, body care products from Denmark’s Sort of Coal and handcrafted wool blankets from tiny MacAusland’s Woolen Mills are a few of the thoughtfully curated products you’ll find at The Foundry. It’s great for gifts, especially for a loved one who can’t get enough containers for their collection of fancy salts.” – as recommended by Minneapolis Localeur James Taylor

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Young Joni – Northeast

“At Young Joni, you can choose your own adventure. Stop in the main dining hall for tasty pizzas and big, beautiful windows, or pop down the alley and into the back bar for delicious cocktails in a cozy and dark setting. In the front, you can find creative pies topped with the likes of preserved lemon, fresh clams and beef short ribs. And in the back bar, might I suggest a Bruised Ego cocktail, or, like a true Minnesotan, the Passive Aggressive? Both sides of this place are beautifully designed and offer a lovely experience.” – as recommended by Minneapolis Localeur Morgan Jones

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