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Downtown Minneapolis at dusk

Downtown is a district in Minneapolis. It is sprinkled with architecturally interesting skyscrapers, most of which are interconnected, mainly on the second level above the street level, by a growing web of Skyways, now approaching eight miles in total length. Nicollet Mall is the main semi-pedestrianized shopping street in downtown Minneapolis.

Get in[edit]

By light rail[edit]

The Hiawatha Line runs along 5th Street and links Downtown Minneapolis with parts of South Minneapolis, the airport, and the Mall of America in Bloomington. This is probably the easiest way to get into Downtown if you are coming from those areas.

By commuter rail[edit]

The Northstar Line runs from the northwest suburbs and terminates in Downtown Minneapolis at Target Field Station, which is also a transfer point to the light rail. However, service hours are limited and geared more towards weekday commuters than average visitors. Trains mostly run inbound during weekday mornings and outbound during weekday afternoons. There is also some limited service on weekends and special service timed around Twins and Vikings games.

By bus[edit]

Numerous buses serve Downtown Minneapolis, far too many to name individually. Local buses from Southwest or Northeast Minneapolis generally run along Hennepin Avenue or Nicollet Mall (a pedestrian/transit mall). Buses from the University of Minnesota and Saint Paul mostly run along 4th Street. Buses from North and South Minneapolis are less predictable, and may run along 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, or 9th Streets depending on the route and the direction it is traveling in.

By car[edit]

  • Interstate 35W from the south suburbs or the northeast suburbs.
  • Interstate 94 from Saint Paul and the east suburbs or the northwest suburbs.
  • Interstate 394 from the west suburbs. I-394 directly connects to some parking garages along the western edge of downtown.
  • Hiawatha Avenue (Minnesota State Highway 55) from the airport and the southeast suburbs.

Get around[edit]

Interior of the Minneapolis Skyway

Although most of the city's grid is along a strict north-south/east-west layout, the area near downtown on both sides of the river lies at an angle to the rest of the city's grid to better align with the river. Here streets run parallel to the river, and avenues run perpendicular (except for Washington Avenue, which parallels the river like the numbered streets). Washington Avenue divides the streets into N and S and the numbers count up in both directions from there, Hennepin Avenue divides the avenues into N and S and the numbers count up in both directions from there. Due to the bend in the river which orients the streets, nothing is actually north or south, one really needs to look at a map to understand the logic.

Much of downtown uses a series of Skyways, [1] to connect downtown shops and businesses. Navigating the skyway system can be confusing since one often has to take a circuitous route to reach their destination. However, it's often a welcome alternative to walking outside in Minneapolis' harsh winter cold. For example, one could walk from the Convention Center in Minneapolis to Washington Avenue (a block before the Mississippi) without going outside, and without stopping at a pedestrian traffic light. Interstate 394 feeds into heated parking garages, so that a Wayzatan suburbanite could enter her vehicle, drive the length of 394 to the heated lot, go to work, shop at Target or Neiman-Marcus, see a movie, have dinner, and return home - all without having to wear a coat or change clothes, even in 20-below weather.

If you get tired of walking, Metro Transit buses are only $0.50 per ride within the Downtown Zone; keep in mind that no transfers are issued when paying the downtown fare. You can also ride a light-rail train between Target Field and Downtown East/Metrodome stations for this same fare. In addition, certain buses on the Nicollet Mall are marked "Free Ride"; specifically, they are the northbound Route 18 and southbound Route 10 buses. You can board these buses without paying a fare.

See[edit][add listing]

Skyline from the Stone Arch Bridge

Parks and gardens[edit]

  • Gold Medal Park, S 2nd St and 11th Ave S. Gold Medal Park is a 7.5 acre park next to the Guthrie Theater. A 32 ft-high mound, reached by a spiral walkway, offers great views of the riverfront.  edit
  • Mill Ruins Park, 103 Portland Ave (at W River Pkwy), +1 612 313-7793, [2]. 6AM-10PM daily. Archaeological site at the location of former flour mills and other industrial buildings. A canal that ran through the area has been restored. Free.  edit
  • Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 726 Vineland Pl (at Hennepin/Lyndale), +1 612 230-6400, [3]. 6AM-midnight daily. The Sculpture Garden is an outdoor exhibition of sculptures from many different artists, including the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry. It takes up 11 acres and is one of the largest urban sculpture gardens in the country. Free. (44.969493,-93.288507) edit
    • Cowles Conservatory, at the Sculpture Garden. Tu-Su 10AM-5PM. Free. (44.969538,-93.289795) edit
  • Stone Arch Bridge, Portland Ave and W River Pkwy, [4]. A former railroad bridge of the Great Northern Railway spanning the Mississippi River; it was abandoned in 1978 and sat idle until it was repaired and adapted for pedestrian and bicycle use in the early 1990s. The Stone Arch is famous for its graceful arches and breathtaking views overlooking the Saint Anthony Falls.  edit

Museums[edit]

Walker Art Center
  • Foshay Museum, 821 Marquette Ave (30th floor), +1 612 215-3783, [5]. M-Sa noon-9PM, Su noon-6PM. Museum of the Foshay Tower, the former tallest building in Minneapolis from 1929-1971. The art deco tower was modeled after the Washington Monument. Outdoor observation deck on the 31st floor offers spectacular views of Minneapolis landmarks. $8 adults, $5 seniors/students, free children ages 12 & under.  edit
  • Mill City Museum, 704 S 2nd St (at Park), +1 612 341-7555 (), [6]. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su Noon-5PM. This interactive museum, an arm of the Minnesota Historical Society, recounts Minneapolis' history as the flour milling capital of the world. The eight-story "Flour Tower" ride describes life in the mills, and leads to an observation deck atop the Washburn A Mill, formerly the world's largest flour mill. $10 adults, $8 seniors and college students, $5 children ages 6-17. (44.978828,-93.25734) edit
  • Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave (at Vineland, where Hennepin and Lyndale meet), +1 612 375-7600, [7]. Tu-W 11AM-5PM, Th 11AM-9PM, F-Su 11AM-5PM. One of the "big five" modern art museums in the United States, which underwent expansion in 2005. $10 adults, $8 seniors (65+), $6 students, free for children 18 and under. Free admission for all on Thursdays after 5PM and all day on the first Saturday of each month.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Target Field at night

Theater and performing arts[edit]

  • Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave (at 9th St), +1 612 373-5600, [8]. Opened in 1921 as the Hennepin Theatre, a Beaux-Arts style building that was said to be the largest vaudeville house in the country at the time. It later became a movie house around the 1930s and 40s, and also started hosting live theater in the late 1950s. The theater was renovated in the early 1990s to host larger Broadway productions (a couple musicals debuted here before moving on to Broadway), and it also hosts the occasional concert.  edit
  • State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave (at 8th St), +1 612 373-5600, [9]. The State opened in 1921 and was designed in an Italian Renaissance style. It mostly operated as a movie house, although the theater occasionally hosted vaudeville acts and live music. The theater closed in 1978, but was later renovated and reopened in 1991, and now hosts live theater and concerts. (44.976779,-93.276131) edit
  • Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave (at 7th St), +1 612 373-5600, [10]. Opened in 1916 as a vaudeville house run by theater magnate Alexander Pantages, later converted to a movie house. Originally built as a Beaux-Arts twelve story complex, it was later significantly reduced to two stories. It operated as the Mann Theater from 1961 until closing down in 1984. A five-year restoration led to its reopening in 2002 under the original name, now hosting theatrical and occasional live music performances. (44.977876,-93.275284) edit
  • Guthrie Theater, 818 S 2nd St (at Chicago), +1 612 377-2224, [11]. Relocated in 2006 to their brand new theater by the Mississippi River near the old milling district. Take in views of the river and skyline on the "never ending bridge."  edit
  • Minnesota Orchestra (at Orchestra Hall), 1111 Nicollet Mall (at 11th St), +1 612 371-5656 (), [12]. Minneapolis' symphony orchestra dating back to 1903. Puts on the annual Sommerfest every summer.  edit
  • Loring Theater (formerly the Music Box Theatre), 1407 Nicollet Ave (at 14th St), +1 612 424-1407, [13].  edit
  • Brave New Workshop, 824 Hennepin Ave (at 9th St), +1 612 332-6620, [14].  edit

Professional sports[edit]

  • Target Field, 3rd Ave N between 5th and 7th Sts, [15]. Home of Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins [16]. (44.981853,-93.277532) edit
  • Target Center, 600 1st Ave N (between 6th and 7th Sts), [17]. Home of the NBA Minnesota Timberwolves [18] and the WNBA Minnesota Lynx [19] basketball teams. (44.979318,-93.275784) edit
  • Metrodome, 900 S 5th St (Chicago Ave between 4th and 6th Sts), [20]. Home of the Minnesota Vikings [21] NFL football team. (44.974263,-93.259111) edit

Tours[edit]

  • Magical History Tour, 125 Main Street SE, +1 952 888-9200, [22]. April 1st-November 15th M-F 9:30AM-2:30PM. Ride a Segway as you enjoy the history of the Minneapolis Riverfront area from 10,000 BC to present. Tour goes for 5-7 miles on a beautiful historic route. The tour lasts around three hours and includes a stop for refreshments at the Mill City Museum.  edit
  • The Hitching Company, 1300 Nicollet Mall, +1 612 338-7777, [23]. Tour downtown Minneapolis in a horse-drawn carriage with the Hitching Company. Carriages accommodate up to four people.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

The Skyways [24] boast an excellent variety of retailers, and one can find almost anything, though the distances between stores can be very inconvenient. That said, it's like a mall for the agoraphobic or claustrophobic. The best times to find what you want are between 10AM and 2PM, as many excellent food shops are opened just to handle lunch hour.

  • Big Brain Comics, 1027 Washington Ave S (at 11th Ave), +1 612 228-4390, [25]. A great comic/underground book store, very neatly and intelligently laid out. Named Best Comic Book Shop by City Pages two years running [26], the only mark against it is the slight air of pretension that casual buyers may encounter.  edit

Gaviidae Common [27] is a shopping center divided between two adjacent buildings on Nicollet Mall. Gaviidae I and II house exclusive department stores, specialty retailers, and delicious restaurants. Below is a small selection of stores located in Gaviidae Common.

  • Neiman Marcus, Gaviidae Common II (All Floors), +1 612 339-2600, [28]. M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Four levels of distinctive merchandise, with one of Neiman’s own Last Call Clearance Center’s on the 4th Floor.  edit
  • Pacifier, Gaviidae Common I (Level One), +1 612 767-6330, [29]. M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Pacifier offers a wide selection of hip and trendy baby gifts, nursery decor, clothing, wooden toys and baby gear.  edit
  • Ann Taylor, Gaviidae Common II (Skyway Level), +1 612 664-1241, [30]. M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Selections include elegant special occasion dresses, finely tailored suits, and versatile separates.  edit
  • Clay Squared, Gaviidae Common I (Skyway Level), +1 612 201-7027. M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Gift shop featuring local Minnesota artists’ clay artwork, ornaments and more.  edit
  • Indulge And Bloom, Gaviidae Common I (Skyway Level), +1 612 333-1091, [31]. M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. A floral and small gift store.  edit
  • Saks 5th Avenue Outlet, Gaviidae Common I (All Floors), +1 612 333-7200, [32]. M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM. Discount designer clothing and accessories for the discerning outlet shopper, offering Saks Fifth Avenue style at a considerable value.  edit
  • Len Druskin, Gaviidae Common I (Skyway Level), +1 612 455-1660, [33]. M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 12PM-5PM.. Upscale clothing boutique with men and women's clothes.  edit
Nicollet Mall at night


Nicollet Mall [34] is not an enclosed mall but the main downtown street in Minneapolis, running more or less north-south. In the five blocks between 5th Street and 10th Street, Nicollet Mall becomes a two-lane wavy roadway to reduce traffic and make it more pedestrian friendly for shoppers. Many national chains such as Macy's, Banana Republic, Target, and The Gap all call Nicollet Mall home. Although the street, Nicollet Mall, extends north and south for several more blocks, the main shopping area is along this 5-block wavy corridor. The Skyways cross Nicollet Mall in only three places and integrate the indoor malls with Nicollet. Buses running frequently through the Nicollet Mall, the Light Rail running along 5th Street, and numerous parking decks connected to the Skyways combine to provide good access to downtown.

  • James and Mary Laurie Booksellers, 921 Nicollet Mall, +1 612 338-1114, [35]. M-Sa 10AM-6PM. Bookseller offering antiquarian printed maps and used classical and jazz albums.  edit
  • Hubert White, 747 Nicollet Mall (IDS Center), +1 612 339-9200, [36]. M-W,F 9AM-6PM, Th 9AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-6AM. Mens clothing store with in house tailor.  edit
  • Rush's Bridal, 927 Nicollet Mall, +1 612 343-9333, [37]. Tu,Th 10AM-8PM W,F,Sa 10AM-5PM. Bridal accessories, shoes, and dresses.  edit
  • Louis Vuitton, 700 Nicollet Mall, +1 612 375-2143, [38]. M-Sa 10AM-8PM Su Noon-6PM. One of the world's leading international fashion houses.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Day Block Brewing (Minneapolis Brew Pub), 1105 Washington Ave S, 612-617-7793, [39]. 11am-1am Daily. Downtown Minneapolis Restaurant & Brewery specializing in local beer brewed in-house, specialty pizza, sandwiches and a terrific Sunday Brunch.  edit

American[edit]

  • 112 Eatery, 112 3rd N St, +1 612 343-7696, [40]. M-Th 5PM-12AM, F-Sa 5PM-1AM, Su 5PM- 10PM. Casual upscale dining with fresh seafood, lamb, bone-in pork tenderloin, baked chicken, country stlye ribs, and many other great offerings. $16-$23.  edit
  • 8th Street Grill, 800 Marquette Ave, +1 612 349-5717, [41]. M-F 7AM-2AM, Sa 8AM-2AM, Su 11AM-12AM. Established in 1992 and known for its burgers and 32 on tap beers. 8th Street Grill serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night. $9-$20.  edit
  • Atlas Grill, 200 S 6th St, +1 612 332-4200, [42]. M-F 11:30AM-7PM. Delicious global cuisine, a wonderful wine list and beautiful surroundings are perfect for an evening out or a celebration with friends and family. $12-20.  edit
  • Basil's, Marquette Hotel, 710 Marquette Ave, +1 612 376-7404, [43]. M-Su 6:30AM-2PM. Offers a casual dining experience with a contemporary flare. Experience both an imaginative and intensely flavored breakfast and lunch menu that features American cuisine from traditional to unique. $15-$30.  edit
  • BANK, 88 S 6th St, +1 612 656-3255, [44]. M-F 7AM-10PM Sa-Su 8AM-10PM. Upscale dining located in the Westin Hotel Minneapolis. Large wine cellar. $12-$32.  edit
  • Gluek's Restaurant and Bar, 16 N 6th St (between Hennepin and 1st Ave N), +1 612 338-6621 (, fax: +1 612 343-9790), [45]. M-F 11AM-2AM, Sa noon-2AM. Gluek's is a 4th generation brewery and restaurant. The food and the beer are good, but it is the history of this restaurant that sets it apart. Gluek's has been brewing beer since 1857 and there has been a bar on this site since 1902, except during Prohibition. The original building burned in 1989, but was rebuilt and reopened in 1990. $10-$20.  edit
  • Hell's Kitchen, 80 S 9th St, +1 612 332-4700, [46]. 6:30AM-2AM. A chef-owned restaurant known for its damn good food. Awesome atmosphere and full bar. $20-$30.  edit
  • Manny's Steakhouse, 825 Marquette Ave, [47]. M-Sa 6:30AM-10PM Su 6:30AM-9PM. Voted favorite steakhouse by Mpls.St.Paul magazine. $50+.  edit
  • Market Bar-B-Que, 1414 Nicollet Ave (at 14th St), +1 612 872-1111, [48]. M-Sa 11:30AM-2:30AM, Su Noon-1AM. $12-$25.  edit
  • Murray's Restaurant and Cocktail, 24 S 6th St (between Hennepin and Nicollet), +1 612 339-0909, [49]. M-F 11AM-2:30PM and 5PM-10PM, Sa-Su 5PM-10PM. Murray's opened in 1946 and could be considered to be the best white tablecloth restaurant in Minneapolis, with prices to match. If on a budget, consider eating during lunch when you can enjoy the atmosphere without worrying about breaking the bank. Or go all out and get the 4 pound golden butter knife steak at $100+ and share it with the entire family. $50+.  edit
  • Taxxi: An American Bistro, 1300 Nicollet Mall (at 13th St), +1 612 370-1234. Su-Th 6:30AM-2PM and 5PM-10PM, Fr-Sa 6:30AM-2PM and 5PM-10:30PM. A great new chef has revitalized the Bistro in the Hyatt. Serving high end American and International fare at reasonable prices, Taxxi is best known for its special buffets during the holidays and Mother's Day. But the daily menu, which features soup, sauces, and steak, is worth the visit. $30-$75 per person for a three-course meal with wine.  edit

Chinese[edit]

  • Ping's Szechuan Bar & Grill, 1401 Nicollet Ave (at 14th St), +1 612 874-9404, [50]. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F 11AM-11PM, Sa noon-11PM, Su noon-9PM.  edit

French[edit]

  • Cafe Lurcat, 1624 Harmon Pl (between Maple and Lyndale/Hennepin), +1 612 486-5500, [51]. M-Th 5:30PM-10PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-11PM, Su 5:30PM-9PM (bar opens at 4:30PM daily). Highly recommended. Chic establishment with French/fusion offerings. $18-$40.  edit

Indian[edit]

Japanese[edit]

  • Ichiban, 1333 Nicollet Ave (at Grant St), +1 612 339-0540, [53]. Japanese steakhouse.  edit
  • Koyi, 122 N 4th St (between 1st and 2nd Ave N), +1 612 375-9811. Their 5-7PM happy hour features about a dozen different types of rolls for less than $4 each. Good service.  edit
  • Nami, 251 1st Ave N (at 3rd St), +1 612 333-1999. Lunch specials, decor, and very modern, relaxing atmosphere. $10 per person plus tip at lunchtime, and $20 per person in the evening.  edit
  • Origami, 30 N 1st St (between Hennepin and 1st Ave N), +1 612 333-8430. Best known for their sushi. $10 per person plus tip at lunchtime, and $20 per person in the evening. Generally a posh, overly-sedate crowd and indifferent service.  edit

Mexican[edit]

  • Barrio, 925 Nicollet Mall (at 9th St), +1 612 333-9953, [54]. M-F 11AM-2AM, Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su 11:30AM-1AM. Barrio has extra-cheap happy hour specials on its already-cheap small plates. You can get tacos for less than three bucks. And even during regular hours, Barrio’s selection of small plates won’t cost much more than 8 bucks.  edit
  • Masa, 1070 Nicollet Mall (at 11th St), +1 612 338-6272, [55]. M-F 11AM-2:30PM,5PM-10PM, Sa-Su 5PM-10PM. You won't find hot sauce in this mod Mexican dining expanse, where each table comes stocked with sea salt, limes and a trio of tasty homemade salsas. $12-20.  edit
  • Salsa a la Salsa, 1420 Nicollet Ave (between 14th and 15th Sts), +1 612 813-1970, [56]. Authentic Mexican food. $9-15.  edit

Pizza[edit]

  • Black Sheep Pizza, 600 Washington Ave N (at 6th Ave N), +1 612 342-2625, [57]. Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM. The only pizzeria in Minnesota using coal-burning ovens.  edit
  • Davanni's, 1242 Hennepin Ave (between 12th and 13th Sts), +1 612 338-0000, [58]. Chicago-style pizza, beer on tap, good hoagies.  edit
  • Pizza Lucé, 119 N 4th St (between 1st and 2nd Aves N), +1 612 333-7359, [59]. M-Th 11AM-2:30AM, F 11AM-3:30AM, Sa 10AM-3:30AM, Su 10AM-2:30AM. Full bar, punk rock staff. You can get pizza by the slice or sit down and order a whole pie. This particular Pizza Luce location also offers brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM-2PM and a gluten-free menu.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Hennepin Avenue is probably the single best-known street for drinking and clubbing in Minneapolis. The street is lined with late-night bars, dance clubs, and music venues. Similairly 1st Avenue which is the next street directly west of Hennepin Avenue, is also lined with late night destinations. There is also a good cluster of bars and nightclubs in the Warehouse District, which is just north-west of Hennepin Avenue and very much within walking distance.

First Avenue
  • First Avenue, 701 1st Ave N, +1 612 332-1775, [60]. Probably the oldest and most legendary club in town. Dance nights of various flavors (house, salsa, etc.) are hosted as are local and national bands and the occasional weird event such as pro-wrestling and the roller derby league. Housed in the former Minneapolis Greyhound station, the club is located at the corner of 1st Avenue and 7th Street (hence the name), and can be easily identified by its black exterior decorated with silver stars of all the noteworthy artists who've played there. First Avenue gained national notoriety in the mid-1980s as the club where Prince played out his rivalry with Morris Day and The Time in Purple Rain. The club is divided into two main parts. The Mainroom is where the dance nights are held and national touring acts perform. The Mainroom is regarded as one of the premier sites for live music in the country. Often compared to Chicago's Metro, or San Francisco's Filmore. it offers nightly drink specials and a limited kitchen. The 7th Street Entry is a smaller room off to the side where one is more likely to see local bands or lesser known national touring acts. Don't be put off by the small size. Hundreds of touring bands have graduated from the Entry to become major touring acts. Son Volt, Wilco, The Replacements and Jane's Addiction are among the list of bands that played first in the Entry before moving on to the Mainroom, much bigger venues and even arenas.  edit
  • Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 1st Ave N, +1 612 338-8100, [61]. A smaller-sized music club located on 1st Avenue, the Fine Line features national and local acts. The main level provides a close proximity to the acts, while the mezzanine offers meals and seating for a more expensive price.  edit
  • Dakota Jazz Club, 1010 Nicollet Mall, +1 612 332-1010, [62]. Upscale jazz club. (44.973776,-93.275106) edit
  • Bunkers, 761 Washington Ave N (at 8th Ave N), +1 612 338-8188, [63]. (44.988811,-93.278577) edit
  • O'Donovan's Irish Pub, 700 1st Ave N, +1 612 317-8896, [64]. 4PM-2AM daily. A rather small-looking pub with a big inside, this is a good place to go for a pint. They have a nice variety of drinks on tap, from cider to stout to both ("Poor Man's Black Velvet"), and some authentic Irish food in case that isn't thick enough. The help can range from decent to good, and the regulars may even be rather welcoming as well. Fair prices, good beers, and even better food. (44.978688,-93.276384) edit
  • Lee's Liquor Lounge, 101 Glenwood Ave N (at N 12th St), +1 612 338-9491, [65]. (44.978639,-93.28193) edit
  • The Lounge, 411 2nd Ave N, +1 612 333-8800, [66]. Jeans are allowed inside the club, but the following attire is not: No white tennis shoes, baseball hats, athletic apparel, badly ripped jeans, baggy clothing, or white t-shirts.  edit
  • Prohibition, 821 Marquette Ave, +1 612 597-2413. Upscale bar located on the 27th floor of the Foshay Tower.  edit
  • Gay 90s, 408 Hennepin Ave, [67]. Gay friendly dance club. Large dance floor with live DJ.  edit
  • Envy Nightclub, 400 1st Ave N, +1 612 673-9694, [68]. Large dance floor and DJ.  edit
  • Aqua, 401 1st Ave N, +1 612 232-3232, [69]. 18+ bar and dance club with a live DJ. Generally very loud and very crowded.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Best Western (Normandy Inn & Suites), 405 S 8th St, +1 612 370-1400, [70]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. On site restaurant. Indoor pool, spa, and sauna.  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express Minneapolis Downtown, 225 S 11th St, +1 877 859-5095, [71]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Within walking distance of Nicollet Mall and the convention center.  edit

Mid-Range[edit]

  • Aloft Minneapolis, 900 Washington Ave S, +1 612 455-8400, [72]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Located in the Mill District, across the street from the Guthrie Theater, Mill City Museum, Gold Medal Park, and the Stone Arch Bridge. Includes an on site bar, XYZ.  edit
  • Crowne Plaza Northstar, 618 2nd Ave S (between 6th and 7th Sts), +1 612 338-2288 (fax: +1 612 673-1157), [73]. In the financial and retail district of downtown, near shopping, dining, culture, and entertainment. Conveniently connected to the climate controlled skyway system, linking guests to the Minneapolis Convention Center, Target Center, Orchestra Hall, Nicollet Mall, HHH Metrodome, various corporate offices, shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. Near the Light Rail Transit system, connecting to both the Minneapolis/St Paul Airport and the Mall of America.  edit
  • The Depot Renaissance, 225 3rd Ave S, +1 612 375 1700, [74]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Indoor water park and seasonal ice skating rink. Located in the historic Depot train station.  edit
  • Doubletree Suites Minneapolis, 1101 LaSalle Ave (at 11th St), +1 612 332-6800, [75]. All-suite, full-service hotel located a few blocks from the Minneapolis Convention Center, and just one block from Nicollet Mall.  edit
  • The Hotel Minneapolis by DoubleTree, 215 S 4th St (between 2nd and 3rd Aves S), +1 612 340-2000, [76]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Recently renovated, this boutique style hotel built in a former bank (the old vault doubles as a wine cellar) offers classy and modern style all at once. Guest rooms are smaller but offer all the amenities of a luxury hotel. The lobby area is inviting with a beautiful lobby bar with free billards as well as a full service restuarant known as the Max.  edit
  • Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Ave (at 10th St), +1 612 376-1000, [77].  edit
  • Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall (at 13th St), +1 612 370-1234 (fax: +1 612 370-1463), [78]. Rooms start at $189 per night, but discounts can be had. The Hyatt is also home to two high quality dining experiences: Oceanaire and Taxxi.  edit
  • Grand Hotel Minneapolis, 615 2nd Ave S (at 6th St), +1 612 288-8888, [79]. Recently renovated luxury hotel and spa with rooms starting at $170 per night. Connected to the climate-controlled Skyway, letting guests walk to the Target Center, Convention Center and other buildings in any weather.  edit
  • Radisson Plaza Hotel Minneapolis, 35 S 7th St (between Hennepin and Nicollet), +1 800 333-3333, [80]. Built on the site of the original Hotel Radisson (which opened in 1909), Radisson Plaza Minneapolis has an important historical significance for Minneapolis, and continues to be a thriving hotel. Featuring the outstanding FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar (try the "purple rain" martini at the bar, and the... well, really just about anything from the kitchen), underground parking, skyway access, and affordable packages. Found a room here for as low as $99 on off-weekends. During the week they tend to be higher ($179 seems like a decent average), but this place is worth it. They also have an online rate guarantee, so if you can find it cheaper on expedia or whatnot, they'll match it and give you a discount. Good room, great staff.  edit
  • Westin Minneapolis, 88 S 6th St (at Marquette), +1 612 333-4006, [81]. Recently built into the historic Farmers & Mechanics Bank in downtown Minneapolis. The wine cellar is built into the former bank's vault. Appropriately, the bar/restaurant is called BANK.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Graves 601, 601 1st Ave N (at 6th St), +1 866 523-1100, [82]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Directly across the street from the Target Center, the hotel is connected by Skyway to the entire shopping and business district.  edit
  • Hotel Ivy, 201 S 11th St, +1 612 746-4600, [83]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Located in the heart of downtown. Connected to seven miles of skyway, connecting guest to attractions such as the Convention Center, Nicollet Mall, Orchestra Hall and the Guthrie Theatre regardless of weather.  edit
  • Le Meridien Chambers Hotel, 901 Hennepin Ave (at 9th St), +1 612 767-6900 (toll free: +1 800 543-4300, , fax: +1 612 767-6901), [84]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon. Luxury hotel with modern art furnishings. Guests get free access to the Walker Art Center. The hotel also houses the Burnet Art Gallery. $169+. (44.9761,-93.277028) edit
  • W Minneapolis (The Foshay), 821 Marquette Ave, +1 612 215-3700, [85]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Located in the Historic Foshay Tower in the heart of downtown. Hotel includes an on site bar, and famous Manny's Steakhouse. Just a block from Nicollet Mall.  edit

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Minneapolis Central Library
  • Hennepin County Library - Central Branch, 300 Nicollet Mall (between 3rd and 4th Sts; entrances on both the Nicollet Mall and Hennepin Avenue sides), +1 612 543-8000, [86]. M,W,F-Sa 10AM-6PM, Tu,Th 10AM-8PM, Su noon-5PM. The current Minneapolis Central Library was designed by Cesar Pelli and opened in 2006, replacing a hideous 1950s structure that previously housed the library. Unfortunately, the planetarium housed in the former structure has yet to be replaced. Plenty of computers are available here, and there are plenty of tables on each floor equipped with electrical outlets to plug in your laptop computers if you want to use the free wi-fi. (44.980574,-93.269957) edit
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