Things to Do & Eat in Minneapolis

Rachel Martin

Obviously, the main things that draw people to Healthy Teen Network’s Annual National Conference are the skills-building workshops, informative roundtable sessions, access to the latest research and resources, unparalleled networking opportunities with peers from across the country, inspiring speakers, and more. This year’s setting of Minneapolis also has a lot to offer conference attendees. Best of all, there’s plenty to do and see in walking distance of the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, the official site of conference. (Haven’t registered yet? Register online here.)

Restaurants on the Nicollet Mall

The Nicollet Mall is a popular commercial district in downtown Minneapolis. As a transit mall, it offers shops, shopping malls, restaurants, bars, arts, entertainment, and other fun attractions. (Another plus:  the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis is on the mall.)

Brit’s Pub and Eating Establishment
A trip to Brit’s can mean eating on an outdoor rooftop bar overlooking the English Garden Park while simultaneously devouring Scotch eggs or fish and chips. This moderately priced establishment provides both great food and the chance to participate in the popular game of lawn bowling. What could be bad about that?
1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
If you’re looking for live music while enjoying your dinner, this Twin Cities gem is a sure bet. Reservations guarantee a good seat for the night’s live performance, but that shouldn’t stop you from dropping by for a side table setting. Although a trip to Dakota’s can get pricey, the food and ambiance promise a unique Minneapolis outing.
1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Historical architecture combines with funky decor to make Zelo a prime eating establishment in Minneapolis. Stop by for a taste of Italian at lunchtime, including moderately-priced pizzas, pasta, flatbread, and sandwiches.
831 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

The Local
Food is high priority at this traditional Irish pub. One of the best bars in Minneapolis, The Local boasts that they have poured the largest volume of Jameson Irish Whiskey in the world for the past four years. Sitting at the bar or at a small side table are great options at this pub for lunch, dinner, or a late night snack.
931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Smack Shack
Find this delicious cuisine at either the 1021 Bar or on the streets of Minneapolis at the Smack Shack Food Truck on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. While this isn’t the most inexpensive dining option, the lobster roll is guaranteed to make your mouth water.
1029 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Sites in the Area

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
With a permanent collection that has grown from 800 works of art to more than 83,000 objects, joining the half a million people who visit this museum each year will not be a mistake. Enjoy MIA’s free general admission policy and spend some time perusing the wide array of work on display.
2400 3rd Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404

Varsity Theater
Catch a show at one of the best music clubs in the Midwest. Live music isn’t this venue’s only forte–large full-blown stage musicals and small dramas also take the stage. Stop by to enjoy top-notch sound and lighting systems while marveling at the unique space and, apparently, the impressively clean bathrooms.
1308 Southeast 4th Street Minneapolis, MN 55414

Brave New Workshop
Looking for some comic relief? Laugh til you cry from satirical sketch comedy and brilliant improv at Brave New Workshop. For main stage sketch comedy revues, it is advised to purchase tickets in advance. You don’t want to risk missing out on experiencing a truly hilarious show.
824 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
If you’re looking for a relaxing (and free) way to spend a few hours, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the place for you. Featuring the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture, this site is home to genuine public art displays. Take a walk through the garden or rest under some trees while enjoying this Minneapolis treasure.
726 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Mall of America
Last, but certainly not least, a trip to Mall of America is a must. You can shop in some of the 520 stores. You can eat at one of the 50 restaurants. And, you can enjoy one of the many attractions the mall offers, including Nickelodeon Universe—the nation’s first all-Nick theme park. (Also, did you know there is no sales tax on clothing or shoes?) A tourist destination like no other, Mall of America has something for everyone.
60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425

Rachel Martin is the Marketing & Communications Intern at Healthy Teen Network.
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