Top things to do

Top Choice Gardens in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

This 19-acre green space, studded with contemporary works such as the oft-photographed Spoonbridge & Cherry by Claes Oldenburg, sits beside the Walker Art Center. The Cowles Conservatory, abloom with exotic hoth…
Top Choice Museum in Minneapolis

Walker Art Center

The first-class art center has a strong permanent collection of 20th-century art and photography, including big-name US painters and great US pop art. On Monday evenings from late July to late August, the museum hos…
Top Choice Brewery in Minneapolis

Surly Brewing

Surly's sprawling, mod-industrial, family-friendly beer hall is mobbed by locals who come for the 20 rotating taps and abundant meaty snacks. Try CynicAle, a Belgian-style saison, or Furious, the flagship American I…
Top Choice Pizza in Minneapolis

Young Joni

Young Joni fuses two seemingly unrelated types: pizza and Korean food. So you can order a wood-fired, crisp-crusted prosciutto, gruyere and ricotta pie with a side of spicy clams, kimchi and tofu. It sounds odd, but…
Top Choice American in St Paul

Cook

This cute, sunny spot serves creative diner dishes (gingery French toast, curried veggie burgers, braised short rib sandwiches), including some with a spicy Korean twist. Cook also hosts Korean dinners on Friday nig…
Top Choice Music in Minneapolis

Electric Fetus

This indie record store sells a whopping selection of new and used CDs and vinyl, plus groovy hats, T-shirts and incense. It has the lowdown on the local music scene, complete with concert tickets for sale (check th…
Top Choice Museum in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

This museum is a huge trove housing a veritable history of art. The modern and contemporary collections will astonish, while the Asian galleries (2nd floor) and Decorative Arts rooms (3rd floor) are also highlights.…
Top Choice Observatory in Minneapolis

Endless Bridge

Head inside the cobalt-blue Guthrie Theater and make your way up the escalator to the Endless Bridge, a far-out cantilevered walkway overlooking the Mississippi River. You don't need a theater ticket, as it's intend…
Top Choice American in Duluth

New Scenic Cafe

Foodies travel from far and near to New Scenic Cafe, 8 miles beyond Duluth on Old Hwy 61. There, in a humble wood-paneled room, they fork into rustic salmon with creamed leeks or a slice of triple berry pie, all ser…
Top Choice Museum in Minneapolis

Weisman Art Museum

The Weisman, which occupies a swooping silver structure by architect Frank Gehry, is a university (and city) highlight. The airy main galleries hold cool collections of 20th-century American art, ceramics, Korean fu…