48 Hours in Minneapolis, Minnesota

48 Hours in Minneapolis, Minnesota

A week of vacation in January had us holed up in our cozy flat in Wisconsin for a few days. Then we busted out for a mini-roadtrip to the Cities. We've never explored downtown Minneapolis before and thanks to Instagram, I had a list of restaurants and coffeehouses going already.

Minneapolis was magical. The perfect getaway for a couple like us who enjoys good food, shopping & nightlife. Time went too fast and we just couldn't fit in all the places on our list! Today, I'll be sharing my favorite moments from our 48 hours there and providing you with shops, restaurants, and bars for your future itinerary. 

12:00 PM // DAY 1

We arrived at Pizza Lucé, hungry for comfort food after driving about 180 miles from our home in Wisconsin. We chose the Seward / University location, as we had scheduled hair appointments at the rad Mezzanine Salon across the street at 1:00 PM. It may seem odd to have your hair cut on vacation, but it was actually quite the treat and made us feel even more like locals. Afterward, we checked into our Airbnb rental in the quiet, but hip Whittier neighborhood. This Pinterest-worthy apartment made it difficult to leave during the day, but it's stellar location proved to be the best decision we had made in planning the trip. 

7:00 PM // DAY 1

With our accommodations being only steps away from numerous restaurants on Eat Street, it took us about an hour to decide on where to dine. We settled on Thai and followed Yelp's recommendations for Krungthep and were not disappointed. After dinner we strolled over to the Minneapolis Institute of Art and took in an exhibition in the Department of Photography and New Media, celebrating photographs from every year since the museum's founding in 1883. With the museum closing only an hour after we arrived, we then realized how quickly time was passing and how there was simply too many things to fit into our trip. 

9:00 AM // DAY 2

We took advantage of being on vacation and slept in without guilt. Making our own brunch at the Airbnb felt luxurious and we enjoyed ourselves, pretending it was our home.  

1:00 PM // DAY 2

The afternoon took us adventuring at Minnehaha Falls, a 53-foot waterfall with limestone bluffs located right in the city of Minneapolis. We did not know that climbing up behind the falls was prohibited in the winter, but were made well aware when a police officer loudly announced to all of us to leave when we were already behind the falls. Expecting to be fined, the police officer politely wished us good day as we sheepishly climbed our way past, trying not to slip on the ice, further proving his point of the hazardous conditions. It was worth it.

3:00 PM to 3:00 AM // DAY 2

The rest of the day was crammed with a quick trip to the Mall of America, happy hour at Prohibition Bar in the Foshay Tower, burgers at The Bulldog Uptown, and a night of bluegrass & beer at Icehouse back in the Whittier neighborhood. We met up with some family in town and said hello to old friends which made Minneapolis feel even more like home. 

9:00 AM // DAY 3

Our last day, we indulged ourselves with coffee from Spyhouse across the street, as well as brunch at a Nordic-inspired restaurant called Upton 43. We quickly admitted ourselves as tourists to the server and she warmly recommended each of our dishes that we ordered. Our meal was indescribable. The best we've ever experienced. One of the most unique aspects of this restaurant is that the servers are paid a generous wage and gratuity is not accepted, following European custom. We lingered for a couple hours at our table, feeling welcomed and not rushed in the slightest by the waitstaff.