The great Minnesotan city of Minneapolis is known for its modern office buildings and its young, hip atmosphere. Whether you’re here for the music scene or to explore urban lakes, breweries, and restaurants, you’ll have plenty of choices. Get ready to enjoy the crisp air of Minneapolis and make the most of the autumn season.
The FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar
As you already know, here’s the general rule that works for every vacation: the sooner you book your room, the better. Especially if you’re thinking about staying in one of the 360 stylish rooms and suites of the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown, a landmark of the Tin Cities skyline located in the very heart of the city. In addition to all the hotel amenities, there is also an on-site restaurant, the FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar serving farm-to-table cuisine with a Midwestern flair: perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Their chefs usually buy the best meat, fish, seafood, produce, and dairy: all fresh, all local, all sustainable. Their philosophy is to keep it simple: everything is cooked and blended to flavour as naturally as possible. The dishes at FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar will satisfy everybody’s taste and suit every occasion.
Incredible Places to eat
Now, while we’re on the subject, are you looking for some fine dining? Well, we have a few options for you: the first one is Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse. Located in the renowned Hennepin Theatre District, very close to other amazing city attractions, it’s become a downtown landmark when it comes to fine dining. Their chefs kept the traditions alive while creating new dishes, pushing forward the Brazilian experience: steak, chicken, lamb, pork, seafood, award-winning wines, and cocktails.
If you want to stick to steak, just go to Manny’s, one of the best steakhouses in the US. Unparalleled quality and consistency, incredible flavour and tenderness, Manny’s USDA-certified Black Angus beef will make your dinner unforgettable (along with chops and premium vegetables). They say you won’t find a better steak anywhere else in the world: you might as well give it a try.
Last but not least, a place where you can find some sell-your-soul-to-the-devil amazing food: it’s Hell’s Kitchen. No, it has nothing to do with the world-renowned TV show or with Gordon Ramsay but then again people keep coming back again and again. Whether it’s for breakfast, brunch, lunch, happy hour or dinner, here’s the award-winning restaurant you were looking for.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Welcome to the “city by nature”. No slogan has ever been more authentic. The city is surrounded by parks, urban lakes, and wilderness. Adventure and nature are waiting for you behind every corner. You don’t believe it? Just start roaming around and see: you’ll find you’re never too far from nature. You can easily see soccer games, joggers or people relaxing. And if you want to admire the fall colours in their greatest splendour, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is your go-to place. Open all year, the Arboretum is one of the top botanical gardens in the US: it’s renowned for its beautiful paved paths, its award-winning tree collections, and its guided walking tours. It’s time to enjoy vibrant leaves and scenic routes all around you.
The Stone Arch Bridge
The Stone Arch Bridge is the oldest bridge in Minneapolis: a true icon of the city. It was originally designed to serve as a train bridge and its granite structure was later replaced by a steel one. Today the Stone Arch Bridge is a National Historic Engineering Landmark and it’s used daily by cyclists, tourists, and pedestrians. Why don’t you go and take in a gorgeous view over the downtown Minneapolis skyline from this beautiful bridge surrounded by scenic paths?
Located on the shores of the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Park is home to a gorgeous 53-foot waterfall that will make you feel like you’re lost in the wilderness. The park is probably the most popular in Minneapolis and it features picnic areas and trails full of silver maples, elms, and wildflowers. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can get close to the gorge under the waterfall using a staircase or take a hike downstream through the woods. No matter the season, this place is definitely worth a visit: you’ll never forget it.
Spoonbridge and Cherry
Minneapolis’ iconic “Spoonbridge and Cherry” is a whimsical modern art piece representing a giant spoon with a cherry suspended on the rim: it’s been delighting locals and tourists since the ‘80s. Constructed by Claes Oldenburg and his wife, this artwork is the centrepiece of the Walker Art Centre’s Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The cherry’s stem acts as a fountain and it creates a pond designed to look like a linden seed: after this, it will be hard not to notice the many linden trees that are planted all over the park. In autumn, just explore the garden on a chilly afternoon and relax among the fallen leaves.