You know that place you’ve lived relatively close to your entire life but never explored? For me that place is Minneapolis. Being born and raised in Central Wisconsin means that I’ve always been a pretty equal distance between Chicago and Minneapolis. I’ve been to Chicago literally 100 times in my life, but I’ve probably only been to Minneapolis 3 or 4 times.
Earlier this fall I finally went out of my way to spend some time exploring Minneapolis. I spent the day walking, eating, and photographing the city with my good friend, Mackenzie. We both had a great time and agreed that we needed to come back for more and maybe even check out neighboring St. Paul. We both snapped tons of pictures and came to the conclusion that Minneapolis is pretty photogenic. These are the places in Minneapolis that are sure to be Instagram worthy.
University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota is the state’s oldest and largest campus, and sits just east of the Mississippi River. I visited when the fall foliage was in peak bloom and the entire campus looked stunning, especially this wooden pedestrian bridge. The campus has a very cozy and quaint feeling which is strange because it is such a big school. Of course, being nestled in between the Minneapolis skyline and the Mississippi River makes it easy on the eyes no matter what the season.
Schmitt Music Building
This big beautiful mural can be found on the side of a 5 story brick building in downtown Minneapolis near 10th and Marquette. The building is the former home of Schmitt Music. In the 70’s a local columnist wrote about “how ugly” the building was; saying they “needed to make that wall sing”. The Schmitt company took the suggestion to heart and did just that, painting the entire building in music notes. Schmitt Music has since relocated, but the mural remains and the new owners have no intention of ever removing it.
All four of Spyhouse‘s locations are trendy coffee house heaven, but the Northeast store on Broadway is where you’ll find this dreamy CITY sign. This cafe and roasting facility is located in an old restored brick and timber warehouse with original wood flooring and beautiful large windows.
Stone Arch Bridge
The Stone Arch Bridge is a former railroad bridge that crosses over the Mississippi River into Downtown Minneapolis. The bridge was built in the 1800’s and was to be used to connect the railway system to the new Union Depot. Now days, the bridge is just a pedestrian bridge and a popular place for bikers, runners, and walkers. As you can see, it’s one of the best places to catch a view of the city’s beautiful skyline.
Milkjam is the place to take the ice cream lover in your life. With flavors like Turkish coffee toffee and milk and cereal it’s safe to say your taste buds will be smiling big time after leaving this place. This awesome mural is actually located right across the street from Milkjam. If you’re not familiar with Kelsey Montague and her #WhatLiftsYou campaign, head here to read all about it. Her murals can be found all over the world. I love her Nashville mural, but this one is coming in as a close second.
Bogart’s Doughnut Co.
Bogart’s Doughnut Co. is truly a neat story. Owner Anne, was an attorney with a baking habit. In 2011, she opened up a doughnut stand at the local farmers market. After 3 seasons of her doughnuts being devoured, she took a leap of faith and opened up her first doughnut shop. I’ve sampled my fair share of doughnuts and Bogarts is right up there at the top. The picture below was taken at their Uptown location on 36th and Bryant.
Betty Danger’s Country Club
Betty Danger’s is many things rolled into one. When Mackenzie said she wanted to go there I asked her what it was. She told me it was a bar/restaurant/mini golf course/ferris wheel. The look I gave her was so strange I’m sure, but we went to check it out anyway. Everything from the colorful outdoor walls to the inside decor, to the ferris wheel is a Instagram moment waiting to happen.
I Like You Handmade Gifts from Minnesota
I Like You is one of the cutest stores I’ve ever wandered into. It’s a quirky little shop that sells everything from t-shirts to dish ware. I loved so much of their stuff, especially their uniquely Minnesota stuff. I found myself wanting it all (except in Wisconsin form not Minnesota, of course). Trust me you’ll want to at least take a look around during your next trip to Minneapolis. There isn’t a sign per say outside of the building, but you’ll know you’re there when you find this wall. It’s pretty hard to miss.
Where’s your favorite place to snap a pic in Minneapolis?