Whether you’re a local or simply passing through The Mini Apple’s North Loop and Warehouse Districts, the food scene in this part of of town is more than deserving of recognition—it might even give New York City’s culinary standouts a run for their money. Not to mention the shopping possibilities are endless—from women and menswear to novelty books. Plus, of course, there are cocktails and art along the way, because what is a day without judging contemporary art and nursing a drink?
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Start things off right at The Bachelor Farmer. While the spot also operates as a restaurant in the evening (a menu boasting organic dishes with ingredients grown on their rooftop garden), you can’t go wrong with a cup of coffee here in the morning. Not only is the java stunning with curated blends, including a local blend from Dogwood Coffee, but the pastries are equally delicious. Grab your order to go or people watch at the window counter in its spacious and airy layout.
Grilled pork belly, pickled beef sausage, spring lamb, Swiss chard fritters, sesame-cornmeal cake
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Housed in a restored six-story Chicago-style limestone warehouse, this former farm-machinery-storage-facility-turned-commercial-bakery is now home to a visual arts community that provides affordable studios, teaching, and exhibition space for visual artists. You’ll see the works by an eclectic group of artists from all around the world, including photographers, painters, ceramicists, printmakers, sculptors, and book artists. Fun fact: the building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, so if you’re not big on contemporary art, at least you can appreciate its architectural and historical prowess.
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This is a treat for book and vinyl lovers combined and located in the same complex of Traffic Zone. Since opening its doors in 1969, James & Mary Laurie Bookseller has accumulated an astonishing 120,000 rare or out of print books. They’ve also got over 30,000 vintage jazz and classical records for those visiting Bach and Ben Webster fans. Find a corner and leaf through pages older than your grandmother or splurge on the perfect gift for the audiophile or bookworm in your life.
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Two blocks away you’ll discover Kado No Mise, a chic Japanese kitchen offering classic interpretations of nigiri, sashimi, and sushi. Enjoy a one of a kind lunch with high-end ingredients without the exorbitant prices, while appreciating the modern and simple space. A little insider knowledge: upstairs is Minneapolis’s only kaiseki restaurant with a special whiskey room bar, so save this restaurant for when you’re in desperate need of a nightcap or the perfect first date.
Chirashi sushi bowl, sashimi, omakase dinner, yaki Wagyu, chasoba
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After lunch, find yourself at Martin Patrick 3 a few blocks away. This upscale men’s clothing store lives inside a 130-year-old Colonial warehouse building, originally home to a streetcar company. The maze-like layout with nooks and crannies highlight multiple high-end brands, including local ones. Nibble on snacks placed around the store or head to the bar for a post-lunch drink. For a more exclusive shopping experience, make an appointment in advance for access to the private lounge, where your shopping will be accompanied with whiskey shots.
Marty's Barber Shop, All Seasons tailor shop
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This artist-owned gallery in the North Loop showcases works from artists around the country, as well as the founding members. Exhibitions range from minimalist sculptures to watercolors and installations, with a focus on dialogue and social context.
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If you’re looking to make a statement, head next door to Statement Boutique. This female-run boutique in North Loop knows what women want: approachable fashion with urban chic flair and a West Coast vibe. Look for the work of local designers in this inviting spot, including jewelry from Stacey Johnson and Koon Yai Studio.
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Ask anybody in Minnesota for a good spot to eat and they’ll point you in the right direction—and that path leads to Spoon and Stable every time. The restaurant continues to be one of the hottest in the Twin Cities, even years after opening, and blends French and New American dishes for the perfect dinner experience. The gluten-free and vegetarian menus probably have a lot to do with why people keep coming back, too. You’ll definitely need a reservation here but if you’re lucky, you can snag a place at the bar, sip on top shelf cocktails, and maybe even get a celebrity spotting.
Ricotta tortellini, tamarind glazed pork chop, dry-aged beef ribeye, honey and cream cake
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What goes around comes around, literally. You’ll head back to your original location, The Bachelor Farmer, but instead venture downstairs to Marvel Bar. The modern speakeasy is dimly lit, and while reading the menu can be hard, know that these guys are making some of the best crafted cocktails this side of the Mississippi River. Opt for the signature cocktail, Oliveto, which features lemon, egg white, olive oil, Gordon’s Gin and Licor 43. Cheers!
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