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a.k.a."Mill City" and "City of Lakes"

Meet the biggest underestimated place in the north. A dramatic riverfront skyline, three professional sports stadiums within 1.3 miles, so much art you're literally surrounded by it and a theater on almost every corner. A culture committed to perfecting the craft of the brew, the best park system in the nation, and a foodie paradise where you can get Nordic cuisine for breakfast, Ethiopian for lunch, and this thing called a "Jucy Lucy" for dinner - and oh yeah, cocktails on a Ferris wheel. A place to bring your dancing shoes and party at festivals all year round, enjoy four gorgeous seasons surrounded by 22 lakes, the Mississippi River and a waterfall, and meet friendly locals who can't wait to show you why they love living here. 

  • Condé Nast Traveler listed Minneapolis as one of 18 Best Place to Visit in 2018
  • 5 years running, Minneapolis park system rated #1 in the U.S. by The Trust for Public Land
    (St. Paul is #2)
  • State Bird: Common Loon
  • State Fish: Walleye Pike
  • Minneapolis Baker John Kraus, the only U.S. baker invited to join Relis Dessert, a fraternity of the best French pastry chefs in the world; check out his bakery, Patisserie 46!
  • 12 James Beard Award seminfinalists
  • 11,842 lakes (22 in Minneapolis)
  • Largest Somali population outside Somalia and largest Hmong population outside Laos (second-largest Vietnamese and Ethiopian populations in U.S.)
  • Minneapolis home to largest non-juried theater festival in the U.S., the Minnesota Fringe Festival; Minneapolis also has 181 theaters with 80 professional theater companies
  • Famous people: Prince (check out the newly opened Paisley Park Museum), Bob Dylan, Coen Brothers, Judy Garland, Lindsay Vonn, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Friedman, Charles Schultz, Hubert H. Humphrey, Paul Wellstone, and Walter Mondale
  • Famous foods: Betty Crocker, Dairy Queen, Jucy Lucy Burgers, walleye, Tater Tot Hotdish, Lefse, and Grain Belt Beer
  • Famous Inventions: Bundt cake pans, magnetic poetry, wearable pacemaker, Post-it notes, Rollerblades, Scotch tape, SPAM, Tonka trucks, and Zubaz 


For more information about Minneapolis and its attractions, please visit Meet Minneapolis or visit the following links:

The Top 10 Museums in the Twin Cities (CityPages)
Minneapolis Parks Destinations and Maps (Minneapolis Parks)
Minneapolis Shopping, Music, and More (Meet Minneapolis)


Each of the restaurants listed below is located within a three-block radius of the Minneapolis Marriott City Center.  Restaurants with an asterisk are rated four out of five stars or higher based on Google Reviews. 

112 Eatery* (New American)
8th Street Grill & Taphouse* (American)
Ah Sa Wan* (Chinese)
Allie's Deli & Catering* (Deli)  
Andrea Pizza* (Pizza)
Angel Food Bakery & Coffee Bar* (Bakery)  
Arby's (Fast Food)
Asian Max* (Asian)
Au Bon Pain (Sandwich Shop)
Bank Restaurant (New American)
Barrio* (Latin American)
Bar 508* (American)
Bruegger's Bagels (Bagel Shop)
The Burger Place* (Fast Food)
Cafe Northstar (American)
Cafe Patteen* (Cafe)
The Capital Grille* (Fine Dining)
Caribou Coffee* (Cafe)
Cheetah Pizza* (Pizza)
Chipotle Mexican Grill* (Fast Casual, Mexican) 
City Works* (American)
Cocoa and Fig* (Bakery)
Come Pho Soup* (Vietnamese)
Cosmos (American)
CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar (American, Sushi)
Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant* (Bar)
D'Amico Kitchen (Italian)
Dan Kelly's Bar and Grill* (Bar, Irish)
D Bryan's Deli (Deli)
The Depot Tavern* (Bar)
Dulono's Pizza* (Pizza)
Dunn Brothers Coffee* (Cafe)
Erbert and Gerbert's (Sandwich Shop)
Fine Line Music Cafe* (Cafe, Live Music)
FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar* (American, Bar)
Five Guys (Fast Casual)
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse* (Brazilian)
Freshii (Fast Casual)
Gluek's Restaurant & Bar* (German)
Hell's Kitchen* (American)
Hen House Eatery* (American)
HopCat* (Bar, Grill)
Jimmy John's (Sandwich Shop)
The Jolliet House (American)
Juice So Good (Juice Shop)
Kabob's Indian Grill* (Indian)
Kadai Indian Kitchen* (Indian)
Keys at the Foshay* (Cafe)
Kieran's Irish Pub* (Bar, Irish)
La Belle Crepe* (Crêperie)
La Loma Tamales* (Mexican)
Leeann Chin Asian Cuisine (Asian)
The Local* (Irish)
The Loon Cafe* (American, Bar)
Lyon's Pub* (Bar)
Mackenzie Pub* (Bar, Scottish)
Manny's Steakhouse* (Steakhouse)
Maruso Street Food Bar (Bar and Grill)
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks* (Steakhouse)
The Melting Pot* (Fondue)
Mercury Dining Room and Rail* (American)
Mercy Bar & Dining Room* (American)
Mission American Kitchen and Bar* (American)
Murray's* (Steakhouse)
The News Room (American, Bar)
Northern Shores Grille (American)
The Oceanaire Seafood Room* (Fine Dining)
O'Donovan's Irish Pub* (Bar, Irish)
One Two Three Sushi (Fast Casual, Sushi)
Pad Ga Pow* (Thai)
Panera Bread (Sandwich Shop, Fast Casual)
Pizza Luce* (Pizza)
Prime 6* (Steakhouse)
Potbelly Sandwich Shop (Sandwich Shop)
Qdoba* (Mexican)
Rare Steak and Sushi* (Steakhouse)
Randle's Restaurant and Bar (Bar)
Restaurant Max (American)
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery* (American)
Ruth's Chris Steak House* (Steakhouse)
Sal's on Fifth* (Pizza)
Seven Steakhouse Sushi & Rooftop (Steakhouse, Sushi)
The Simple Sandwich* (Sandwich Shop)
Sneaky Pete's (Bar and Grill)
Sorrento Cucina* (Italian)
Subway (Sandwich Shop)
Sushi Takatsu* (Sushi)
Taco John's* (Fast Food)
Taste of Thailand (Thai)
Trieste Cafe* (Greek)
Turtle Bread Co.* (Bakery)
Union Restaurant (Bar and Grill)
Vellee Deli* (Asian Fusion)
Walkin' Dog* (Fast Food)
Midori's Floating World Cafe* (Japanese)
Zelo* (Italian)