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Travelling to Minneapolis

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm travelling to Minneapolis on work in the very near future, and was wondering whether there is anything fun to do there after business hours.  I've been there once and don't remember it being terribly exciting.  But if there is any good shopping (is the Mall of America even an option here?), entertainment, restaurants, etc. that you know of, I'd appreciate it.
post #2 of 15
Count ceiling tiles in your hotel room.
post #3 of 15
If your hotel doesn't have a tiled ceiling, you can head down to Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. It is a major shopping drag - Neiman Marcus, Polo store (limited RLPL merch, no RLPL shoes last time I was there), a nice place at around 700 Nicollett Mall whose name I forget - it is a small men's store and it has a nice selection of Gravati and Alden shoes as well as good Italian makers. I've been a couple of times on business and haven't run across tons of discounters. There's a Marshall's on Nicollett mall with absolutely atrocious selections. If you've really got time (and it is during the day) it may be worthwhile to google around and do some thrifting - there is definitely some $$$ in Minneapolis, so odds are there will be some finds. If you want something to do in the evening, try Moscow on the Hill in St. Paul. It has nice Russian food and a truly unusual ambience. Here's a link to the website: http://www.moscowonthehill.com/htdocs/menu.html Montecristo #4 - What motivated you to count tiles rather than explore? Just a long day?
post #4 of 15
Minneapolis has a great restaurant scene. For downtown try zenos. THe previous poster is talking about Hubert W. Whites I believe, it stocks Oxxford etc. Moscow on the hill is on a great restaurant strip on selby near the Summit-Grand area. Damico cucina is a pretty decent italian restaurant as well. mpsmag.com and citypages.com have a good list of bars etc. to find your taste. And oh yea its been in the 40s recently not bad for december in Minnesota.
post #5 of 15
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Montecristo #4 - What motivated you to count tiles rather than explore?  Just a long day?
Truth be told, I was stuck out in Arden Hills.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks all. I think I'll check out the smaller men's store and Nicollet as well. Hopefully we'll be given a good stipend for food so that I can check out some of the restaurant recs.
post #7 of 15
excellent ethnic resteraunts.
post #8 of 15
Well, I must warn you, I HATE Twin Cities. That being said, Moscow on the Hill smells moldy. You can make reference to this article, which reviews the most interesting restaurants I found during my stay there. I hated that clothing store, and its shoe selection sucked. I did most of my shopping by mail order.
post #9 of 15
The only clothing store that was any decent (apart from the big department stores) was a place called "In Toto" in Uptown Minneapolis. They had a good selection of high end ready-to-wear and sports wear. Not Attolini high end but Malo high end. It's on Hennepin, a block north of Calhoun Square.
post #10 of 15
The mall of america is more of a tourist destination rather than a mall for actual shopping, especially for high end goods. As for what to do in Minneapolis, there are some decent restaurants, fairly nice night spots, and the Vikings or T-wolves if they are in town... other than that...
post #11 of 15
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The only clothing store that was any decent (apart from the big department stores) was a place called "In Toto" in Uptown Minneapolis.  They had a good selection of high end ready-to-wear and sports wear.  Not Attolini high end but Malo high end.  It's on Hennepin, a block north of Calhoun Square.
Just to follow up, "In Toto" is at 3105 Hennepin Ave. (corner of Hennepin and Lagoon, IIRC) and the phone is 612-822-2414. Uptown is about 2 miles from Downtown and is somewhat more lively than most neighborhoods. Half a dozen restaurants that are worth going to (not seeking out, but if you're there...), bookstore, couple of movie theatres, etc. So if you're there over a Saturday, then Uptown is a better option to explore.
post #12 of 15
Also, along these same lines, I have the option of going to Minneapolis or Kansas City this weekend. Which would be better, in terms of mens shopping?
post #13 of 15
kansas city has owesome food and music - chicken, barbque, steak, jazz and blues. minneapolis has great ethnic food and clubs. in terms of mens shopping. can't help you out.
post #14 of 15
The place in Nicollet Mall previously referenced is Hubert White. I've never been to the store, but I hear it's pretty good. Met the owner at the bar in The Warwick at the Collective a couple shows back, and he seems like a very nice, knowledgeable guy. They're also a member of the Forum Group (think Mitchell's, Malouf's, Mario's etc.). There's also a store in Wayzata called The Foursome I've heard good things about. If you'd like I can post contact info.
post #15 of 15
Anyone know of a trustworthy tailor/alterations shop in Minneapolis/St. Paul area? Thanks
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