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TOP RESTAURANTS TO VISIT WITH FRIENDS WHY DO YOU LIKE LIVING IN THE TWIN CITIES? BEST PLACES TO HOLD BUSINESS MEETINGS BEST COFFEE SHOPS NIGHTLIFE HOT SPOTS WHAT TO DO IN THE FALL/WINTER BEST WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY FAVORITE MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL NEIGHBORHOODS TO CALL HOME

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TOP RESTAURANTS to visit with friends

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Hola Arepa

JL Beers

Punch Pizza

LATIN CUISINE

BURGERS AND BREWS

NEAPOLITAN WOOD-FIRED PIZZA

This popular food truck-turnedrestaurant specializes in Venezuelan arepas stuffed with meats, veggies, cheeses, and homemade salsas. Their outdoor patio is a great place to hang with friends. plus, it’s dog friendly!

This Fargo-Moorhead favorite made its way to Minneapolis in 2014 and is serving up the same mouth-watering burgers and fresh cut fries. Check out their selection of 40 beers on tap.

With 11 Twin Cities locations, you won’t have to go far for great, quick pizza. Customize your toppings and take a seat while they wood-fire your personal pizza in minutes.

3501 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis holaarepa.com

24 University Ave. NE #100, Minneapolis jlbeers.com/nempls

Multiple Twin Cities Locations punchpizza.com


J. Selby’s

Young Joni

The Lynhall

PLANT-BASED EATERY

WOOD-BURNING OVEN & GRILL

MARKET-INSPIRED CAFÉ

St. Paul’s first plant-based restaurant opened up last year. Their vegan take on American classics like burgers, wings, and stir fry was an instant hit. But you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy their menu!

Fine dining with a twist. Chef Ann Kim has perfected her signature wood-fired pizzas and uses her Korean background to create globally inspired dishes. The cozy cabin atmosphere makes for a relaxing dining experience.

A stylish, counter-service eatery, The Lynhall strives to create a unique atmosphere for customers. Sit down at one of their long community tables for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

169 N. Victoria St., St. Paul jselbys.com

165 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis youngjoni.com

2640 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis thelynhall.com

World Street Kitchen

Revival

Blue Door Pub

GLOBAL STREET FOOD

FRIED CHICKEN AND SANDWICHES

BURGERS AND WINGS

Serving up street food from around the world, WSK is a bustling, casual onestop shop for global eats. Look for their big red food truck in the summers!

Delicious Southern comfort foods are the specialty at this relaxed restaurant. Try their famous fried chicken or a slice of their widely praised pie.

Home of the famous Blucy burger! Their take on the Juicy Lucy is certainly a local favorite. The relaxed bar vibe matches their classic American dishes and craft beer and wine options.

2743 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis eatwsk.com

Multiple Twin Cities Locations revivalfriedchicken.com

Multiple Twin Cities Locations thebdp.com

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TOP RESTAURANTS TO VISIT WITH FRIENDS

BURGERS/SANDWICHES Red Cow Multiple Twin Cities Locations redcowmn.com Turtle Bread Multiple Twin Cities Locations turtlebread.com The Bad Waitress 2 E. 26th St., Minneapolis thebadwaitress.com Aster Café 125 SE. Main St., Minneapolis astercafe.com Hi-Lo Diner 4020 E. Lake St., Minneapolis hi-lo-diner.com ITALIAN Old Spaghetti Factory 233 Park Ave., Minneapolis osf.com Pizza Luce Multiple Twin Cities Locations pizzaluce.com Red Rabbit 201 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis redrabbitmn.com Pizzeria Lola 5557 Xerxes Ave. S., Minneapolis pizzerialola.com Black Sheep Multiple Twin Cities Locations blacksheeppizza.com Pinstripes 3849 Gallagher Drive, Edina pinstripes.com

Brit’s Pub 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis britspub.com

Sawatdee Multiple Twin Cities Locations sawatdee.com

Freehouse 701 N. Washington Ave. #101, Minneapolis freehousempls.com

Benihana Multiple Twin Cities Locations benihana.com

Muddy Waters 2933 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis muddywatersmpls.com

SEAFOOD

Lynlake 2934 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis lynlakebrewery.com

Stella’s Fish Café 1400 W. Lake St., Minneapolis stellasfishcafe.com BREAKFAST Maria’s Café 1113 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis mariascafe.com Our Kitchen 813 W. 36th St., Minneapolis ourkitchenmn.com Al’s Breakfast 413 14th Ave. SE, Minneapolis alsbreakfastmpls.com MEDITERRANEAN/CREOLE Black Sea 737 Snelling Ave., St. Paul blacksearestaurant.com The Naughty Greek 181 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul thenaughtygreek.com Brasa Rotisserie Multiple Twin Cities Locations brasa.us

MEXICAN

AMERICAN/SUSHI

Taco Riendo 2412 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis eltaco-riendo.com

Crave 825 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis craveamerica.com

Taco Cat 920 E. Lake St. #118, Minneapolis tacocatmn.com

BARS/TAPROOM

Maya Cuisine 1840 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis mayacuisineusa.com Rojo 1602 West End Blvd., St. Louis Park rojomexicangrill.com ASIAN Obento Ya (happy hour sushi) 1501 SE Como Ave., Minneapolis obento-ya.com

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Coconut Thai 3948 W. 50th St., Edina coconutthaimn.com

Surly Taproom 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis surlybrewing.com Matt’s Bar 3500 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis mattsbar.com Urban Growler Brewery 2325 Endicott St., St Paul urbangrowlerbrewing.com Rock Bottom Brewery 800 Lasalle Ave., Minneapolis rockbottom.com

ORGANIC/VEGAN Common Roots Café 2558 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis commonrootscafe.com Truce Multiple Twin Cities Locations drinktruce.com Seward Café 2129 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis sewardcafe.com Red Stag 509 1st Ave. NE, Minneapolis redstagsupperclub.com French Meadow Multiple Twin Cities Locations frenchmeadowcafe.com FARM-TO-TABLE The Copper Hen 2515 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis copperhenkitchen.com GRILL Redstone Multiple Twin Cities Locations redstonegrill.com DOG-FRIENDLY KITCHEN AND BAR The Howe 3675 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis howempls.com SPICY TROPICAL FOOD Chino Latino 2916 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis chinolatino.com


Why do you like living in the

TWIN CITIES?

“There are so many different options for literally anything I want to do. There are always new restaurants to go to, community events to participate in, and new organizations to get to know.” Emma Connell ‘14

“I moved here about four years ago and love it! There’s so much to do – you can find anything for your interests. There’s a lot of nature within the actual city as well, so it’s easy to get outside and do something. There are opportunities for good careers and the bigger companies have great networks and development.”

“The access to nature and parks, the vibrant music scene, and endless opportunities to join in social movements make the Twin Cities a pretty hard place to beat. There’s always something to do here and it’s very often cheap or free!” Katie Black ‘17

Micalie Kempfert ‘13 “I love living in the Twin Cities for its livability. It’s a convenient place to live without a car – it has areas with high walkability and great access to public transit. It has great diversity in entertainment and cultural amenities. It is LGBTQ-friendly. It has a lot of professional opportunity as well in various industries.” Amber Morgan ‘15

“I enjoy living in the Twin Cities because there is always something to do and people to meet. It’s a growing, creative, and welcoming city to be a part of.”

“The Cities have everything to offer from city life to lakes, kayaking and great food! There is always something new, but it’s also easy to become a local and get that close community feeling in the neighborhood of your choice.”

Breana Voss ‘15

Alli Kafka ‘13

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BEST PLACES to hold business meetings

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The Lynhall

The Bachelor Farmer

The Newsroom

MARKET-INSPIRED CAFÉ

CHIC AND MODERN BRUNCH

NEWS-THEMED EATERY

A stylish, counter-service eatery, The Lynhall strives to create a unique atmosphere for customers. Sit down at one of their long community tables for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Modern restaurant serving lunch with some of the best coffee drinks in the city. Try the sauerkraut goat cheese scone or the brussel sprout sandwich for a quick lunch.

Eat all about it! Spacious upscale restaurant offering eclectic American food and drinks. Order a full stack of the classic flapjacks with a fresh-squeezed orange juice while reading the morning paper.

2640 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis thelynhall.com

50 N. 2nd Ave., Minneapolis thebachelorfarmer.com

990 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis thenewsroommpls.com


RESTAURANTS The Local 931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis the-local.com

Tillie’s Farmhouse 232 Cleveland Ave. N., St. Paul tilliesfarmhouse.com

Kincaids 380 St. Peter St., St. Paul kincaids.com

Khyber Pass Café 1571 Grand Ave., St. Paul khyberpasscafe.com

Red Cow Multiple Twin Cities Locations redcowmn.com

Snuffy’s Malt Shop Multiple Twin Cities Locations snuffysmaltshops.com

The Freehouse 701 N. Washington Ave. #101, Minneapolis freehousempls.com

Utepils Brewing 225 Thomas Ave. N. #700, Minneapolis utepilsbrewing.com

Surly 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis surlybrewing.com

The Original Pancake House Multiple Twin Cities Locations originalpancakehouse.com

Moto-i 2940 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis moto-i.com

Lisu’s Thai Taste 2575 Fairview Ave. N., Roseville lisuthaitaste.com

Oceanaire 50 S. 6th St., Minneapolis theoceanaire.com

Grumpy’s Bar Multiple Twin Cities Locations grumpys-bar.com

Tavern on France 6740 France Ave. S., Edina tavernonfrance.com

Nolo’s Kitchen & Bar 515 N Washington Ave. #100, Minneapolis noloskitchen.com

Red Cow

Khyber Pass Café

The Local

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BEST COFFEE SHOPS

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Spyhouse

Caribou

Penny’s

SLEEK AND MODERN

A MINNESOTA CLASSIC

ARTISANAL JAVA AND CREPES

Each location around the Twin Cities has a unique, hip vibe. Whether you’re in need of a great cup of coffee from their fresh-roasted beans or a delicious baked good, you’ll find it at Spyhouse.

Caribou’s cozy shops are scattered all over the Midwest and they proudly proclaim their title of The Official Coffee of the Bold North. Warm up with some coffee, tea or freshly baked goods.

In addition to their locally roasted coffees and teas, you can enjoy freshly made crepes, seasonal empanadas, salads and sandwiches. Their bright, airy shop is a perfect place to catch up with friends.

Multiple Twin Cities Locations spyhousecoffee.com

Multiple Twin Cities Locations cariboucoffee.com

Multiple Twin Cities Locations pennyscoffee.com


BEST COFFEE SHOPS

Groundswell 1340 Thomas Ave. W., St. Paul groundswellmn.com

Bob’s Java Hut 2651 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis bobsjavahut.com

Vicinity Coffee Multiple Twin Cities Locations vicinitycoffee.com

Claddagh 459 7th St. W., St. Paul claddaghcoffeecafe.com

Isles Bun and Coffee 1424 W. 28th St., Minneapolis islesbun.com

Mugshots Coffee Company 10518 France Ave. S., Bloomington mugshotscoffeeco.com

Nina’s Coffee Café 165 Western Ave. N., St. Paul ninascoffeecafe.com

Café Latte 850 Grand Ave., St. Paul cafelatte.com

Sip Coffeebar 34 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis sipcoffeebar.com

Five Watt Multiple Twin Cities Locations fivewattcoffee.com

Black Coffee and Waffle Bar Multiple Twin Cities Locations blackcoffeeandwaffle.com

Hard Times Café 1821 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis hardtimes.com

Anelace Coffee 2402 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis anelacecoffee.com

Workhorse 2399 University Ave. W., St. Paul workhorsecoffee.com

Perkelat 180 E. 5th St., St. Paul perkelat.com

Quixotic Coffee 769 Cleveland Ave. S., St. Paul quixoticcoffee.com

Sencha Tea Bar Multiple Twin Cities Locations senchateabar.com

Caydence Records & Coffee 900 Payne Ave., St. Paul caydencemn.com

Uncommon Grounds 2809 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis uncommongroundscoffeehouse.com

Patisserie 46 4552 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis patisserie46.com

Peace Coffee Multiple Twin Cities Locations peacecoffee.com

Northern Coffeeworks 1027 S Washington Ave., Minneapolis northerncoffeeworks.com

Gigi’s Café 822 W. 36th St., Minneapolis gigisuptown.com

Caffeto Coffee Shop 708 W. 22nd St., Minneapolis caffettocafe.com

Butter Bakery Café 3700 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis butterbakerycafe.com

Mojo Coffee Gallery 2205 California St. NE, Minneapolis mojocoffeegallery.com

Maeve’s 300 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis facebook.com/maevescafe

The Bachelor Farmer 50 N. 2nd Ave., Minneapolis thebachelorfarmer.com

Five Watt Coffee

Mugshots Coffee Company Vicinity Coffee

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NIGHTLIFE HOT SPOTS

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Pourhouse

Sociable Cider Werks

Orchestra Hall

PROHIBITION BAR

FRESHLY PRESSED LINEUP

DOWNTOWN CONCERT HALL

Party at the Pourhouse on Friday and Saturday nights. With their 25-foot HD projection screen and 50 TVs, it’s the best place to watch sports in the Twin Cities!

This taproom brews freshly pressed apple with fruits, hops, grains and spices for a different take on the classic cider.

Orchestra Hall has drawn upwards of 10 million people to its concerts since its opening in 1974. Known for its acoustic architecture, this space will give you a new appreciation of sound.

10 S. 5th St. #11, Minneapolis thepourhousempls.com

1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis sociablecider.com

1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis minnesotaorchestra.org


NIGHTLIFE HOT SPOTS

BARS/CLUBS

BREWERIES/CIDER HOUSES

THEATRE

Cowboy Jack’s (happy hour) Multiple Twin Cities Locations theaftermidnightgroup.com

Bauhaus Brew Labs 1315 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis bauhausbrewlabs.com

The Ordway 345 Washington St., St. Paul ordway.org

Honey 205 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis honeympls.com

Surly Brewing Co 520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Minneapolis surlybrewing.com

Orpheum Theatre 910 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis hennepintheatretrust.org

First Avenue 701 N. 1st Ave., Minneapolis first-avenue.com

Lynlake Brewery 2934 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis lynlakebrewery.com

Jungle Theater 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis jungletheater.com

Up Down Arcade Bar 3012 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis updownmpls.com

Indeed Brewing Company and Taproom 711 NE 15th Ave., Minneapolis indeedbrewing.com

Stella’s Fish Café & Prestige Oyster Bar 1400 W. Lake St., Minneapolis stellasfishcafe.com

Dangerous Man Brewing Company 1300 NE 2nd S., Minneapolis dangerousmanbrewing.com

Uptown Tavern 1400 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis uptowntavernmpls.com Cowboy Slim’s 1430 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis theaftermidnightgroup.com/cowboy-slims Union Rooftop Bar 731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis unionmpls.com Betty Danger’s Country Club 2501 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis bettydangers.com The Happy Gnome 498 Selby Ave., St. Paul thehappygnome.com Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge 1900 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis psychosuzis.com

“There is always some theatre or concert going on in the city and rush tickets can be pretty cheap!” Leah Jensen ‘17

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What to do in the

FALL/WINTER

Twin Cities Marathon

Walker Art Museum

Can Can Wonderland

ANNUAL FALL RACE

CONTEMPORARY ART

GAMES GALORE

The annual marathon is known as The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America. The race typically takes place during the first weekend in October. Grab a fellow Cobber and get running!

This large contemporary art center in the Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis will have you occupied for hours. Check out the outdoor sculpture garden in the warmer months!

Artsy mini golf, vintage pinball and a cocktail playground – Can Can Wonderland is as much fun as you can pack into an abandoned warehouse. Don’t leave without trying a boozy milkshake and some mini donuts.

walkerart.org

cancanwonderland.com

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WHAT TO DO IN THE FALL/WINTER

EVENTS

AMUSEMENT PARKS

St. Paul Winter Carnival wintercarnival.com

Can Can Wonderland 755 Prior Ave. N. #004, St. Paul cancanwonderland.com

Hollidazzle Village in Loring Park holidazzle.com Minnesota Wild Hockey games nhl.com/wild

Bowling Various location Vertical Endeavors Multiple Twin Cities Locations verticalendeavors.com

Timberwolves games nba.com/timberwolves Northeast Indoor Farmers Market 629 NE 2nd St., Minneapolis northeastmarket.org/winter-market

OUTDOORS

Minneapolis Beer Festivals Various locations

Apple Orchards

Themed brunches at the Union 731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis unionmpls.com

Ice skating Rice Park | The Depot

Winter hiking at Fort Snelling Farmers markets

Minnehaha Falls

The Great Northern Festival thegreatnorthernfestival.com

Sever’s Corn Maze Snowshoeing Highland Park District and Richardson Nature Center

CULTURE Minneapolis Institute of Art 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis new.artsmia.org

Biking on the hundreds of miles of bike paths Fishing

Dance Classes Various locations Concerts Various locations St. Anthony’s Movie Theatre 115 SE Main St., Minneapolis stanthonymaintheatre.com

Vertical Endeavors AP CHE VIES! O M

Como Zoo and Conservatory 1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul comozooconservatory.org The Great Northern Festival

“The Great Northern Festival is a new winter highlight. The area has so many activities and events and hip spots from numerous breweries to ice rinks to several green spaces like the Midtown Bike Greenway and lakes, etc. There’s always something to do here.” Amber Morgan ‘15

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Best ways to

GET INVOLVED in the community VOLUNTEER “Volunteer with a local organization! I’ve volunteered for a local tutoring center and for some political organizations around the Cities. It’s a great way to bulk up your resume/CV, meet new people, and invest time in something you’re passionate about.” Emma Connell ‘14

“I volunteer for a program called Girls Inc. for the YWCA Minneapolis, which is an awesome after school program meant to empower girls in the Minneapolis school district. There are so many great nonprofits in the area that make volunteering super easy.” Hannah Haaland ‘17 13

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BEST WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY

CHURCH “Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis holds a happy hour every Wednesday at 8. It’s very laid back and a great way to meet people.” Erica Jossund ‘14

“House of Hope Lutheran Church in New Hope has a large number of members who are Cobbers and is always doing outreach projects. They are also a very open and welcoming community.” Leah Jensen ‘17

JOIN CLUBS “Community music groups are a great way to get involved!” “I joined improv groups by taking classes at Brave New Workshop, Huge and Comedy Sportz.” “Join a BNI networking group!”

CONNECT WITH COBBERS “Join the Cobber Young Alumni Group in the Twin Cities!” “I’ve connected with many Cobber grads since moving back here after graduating through the Concordia Alumni Board and LinkedIn.” Hannah Haaland ’17

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Favorite

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL NEIGHBORHOODS

to call home

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Northeast

St. Louis Park

Marcy-Holmes

Whittier

This up-and-coming area is known for art galleries and studios, which is why it is commonly known as the Arts District. Arts aside, the main appeal is the nightlife – artisanal food shops, craft breweries, and neighborhood bars make up the streets. Along the riverfront you can view the downtown skyline and walk a footbridge to Nicollet Island.

A friendly Midwestern suburb that provides big city amenities but with small town charm. It is less than 5 miles from downtown Minneapolis and is filled with unique culinary, historic treasures and many city parks with trails.

Marcy-Holmes was the first neighborhood established in the metropolitan area. To its south is the Mississippi River and to the east is the U of M campus. The diverse neighborhood is rich with 100 years of historical tapestry and home to the Dinkytown business district.

Whittier is known for its many restaurants, coffee shops and Asian markets, especially along Nicollet Avenue, which is more commonly known as Eat Street. The art scene is vast – Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the Children’s Theatre Company make the neighborhood rich and lively.


FAVORITE MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL NEIGHBORHOODS TO CALL HOME

Kingsfield

Lyn Lake

Roseville

Cathedral Hill

North Loop

Grand Avenue

Lyndale

West Bloomington

Prospect Park

Selby

Merriam-Park

Lowry Hill

Uptown

Powderhorn

Seward

Midway

“No matter what, make sure you visit your potential neighborhood in the evening. There are a ton of cool neighborhoods in Minneapolis, but dynamics change a lot from day to night and vice versa.“

Things to consider Transportation Walkability Affordability Noise Amenities

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