Minneapolis Journals

Becoming an Uptown Hipster

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A travel journal to Minneapolis by karameister

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Quote: Uptown Minneapolis is teeming with hip and trendy Minneapolitans. Every local knows that, but you don’t have to be a sassy hipster to enjoy this shopping hub. Uptown has a little something for everyone, from stay-at-home moms to college kids.

Becoming an Uptown Hipster

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Calhoun Square Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Fighting your way through the Mall of America crowds may not be your thing, even if you love shopping. So, take a break from the stress of the mall, head uptown, and enjoy some sidewalk shopping and unique stores! There are many chain stores in Uptwon, but there are also a plethora of one-of-a-kind shops. Check Kitchen Window for furnishing your kitchen and dining area, Heartbreakers for trendy clothing, Global Village for interesting home stuff, or Magers and Quinn for unusual books. The Metris Uptown Art Fair runs the first weekend in August every year, and it offers a great selection from local vendors. You can also find live music throughout the year in different places i...Read More

Figlio Restaurant and Bar

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Restaurant | "Figlio"

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Trendy hipster alert! If you scream and cover your face in fear at the sight of urbanites with tattoos, do not go to Figlio. If you like cheap drinks and tasty food, though, head to Figlio for happy hour now.This bar/restaurant is not by any means the only trendy joint in Uptown, or even in Calhoun Square (where Figlio calls home). But Figlio manages to mix high class with lowbrow, and it works.The best part about Figlio is easily their happy hour: “$2 Good $2 Be True” runs selected hours during the week and all day Sunday. During these times, you’ll fine $2 wines, beers, and appetizers. Wine includes chardonnay and Merlot; beers range from Pabst to Guinness; and the apps are mini bur...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 16, 2005

Figlio Restaurant and Bar
3001 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
+1 612 822 1688

Azia Restaurant

Restaurant

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Much like its name suggests, Azia is an awkward experience. Really, it is like three places in one, Azia is the main restaurant, but it also houses the Anemoni sushi bar, and Caterpillar lounge.There are three separate exit doors, for each individual section of Azia, but the only entrance leads you through the main restaurant. When we tried to get in, it seemed like every smoker in the greater metro area was huddled within five feet of the door, which made it an even tighter squeeze. Plus diners get jostled when someone enters to grab some sushi or a drink.With that unpleasantness out of the way, Azia is actually quite good for sushi and drinks. Anemoni has...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 20, 2006

Azia Restaurant
2550 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
(612) 813-1200

Saint Sabrina's Parlor in Purgatory

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Attraction

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Saint Sabrina's is the type of place that would (and should!) make any mother faint. It's the kind of place you hope your daughter never frequents, but the kind of place you've always been curious about... just a bit. This uptown store has two floors, the first being clothing, shoes, and jewelry. That way, the faint of heart do not have to pass through the second floor. The upper level is completely dedicated to the tattoo and body-piercing parlor. Saint Sabrina's does boast some of the best, most experienced tattoo artists in the state! Saint Sabrina's has some of the funkiest clothes around town. Here is where you can find anything, from goth-punk wear to Paul Frank T-shir...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 30, 2005

Saint Sabrina's Parlor in Purgatory
2751 Hennepin Ave. S.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
(612) 874-7360

Penzey's Spices

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Attraction

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Sometimes you can tell what a place will be like just by the smell. The scents of Indian cooking, McDonald’s, and pet stores are just a few examples. Penzey’s blends every cooking scent you’ve ever loved – and some you’ve never smelled before – and it’s amazingly pleasant. When I first walk in, I always feel like I’m in a Indian spice trading post. Large wooden crates draped with burlap sacks carry jars upon jars of spices, herbs, and bottles of sauce. The Penzey’s name is stenciled in bold letters across the walls. Penzey’s is just spices and cooking accoutrements. If you need pure vanilla, they have some of the best around. Penzey’s carries many typical spices and herbs...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 1, 2005

Penzey's Spices
3028 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
(612) 824-9777

Global Village

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Attraction

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Even stuffed among a ton of other stores, Global Village is hard to miss. You simply can’t pass by the solid black wall with their name painted in 6-foot-high letters without taking a glance. And so begins your love affair with this shop. Global Village carries exactly what you’d expect. Chinese screens and fans, Indian clothing, worry people, fortune kitties, and a myriad of other knickknacks station themselves on the shelves. Everything is brightly colored, so nothing in particular will actually catch you eye, unless you’re really looking for it. Nothing is terribly expensive, but nothing is all that cheap, either. The shop is fairly small, but does have a fitting room if ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 1, 2005

Global Village
2827 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408

Kitchen Window

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Attraction

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One of my favorite stores in the entire world lies in Calhoun Square, plop in the middle of Uptown Minneapolis. It’s a store that I can spend hours in, a store my boyfriend will refuse to enter for fear of never leaving. That store is Kitchen Window. Based on the name, Kitchen Window is just what you’d expect. This medium-sized store packs everything you could ever want or need for your kitchen onto shelves, counters, and tables. From the large plate-glass windows on Hennepin Avenue or inside Calhoun Square, you get a good view of what I’m talking about. Kitchen Window carries every shape and size of cookie cutter ever. They have more than 30 teapots. You can find any cookbook c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 8, 2005

Kitchen Window
3001 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408

Cheapo Discs

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Attraction | "Cheapo"

Cheapo Discs Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Wandering into Cheapo if you don’t know what you’re getting into is like entering a foreign country without speaking the language. You’ll be confused and apprehensive, but after awhile, you may really start to enjoy yourself. But don’t ask for help from the locals! Cheapo has two entrances. The front entrance will put you directly into the fray of CDs, while the back entrance (from the parking lot) sends you into the albums. Either way, this warehouse-like store will impress you with its size. There are no windows here, only bright fluorescent lighting. There are tens of thousands of CDs, LPs, and albums at this shop. Cheapo carries both new and used CDs – they will buy everything y...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 9, 2005

Cheapo Discs
1300 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408

Midtown Greenway

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Attraction

Midtown Greenway Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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After years and years and years and years and years of planning, the Midtown Greenway is almost finished. Finally, Minneapolitans and visitors on bikes and foot have a safe way of traveling along Lake Street without getting hit by a maniac driver. The Greenway runs parallel to Lake Street, only a block further north. It’s a very pretty, wide path. The walking and biking paths are separate, and each is at least 6-8 feet wide. There are access points to the trail about every 4 blocks, and they give you a great workout! Almost every access point requires you to go up or down a hill, since the trail itself is below street level. That also means that you almost never have to cross over a street ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 12, 2005

Midtown Greenway
1 block north of Lake Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota