It’s hard to deny that cycling is the best way to navigate a new city and eating is the best way to discover its soul. Luckily, there’s a way to combine the two in Minneapolis, which thrives in both departments thanks to its flat landscape and abundance of bike paths, as well as a culinary scene that’s rapidly on the rise.
While institutions like Kramarczuk’s have been pleasing devoted customers with their Eastern European specialties since 1954, an impressive lineup of newcomers (like Grand Café, The Bachelor Farmer, and Spoon and Stable) offer ambiances that complement their elevated, locally-sourced fare.
Our pick is Nice Ride’s 1,800-plus bikes that can be picked up 24/7 from more than 200 locations. Guests staying at the Kimpton Grand Hotel love taking advantage of the hotel’s complimentary PUBLIC Bikes.
Here’s a list of can’t-miss venues to cruise to when you’re in town:
- Through October, cycle over to Mill City Farmers Market for a scrumptious Saturday breakfast served from popular food truck Chef Shack; while there, also pick up your morning joe from The Bolt and donut finale from Sift Gluten Free.
- Bike to Butcher & the Boar’s beer garden (also close to a Nice Ride station) for $3 shots of whisky, pints of American craft brews and house-smoked meats in a lively atmosphere.
- Perhaps one of the biggest bicycle champions in town, Surly Brewing Co. sits right off the Dinkytown Greenway/University of Minnesota Transitway and even offers incentives to employees who cycle to work. Sample one of 24 tasty brews (with heavy metal-inspired names) and tuck into surprising Beer Hall delights like the tomato toast with burrata, tuna poke featuring Minnesota-made spam, steamed mussels and “Hog Frites” topped with pulled pork.
- Off the Midtown Greenway, find Midtown Global Market, a melting pot of cultures and flavors that showcases the city’s rich tapestry. Sample dishes and ogle goods from around the world, and definitely don’t skip the camel burgers and mango drinks served by friendly folks at Safari Express.
- Enjoy Copper Hen, a charming eatery that’s not far from the Midtown Greenway bike trail and just around the corner from the dazzling Minneapolis Institute of Art. This welcoming hangout is especially loved for its brunch biscuits and benedicts as well as farm-fresh omelets. (To get here from downtown, pedal along the Blaisdell bike lane.)
“Pedal + Picnic with Chef Kris”
Interested in cycling around town, but wanting a local to lead the way? Guests of the Kimpton Grand Hotel have the option to book a personal excursion with SIX15’s Chef Kris Koch for an 11-mile morning adventure—with an incredibly appetizing reward. Chef Kris tailors the duration and intensity of every ride. Spin by some of the city’s most iconic sites, like the recently renovated Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden, the Isles Bun Coffee Shop for “some of the best darn cinnamon rolls in town,” and the Lake of the Isles.
A memorable picnic lunch includes a mix of fruit skewers, antipasto skewers, artichoke crostini, “everything” bagels with cream cheese and lox, grilled chicken salad, Greek yogurt parfait with fresh berries, slices of delectable “Fresh Cherry Clafouti” and optional mimosas.