The notion of loving where you live is not exactly groundbreaking, but the mindset is currently having a big moment on social media and serves as a gentle reminder to notice and enjoy all the small and simple things that make up your everyday life. So in the spirit of feeling well, here are 5 ways to fall in love with the Twin Cities.
Read with Tea
The cliché movie moment does live up to the hype, and thanks to Magers & Quinn Booksellers and Curioso Coffee Bar in Uptown Minneapolis, it’s easier than ever to achieve. Browsing books is a healing activity on its own, but browsing books with a fancy coffee in hand takes it to a whole new level. After you’ve inevitably found something within M&Q’s extensive collection, settle into one of the iconic shop’s many nooks or wander back to Curioso to refill your cup (both literally and figuratively) and read a few chapters.
Enjoy Buds and Brews
A major part of St. Paul’s charm are the small businesses sprinkled throughout its neighborhoods. The historic Summit Avenue area is always abuzz with so many gems to explore, like Ergo Floral and the Gnome Craft Pub. Just walking into Ergo’s inviting storefront can make your day. A wall of freshness and lovely scents is there to greet you, and with a big inhale, you’ll feel at peace. Just down the street, the Gnome awaits to serve up your favorites or surprise you with a new brew.
Savor a Sweet Stroll
Nestled in Minneapolis’s Victory Memorial neighborhood is Dancing Bear Chocolates, a shop known for its chocolate (obviously), gelato and pastries. There’s something so ordinarily special about chocolate shops, probably because they give you permission to treat yourself. Pick from the menu of gorgeous desserts to savor while you leisurely wander down the parkway, where stunning architecture and nature collide.
Browse Before Brunch
Healing Elements on Como Avenue is a wellness one-stop shop with a small coffee bar, loose leaf tea to go, incense, essential oils, crystals and more. But the real magic happens at the back part of the space: the studio and spa where a variety of yoga classes, massage therapy and acupuncture are on offer. Just up the road you can grab one of my favorite breakfasts in the city at the Finnish Bistro. This heartwarming spot features live music, bubbly with breakfast, and must-try almond kringlers (trust us!).
Hit the Park
Just a stone’s throw from Northeast Minneapolis is an under-the-radar outdoor oasis. Silverwood Park is closing its summer concert series for the season but still has so much to offer. You can always find a spot within the park for a relaxing picnic with friends or explore the onsite art gallery. Kayak rentals are still available, and refreshments await at Silverwood Cafe. Every step throughout this park will help you romanticize any moment of your day.