Downtown Minneapolis

  • Email

Things to do in Minneapolis: Experience the Twin Cities, Like A Local

Getting off the beaten path and discovering hidden gems is one of the wonders of travel. But how do you find those special places? Ask a local. Grand Hotel helps you make the most of your stay by sharing our staff's favorite picks and insider tips of the most enjoying things to do in Minneapolis.

We asked our intrepid staff: If you had only two days in Minneapolis, what would you do? Take a peek, have some fun and Live Like a Local.

Retail therapy
Alicia Olson

Alicia Olson

Conference Service Manager

  • Grand Avenue in Saint Paul is full of quaint shopping and great outdoor patios. 

  • Mall of America is one of the most visited places in Minnesota and there's always something new to try when you're here.

Pamela Dufault

Pamela Dufault


  • The LifeSpa at the Grand Hotel offers Aveda treatments in an indulgent and relaxing setting. 

  • The Salt Cave in South Minneapolis offers halotherapy to help alleviate respiratory symptoms, anxiety and other ailments.  They also offer yoga and meditation sessions. 

Brian Jessen

Brian Jessen

Assistant General Manager

  • The Butcher and the Boar has excellent bourbon drinks and a great listing of beers, many of them local. 

  • Devil's Advocate bar has almost 40 craft brews on tap.  Its a great place to spend Happy Hour or any hour.

Joseph Dickey

Joseph Dickey

Sales Manager

  • Sawatdee Thai is the first Thai restaurant in Minnesota and is a delicious place to grab a bite to eat. 

  • Nye's Polonaise is a true Minneapolis institution.  Nightly live music and the polka lounge is hopping on a Friday or Saturday night.

Kathryn Billig

Kathryn Billig

Sales Coordinator

  • The South Minneapolis Chain of Lakes are an entertaining way to experience local life in the warmer months. 

  • The Hitching Company provides horsedrawn carriage rides in downtown Minneapolis and are a lovely and romantic way to cap off your night. 

One of a kind
Brittany Newton

Brittany Newton


  • Minnesotans don't like winter as much as the next person and spend much of their time traveling above ground on the skyway (also nice and cool in the summer months). 

  • Union Restaurant became an addition to the skyline in late 2012.  They have a retractable glass roof so you can view the city all year long. 

For more information about any of these suggestions and additional favorites, contact Grand Hotel's concierge at (612) 288-8888.

Go to Map / Directions »