If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don't, keep up! :) you'll know that we are currently in Chicago on the last leg of an impromptu Midwestern trip after 48 hours in the Twin Cities, Minneapolis and Saint Paul.
We arrived in Minneapolis in the early evening on Friday and headed to the Stone Arch Bridge, a former railroad bridge crossing the Mississippi River. It offers spectacular views of the river and downtown Minneapolis, and makes for a nice walk or bike ride.
We had dinner at a restaurant downtown called The News Room, where we split a margarita flatbread, shrimp linguine, and salted chocolate torte. While the food wasn't spectacular (I was more impressed by the relatively inexpensive parking), the old-timey and history and travel-inspired decor created an interesting ambiance.
On Saturday, after a Mexican brunch, we visited the Cathedral of Saint Paul. We had originally planned to stay in Minneapolis, but the dreary weather led us to search for indoor sights - a good thing, as the cathedral is one not to miss. It's a magnificent landmark, reminiscent of those throughout Europe.
Nearby is the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, home of the Sunken Garden. The gloomy and dull weather could not detract from its beauty (though the Pokemon Go players definitely could). My heart skipped a beat as we stepped down. It reminded me of the botanical gardens we visited in the spring (outfit post here). We also passed by bonsai trees and other greenery, and a pond of koi fish.
We stopped by Vicinity Coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up (cute decor, not so cute service), then Volstead's Emporium, a speakeasy, for pre-dinner drinks. Every detail in Volstead's is an experience - the booths with curtains to draw for privacy, the mirrors that function as windows to the kitchen through which the servers pass your food and drinks, secret doorways, and even the restroom! Just look for the red light.
Dinner was Vietnamese fare at My Huong Kitchen, ideal for a rainy day.
On the final morning, we had a tasty breakfast at French Meadow Bakery & Cafe, an especially solid option for vegans and vegetarians. I had the huevos rancheros and a peppermint tea, and A had the eggs Benedict with coffee. We were glad to get there early as it got packed quickly.
We were on a tight schedule as we had to drive back to Illinois, but managed to visit the Falls in Minnehaha Park and the Mall of America.
There are several viewing points around the Falls which facilitate enjoyable viewing and snapping a decent photo.
The Mall of America is one of those things you do just to say you did. It was a quick visit, but we did stop for some Caribou Coffee and milk tea.
And that was 48 hours in Minneapolis and Saint Paul! Outfit posts and Chicago post to come. x