Reuters: 48 hours in the Twin Cities: What you really should do

Travel, Twin Cities, 48 hours

Reuters shared this article on their website about 48 hours in the Twin Cities and what you should do if you are traveling here. I honestly would suggest very little on their list and I am guessing whoever wrote this did a google search and did not actually come to Minnesota since Potbelly is not open for breakfast during weekends. It is too bad since we have some neat things going on in the Twin Cities.

Dear Mark,

We are all wondering who are these local Reuters correspondents who sent you to these places? You need some new friends in Minnesota.

I know you are catching a lot of flack from us local experts but we hold the Twin Cities very dear to our hearts and we are sick and tired of people telling us that this is not a place they want to visit. I know you tried to make it look great, but telling people about the tornado shelters and the ‘tram’ does not put the city in the greatest light. Can we really blame you for some bad advice from your correspondents? No.

I am sorry to tell you that you missed out on the best that the Twin Cities has to offer.

This 48 hour itinerary is what I would love to do if I were coming here to visit.

Here is what you missed:


5 p.m.- Head right on over to the W hotel in Minneapolis. It is located in the historic Foshay Tower. See if you can find the speak-easy bar.

7 p.m.-Go to the Smack Shack in the warehouse district and spend the night checking out the Marvel Bar and other hot spots in the area. It is the newest up and coming food scene in Minneapolis.

9 p.m.-If you are into music we have First Avenue, the Dakota Jazz Club, and many other places you can hear a good set.



9 a.m.-  Hells Kitchen is right by the W Hotel and has some awesome lemon ricotta pancakes.

10:30 a.m.- If you want to get some exercise Core Power Yoga is doing morning classes at Lake Calhoun during the summer for free.

11:30 a.m.-Take a walk around Lake Calhoun or Minnehaha Falls. If you are really adventurous take a bike ride with Nice Ride bikes that are located all over the city.

1:00pm-Eat lunch at one of the outdoor restaurants such as the newly opened Sandcastle or Sea Salt Eatery.

2:00 p.m. -If you really want to go to the MOA, I guess you could go there. It is a really big mall. I think the Mall of America is a whole day event and if you only have 48 hours here with good weather this would not be my first choice.

Instead you should go to the Como Zoo and Conservatory to see the new bonsai garden and gorilla forest. If you are looking to go shopping head to Grand Avenue in Saint Paul.

4:00 p.m.- Fulton Tap Room and eating from a food truck. Located near Target Field this is a must go to place before the big game.

6 p.m.- Walk over to the game. Find the AZ Canteen booth and get a burger.  Then pick up a Surly beer.

10 p.m.- After the game and when you have digested a little bit walk over to Butcher and The Boar. The beer garden has a wonderful feel and the food is excellent. This place is all about the atmosphere and the meat.


10 a.m.- Breakfast at Lucia’s in Uptown and get whatever is on special. Afterwards walk to one of the local coffee houses and explore Uptown.

1 p.m.- Either head to Secret Beach to enjoy some relaxing time with a good book or walk around historic Saint Paul and snap some photos.

3 p.m.- Grab and go at Cosetta’s in Saint Paul.

I would love if you would come to Minnesota and try some of the items on my list and tell me if you had a good time. I can guarantee that you will. (Reuters you should send him back with the company credit card and this awesome list)

because if you have 48 hours in Minnesota you should do what the locals do


What advice do you give someone who is coming to the Twin Cities and only has 48 hours to explore?


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8 responses to “Reuters: 48 hours in the Twin Cities: What you really should do”

  1. jenminn says :

    Potbelly’s?! Really?!!

  2. Meggan Ellingboe says :

    It’s pretty bad the reporter can’t name First Avenue when commenting on Prince. Never thought Reuters would allow shoddy reporting.
    Additionally, the writer could try some outdoor yoga at the lakes or come during the fall and cheer on the Twin Cities Marathon runners.

    • mplsgossipgirl says :

      My guess is that the Reuters article was written from a google search.

      I should add some outdoor yoga! That sounds like a blast.


      • Berry says :

        outdoor yoga – is a blast??? really? a blast? perhaps relaxing and peaceful. as long as the dewpoint & humidity is not high. and the gangs are not trying to rob you

      • mplsgossipgirl says :

        To each his own. Call me kooky but I think it sounds like a blast. I tend to leave yoga classes feeling very energized.

        I feel safe when I am around the lakes in Minneapolis. But, I wouldn’t suggest leaving valuables in your car.


  3. katielookingforward says :

    I like your list! Have you ever read through the delta flight magazine? They have an article where they have 1 weekend in a city, but break it down 4 or 5 different ways. There are so many good options for so many different types of people/vacations. I feel like your list focuses on the young adult, foodie, drinker, who doesn’t have kids. But there could be lists for active people, families, or even certain cultures depending on what they wanted to experience.

    • mplsgossipgirl says :

      Hi Katie-

      I have seen the Delta flight magazine. I wrote this list as what I would do if I had 48 hours here in the Twin Cities.

      I don’t have any kids and really like food. Can you tell?

      I am not an expert on the Twin Cities for families and the list would be sub-par. I encourage any Twin Cities Mom bloggers to take this challenge on.


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