Minneapolis is a quiet and peaceful city that is known for its family-friendly atmosphere, thriving arts and theatre scene and abundant outdoor parks and lakes. Those moving to Minneapolis are often concerned about enduring the city’s harsh winters that bring below-freezing temperatures and several feet of snow. However, this has not stopped residents enjoying life to the full, with many leading an active and exciting lifestyle in the Twin Cities.
Shopping in Minneapolis
As the birthplace of Target and home to the largest mall in the US, the Mall of America, it goes without saying that new arrivals will be spoilt for choice with shopping options in Minneapolis. The Mall of America, located in the suburb of Bloomington, houses more than 550 stores, an indoor theme park and the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, so there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied.
For a unique experience, shoppers can head for the independent boutiques and international fashion brands at Nicollet Mall, a pedestrian shopping avenue in downtown Minneapolis. Edina is another popular shopping neighbourhood, home to the 50th & France shopping district, which is packed with independent stores.
Eating out in Minneapolis
Those wanting to dine out in Minneapolis are sure to find cuisine to suit their particular tastes and budget. The city is multicultural and this is reflected in its dining options: from traditional and ethnic to international cuisine, including Mexican, Italian, African and Asian, anyone will find a restaurant to satisfy their preferences. The most diverse cuisine in Minneapolis can be found in the aptly named Eat Street, an area with a wide array of eateries.
Nightlife and entertainment in Minneapolis
Minneapolis has a thriving nightlife, along with an exciting performing-arts and live-music scene.
The Warehouse District is the heart of Minneapolis’ nightlife. Trendy nightclubs, restaurants and bars offer partygoers a range of entertainment options here. The Downtown area also has plenty of options for those looking for a night out.
Theatre lovers are in for a treat in Minneapolis. The city is renowned for having one of the best theatre scenes in the US outside of New York, and a number of touring Broadway shows and major musical acts have graced stages in Minneapolis.
Sports and outdoor activities in Minneapolis
Despite the harsh winters, Minneapolis residents are known to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle. Straddling the Mississippi River and home to many lakes, the city provides abundant opportunities for water sports in the summer, and in winter, opportunities for skiing and ice skating abound.
With Minneapolis and St Paul frequently named as the USA's top area for parks, residents have plenty of room to enjoy walking, jogging and cycling. Those less active can indulge in a picnic or just relax in the shade of the trees during the summer.
►Learn more about annual sporting and entertainment events in the city in What's On In Minneapolis
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