5 reasons to love Minneapolis

After living in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis – St. Paul for over 15 years, and in Minneapolis for over 10, I wanted to share some of the great things about living in this area, specifically Minneapolis.  Here goes, here are my top 5 reasons to love Minneapolis:

1.  Minneapolis has an amazing food scene that has nothing to do with chain restaurants.  

My wife and I love to eat at new places.  Minneapolis always has new places popping up with great chefs and there is almost no way you can get to all the places, so you never run out of great places to try!  Some of our recent favorites include Nico’s Taco and Tequila bar, Amore Victoria, Sea Salt Eatery, Shuang Cheng, to name a few.  I travel a good amount for work and so many cities are dominated by chain restaurants and that is just not the case in Minneapolis.  (Thankfully)

2.  Minneapolis has an amazing art, music and theatre scene that is unparalleled for a city of this size.

Any of these points deserve their own post, but the art scene here really blows me away.  From museums, to theaters, to orchestras and more Minneapolis has it.  Again, comparing Minneapolis to other medium sized metros, there is no lack of things to go and experience in the art and music world.  I just wished I lived here in Uptown when Nirvana used to play at the Uptown Bar back in the early 90’s.  (Both Nirvana and the Uptown Bar no longer exist sadly.)

3.  Minneapolis consistently goes back and forth with Portland for being the most bike friendly city.

I am so glad RT Rybak was mayor of Minneapolis.  RT made sure we had the best bike trail system anywhere.  There were a lot of other community advocates who helped build the system as well, but we can go hundreds of miles on our bikes here around amazing lakes and parks and never leave the trails!  It is something you really have to experience for yourself to truly appreciate.  I am so glad I invested in a road bike and can get out and see the city and region.

4.  Minneapolis almost always ranks as the top, or a top, fittest city in the United States.

This follows #3, people in Minneapolis take care of themselves.  You will see so many runners, bikers, and more in this city than almost anywhere else I travel to.  Other cities that come to mind are Bozeman, MT and Boulder, CO, but Minneapolis really has a great fitness scene.  My good friend and colleague Nathan Freeburg started a blog a few years ago called Minneapolis Running and it now gets 14,000 + unique visitors per month.  Kudos to Nathan and to the running community here in Minneapolis – really cool site check it out!

5.  There is a ridiculous amount of green space, parks, trails, lakes, etc.

You want to get outside and be in nature but still be in a city?  Find me a city that does this better than Minneapolis.  Minnehaha Park is a gem that you must see, just for the falls if nothing else.  The chain of lakes, Calhoun, Harriet and Isles are an amazing trio right in the southwest portion of the city – all surrounded by trails and paths.  Another favorite of ours is to walk around the Mississippi river in downtown Minneapolis – fabulous!

Too many reasons to list

This list could probably be 100, but those were my fast 5 reasons to live Minneapolis.  This place would be even more perfect if it did not snow in April – but life is about tradeoffs right?  I will deal with the cold and have all those things listed above.  Come see, and experience Minneapolis – you will not be disappointed.

What are some of your favorite things about Minneapolis?  What do you recommend doing when people are here?

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