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Evan Stremke

Comedian & Writer

Minneapolis Guide

Coffee & Tea

  • Aster Cafe

    The drinks and eats at Aster aren’t really anything to write home about, but there’s no better place to get a cup of coffee than on what is easily the most beautiful street in all of Minneapolis. Directly across from the Stone Arch Bridge in historic St. Anthony Main, Aster Café rests just a few feet from a cobblestone road and offers some of the best views around. Not only that, but Aster is flanked by a vintage movie theatre and an outdoor concert stage that is home to an incalculable amount of spring and summer performances. Not to mention it’s directly next door to the Segway Magical History Tours office, just in case you feel like going on a Segway tour of Minneapolis after a cup of joe.

Shopping

  • Midwest Mountaineering

    Located just off the U of M West Bank campus, Midwest Mountaineering and the Hub Bike Co-Op share a retail space worthy of heavenly status for anyone who enjoys riding or the outdoors. Sure you can go to Dick’s or REI, but you won’t find a bouldering cave or climbing wall like the one at Midwest Mountaineering. Just sign a waiver, and the wall is free to climb on. It’s a great place to break in new climbing gear, purchase a kayak, or take your bike in for a tuneup. The prices are a little steep, but it feels nice to support a homegrown business with employees who are incredibly passionate about their work.

  • Magers & Quinn Booksellers

    An old school bookstore located on the same block as an Apple Store, making for one of the most contrasting experiences if leaving one and entering the other. Not much more to say about M&Q other than the fact that you can get stuck in that place for hours. Friendly staff, a shit ton of books, and a surprising art and design selection that’s sure to satisfy the creative in you. Also, one of the owners is an Anthropology instructor at the U of M with incredible stories to tell, fiction and nonfiction alike.

Food

  • Punch Neapolitan Pizza

    There are several Punch locations throughout Minneapolis, but the one on the U of M campus is one of the newest, and has one of the most interesting décors (specifically worth noting is the Post-it Note wall). Once you’re done admiring the atmosphere, you’ll eventually want to make your way through the queue to order some of the finest pizza in the Midwest. How good is the pizza you ask? So good that there was a line out the door and around the block until 10p the night of their grand opening…in January. Can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but I also recommend buying one of their awesome branded jerseys. And the large table to the right of the door has an iPhone jack so you can play music through the restaurant’s speaker system.

  • Cossetta Alimentari

    It’s technically located in St. Paul, but since the cities are practically twins (or so I hear), it’s close enough that it still feels like home. Though you can credit that sensation to the inviting warmth Cossetta’s has to offer, including vintage photography of the restaurant’s history on the walls, as well as Italian opera music radiating throughout both floors. Best experienced in the winter, Cossetta’s is a dine-in / take out restaurant that offers some of the best Italian food in the cities. Not just pizza, but lasagna, mostaccioli, and spaghetti ‘n meatballs. And if you’re not interested in buying your food from the buffet, you can always shop the attached market for assorted ingredients such as cheese and homemade sauces.

Bars

  • Stub & Herb's

    It’s a campus bar located just a few blocks from TCF Bank Stadium, but you wouldn’t know it by the crowd it attracts. With flashier joints just down the street drawing the majority of rowdy college students, Stub and Herb’s is best suited for those looking for a smaller, quieter setting to enjoy one of the best beer selections in town. There’s only one pool table and one dart board, but you don’t have to wait long—if at all—for them to free up. The food selection is decent, but it makes for an excellent one-two punch being that it’s directly across the street from Punch Pizza.

  • Surdyk's Liquor Store and Gourmet Cheese Shop

    Not just a liquor store with one of the best selections in town, Surdyk’s is home to a fantastic deli and sandwich shop great for anyone working near Northeast Minneapolis, or even just across the river, who happens to be looking for an alternative to fast food, or restaurant meals for lunch. However, I recommend going for the alcohol. They don’t just stock great local brews, but they sell an incredible amount of imports, and of course, one of the widest array of whiskeys you’ll ever lay eyes on.

Adventures

  • Mill City Museum

    Nestled between the Mississippi riverfront and the cusp of downtown Minneapolis, the Mill City Museum rests in what was once the world’s largest flour mill. From a distance it might appear as though the entire mill has been abandoned and left for dead, but as you make your way closer (possibly via Segway), you’ll notice that the entire museum has been renovated and features some of the most stellar architecture in town. Huge glass walls allow for optimal views from the inside where you can learn about the history of Minneapolis, and how the river affected the flour industry.

  • Lake Calhoun

    If you’re into cycling, running, kayaking, sailing, or swimming, the Chain of Lakes (consisting of Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, Lake of the Isles, and Cedar Lake), make for some of the most scenic recreational spots in all of Minneapolis, if not the entire state of Minnesota. Located mere minutes from Uptown, the Chain of Lakes have impeccably clean beaches, and miles of sidewalks and bike paths perfect for early morning or late night strolls. The area is home to mostly upper class neighborhoods, but people of every color and creed can be seen enjoying grillouts, picnics, and the like throughout the summer.

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