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The Twin Cities region is bustling year-round with things to do and places to visit. The Law School's own student body has informally chosen these as the must-try places and events.

Best Study Break Spots

  1. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden (free; Loring Park area)
  2. Café Latte (must try their desserts!)
  3. University of Minnesota Recreation and Wellness Center (especially fitness classes)
  4. Farmers Markets (all over the city, but notably: Downtown on Nicollet, Mill City, Northeast, Kingfield)
  5. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Best Summer Events

  1. Artist-Designed Mini Golf at the Walker Art Center (Loring Park)
  2. Music and Movies in the Parks (all free!)
  3. Rock the Garden/Northern Spark/other music festivals
  4. Canoeing/Kayaking/Paddleboarding various lakes and rivers
  5. Minnesota State Fair

Best Winter Events

  1. Ice Castles and Sculptures (Mall of America and/or St. Paul Winter Carnival)
  2. Gopher Hockey Games
  3. Ice Skating at The Depot Ice Rink
  4. Red Bull Crushed Ice (St. Paul)
  5. Zombie Pub Crawl

Best Date Spots

  1. Theaters, especially Student Rush tickets: Guthrie (Warehouse District), Hennepin Theater District (Downtown Minneapolis), or Ordway (Downtown St. Paul)
  2. St. Anthony Main restaurants and bars/Stone Arch Bridge (i.e. Aster Café for patio and live music; Pracna for late night craft beer happy hour)
  3. Acme Comedy Club (or HUGE Theater for improv)
  4. Minneapolis Institute of Arts (free; donations welcome; South Minneapolis)
  5. Barbette (French Restaurant)

Best Music Venues

  1. First Avenue (Downtown Minneapolis)
  2. Cedar Cultural Center (West Bank)
  3. Orpheum and Pantages Theaters (Downtown Minneapolis)
  4. Orchestra Hall (Downtown Minneapolis)
  5. Triple Rock Social Club (Cedar-Riverside)

Best Coffee Houses

  1. Spyhouse Coffee (Northeast, Downtown)
  2. Mapps Coffee (West Bank)
  3. The Beat (Uptown)
  4. Sebastian Joe's (Uptown)
  5. Taraccino (Northeast)

Best Movie Theaters

  1. St. Anthony Main Theater (Northeast; offers discounted student tickets)
  2. Riverview Theater (South Minneapolis)
  3. Coffman Memorial Union (East Bank; free for students!)
  4. ICON (St. Louis Park)
  5. Grandview Theater

Best Parks or Lakes

  1. Minnehaha Falls
  2. Lake Calhoun / Lake Harriet
  3. Lake Nokomis
  4. Lake of the Isles / Cedar Lake
  5. Gold Medal Park (near the Guthrie Theater)

Best Restaurants

  1. Dinkytown: Loring Pasta Bar, Al's Breakfast
  2. Uptown: Roat Osha, Namaste Cafe, Chino Latino, Tao Natural Foods
  3. Northeast: Gorkha Palace, Kramarczuk's, Smack Shack, Maya Cuisine, Brasa Rotisserie
  4. Downtown: Zen Box Izakaya, Day Block Brewery, The Bachelor Farmer, Saffron
  5. West Bank: Himalayan Restaurant, Hard Times Café (cash only; great for vegans), Afro Deli

Best Bars

  1. West Bank: Town Hall Brewery (good food and microbrews), Corner Bar (cheap drinks and space for large groups), Republic (happy hour and patio seating)
  2. Uptown: CC Club (also a music venue)
  3. Downtown: The Local (pub style), 8th St. Grill (daily specials!)
  4. Warehouse District: Marvel Bar and/or JetSet Bar (for cocktails), Grumpy's Bar & Grill
  5. Northeast: Dangerous Man Brewing Co., Indeed Brewing Co. & Taproom (hosts food trucks!), Sociable Cider Werks (also hosts food trucks!), New Bohemia (all for beer/cider), Wilde Roast Café (literature-themed cocktails), Aster Café (live music, cocktails, patio, brunch)