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One City, Five Hours: Minneapolis

Take a bite out of the Mini-Apple

Author Sarah Barker Illustration Oliver Jeffers

1 Start your ramble through this Twin City with a look at the impressive contemporary architecture of the Guthrie Theater (818 S 2nd St.; www.guthrietheater.org). Then head to the end of the Endless Bridge (don’t worry, it will make sense when you’re there), one of the world’s longest occupied cantilevers, and drink in the mighty Mississippi below. (0:30)

2 Now that you’ve seen Minneapolis’ most cutting-edge structure, take in its most historic with a walk down the Stone Arch Bridge (www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us). Let the spray from St. Anthony Falls, known as the birthplace of Minneapolis, help you beat that hot August sun. (0:50)

3 Time to sample something tasty from Minneapolis’ burgeoning local food movement. Pop into Spoonriver (750 S 2nd St.; www.spoonriver.com), the newest eatery from sustainable-food pioneer Brenda Langton, and sit on the patio eating a Brenda Burger as you wonder when saving the earth became so delicious. (1:50)

4 Hop aboard a hybrid bus and scoot down Nicollet Mall, the retail heart of Minneapolis. Between 7th and 8th streets, look for the statue of TV’s Mary Tyler Moore. Toss your hat in the air as you realize that, yes, “you’re going to make it after all.” (2:15)

5 The Walker Art Center (1750 Hennepin Ave.; www.walkerart.org) features all things modern, inside and out. Weather permitting, choose out, and walk the Sculpture Garden, with its iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry and Frank Gehry’s Standing Glass Fish. (2:45)

6 Head Uptown (www.ouruptown.com) by following Hennepin Avenue and the flow of inked and pierced twentysomethings. There’s plenty of shopping and eating to suit all tastes here, including the encyclopedic Via’s Vintage, addictive Savoy Pizza and heavenly Isle’s Bun & Coffee. (3:45)

7 Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and you can see at least one by taking 28th Street to the Lake of the Isles. Ringed by impressive homes, circumnavigated by joggers, paddled by canoers and figure-eighted by skaters, the lake amply demonstrates why Minneapolis is among the fittest cities in the nation. (4:10)

8 Take a cab down Lake Street to the Town Talk Diner (2707½ E Lake St.; www.towntalkdiner.com) for a quick pick-me-up before heading on your way. Choose a wackily named drink such as the Hair of the Lion or the Bacon Manhattan, then walk a block to the light rail and start your journey home. (5:00)

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