A local’s guide to Minneapolis
- By Cinnamon Janzer
- Photos by Nina Robinson
While it might seem like a secondary Chicago to outsiders, Minneapolis is the definition of a hidden gem. And thanks to the resilience required to weather Minnesota winters, it’s poised to remain that way for eternity.
We have creative local art and food (think doughnuts sold out of someone’s backyard), an outdoors scene that rivals Denver (ahem, ours is one of the best bike cities in the world), and thriving Somali, Ethiopian, Hmong, Korean and Latinx communities. Even as it grows and changes, Minneapolis still oozes plenty of Upper Midwest goodness. The result is a city where down-to-earth, Middle America vibes blend with urban culture, creating a place that’s truly special.
Meet Cinnamon Janzer
Cinnamon Janzer is a writer and editor living in Minneapolis whose work stems from the intersection of travel, culture and social justice.
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Explore more of Minneapolis
- Yes, the Mall of America is close by, but there are plenty of local stores to shop in Minneapolis.
- Hammerschlagen — a game that entails hitting nails into a log with the wrong side of a hammer — is way more fun than it sounds.
- “Minnesota Nice” is a thing. People are more than happy to welcome guests to the city. But it can also be used as an insult. If someone says, “That’s different” … they probably don’t like it.