While it’s not as funky as it was when Prince paid homage to it in 1980, this Minneapolis entertainment and shopping district is still a draw. Centered at the intersection of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, Uptown has a mix of theaters, restaurants, rooftop bars and national and local stores that contribute to a pulsing nightlife scene. Don’t try for street parking. Opt for the ramp instead.
Shop: Uptown’s Lake Street has become a hub for winter weather specialty stores. If you want to outfit yourself for a Minnesota winter, you can choose from among North Face, Columbia, Timberland, Arc’teryx and Swedish retailer Fjallraven (2912 Hennepin Av. S., 612-252-4704). Calhoun Square mall, just blocks from the city’s prized Chain of Lakes, is home to the acclaimed Kitchen Window (3001 Hennepin Av. S., 612-824-4417), with specialty items and classes for gourmets and chefs-in-the-making.
Eat and drink: Get your drink on in the club-like Chino Latino (2916 Hennepin Av. S., 612-824-7878), which is a best bet for groups. Portions of the Asian- and Latin-fusion cuisine are large and meant for sharing. For a quieter dining spot, head to Amazing Thailand (3024 Hennepin Av. S., 612-822-5588). The dimly lit, colorfully decorated restaurant serves up a can’t-miss Panang curry. For dessert, try the mango with sticky rice.