Outside Arc'teryx


W. Lake St. & Hennepin Av., Mpls.
Outside Arc'teryx Bre McGee

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.