Things to Do

There’s plenty to do in and around the Twin Cities! Here are a few of our favorite options: 

Food + Drink

iPho by Saigon: The best, cheapest banh mi sandwiches in the Metro area. A controversial assertion, but we stand by it! Favorite fillings: mock duck, and the tofu with extra veggies. Their vegetarian spring rolls are also excellent. 

Bangkok Thai Deli: Delicious and wide-ranging selection of Thai and Vietnamese dishes tucked into a former Burger King on University Avenue. 

World Street Kitchen: Rice bowls, falafel burgers, DIY lettuce wraps, “Bangkok burritos” – not only is this counter-service fusion spot tasty, filling, and cheap, it’s right next door to the perfect dessert: a cone from MilkJam Creamery

Moscow on the Hill: The site of our second date, where Laney accidentally backhanded a martini into Emily’s lap. To be honest, we don’t eat here, because the entire menu has meat in it! That said, the cocktails are delicious, and if you love horseradish flavored vodka (who doesn’t), this is the place for you. 

Shish: Flexibly authentic Mediterranean food. Massive and delightful falafel sandwiches served with french fries, a generous maza mix platter, kebabs, and an intriguingly out of place assortment of cake for sale by the slice. 

Mickey’s: A landmark and a St. Paul institution, Mickey’s is the place to go for late night malts and fries or early morning pancakes and hashbrowns. You need to bring cash, but the food is well worth the ATM withdrawal fee. Word of warning: the coffee is bad, and seating is limited!

MayDay Café: Another solid breakfast option, with rich house-baked pastries and (in contrast to Mickey’s) strong coffee. It’s hard to resist the coffee cakes and scones, but if you make it past the sweets counter, the breakfast sandwich is filling and good. 


Can Can Wonderland: Artist-designed mini golf, pinball arcade, and karaoke lounge. Just as magical as it sounds, in an old canning factory in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood. 

Como Lake + Conservatory: A big lake with walking/biking trails and a decent restaurant and bar. There’s a conservatory, zoo, and amusement park (Comotown!) nearby. 

Mia: Look at some free art! You can also spring for the special exhibit. In September it will be a collection of works from 17th Century “view painters.”

Frogtown Park + Farm: If you have some time to kill before the ceremony, walk across the street to this massive urban farm and park. 

Turf Club: Live music, drinks, and a goofy basement bar called the Clown Lounge.