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Guidebook for Minneapolis

Susannah

Guidebook for Minneapolis

Food Scene
I love the Sampleroom because they have something for everybody. My BF loves their burger. I love their Saturday and Sunday brunch till 3pm. Small plates or large meals with some vegetarian options. They also have a good cocktail menu if you want to have just a drink and a snack at the bar. nice patio and you can walk down to the Mississippi River and check out the sunset after dinner.
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The Sample Room
2124 Marshall Street Northeast
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I love the Sampleroom because they have something for everybody. My BF loves their burger. I love their Saturday and Sunday brunch till 3pm. Small plates or large meals with some vegetarian options. They also have a good cocktail menu if you want to have just a drink and a snack at the bar. nice patio and you can walk down to the Mississippi River and check out the sunset after dinner.
Hai Hai is an ultra hip restaurant with a menu based on Vietnamese street food-only 3 blocks away. I love their Hanoi sticky Rice bowl. They have lots of cocktails featuring exotic fruits and fresh pressed cane sugar. There might be a wait depending on when you go but you can put your name on the list and they will call you when your seat is ready. There is an ice cream and crepe place across the street for dessert! If you end up needing to wait and the Hai Hai bar is full, you can put your name on the list and have a drink at Grumpy's bar across the street while you wait. I have also added my name to the list and walked back home to wait for them to call.
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Hai Hai
2121 University Ave NE
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Hai Hai is an ultra hip restaurant with a menu based on Vietnamese street food-only 3 blocks away. I love their Hanoi sticky Rice bowl. They have lots of cocktails featuring exotic fruits and fresh pressed cane sugar. There might be a wait depending on when you go but you can put your name on the list and they will call you when your seat is ready. There is an ice cream and crepe place across the street for dessert! If you end up needing to wait and the Hai Hai bar is full, you can put your name on the list and have a drink at Grumpy's bar across the street while you wait. I have also added my name to the list and walked back home to wait for them to call.
This is my favorite Coffeeshop, but it's more of a walk-up place. Worker owned spot- full of lots of locals and regulars. There is wifi and a small patio out back. Fair trade coffee and we love their cold press.
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Matchbox Coffee Shop
1306 Northeast 2nd Street
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This is my favorite Coffeeshop, but it's more of a walk-up place. Worker owned spot- full of lots of locals and regulars. There is wifi and a small patio out back. Fair trade coffee and we love their cold press.
This is a great place to get work done during the day. Most regulars are working on their computers or having meetings. They have a solid lunch menu using fresh and organic ingredients. I love their Chicken Chili- its very filling for a good price. They also have an amazing collection of local pottery and art for sale. It is located in a building with many art studios.
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Mojo Coffee Gallery
2205 California Street Northeast
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This is a great place to get work done during the day. Most regulars are working on their computers or having meetings. They have a solid lunch menu using fresh and organic ingredients. I love their Chicken Chili- its very filling for a good price. They also have an amazing collection of local pottery and art for sale. It is located in a building with many art studios.
Delicious vegan ice cream and crepes- 3 short blocks away. I am not vegan, but I really love their savory crepes and ice cream. They have a vegan "ham and cheese" crepe that is so DELICIOUS. The meat and cheese is made by a vegan butcher shop called the Herbivorous butcher. They also have sweet crepes and can add any of their ice creams to your crepe. They also have coffee.
Crepe and Spoon
339 22nd Ave NE
Delicious vegan ice cream and crepes- 3 short blocks away. I am not vegan, but I really love their savory crepes and ice cream. They have a vegan "ham and cheese" crepe that is so DELICIOUS. The meat and cheese is made by a vegan butcher shop called the Herbivorous butcher. They also have sweet crepes and can add any of their ice creams to your crepe. They also have coffee.
This place is very kitschy and great for families or large groups. They have a larger menu with something for everyone- if I have family from out of town who want to have an experience but don't want to be too fancy, I take them here.
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Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge
1900 Marshall Street Northeast
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This place is very kitschy and great for families or large groups. They have a larger menu with something for everyone- if I have family from out of town who want to have an experience but don't want to be too fancy, I take them here.
This is one of the first breweries to come to our neighborhood before we were the "Brew District." They have a great selection of beers on tap and often have a food truck outside. Great spot to make some local pals. Or ask one of the employees for recommendations- very nice and friendly staff!
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Dangerous Man Brewing Company
1300 Northeast 2nd Street
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This is one of the first breweries to come to our neighborhood before we were the "Brew District." They have a great selection of beers on tap and often have a food truck outside. Great spot to make some local pals. Or ask one of the employees for recommendations- very nice and friendly staff!
I'm a big fan of this place for their burritos and tacos. They also have tasty margaritas in their back bar. You can do the deli style and order on the line or you can sit down in the back and order from their full menu.
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Maya Cuisine
1840 Central Avenue Northeast
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I'm a big fan of this place for their burritos and tacos. They also have tasty margaritas in their back bar. You can do the deli style and order on the line or you can sit down in the back and order from their full menu.
I go to Stanley's for lunch during work a lot. This is a great place- not too fancy, not a dive bar, but just right. They have a solid menu of lunch, dinner and bar food. great for family. Secret tip: Thu- Sat there is a fancy drink secret speakeasy called "Al's place" upstairs. If they are open, enter through the photo booth and tell the door guy "I'm here to see some furniture."
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Stanley's Northeast Bar Room
2500 University Avenue Northeast
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I go to Stanley's for lunch during work a lot. This is a great place- not too fancy, not a dive bar, but just right. They have a solid menu of lunch, dinner and bar food. great for family. Secret tip: Thu- Sat there is a fancy drink secret speakeasy called "Al's place" upstairs. If they are open, enter through the photo booth and tell the door guy "I'm here to see some furniture."
If you like fish and chips, this place is so so so good. They also have a great burger. Irish owned and operated- great vibe! Great beer on tap too! There is often a wait, but you can order a beer while you wait. They have brunch from 10-12pm Saturday and Sunday.
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The Anchor Fish & Chips
302 13th Avenue Northeast
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If you like fish and chips, this place is so so so good. They also have a great burger. Irish owned and operated- great vibe! Great beer on tap too! There is often a wait, but you can order a beer while you wait. They have brunch from 10-12pm Saturday and Sunday.
This place is so cool, I couldn't even figure out how to open the front door when I went there. They have since added a handle for not cool people. Young Joni has a great space and great wood fired pizza in really tasty combos. It is not cheap, but foodie people love it. A Vikings player goes here once a week- Sorry- I don't know his name. Make a reservation. If you cant get a reservation, you can try to get table by waiting. They have a back bar where you can hang while you wait. You can also go to the back bar for a nightcap! You walk down the alley next to building and there is a red neon line. There is a rusty door near the neon to get in.
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Young Joni
165 13th Ave NE
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This place is so cool, I couldn't even figure out how to open the front door when I went there. They have since added a handle for not cool people. Young Joni has a great space and great wood fired pizza in really tasty combos. It is not cheap, but foodie people love it. A Vikings player goes here once a week- Sorry- I don't know his name. Make a reservation. If you cant get a reservation, you can try to get table by waiting. They have a back bar where you can hang while you wait. You can also go to the back bar for a nightcap! You walk down the alley next to building and there is a red neon line. There is a rusty door near the neon to get in.
Northeast Social is tasty and romantic. I have had some great long dinners here with friends, ordering different dishes and drinking cocktails and wine for hours. They are small and dimly lit with great service. It's quiet and is great for pals or a romantic something special dinner
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Northeast Social
359 13th Avenue Northeast
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Northeast Social is tasty and romantic. I have had some great long dinners here with friends, ordering different dishes and drinking cocktails and wine for hours. They are small and dimly lit with great service. It's quiet and is great for pals or a romantic something special dinner
I love the owners of this Restaurant. This is a Greek owned and operated place. Their food is delicious and very garlicky. Their dining room showcases the work of Zoran Mojsilov , a well-know local sculptor who is also a regular.
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Gardens of Salonica
19 5th Street Northeast
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I love the owners of this Restaurant. This is a Greek owned and operated place. Their food is delicious and very garlicky. Their dining room showcases the work of Zoran Mojsilov , a well-know local sculptor who is also a regular.
Red Stag is owned by a well known local restaurateur who is working to elevate female chefs to the National spotlight. Their food is tasty and they have a good brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The space is larger, so great for groups.
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Red Stag Supperclub
509 1st Avenue Northeast
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Red Stag is owned by a well known local restaurateur who is working to elevate female chefs to the National spotlight. Their food is tasty and they have a good brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The space is larger, so great for groups.
This place isn't super close to my apartment, but is still considered to be in Northeast Minneapolis. This is my favorite Japanese restaurant in Minneapolis. I love their late night happy hour for sushi and Ramen. Their Tonakatsu Curry Ramen made spicy with peppers is great if you have a cold- it really clears the senses. It is delicious without spice too!
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Masu Sushi & Robata
330 East Hennepin Avenue
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This place isn't super close to my apartment, but is still considered to be in Northeast Minneapolis. This is my favorite Japanese restaurant in Minneapolis. I love their late night happy hour for sushi and Ramen. Their Tonakatsu Curry Ramen made spicy with peppers is great if you have a cold- it really clears the senses. It is delicious without spice too!
This is a laid back deli style place where you can sit and have lunch or dinner. They have a great menu with all types of tasty Lebanese foods.
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Emily's Lebanese Deli
641 University Avenue Northeast
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This is a laid back deli style place where you can sit and have lunch or dinner. They have a great menu with all types of tasty Lebanese foods.
This is a tasty Himalayan restaurant with vegan and vegetarian options.
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Gorkha Palace
23 4th Street Northeast
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This is a tasty Himalayan restaurant with vegan and vegetarian options.
The family who owns this restaurants are awesome members of the community. They donate and participate in virtually every event that I have been to. You will see a lot of longtime NE locals eating at this Thai Restaurant. They have local beer on tap and tasty Thai food.
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Sen Yai Sen Lek Thai
2422 Central Avenue Northeast
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The family who owns this restaurants are awesome members of the community. They donate and participate in virtually every event that I have been to. You will see a lot of longtime NE locals eating at this Thai Restaurant. They have local beer on tap and tasty Thai food.
This is self described as "Upbeat, modern gay bar offering cocktails & classic American fare, plus late-night dancing & events." I love their brunch and always have good food, good drinks and a good time when I go to LUSH. They have a Saturday drag brunch that is really fun but you have to book ahead and spaces go fast.
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LUSH
990 Central Ave NE
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This is self described as "Upbeat, modern gay bar offering cocktails & classic American fare, plus late-night dancing & events." I love their brunch and always have good food, good drinks and a good time when I go to LUSH. They have a Saturday drag brunch that is really fun but you have to book ahead and spaces go fast.
I love this restaurant and love their Saltado! This Ecuadorian owned place has great food- lots of interesting flavor and all made from scratch. The service is more laid back so you have to be a little patient if they are busy. The dining room is very casual.
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Chimborazo
2851 Central Avenue Northeast
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I love this restaurant and love their Saltado! This Ecuadorian owned place has great food- lots of interesting flavor and all made from scratch. The service is more laid back so you have to be a little patient if they are busy. The dining room is very casual.
NE Minneapolis used to be home to a predominately Polish community. Many of the churches still have large congregations of Polish members from all over the metro area. When they come to NE for church, they allllll go to Sikora's. This is a great deli with fresh meats, smoked fish, and Pierogi. They also have Polish food direct from Poland. My dad loves their sausage and fish. I love their doughnuts and poppy seed pastries. The owners are very friendly!
Sikora's Polish Market
1625 Washington Street NE
NE Minneapolis used to be home to a predominately Polish community. Many of the churches still have large congregations of Polish members from all over the metro area. When they come to NE for church, they allllll go to Sikora's. This is a great deli with fresh meats, smoked fish, and Pierogi. They also have Polish food direct from Poland. My dad loves their sausage and fish. I love their doughnuts and poppy seed pastries. The owners are very friendly!
This place has bodacious donuts, coffee and cocktails. It's a chill place with couches and armchairs to hang out in and eat yummy donuts.
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Glam Doll Donuts
519 Central Ave NE
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This place has bodacious donuts, coffee and cocktails. It's a chill place with couches and armchairs to hang out in and eat yummy donuts.
Jax Cafe is a classic steakhouse from the 1930s 3 blocks from my apartment. They have expensive fancy steak and old school cocktails in a beautifully decorated building and excellent unionized waitstaff. They have a Sunday brunch buffet for $26.95 per person from 10-3pm. I like their happy hour on the patio. The menu is small but the prices are reduced a bit and the patio is relaxing and pretty. Their happy hour is daily 3:30-6pm and 8:30pm-close.
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Jax Cafe
1928 University Avenue Northeast
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Jax Cafe is a classic steakhouse from the 1930s 3 blocks from my apartment. They have expensive fancy steak and old school cocktails in a beautifully decorated building and excellent unionized waitstaff. They have a Sunday brunch buffet for $26.95 per person from 10-3pm. I like their happy hour on the patio. The menu is small but the prices are reduced a bit and the patio is relaxing and pretty. Their happy hour is daily 3:30-6pm and 8:30pm-close.
This is a German bar and restaurant. I heard their Goulash is good but I haven't tried it yet.
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Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit
2300 University Avenue Northeast
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This is a German bar and restaurant. I heard their Goulash is good but I haven't tried it yet.
Drinks & Nightlife
This is my favorite neighborhood dive bar- only 1 block away from my apartment. Great people watching! They also have a darts machine.
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Grumpy's Bar
2200 4th Street Northeast
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This is my favorite neighborhood dive bar- only 1 block away from my apartment. Great people watching! They also have a darts machine.
331 Club has no cover live music every night. They also have fun trivia on Fridays at 7pm. Their bathrooms do not smell good- I'm just going to warn you right now. Their patio is pretty nice and a good place to hang and make some local pals.
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331 Club
331 13th Avenue Northeast
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331 Club has no cover live music every night. They also have fun trivia on Fridays at 7pm. Their bathrooms do not smell good- I'm just going to warn you right now. Their patio is pretty nice and a good place to hang and make some local pals.
Honey is in the basement of Ginger Hop restaurant and a fun place to dance. It is in a basement so I feel a little claustrophobic after a while if it gets too full.
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Honey
205 East Hennepin Avenue
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Honey is in the basement of Ginger Hop restaurant and a fun place to dance. It is in a basement so I feel a little claustrophobic after a while if it gets too full.
First Ave is a great venue to check out live music. Every event is ticketed so check out their website to see what is coming up. They have a smaller venue that is connected called the 7th Street Entry and hosts lots of smaller touring bands. Sometimes you can use your First Ave ticket to cross over to the 7th Street Entry. I always ask if I can do that.
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First Avenue
701 N 1st Ave
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First Ave is a great venue to check out live music. Every event is ticketed so check out their website to see what is coming up. They have a smaller venue that is connected called the 7th Street Entry and hosts lots of smaller touring bands. Sometimes you can use your First Ave ticket to cross over to the 7th Street Entry. I always ask if I can do that.
Jimmy's is a dive bar within walking distance to my house. I feel like I go back in time 20 years when I walk in the door. I prefer Grumpy's bar because I think it is more lively, but if you want to chill more, this is a good spot.
Jimmy's Bar & Lounge
1828 4th Street Northeast
Jimmy's is a dive bar within walking distance to my house. I feel like I go back in time 20 years when I walk in the door. I prefer Grumpy's bar because I think it is more lively, but if you want to chill more, this is a good spot.
Indeed makes tasty beer and is located in a building with many art studios.
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Indeed Brewing Company and Taproom
711 Northeast 15th Avenue
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Indeed makes tasty beer and is located in a building with many art studios.
Essentials
This is a great little neighborhood grocery store with a small butcher shop and liquor store. They make their own beef jerky and brats.
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Sentyrz Liquor & Supermarket
1612 Northeast 2nd Street
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This is a great little neighborhood grocery store with a small butcher shop and liquor store. They make their own beef jerky and brats.
Shopping
Well-stocked grocery store co-op with a walk up deli for sandwiches and a coffee shop.
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Eastside Food Co-op
2551 Central Avenue Northeast
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Well-stocked grocery store co-op with a walk up deli for sandwiches and a coffee shop.
Big box Grocery store.
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Cub Foods
1540 New Brighton Boulevard
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Big box Grocery store.
This is a great gift store for last minute gifts or Minnesota themed souvenirs to take home. They have a lot of locally made items at all different price points.
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I Like You
501 1st Avenue Northeast
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This is a great gift store for last minute gifts or Minnesota themed souvenirs to take home. They have a lot of locally made items at all different price points.
Arts & Culture
I am a nerd and I love this museum about the history of how Grain built Minneapolis. It is in a former flour factory so you can see some of the abandoned equipment and learn about how the factories were powered by the Mississippi River. Lots of interactive exhibits for the whole family! if you are a 1000% pure nerd, you can also check out the lock and dam center across the street. The area around this Museum is nice so you can walk around and look at the River and the Stone Arch Bridge. In the summer, (Saturdays May-October from 8-1pm) there is a Mill City Farmers Market, so you could have breakfast at the market and then head to the museum. That is basically my dream day.
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磨坊城市博物馆
704 South 2nd Street
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I am a nerd and I love this museum about the history of how Grain built Minneapolis. It is in a former flour factory so you can see some of the abandoned equipment and learn about how the factories were powered by the Mississippi River. Lots of interactive exhibits for the whole family! if you are a 1000% pure nerd, you can also check out the lock and dam center across the street. The area around this Museum is nice so you can walk around and look at the River and the Stone Arch Bridge. In the summer, (Saturdays May-October from 8-1pm) there is a Mill City Farmers Market, so you could have breakfast at the market and then head to the museum. That is basically my dream day.
The Guthrie is a great place to see a show. If you are touristing, you can go into the Guthrie during the day and they have a beautiful overlook where you can take photos of downtown.
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Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street
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The Guthrie is a great place to see a show. If you are touristing, you can go into the Guthrie during the day and they have a beautiful overlook where you can take photos of downtown.
Getting Around
You can rent a Nice Ride Bike to ride from station to station. you can buy a 30 day unlimited 60 minute ride pass which means to can use any nice ride bike for up to 60 minutes at a time before you have to dock it and do that as many times as you want in a 30 day period. Here's the info: https://www.niceridemn.org/pricing/
Nice Ride Station
81 22nd Ave NE
You can rent a Nice Ride Bike to ride from station to station. you can buy a 30 day unlimited 60 minute ride pass which means to can use any nice ride bike for up to 60 minutes at a time before you have to dock it and do that as many times as you want in a 30 day period. Here's the info: https://www.niceridemn.org/pricing/
You can rent a Nice Ride Bike to ride from station to station. You can buy a 30-day unlimited 60-minute ride pass which means to can use any nice ride bike for up to 60 minutes at a time before you have to dock it and do that as many times as you want in a 30 day period. Here's the info: https://www.niceridemn.org/pricing/
Nice Ride Station
931-937 22nd Ave NE
You can rent a Nice Ride Bike to ride from station to station. You can buy a 30-day unlimited 60-minute ride pass which means to can use any nice ride bike for up to 60 minutes at a time before you have to dock it and do that as many times as you want in a 30 day period. Here's the info: https://www.niceridemn.org/pricing/