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If you’ve got your sights set on a Minneapolis bachelorette party, get ready for a celebration filled with good eats, endless shopping, and plenty of quality time spent with your girls. In fact, you might be surprised to find the Twin Cities is a bustling hub of art and culture, not to mention its highly regarded restaurant and brewery scene that’ll give you some amazing options for nights out on the town.

We compiled the very best of the best for your guide to a Minneapolis bachelorette party you and your ladies won’t soon forget.

What to Do

Perhaps one of the biggest draws to a Minneapolis bachelorette party comes down the iconic Mall of America. Named the largest shopping mall in the U.S., this retail wonderland features over 500 stores, 50 restaurants, a theme park, aquarium, and so much more. You could easily spend a day shopping throughout the MOA and only scratch the surface, so make sure to research beforehand and hit up all your favorite shops.

For shopping in a smaller space, try out the upscale Galleria Edina which includes a curated collection of shops for a luxury experience. You’ll find a mix of home, lifestyle, clothing, and beauty storefronts to explore, plus an array of restaurants options that redefine mall food. Across the river in St. Paul, there’s more shopping to be hand on the city’s famous Grand Avenue. This quaint stretch of shops and restaurants is perfect for strolling on a sunny day and features big box stores next to local boutiques, with a handful of sidewalk cafes to check out along the way.

Known as the land of 10,000 lakes, you’d be remiss in visiting Minneapolis without spending some time near the water. Lake Harriet is a beautiful spot to visit in the summer months for a relaxed afternoon with the girls. Do a stroll around the 2.75-mile lake, grab a bite or drink at Bread & Pickle, or take in a concert at Lake Harriet’s beautiful bandshell.

Come evening, take your Minneapolis bachelorette party to the Northeast Arts District which is home to some of the Twin Cities top breweries and distilleries. This decidedly hip neighborhood includes dozens of cool spots, from Tattersall Distillery to Bauhaus Brew Labs to Sociable Cider Werks to Able Seedhouse + Brewery and so many more. Most locations also host rotating food trucks, so that you can grab dinner and drinks all in one spot.

Where to Eat

The Twin Cities is a foodie haven and its innovative restaurants like Young Joni who have put it on the map. But before you write this off as just another pizzeria, know that this insanely chic spot is the brainchild of an award-winning chef who describes the American-Korean menu as tradition with a twist. Once you’ve had your fill of good, don’t forget to visit the restaurant's hidden Back Bar to keep your party going.

Serving up Italian favorites in the heart of Minneapolis, Bar La Grassa is a perfect choice for pasta, small plates, and wine in an upscale setting. Make sure to lock down reservations in advance, because this spot is undoubtedly a local favorite.

If you’re planning a St. Paul bachelorette party, rest assured there’s no shortage of good eats on both sides of the river. For Midwestern cuisine with an elevated twist, try Saint Dinette in St. Paul’s hip Lowertown neighborhood. Set in a renovated warehouse, this modern dining space has “girls night out” written all over it. Don’t leave without trying their insanely delicious cheeseburger along with their handcrafted cocktails like the “Hold My Bag” or “License To-Quila.”

Another St. Paul gem, W.A. Frost is home to one of the Twin Cities most stunning outdoor dining spaces. Their lush garden patio will make you feel a world away, with sparkling cafe lights to take your late night festivities to the next level.

Brunch is a must for any bachelorette weekend, and The Copper Hen is the place to be. Their menu is chock-full of farm-to-table delights, and you’ll love the rustic-chic vibe complete with mason jar cocktails and homestyle skillets.

Where to Stay

For an upscale experience during your Minneapolis bachelorette party, Hotel Ivy is just the ticket. This historic hotel will put you in the center of the city with proximity to the best downtown sights and dining options.

Known as one of the coolest places to stay and play, the Hewing Hotel is a tough one to top. This North Loop hotel set in a converted warehouse space gives off a woodsy-chic vibe for a true Minnesotan experience. Be sure to check out the rooftop bar and lounge, as well as the hotel’s rooftop pool and sauna.

Just as the name suggests, the Radisson Blu Mall of America is an excellent choice for stylish accommodations set right inside the mall. You’ll love the convenience of a place to come and go throughout a busy day of shopping, and the hotel’s contemporary design ensures your stay feels entirely luxurious.