ask Nicole about
spas • yoga • vintage • cocktail bars • music venues • parks • hole in the wall
What are the Minneapolis spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Saint Anthony Main, Northeast brew scene, a show at First Avenue, Minneapolis chain of lakes
Do’s and don’ts in Minneapolis: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):
Sharing a bite with a local? If you want to follow our customary and strange tradition of being too nice, don't be an a** and take the last piece of food. Though, if you do, we'll be way too nice to mention it.
What do you do and why do you do it?
I quit my job back in November to spend the winter living in Paris. I thrive on change and experimenting with the different ways to live life itself, so I set out for this strange, unpredictable pilgrimage. I found my way to some fascinating places and casted a wide net to find interesting, inspiring people. Currently, I'm living like an intuitive nomad, exploring and creating wherever life takes me. I'm pursuing projects, doing some writing, taking some classes and generally trying to process my whole experience, then figure out my next leap of faith. With all that said, Minneapolis a great place to hang my hat for a bit.
What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Dinkytown at bar close.
What’s the one place in Minneapolis you think is underrated?
Kingfield's underrated. Or maybe it's just more appealing now that I'm 28...
Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Minneapolis?
The Eat Street neighborhood, it is the food capital of Minneapolis.
Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?
Minneapolis has the most extensive and connected "bike highway" system in the U.S. I want guests to experience what makes Minneapolis unique, by renting a bike and cruising through our nature in the city, while checking out our developed art scene that seriously flies under the radar.
Which local creators do you admire?
@apricot.foral, @kateworum & @wa.deen
Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:
There's something that's both striking and strange about canoeing through the chain of lakes and onlooking the urban skyline amidst wilderness sounds. My route: begin at Lake Calhoun, pivot to Lake of the Isles, row to Cedar Lake, and back.
You’re meeting the mayor of Minneapolis - what constructive criticism would you give them?
We need to have serious talk about heated streets