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Where to Go in the North Loop Before a Twins Game

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So, you’ve got tickets to the ballgame. It’s gonna be a great night!

But, before the big night, you’ve got the whole evening to figure out. Sure, you could sit around waiting for the game, but there are so many more exciting things to do. Some of Minneapolis’ best shops, restaurants and bars are near Target Field, so there’s no excuse to twiddle your thumbs. Instead, get out there and explore the vibrant North Loop neighborhood surrounding the ballpark.

If you’re trying to figure out where to go in the North Loop before a Twins game, we’ve got you covered! Here are some of the most exciting places to go near the Twins’ stadium, including restaurants and bars.

Shopping in the North Loop

D.NOLO (Destination North Loop)

Who doesn’t have extra time for some shopping? D.NOLO has established itself as one of Minneapolis’ most exciting boutiques, whether you’re looking for fashion-forward womenswear, accessories, or striking home furnishings. 

You won’t be disappointed by the selection of diverse, top-quality brands, or the overall shopping experience. Dog-friendly? Check. Exceptional design? Check. Amazing? Check. So, head on over to D.NOLO before the game and see what you can score.


While D.NOLO is the ultimate boutique for women, MartinPatrick3 is the ultimate boutique for men. From handsome suits to trendy casualwear, you won’t find a better selection of men’s clothing anywhere in the city. And, with MartinPatrick3’s full interior-design team, they can upgrade your place just as well as your wardrobe.

All this makes MartinPatrick3 worth checking out, even if only for a few minutes. It might end up as your new favorite store.

James & Mary Laurie Booksellers

Are you a book lover? Then you’ll fall in love with James & Mary Laurie Booksellers. 

Just one block from Target Field, their new location serves as a quiet little sanctuary right in the heart of the North Loop. For anyone looking to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, James & Mary Laurie Booksellers is just about perfect.

They carry more than 120,000 volumes of individually selected fine books, and more than 30,000 classical and jazz vinyl records. In recent years, they’ve even added an expansive selection of antiquarian printed maps and prints. 

If you ever need a little peace and quiet before being part of the big crowd, James & Mary Laurie Booksellers is your place.

North Loop Dining 

Smack Shack

In the mood for seafood? The North Loop has your back! More specifically, Smack Shack has your back.

Smack Shack has all the fresh seafood you could ever want, including red snapper ceviche, ahi tuna poke, crab cakes, and lobster poutine. Hungry yet?

After starting as a food truck, and getting featured in “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” Smack Shack opened their first brick and mortar location in 2013, and they’ve been a favorite of the North Loop ever since.

Graze Provisions + Libations

What’s better than a restaurant and bar before the game? How about six restaurants and two bars? That’s right, Graze features a huge variety of food and beverage options under one roof (or, on the roof, as is the case with their rooftop patio). 

Featuring a handful of independently owned and operated local vendors, Graze Provisions + Libations is a food collective that truly has something for everyone. There’s The Fabled Rooster serving low-country bbq, Minnesota’s first avocado bar: Avocadish, Award Winning Chef Yia Vang’s Union Hmong Kitchen, savory snacks and delicious desserts from Two Mixed Up, Viva Taco’s Mexican street food with a Vietnamese twist, and Soul Bowl’s unique take on soul food. 

Not to be outdone, The Last Drop Cafe + Wine Bar features high-quality coffee by day and wine by night (or a little earlier, if you want), and the Libation Lounge has incredible indoor and outdoor bars for all to enjoy.

If you’re looking for a place to celebrate, relax, or just hang out before heading to Target Field, Graze is your place. Plan your visit by taking a peek at the menu of diverse vendors. No reservations needed!