We principally visited Nicollet Mall as part of the Ave, which is relatively traffic free (only buses plying the area) - however the Ave stretches across a few suburbs.
It’s such a pleasant area to see and we got the feeling that Nicollet Ave is the heart of the city with plenty of shopping, eating and chock-full with nine to fivers during lunchtime. Experiencing the historical, cultural and daily life of any city can be fun on foot and exploring parts of Nicollet Ave was great - we were lucky to have perfect weather on our visit.
There is such ethnic diversity within just a few short blocks - vibrant restaurants on Eat St, bustling cafes and the best thing to experience, the Farmers Market off 7th St and Nicollet - simply amazing!
Luckily we stumbled on it while walking the city and it was one of the highlights. So no guesses, we didn’t get too far along the Ave once we found this Market! Here there were throngs of people but overall we found the Ave was somewhat deserted by comparison. We later found (of course) that using the Skywalks was the way to get around between the buildings.
Downtown has much to offer and perhaps a longer visit is required! Walking outside though is the best way to admire the unique architecture of both the historical and modern buildings of this area.
Enjoy your experience!
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