Daily Day Guide: Make your way around Marcy-Holmes

The newest series by A&E plans your perfect day in a special Twin Cities neighborhood so you don’t have to.

Nina Raemont

As the weather slowly warms up and COVID-19 cases across the state go down, we are hopping into spring with optimism and lots of places to visit, restaurants to eat at or things to do that maybe we haven’t gotten around to since the pandemic began.

This week we’re focusing on a perfect day in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Cafe Alma: Every good day begins with a good cup of coffee, so to start your perfect day, head on over to Alma on University Avenue. Alma is currently offering a flavorful juniper latte — order it iced and thank me later. The impressive collection of pastries is also worth mentioning, with a special shout-out to the fruit galette and savory danishes.

While you sip on your iced latte or munch on your pastry, make your way to Father Hennepin Bluff Park, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of Minneapolis and a wonderful opportunity for some socially distanced people-watching.

The next item on the agenda is window shopping — or shopping if you feel so inclined. Walk a few blocks and find yourself at the intersection of Central Avenue Southeast and East Hennepin Avenue.

Three shops to check out, depending on your mood:

The Golden Pearl Vintage: This vintage shop specializes in clothing from the 1920s to the 1990s. Sift through the carefully curated boutique collection and find a wardrobe staple.

Findfurnish: There’s something quite romantic about hapless perusing. If you find yourself on the west side of Marcy-Holmes, be sure to head on over to Findfurnish, a vintage furniture store with an “ever-evolving collection.” With reclaimed furniture and a record collection hiding in the back, the store’s sleek and ambient atmosphere is worth visiting.

I like you: If you’re anything like me, you’re always buying your best friends their birthday presents two weeks or two months too late. To curb that habit, check out I like you, a gift shop specializing in a wide array of local gifts and quirky greeting cards.

After all that walking and shopping, it’s time for lunch.

Three lunch spots, depending on your mood:

PinKU: PinKU is a Japanese street food joint with many fresh fish menu items to satisfy the seafood lover in your life. Try the spicy tuna crispy rice or the spicy crab onigiri, or dive into the specialty rolls, like the Yuzu tempura.

Rusty Taco: These delicious and cheap tacos are worth a mention. Try anything from the menu of over 20 different tacos, and don’t forget to order a margarita “made with fresh lime juice and cheap tequila” while you’re at it.

The Herbivorous Butcher: Whether you’re practicing or entertaining the idea of veganism, this vegan butcher spot may be your reason for conversion. The shop offers all plant-based everything, including satisfying sandwiches like the turkey dill Havarti sandwich or the hot brat with chips.

Before you make your way home, check out Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop for a careful assortment of wines and liquors and a savory selection of fine cheeses sure to spice up your evening.