Top 10 cruises to take your bike rental in Minneapolis

Here at Minneapolis By Bike, when we take you on a bike tour or you rent a bicycle from us, we like to suggest the best local Minneapolis sites to have a true Minneapolis experience. In this post, we’ve compiled a small list to get you started.

1. Bike to the Lakes

Bike to the Chain of Lakes on some of our miles of bike trails. Minneapolis By Bike is just a short ride from the lakes. Bike around Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet. If you are feeling extra bikey, take the Minnehaha Parkway Regional Trail to Lake Nokomis then over to Minnehaha Falls. On a hot day, bring a swimsuit and take a dip in one of our lakes like us locals enjoy throughout the summer.

Lakeside Restaurants

You probably built up an appetite from all the biking. We recommend stopping at The Tin Fish, Bread & Pickle or Sea Salt Eatery found at some of the above mentioned lakes. Over at Lake Harriet, you could also hop on an original Minneapolis streetcar and take a 15 minute ride with the Minnesota Streetcar Museum.

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A great view of the city from Lake Calhoun.

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Enjoy a sunset at the Rose Gardens at Lake Harriet.

2. Downtown Bicycle Loop

Bike from our shop, through downtown via Nicollet Mall – the 1st transit mall in the country. Stop at some of the shops, see the Mary Tyler Moore statue at the intersection of 7th Street and Nicollet Mall, in front of the flagship Dayton’s Department Store. Continue to West River Parkway and bike the paths along the Mississippi River. Cross the Stone Arch Bridge, see St. Anthony Falls and bike down Main St. on the SE side of the river. Cross back downtown to bike by Gold Medal Park.

Tasty Downtown Treats

Stop for a treat at our local Izzy’s Ice Cream. Find out what an “Izzy Scoop” is! Hungrier still? Visit the Band Box Diner for a burger on your way back through downtown!

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Toss your cap like Mary!

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Ride over to this timeless diner in Elliot Park.

3. Bicycle Brewery Tour

Create your own local brew tour (or join us on ours)! A trip to Northeast Minneapolis is a must for breweries. Some of our other local faves? Sisyphus Brewing, Boom Island Brewing and Day Block Brewing are definite stops!

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It’s easy to empty your glass at Sisyphus Brewing!

4. Donuts, Donuts, Donuts!

Donut rides have been all the rage in the Twin Cities as of late; and that’s undoubtedly because we have too many amazing places to visit to go to just one! Start at our shop and head down Nicollet Avenue aka “Eat Street” directly to Glam Doll Donuts. Continue your sugar-powered ride through South Minneapolis and visit Bogart’s Doughnut Co., Mel-O-Glaze Bakery, A Baker’s Wife Pastry Shop and Patisserie 46 while you are at it! Don’t worry about calories –  you’re on a bike!

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We made our own stop at Glam Doll on National Donut Day! Follow us on instagram here.

5. Farmers’ Market Bike Ride

Take a weekend morning and visit many of our fabulous local farmers’ markets (or join us for a Farmers’ Market Tour). We love the Mill City Farmers’ Market and highly recommend the Minneapolis Farmers’ Market and Kingfield Farmers’ Market. You’ll bike away with a full belly and plenty of goods to take home with you in your basket!

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A view from inside Mill City Farmers’ Market.

6. Scandinavia – Minnesota Style

Have a true Scandinavia ride – Minnesota style! Bike down our highly recognized Midtown Greenway to Midtown Global Market and try the traditional Scandinavian lefse (a continued Minnesotan tradition) for dessert at Café Finspang, but there’s plenty of global tastes to choose from at MGM.

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Owner of Minneapolis By Bike, Alyssa Kohn, at a stop with a tourist, Dennis, for some lefse at MGM.

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When you finish, make sure to make a trip further east on the greenway to see the Martin Olav Sabo Bridge – a raved about work of bicycle infrastructure. Circle back down the greenway and exit at Park Avenue. Visit the American Swedish Institute for a look into one of the many mansions that once lined this street and art “with endearing links to Sweden”.

7. A Long Minneapolis Bike Tour

Packed your own lunch and just looking for a healthy, long ride? Pedal on our 51 miles of bike paths on the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway and get a good glimpse of the city from nearly every angle.

8. Juicy Lucy or Jucy Lucy?

What would a visit to Minneapolis be without a juicy lucy (or as some might argue “jucy lucy”). Bike to Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club to test out a Juicy Lucy from each place claiming to have created the Juicy Lucy. Don’t say we didn’t warn you –  you will have to pick a fave and stick to being a lifelong fan. Visit other local dive bars while in the area.

9. Minneapolis: Art & Bikes

Minneapolis and art go hand in hand – like Minneapolis and bikes! Ride to Northeast Minneapolis, our Arts District, during a First Thursday event and visit artist studios and galleries. Not in the area for a First Thursday opportunity? Pedal to many of our local museums including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Weisman Art Museum.

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Cyclists enjoying the Walker Art Center

NE Eateries & Dive Bars

You may want to eat at one of the many well-known dive bars in NE Minneapolis; Grumpy’s, Mayslack’s, The 1029 Bar – to name a few. Or you could grab a cocktail while taking a ride on the ferris wheel at the new Betty Danger’s Country Club.

10. Bike to a Sunrise-Worthy View

Bike to the Witch’s Hat Water Tower in SE Minneapolis. We think it’s one of the most beautiful views of the city.

Breakfast in Dinkytown


After catching the sunrise at the Witch’s Hat, bike to Dinkytown and stop at Al’s Breakfast for a well-known and long standing greasy spoon experience.

There’s so much more to see in the Twin Cities when you rent a bike! We hope we’ve inspired you for many more future cruises!