Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Lake

Lake Harriet

When the Minneapolis Park Board was created in 1883, one of its very first actions was to acquire a strip of land encircling Lake Harriet. It was a wise move that has benefited the city's outdoors-loving residents ever since. Nowadays Harriet has so much going for it that it's almost unfair to the rest of the lakes. The separate biking and walking paths ringing the water are themselves surrounded by a woodsy beauty. There are two official beaches plus an unsanctioned one, and kayaks, bikes, pedal boats, and paddle boards available to rent. The bandshell hosts concerts just about every night during the summer, and since concessions have been taken over by Bread & Pickle, you can also purchase a top-notch meal by the waterside. Benches and picnic tables abound, there's a playground and plenty of room to run for the kids, and on some summer evenings there are outdoor movie screenings. The nearby foliage, including the always impressive Rose Garden, are yet another draw.

Best People-Watching (2013) The Chain of Lakes

Best Lake (2011) Lake Harriet

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests (2009) Lake Harriet

BEST BEACH (2006) Lake Harriet

BEST PLACE TO MAKE OUT (2010) Middle of frozen Lake Harriet

BEST BIKE TRAIL (2010) Lake Harriet, Minneapolis

Best Adopted Minnesotan Astronautalis

Best Alternative Fries Curried mushroom fries at the Moral Omnivore

Best App The Minnesota State Fair App

Best Barbecue Q-Fanatic BBQ and Grill

Best Blog <a href=""></a>

Best Bus Route Route 4

Best Classic Burger Casper & Runyon's Nook

Best Columnist C.J.

Best Commercial Jeff Wagner for Mayor

Best Corner 34th and Lyndale

Best Cyclist Under Pressure Amber Dallman

Best Facebook Page Old Minneapolis

Best Festival The MSP International Film Festival

Best Gay Bar eagleBOLTbar

Best Ghost Twitter Account @MPLSweather

Best Instagram Account Tom Horgen

Best Lesbian Bar Night GRRRL SCOUT at the Nomad World Pub

Best Local Boy Made Good Josh Hartnett

Best Local Girl Made Good Nicole Curtis

Best Local Landmark The Grain Belt sign

Best Mayor Betsy Hodges

Best Mural Central Identity Project

Best Neighborhood North Loop

Best New Law Marriage Equality

Best Nonprofit Second Harvest Heartland

Best Place for a First Date Como Zoo

Best Place to Break Up Uptown Art Fair

Best Place to Do Something for Free Mixed Blood Theater's Radical Hospitality Program

Best Place to Make Out Kitty Cat Klub lounge

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Gay) Flip Phone at Honey

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Straight) Adult Kickball Leagues

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Gay) Fab-U-Lush Fridays at Lush

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Straight) The Loop

Best Place to People-Watch In the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre's April workshops

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests The Midtown Greenway

Best Place to Warm Up Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

Best Politician Jesse Ventura

Best Radio Personality Paul Allen

Best Renovation St. Paul Union Depot

Best Scandal Rogers Confessions

Best Sign of Spring Restaurant patios return

Best Sports Talk Radio Host Dan Cole

Best Street Lake Street

Best TV Newscaster Jason DeRusha

Best TV Sports Anchor Mark Rosen

Best TV Station WCCO

Best TV Weatherperson Sven Sundgaard

Best Tweeter Chris Steller

Best View Confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers

Best View from Out of Town The New York Times dating scene article

Best Villain Pedal Pub

Best Viral Video "Magic Beard"

Best Wardrobe Sarah Edwards

Best Website Gentleman's Gazette

Best Weekend Getaway The Apostle Islands

Best Wings Runyon's