Make it a date: Ice Cream
Crema Cafe 3403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-824-3868
Before you go to Crema, head up to Lake Street to see the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Itch at the Jungle Theater or catch a Fringe show at the Bryant-Lake Bowl's theater. For a daytime date, drop in at Castle Accordion (the only accordion store in Minneapolis, and likely the only accordion store in a former White Castle in the world) if you've ever longed to wheeze the theme from Amelie . If you spill ice cream on yourself, make a quick wardrobe change at our favorite irreverent t-shirt shop, Stroker Ace Screenprinting.
Pumphouse Creamery 4754 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, 612-825-2021
The retro-cool Parkway Theater is now under the management of Pepito's owner Joe Minjares, which means you can still see an offbeat indie movie (they're showing four Beatles films this weekend), but now you can do so under the influence of the restaurant's house Margarita...
Sebastian Joe’s 1007 W. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-870-0065
Walk up to the Walker Art Center, where you can check out works inside the museum (Thursday nights it's free and open 'til 9 p.m.), or Walker-sponsored outdoor events like Monday night music and movies in Loring Park (Black Audience and State of the Union next week) or Walker on the Green, artist-designed mini-golf, playable Wed-Sun in the sculpture garden.
Izzy’s Ice Cream 2034 Marshall Ave., St. Paul, 651-603-1458
Take in views of the mighty Misissippi by walking along the river road or crossing the Lake Street brige.
Grand Ole Creamery 750 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-293-1655
If you want a workout before your ice cream reward, sprint or bike up the Ramsey Hill, where Summit crosses 35E into downtown St. Paul--it's one of the steepest in the Twin Cities.
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