Playing Tourist In Bloomington

Welcome to StuartCo’s “Playing Tourist” series, where we’ll be exploring different communities within the Twin Cities, and reporting back with recommendations for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Be sure to check out all of our stops here! 

The fourth largest city in Minnesota, Bloomington is located just 10 miles south of Minneapolis—and is packed with activities for tourists and residents alike!

Genesee Apartments and Townhomes is StuartCo’s urban rental community located in the heart of the Penn American District in Bloomington, with walkable conveniences everywhere you look. We reached out to Leasing Coordinator Adam Maass to get his take on the best of Bloomington, right outside of Genesee’s doors.



Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market (just across the street from Genesee!) is a natural, organic grocery store with exceptional, on-the-go sushi. Plus, their grab-and-go station is perfect for salads, soup, and sandwiches. The grilled apple & arugula salad with citrus dressing and toasted pecans is amazing!


Wally’s is a Bloomington institution, and a Genesee favorite. This establishment has been around since 1969 and still keeps serving those delicious roast beef sandwiches in a friendly environment. Mmmmmm, good!


Lucky’s 13 Pub has to-die-for cheesy filled tater tots, along with an amazing sunrise burger.


Ciao Bella is great for an evening date, or even a tasty bite over lunch. They have a great selection of food and wine, and the atmosphere makes you feel like you’re right in Italy. If you’re looking for contemporary Italian cuisine and unparalleled service, this is your place.



Droolin’ Moose brings a new flavor to chocolate and is always a fun place to visit! An original brand created by a local Bloomington family, the salty bogs are a favorite—who doesn’t like chocolate caramel with sea salts??


Denny’s 5th Avenue Bakery is another locally-owned, Bloomington family business that’s been around since 1969. Nothing can beat a fresh baked donut right off the press, or a delicious cupcake—both are fun treats to share and bring to the office.



Hyland Hills Ski Area is a winter sports enthusiast’s dream! Hyland Hills is the perfect place for downhill skiing and snowboarding in the metro area. Plus, they have lessons available—worth every penny if you haven’t skied in awhile!


The Bloomington Farmer’s Market is a weekly gathering held outdoors June-October and indoors at the Civic Plaza in November and December. It’s great to be able to grab fresh items from local vendors year-round!


Bloomington Center for the Arts is a nonprofit organization that offers theater and visual arts programs, as well as arts education. Indulge your creative side—check out their list of classes and workshops here!

Are you a Bloomington resident with a recommendation of your own? Let us know in the comments below!

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