You don't need an excuse to visit the city's monumental new gathering spot—the downtown Minneapolis Library, with its fjiord of glass and birch. But here's an unexpected one: go for the snacks. In particular, we've recently become addicted to Dunn Bros' 7-layer bar, a deeply decadent, deadly sweet confection baked by Mrs. Feldman's Desserts in Nordeast.
This isn't the only public library with a coffee joint attached, but it certainly is the most elegant, with its tall ceilings and leather easy chairs. The free wi-fi brings out the city's hipsters. It's a chic urban crowd; unfortunately the somewhat steep prices ( a small cup of joe and aforementioned little brick of gold will run you close to a fiver) keep the normal, inspiring diversity of the central library's patrons just outside the cafe door, flowing through the scandinavian canyon.
In the summer, the libe's wi-fi carries nicely outside. We like to peck our little notes from the sunny courtyard outside the Eastern facade. But if you get addicted like we did, you can eventually expect a somewhat crunchy keyboard.
Minneapolis Public Library, http://www.mpls.lib.mn.us/
Mrs. Feldman's 7-Layer Bars at Dunn Bros, http://www.dunnbros.com/