Best of Duluth

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Best of Duluth

Food Scene
Delicious sandwich shop with a deli offering all kinds of cured meats, smoked fish, sausages, and more! Get some sandwiches for a picnic on Park Point Beach or up the shore!
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Northern Waters Smokehaus
394 South Lake Avenue
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Delicious sandwich shop with a deli offering all kinds of cured meats, smoked fish, sausages, and more! Get some sandwiches for a picnic on Park Point Beach or up the shore!
Great BBQ in Duluth's West End. It's also nearby the Bent Paddle Brewery and Taproom!
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OMC Smokehouse
1909 W Superior St
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Great BBQ in Duluth's West End. It's also nearby the Bent Paddle Brewery and Taproom!
Cookies, bread, brownies and more. Get a free cookie for children on Sundays!
Positively 3rd Street Bakery
1202 East 3rd Street
Cookies, bread, brownies and more. Get a free cookie for children on Sundays!
Excellent coffee shop, we love getting a cup to go and going for a walk on the nearby Lake Walk.
Duluth Coffee Company Cafe & Roastery
105 East Superior Street
Excellent coffee shop, we love getting a cup to go and going for a walk on the nearby Lake Walk.
Great place to go for drinks or food. We especially love their brunch.
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Lake Avenue
394 South Lake Avenue
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Great place to go for drinks or food. We especially love their brunch.
Zeitgeist includes a restaurant and bar, independent movie theatre and live theatre space.
Zeitgeist Center for Arts & Community
222 E Superior St
Zeitgeist includes a restaurant and bar, independent movie theatre and live theatre space.
A great place to have hot tea, house-brewed kombucha and some baked treats. Close to Chester Creek so it's nice to get tea to go and head out for a walk along the creek trails.
Snooty Fox Tea Shop
1831 East 8th Street
A great place to have hot tea, house-brewed kombucha and some baked treats. Close to Chester Creek so it's nice to get tea to go and head out for a walk along the creek trails.
Delicious ice cream and malts. Beware, it is a popular place in the summer so the lines can be long. But it's right on the Lake Walk so there's a beautiful view to enjoy while you wait.
The PortLand Malt Shoppe
716 E Superior St
Delicious ice cream and malts. Beware, it is a popular place in the summer so the lines can be long. But it's right on the Lake Walk so there's a beautiful view to enjoy while you wait.
The Dovetail Cafe and Marketplace is housed within the Duluth Folk School and is a great place to have a meal or just coffee and a pastry. We love it because it's a space that is devoted to community, good food and learning. They have a teaching kitchen with lots of classes offered. The menu is delicious and centers on local ingredients, from-scratch recipes and has good options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. Try the babka!
Dovetail Cafe & Marketplace
1917 West Superior Street
The Dovetail Cafe and Marketplace is housed within the Duluth Folk School and is a great place to have a meal or just coffee and a pastry. We love it because it's a space that is devoted to community, good food and learning. They have a teaching kitchen with lots of classes offered. The menu is delicious and centers on local ingredients, from-scratch recipes and has good options for vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. Try the babka!
Parks & Nature
130 acre park with gardens, trails, picnic area and scenic overlooks.
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Enger Tower
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130 acre park with gardens, trails, picnic area and scenic overlooks.
Beautiful creek with hiking trail through the city with a playground and small neighborhood ski hill. Check out their free Chester Park Concert Series for live music on summer Tuesdays http://www.chesterbowl.org/uncategorized/chester-creek-concert-series-2018-announced/
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Chester Park
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Beautiful creek with hiking trail through the city with a playground and small neighborhood ski hill. Check out their free Chester Park Concert Series for live music on summer Tuesdays http://www.chesterbowl.org/uncategorized/chester-creek-concert-series-2018-announced/
Leif Erickson Park is a great starting point for a walk along the lake, it's a good place to throw rocks in the lake with kids and they show free movies in the park on summertime Friday nights. https://downtownduluth.com/events/movies-in-the-park.php
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Leif Erikson Park
1301 London Road
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Leif Erickson Park is a great starting point for a walk along the lake, it's a good place to throw rocks in the lake with kids and they show free movies in the park on summertime Friday nights. https://downtownduluth.com/events/movies-in-the-park.php
Hiking and mountain biking trails and cross country ski trails, plus a good playground and picnic area. Ask us for directions to our favorite swimming hole!
Lester Park Mountain Bike Trails: Trailhead
61 Lester River Rd
Hiking and mountain biking trails and cross country ski trails, plus a good playground and picnic area. Ask us for directions to our favorite swimming hole!
Spectacular views of the area. A 1.5mile out-and-back hike with about 300' elevation gain
Ely's Peak
Spectacular views of the area. A 1.5mile out-and-back hike with about 300' elevation gain
Beautiful waterfall with surrounding great opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and winter recreation facilities.
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Gooseberry Falls State Park
3206 Minnesota 61
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Beautiful waterfall with surrounding great opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and winter recreation facilities.
Rocky beach that is great for swimming, picnicking, skipping rocks and hunting for agates and beach glass.
Brighton Beach Road
Rocky beach that is great for swimming, picnicking, skipping rocks and hunting for agates and beach glass.
Beautiful beach around mile marker 42 on Scenic Highway 61.
Iona's Beach Scientific and Natural Area (SNA)
3548 MN-61
Beautiful beach around mile marker 42 on Scenic Highway 61.
Essentials
Super One Foods
15 North 13th Avenue East
Walgreens
1131 East Superior Street
Community co-op with groceries and a good hot and cold deli section.
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Whole Foods Co-op
610 East 4th Street
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Community co-op with groceries and a good hot and cold deli section.
This is our go-to liquor store, it's convenient and close by.
Cash Wise Liquor
625 W Central Entrance
This is our go-to liquor store, it's convenient and close by.
Drinks & Nightlife
Microdistillery with excellent cocktails. Not only do they make their own gin, whiskey and aquavit, but they also make all their own bitters, syrups and other cocktail ingredients.
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Vikre Distillery
525 South Lake Avenue
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Microdistillery with excellent cocktails. Not only do they make their own gin, whiskey and aquavit, but they also make all their own bitters, syrups and other cocktail ingredients.
This is our favorite summertime place to have a pint on the patio and enjoy the lake view. The bar itself is cozy for a winter outing as well. Sir Ben's also has some good sandwiches (try the Reuben!) and the nachos are excellent!
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Sir Benedicts Tavern on the Lake
805 East Superior Street
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This is our favorite summertime place to have a pint on the patio and enjoy the lake view. The bar itself is cozy for a winter outing as well. Sir Ben's also has some good sandwiches (try the Reuben!) and the nachos are excellent!
It's a gorgeous taproom serving award-winning Bent Paddle beer. They don't serve food but it's easy to have food delivered from nearby restaurants. Try the Bent Hop and post up in front of the fireplace on a cold day or out on the deck in the summertime!
Bent Paddle Brewing Co. Taproom
1832 W Michigan St
It's a gorgeous taproom serving award-winning Bent Paddle beer. They don't serve food but it's easy to have food delivered from nearby restaurants. Try the Bent Hop and post up in front of the fireplace on a cold day or out on the deck in the summertime!
Sightseeing
Watch the Aerial Lift bridge go up and down as the ships pass through. Check out http://duluthshippingnews.com/ for the shipping schedule to make sure you can see the big ships up close.
Aerial Lift Bridge
Watch the Aerial Lift bridge go up and down as the ships pass through. Check out http://duluthshippingnews.com/ for the shipping schedule to make sure you can see the big ships up close.
The historic Glensheen Mansion is worth a visit to tour the mansion and grounds. Check out their website for events such as traditional holiday brunches, teas, and summertime live music at their boathouse! http://glensheen.org/
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Glensheen
3300 London Road
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The historic Glensheen Mansion is worth a visit to tour the mansion and grounds. Check out their website for events such as traditional holiday brunches, teas, and summertime live music at their boathouse! http://glensheen.org/
Arts & Culture
The Duluth Art Institute has gallery space and also offers art classes for adults and kids. Check out their Free Family Art Days offered throughout the year for a fun, rainy day activity with kids. https://www.duluthartinstitute.org/
Duluth Art Institute
506 W Michigan St
The Duluth Art Institute has gallery space and also offers art classes for adults and kids. Check out their Free Family Art Days offered throughout the year for a fun, rainy day activity with kids. https://www.duluthartinstitute.org/
If you like learning new skills and crafts or want to buy from local craftspeople, this is an amazing place to visit. The Folk School offers courses on everything from woodworking to needle felting to wild medicinal plants. They also offer family and kids classes and it's a great way to spend a rainy day.
Duluth Folk School
1917 W Superior St
If you like learning new skills and crafts or want to buy from local craftspeople, this is an amazing place to visit. The Folk School offers courses on everything from woodworking to needle felting to wild medicinal plants. They also offer family and kids classes and it's a great way to spend a rainy day.
Entertainment & Activities
The Perfect Duluth Day blog has a community calendar that is a good resource for events around town. https://www.perfectduluthday.com/
Perfect Duluth Day
The Perfect Duluth Day blog has a community calendar that is a good resource for events around town. https://www.perfectduluthday.com/
An independent film theatre, it's a great place to see movies that aren't shown in regular movie theatres.
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Zeitgeist Zinema 2
222 East Superior Street
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An independent film theatre, it's a great place to see movies that aren't shown in regular movie theatres.