Find Hygge in Bloomington

Bloomington, MN CVB

Minnesota has more Nordic heritage than any other state, with 45% of residents reporting Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, or Swedish ancestry. That adds up to a lot of cultural pride that displays itself in everything from museums to our professional football team. Whether you’re visiting from a Nordic country or just want to learn more about Minnesota’s heritage, follow this itinerary to immerse yourself in a weekend of Scandinavian activities and find your own version of hygge here in the Twin Cities. Read more here: https://www.bloomingtonmn.org/things-to-do/itineraries/find-hygge-in-bloomington

  • The Nordic Nook in Minnesota, United States

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      This traditionally Nordic activity has gained steam (pun intended) in recent years in Minnesota due to our cold winters. Make a reservation ahead of time at the Nordic Nook, a relaxing sauna and oasis in nearby Hopkins.

  • Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Minnesota, United States

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      Attend Vikings Training Camp during July and August at the TCO Performance Center; it’s free and open to the public with a required reservation. This is a unique opportunity to see the Vikings gear up for their upcoming season and provides the first in-person glimpse at new additions to the team.

  • Vikings Museum in Minnesota, United States

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      At the TCO Performance Center’s Vikings Museum, fans experience the history of the Minnesota Vikings and football in Minnesota through comprehensive exhibits and a 360-degree theater.

  • U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota, United States

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      Watch a regular season game on select Sundays during the fall at US Bank. The stunning new stadium has hosted the Super Bowl, NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, and each of the Vikings’ home games since it opened in 2016. There’s truly not a bad seat in the house here, and even visitors who aren’t football fans will enjoy checking out the stadium’s architecture and bevy of food options.

  • Fiddlehead Coffee - Bloomington in Minnesota, United States

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      Stop into Fiddlehead, a local coffee shop, for a tasty drink and a pastry.

  • Urbana Craeft Kitchen & Market in Minnesota, United States

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      Located inside the Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis, Urbana is a contemporary nod to Minnesota’s Nordic heritage and features funky, welcoming décor and a menu that blends Minnesota with Scandinavia. If you’re visiting during the summer, enjoy dinner and a signature cocktail on Urbana’s garden patio.

  • Norway House in Minnesota, United States

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      Norway House’s public art gallery showcases cultural, historical, and creative exhibits throughout the year, including the awe-inspiring Gingerbread Wonderland during the holiday season. If you’re still looking for a memento to bring home, stop by Ingebretsen’s Buttik, a gift boutique full of authentic crafts, books, cookware, and more.

  • American Swedish Institute in Minnesota, United States

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      ASI’s exhibits are mainly housed in the historic Turnblad Mansion, a stunning former home to the Turnblad family that was completed in 1908. In addition to galleries filled with both older artifacts and contemporary exhibits, the museum also hosts workshops, youth programs, and special tours.

  • IKEA in Minnesota, United States

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      You never know what you’ll find at IKEA, whether it’s a floor lamp, spatula, or snack at the in-house restaurant (no visit is complete without trying the Swedish meatballs).

  • Mall of America® in Minnesota, United States

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      A must-see for any visitor, MOA’s 520+ stores include several with Nordic roots, including Fjällräven, an outdoor apparel shop; and Scandinavian North, stocked with home décor, jewelry, and other items perfect for souvenir purposes.

  • Taste of Scandinavia Bakery & Cafe in Minnesota, United States

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      Taste of Scandinavia is a local bakery with a location on 98th Street in Bloomington. Their extensive menu includes traditional delicacies like lefse, Swedish pancakes, and lingonberry dishes, and will fuel you for a busy day.

  • LARS Bar & Restaurant in Minnesota, United States

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      For dinner tonight, have a quick bite to eat at the Renaissance’s LARS Bar & Restaurant, an excellent place to try Minnesota favorites like walleye and wild rice soup.

  • AC Hotel by Marriott Bloomington Mall of America in Minnesota, United States

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      Upon arriving in the Twin Cities, check into one of Bloomington’s 45+ hotels, ranging from economy to deluxe. Several are inspired by Nordic design, including Renaissance Minneapolis Bloomington and AC Hotel Bloomington Mall of America. Most of our hotels offer free parking and complimentary shuttle to Mall of America, MSP Airport, and the light rail, which will maximize convenience and affordability during your time in Minnesota!

  • Renaissance Minneapolis Bloomington Hotel in Minnesota, United States

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      Upon arriving in the Twin Cities, check into one of Bloomington’s 45+ hotels, ranging from economy to deluxe. Several are inspired by Nordic design, including Renaissance Minneapolis Bloomington and AC Hotel Bloomington Mall of America. Most of our hotels offer free parking and complimentary shuttle to Mall of America, MSP Airport, and the light rail, which will maximize convenience and affordability during your time in Minnesota!

  • The Nordic Nook

    This traditionally Nordic activity has gained steam (pun intended) in recent years in Minnesota due to our cold winters. Make a reservation ahead of time at the Nordic Nook, a relaxing sauna and oasis in nearby Hopkins.

    August 11, 2022
  • Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center

    Attend Vikings Training Camp during July and August at the TCO Performance Center; it’s free and open to the public with a required reservation. This is a unique opportunity to see the Vikings gear up for their upcoming season and provides the first in-person glimpse at new additions to the team.

    August 11, 2022
  • Vikings Museum

    At the TCO Performance Center’s Vikings Museum, fans experience the history of the Minnesota Vikings and football in Minnesota through comprehensive exhibits and a 360-degree theater.

    August 11, 2022
  • U.S. Bank Stadium

    Watch a regular season game on select Sundays during the fall at US Bank. The stunning new stadium has hosted the Super Bowl, NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, and each of the Vikings’ home games since it opened in 2016. There’s truly not a bad seat in the house here, and even visitors who aren’t football fans will enjoy checking out the stadium’s architecture and bevy of food options.

    August 11, 2022
  • Fiddlehead Coffee - Bloomington

    Stop into Fiddlehead, a local coffee shop, for a tasty drink and a pastry.

    August 11, 2022
  • Urbana Craeft Kitchen & Market

    Located inside the Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis, Urbana is a contemporary nod to Minnesota’s Nordic heritage and features funky, welcoming décor and a menu that blends Minnesota with Scandinavia. If you’re visiting during the summer, enjoy dinner and a signature cocktail on Urbana’s garden patio.

    August 11, 2022
  • Norway House

    Norway House’s public art gallery showcases cultural, historical, and creative exhibits throughout the year, including the awe-inspiring Gingerbread Wonderland during the holiday season. If you’re still looking for a memento to bring home, stop by Ingebretsen’s Buttik, a gift boutique full of authentic crafts, books, cookware, and more.

    August 11, 2022
  • American Swedish Institute

    ASI’s exhibits are mainly housed in the historic Turnblad Mansion, a stunning former home to the Turnblad family that was completed in 1908. In addition to galleries filled with both older artifacts and contemporary exhibits, the museum also hosts workshops, youth programs, and special tours.

    August 11, 2022
  • IKEA

    You never know what you’ll find at IKEA, whether it’s a floor lamp, spatula, or snack at the in-house restaurant (no visit is complete without trying the Swedish meatballs).

    August 11, 2022
  • Mall of America®

    A must-see for any visitor, MOA’s 520+ stores include several with Nordic roots, including Fjällräven, an outdoor apparel shop; and Scandinavian North, stocked with home décor, jewelry, and other items perfect for souvenir purposes.

    August 11, 2022
  • Taste of Scandinavia Bakery & Cafe

    Taste of Scandinavia is a local bakery with a location on 98th Street in Bloomington. Their extensive menu includes traditional delicacies like lefse, Swedish pancakes, and lingonberry dishes, and will fuel you for a busy day.

    August 11, 2022
  • LARS Bar & Restaurant

    For dinner tonight, have a quick bite to eat at the Renaissance’s LARS Bar & Restaurant, an excellent place to try Minnesota favorites like walleye and wild rice soup.

    August 11, 2022
  • AC Hotel by Marriott Bloomington Mall of America

    Upon arriving in the Twin Cities, check into one of Bloomington’s 45+ hotels, ranging from economy to deluxe. Several are inspired by Nordic design, including Renaissance Minneapolis Bloomington and AC Hotel Bloomington Mall of America. Most of our hotels offer free parking and complimentary shuttle to Mall of America, MSP Airport, and the light rail, which will maximize convenience and affordability during your time in Minnesota!

    August 11, 2022
  • Renaissance Minneapolis Bloomington Hotel

    Upon arriving in the Twin Cities, check into one of Bloomington’s 45+ hotels, ranging from economy to deluxe. Several are inspired by Nordic design, including Renaissance Minneapolis Bloomington and AC Hotel Bloomington Mall of America. Most of our hotels offer free parking and complimentary shuttle to Mall of America, MSP Airport, and the light rail, which will maximize convenience and affordability during your time in Minnesota!

    August 11, 2022