The Top 5 Things To Do in 50th & France, Minneapolis

Photo of Michelle Schmid
9 February 2017

Ready to experience a truly charming neighborhood? Then visit the friendly business district of 50th and France, where travellers discover a variety of exciting shops and fun restaurants. Combining art and sights and much more, the following list lays out the best ways to spend a day in the area.

View of 50th and France | © delius98/Flickr

Go shopping

With over 175 businesses tucked away in this area, the shopping opportunities are endless. Travellers to 50th & France can find everything from clothing and jewellery at Banana Republic and Bluebird Boutique, to kitchen stores, pet stores and more. Shoppers might find fresh beef at Grass Fed Cattle Co, or the perfect piece of furniture for the home at Home and Company. Yes sir, this one’s a great choice for a spot of retail therapy!

Visit the spa

For a treat and a relaxing day, explore 50th and France’s many health and beauty shops. Get a manicure at Nails & Co, one of the many nail salons, or allow professional hair stylists create the perfect cut and style for you. At Spalon Montage, guests spend the whole day enjoying the special treatments of the spa, while having their hair pampered and made to look fabulous. In need of a makeover? Visit Lush Cosmetics, where all the makeup is handmade.

Spa accents | © Karl Cossio/Flickr

The art fair

Check out Minnesota’s top art fair, and one of the best fine arts festivals in the country. The Edina Art Fair happens annually and introduces the public to a number of artists as well as live music and entertainment. The festival is free and open to all ages, making it a family-friendly activity. Every year, something changes and the art fair notably features over 300 artists. Explore the booths of diverse artists, sit back with a tasty beer in the outdoor beer gardens, or take in the live entertainment – it’s up to you!

Rug at Edina Art Fair | ©Holly Kuchera/Flickr

Edina Cinema

Run by Landmark Theaters, Edina Cinema is a historic 1930s movie theater located on 50th Street. With 1,300 quality seats, this cinema is a great place to take in the sights and sounds of well-known and artistic independent and foreign films. Featuring the best shows in film, including award-nominated and winning movies, this is a great theater to visit for a night out. Although lines might be a bit longer on the weekends, the affordable price of the theater and the quality of the shows make it a great place to stop by in the Twin Cities.

cinema | © weegeebored/Flickr


50th and France has some fantastic venues to not only enjoy a delicious and classy meal, but also experience a warm and friendly atmosphere. At Red Cow, customers will taste some rich burgers and complex beers in a colorful environment of wall paintings and cheerful faces. On the other hand, Arezzo Ristorante offers its guests a charming and romantic experience of authentic Italian cooking. No matter what the hunger is, the restaurants of 50th and France are sure to satiate the craving.

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