Fru-Lala celebrates the healthier side of dessert by arranging marriages between a selection of four frozen yogurts and a plethora of flavor-enhancing toppings. A small cup of the classic California tart flavor ($2.99) should be enough to convince your paranoid palate to lower its jawbridge and let in an invasion of French vanilla, espresso, and pomegranate flavors. From there, advance to more-adventurous flavor concoctions by nose-diving into a large cup of pomegranate yogurt ($5.49) garnished with a pleasant sprinkling of toppings ($0.35 each) such as kiwi, lychee, and grapefruit. Or go a little crazy by adorning a coneful of French vanilla with gummi bears, blueberries, and mochi and then smearing it over a tinfoil hat while making bird noises. Crumbling bits of graham cracker over an espresso scoop, on the other hoof, will bring back nostalgic memories of cooking coffee s'mores over your computer's heat vent during long cubicle campouts.
Though inspired by the northern California cafés of the early 1980s, Espresso Royale fits right in with Michigan’s modern coffee drinkers—in 2014 readers of The Michigan Daily voted it Best Coffee Shop for the fifth year in a row. Their coffees include a house blend developed in 1987, which has since been joined by a seasonally appropriate autumn spice blend and a southern Italian-style espresso called Napoli. Royale's customers also clamor to the counter for favorites such as raspberry mochas, mint hot chocolates, and ginger dragon, a tea layered with fresh lemon and steeped ginger root that can be served iced or heated by a dragon named Ginger.
Steps away from the University of Minnesota Campus, Mapps Coffee permeates rich local culture and the aroma of fresh, house-roasted coffee. Each cup of flavorful java and tea is sourced from the shop's direct-trade partnerships, which award farmers a fair price for their labor and goods without interference from middlemen, huge conglomerates, or monocle-wearing robber barons. Surrounded by colorful canvases painted by local artists, live musicians strum and sing as their audience sips sweet apple cider, chai, and rich Turkish coffee and espresso. Iced lattes and warm mugs of hot chocolate triumphantly arrive wearing a crown of whipped cream.
Born in Vietnam and raised in the United States by Chinese parents, chef Nina Wong has always infused her dishes with a variety of Asian tastes. After marrying Thomas Gnanapragasam—a third-generation Malaysian of Indian descent—Wong discovered more unique flavors to integrate into her signature sauces and syrups. Originally opened in 2005, Chin Dian Café channels the pair's unique backgrounds through Asian soups, salads, and noodle and rice dishes, even offering some gluten-free options. Popular dishes, such as chow mai fun and chicken-and-chive dumplings, keep patrons rolling in and have earned the restaurant media acclaim from the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, and the dictionary.
Split between "smaller bites" and "bigger bites," Executive Chef Kris Koch's concise menu at The SIX15 Room encompasses his travels around the globe. To bring his culinary vision to life, however, the born-and-raised Minnesotan sticks to locally sourced, sustainable ingredients, including seafood that complies with Monterey Bay Seafood Watch guidelines. Those fixings lend rich flavor to dishes such as local cheese platters, calamari fries with lemon mayo, and Mexican-inspired pizza topped with chorizo and caramelized onion sauce. To complement Kris's edibles, bartenders pour everything from craft beers to signature cocktails like the SIX15, a blend of house-made bloody-mary mix, house-infused Thai chili vodka, and house-infused bacon vodka.
A stay at Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown places you in the heart of Minneapolis, walking distance from Mary Tyler Moore Statue and Minneapolis City Hall. This hotel is within close proximity of Hennepin Center for the Arts and Minneapolis Public Library-Central Branch.
Make yourself at home in one of the 223 air-conditioned rooms featuring CD players. Relax and take in city and garden views from the privacy of your room. Cable programming and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Conveniences include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities such as a fitness facility, or other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access and wireless Internet access (surcharge). Additional amenities include a concierge desk, babysitting/childcare, and a hair salon.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a business center, and business services. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.