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Guidebook for Rochester

Mary & Ivan

Guidebook for Rochester

Food Scene
Locally owned, great food, micro-brewery
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Forager Brewery
1005 6th St NW
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Locally owned, great food, micro-brewery
Amazing food! Dinner selections are awesome but great breakfast and lunch options.
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Pescara
150 S Broadway
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Amazing food! Dinner selections are awesome but great breakfast and lunch options.
Italian cuisine-but the scallops are simply AMAXZING! ...and be sure to head up to La Vetta for a stunning view of Rochester!
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Terza
30 3rd St SE
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Italian cuisine-but the scallops are simply AMAXZING! ...and be sure to head up to La Vetta for a stunning view of Rochester!
Mexican food and great guacamole
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Hefe Rojo
216 1st Ave SW
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Mexican food and great guacamole
Whiskey bar and food-the nachos are one of our favorites!
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The Half Barrel
304 1st Ave SW
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Whiskey bar and food-the nachos are one of our favorites!
Dunn Brothers Coffee
120 Elton Hills Dr NW
Chinese & American Food Buffet
Kingdom Buffet
1639 N Broadway Ave
Chinese & American Food Buffet
Best Vietnamese food in town-rated number 1!! This is a must while you are in Rochester. The Pho is outstanding!
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Pho Chau
1014 North Broadway Avenue
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Best Vietnamese food in town-rated number 1!! This is a must while you are in Rochester. The Pho is outstanding!
Home cooking just like Grandma used to make!
Grandma's Kitchen
1514 N Broadway Ave
Home cooking just like Grandma used to make!
Local coffee shop right in the heart of downtown.
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Café Steam
315 S Broadway
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Local coffee shop right in the heart of downtown.
Locally owned and SO many specialty items on the menu-from the Parmesan Crusted Walleye to the Grilled Meatloaf-my favorite is pairing the Iceberg Wedge salad with the Beef Blue Fondue-YUM!...and the Banana Crème Pie is excellent!
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Chester's Kitchen & Bar
111 S Broadway
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Locally owned and SO many specialty items on the menu-from the Parmesan Crusted Walleye to the Grilled Meatloaf-my favorite is pairing the Iceberg Wedge salad with the Beef Blue Fondue-YUM!...and the Banana Crème Pie is excellent!
Coffee shop but also serves breakfast and sandwiches. (M-m-m-m Turtle Mocha)
Coffee & Bagels
1603 N Broadway Ave
Coffee shop but also serves breakfast and sandwiches. (M-m-m-m Turtle Mocha)
Drive through coffee 1/2 block away
Moka
1023 N Broadway Ave
Drive through coffee 1/2 block away
Voted best Indian 8 years in a row. Service is easy and friendly and wait for the table is minimal, making India Garden the perfect spot to meet your friends for lunch. India Garden also offers lunch buffet and the opportunity for neophytes to sample the north Indian cuisine that is characterized by rich flavorful but not hot ingredients. Mary's favorite: Chicken Korma
India Garden Restaurant
1107 N Broadway Ave
Voted best Indian 8 years in a row. Service is easy and friendly and wait for the table is minimal, making India Garden the perfect spot to meet your friends for lunch. India Garden also offers lunch buffet and the opportunity for neophytes to sample the north Indian cuisine that is characterized by rich flavorful but not hot ingredients. Mary's favorite: Chicken Korma
Locally owned coffee shop and vegetarian food options located near the Cook Park Design district-walkable from here!
Old Abe Coffee Shop
832 7th St NW
Locally owned coffee shop and vegetarian food options located near the Cook Park Design district-walkable from here!
Microbrewery with delicious food!
Nellie's on 3rd
4 3rd Street Southwest
Microbrewery with delicious food!
Wonderfully decorated historic space, comfortable vibe, delicious Mediterranean food prepared by "the chef" himself!
Chez Bojji
301 North Broadway Avenue
Wonderfully decorated historic space, comfortable vibe, delicious Mediterranean food prepared by "the chef" himself!
Wonderful bakery offerings, lunches and gluten-free items. Across 2nd St from St. Mary's campus.
Sweet House Bakery
1219 2nd Street Southwest
Wonderful bakery offerings, lunches and gluten-free items. Across 2nd St from St. Mary's campus.
Menu with great variety-space is indeed unique!
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Cameo At The Castle
121 N Broadway Ave
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Menu with great variety-space is indeed unique!
Coffeehouse located within a micro cinema. Stop in for a beverage and pick Andy's brain with all your movie trivia questions.
Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse
619 6th Ave NW
Coffeehouse located within a micro cinema. Stop in for a beverage and pick Andy's brain with all your movie trivia questions.
Excellent Italian fare-delicious whether dining in or taking out!
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Victoria's Ristorante & Wine Bar
7 1st Ave SW
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Excellent Italian fare-delicious whether dining in or taking out!
Great burgers-many selections. Also, vegan options, just ask for the menu!
Hot Chip Burger Bar
1190 16th Street Southwest
Great burgers-many selections. Also, vegan options, just ask for the menu!
Parks & Nature
Free Admission! Quarry Hill Park is free and open to the public year round. Minutes away from busy downtown Rochester, Quarry Hill Nature Center is a welcome retreat for anyone who loves nature. The nature center is also free and open all but four days of the year. Trained, knowledgeable staff welcome visitors and share their insights into everything that makes Southeast Minnesota unique to the state and Upper Midwest.
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Quarry Hill Nature Center
2341 Silver Creek Rd NE
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Free Admission! Quarry Hill Park is free and open to the public year round. Minutes away from busy downtown Rochester, Quarry Hill Nature Center is a welcome retreat for anyone who loves nature. The nature center is also free and open all but four days of the year. Trained, knowledgeable staff welcome visitors and share their insights into everything that makes Southeast Minnesota unique to the state and Upper Midwest.
Part of the Trail system-1.8 miles around the lake. Lots of geese though so be cautious where you step. Amenities: Baseball,Football field,Horseshoes, Lake, Paved trail, Picnic Shelter,Playground, Rentable space, Restroom seasonal, Skate park, Soccer field, Softball, Swimming
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Silver Lake Park
770 W Silver Lake Dr NE
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Part of the Trail system-1.8 miles around the lake. Lots of geese though so be cautious where you step. Amenities: Baseball,Football field,Horseshoes, Lake, Paved trail, Picnic Shelter,Playground, Rentable space, Restroom seasonal, Skate park, Soccer field, Softball, Swimming
Amenities: Baseball, Horseshoes, Open play field, Paved trail, Picnic Shelter, Pickleball, Playground, Rentable space, Restroom seasonal, Sand Volleyball, Softball. Cook Park is in near proximity to Old Abe's Cafe-grab a bite & a beverage and head to the park! (or enjoy Abe's lovely, intimate patio)
Cooke Park
722 7th St NW
Amenities: Baseball, Horseshoes, Open play field, Paved trail, Picnic Shelter, Pickleball, Playground, Rentable space, Restroom seasonal, Sand Volleyball, Softball. Cook Park is in near proximity to Old Abe's Cafe-grab a bite & a beverage and head to the park! (or enjoy Abe's lovely, intimate patio)
Amenities: Basketball, Events/Programs, Open play field, Paved trail, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Rentable space, Restroom seasonal, Sand Volleyball, Sports complex, Tennis courts
Kutzky Park
Amenities: Basketball, Events/Programs, Open play field, Paved trail, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Rentable space, Restroom seasonal, Sand Volleyball, Sports complex, Tennis courts
This park has been transformed from farm fields and degraded forests into a beautifully preserved area. A zoo was established in the early 70's with the donation of native Minnesota animals from Mr. John Gilbertson, the local game warden at the time. The zoo is now an integral part of the environmental education programming activities offered by staff and volunteers. So much to see and do!
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Oxbow Park & Zollman Zoo
5731 County Road 105 Northwest
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This park has been transformed from farm fields and degraded forests into a beautifully preserved area. A zoo was established in the early 70's with the donation of native Minnesota animals from Mr. John Gilbertson, the local game warden at the time. The zoo is now an integral part of the environmental education programming activities offered by staff and volunteers. So much to see and do!
The 125 acres of Root River Park offer many secluded areas to sit and relax, or simply enjoy the outdoors. Root River Park is the perfect spot to have a family picnic. It has a restroom and plenty of space to roam, along with six picnic tables located near the parking lot. Six benches are located throughout the park near the lower hiking area. A 2 mile looped hiking trail winds through the meadows and wooded hills along Root River providing visitors with a variety of options of beauty and natural history. A hike any time of the year promises to be a delightful experience.
Root River Park
4012 80th St SE
The 125 acres of Root River Park offer many secluded areas to sit and relax, or simply enjoy the outdoors. Root River Park is the perfect spot to have a family picnic. It has a restroom and plenty of space to roam, along with six picnic tables located near the parking lot. Six benches are located throughout the park near the lower hiking area. A 2 mile looped hiking trail winds through the meadows and wooded hills along Root River providing visitors with a variety of options of beauty and natural history. A hike any time of the year promises to be a delightful experience.
2 blocks away-playground great for young children. Amenities: Horseshoes, Playground, Tennis courts
Goose Egg Park
2 blocks away-playground great for young children. Amenities: Horseshoes, Playground, Tennis courts
Located on 100 acres along the Cascade Creek in northwest Rochester, Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center features formal and informal learning and event spaces indoors and outdoors. Walking trails, wetlands, and a LEED Platinum certified center hosts Saint Mary’s University courses as well as events, and is also available for public and private use. Outdoor trails are open during daylight hours.
Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center
2900 19th St NW
Located on 100 acres along the Cascade Creek in northwest Rochester, Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center features formal and informal learning and event spaces indoors and outdoors. Walking trails, wetlands, and a LEED Platinum certified center hosts Saint Mary’s University courses as well as events, and is also available for public and private use. Outdoor trails are open during daylight hours.
Small urban park near Mayo Clinic-a quiet resting spot. Amenities: Historical site, Horseshoes, Picnic Shelter, Rentable space, Restroom seasonal
Central Park
Small urban park near Mayo Clinic-a quiet resting spot. Amenities: Historical site, Horseshoes, Picnic Shelter, Rentable space, Restroom seasonal
Part of Silver Lake Park this playground is handicap accessible. It is a great place for active children. It has an imaginative play area, preschool play area and big kid area. There are many places to sit including benches, 2 person swings and picnic tables. There are well maintained bathrooms and multiple drinking fountains available as well as an accurate and cool sundial!
Three Links Park
900-1098 7th St NE
Part of Silver Lake Park this playground is handicap accessible. It is a great place for active children. It has an imaginative play area, preschool play area and big kid area. There are many places to sit including benches, 2 person swings and picnic tables. There are well maintained bathrooms and multiple drinking fountains available as well as an accurate and cool sundial!
Great place for any age-unique playground, trail around the lake, sandy beach.
Cascade Lake Park
88 23rd Avenue Southwest
Great place for any age-unique playground, trail around the lake, sandy beach.
Essentials
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Silver Lake Foods
1402 North Broadway Avenue
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People's Food Co-op
519 1st Avenue Southwest
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Nature's Best Cleaners
1430 5th Pl NW
Broadway Laundromat
1117 N Broadway Ave
RC Nails
1613 N Broadway Ave
Serenity Couture Salon & Spa
702 Apache Mall
Hair Studio 52 & Day Spa
2300 Superior Dr NW
Silver Lake Liquor
1400 N Broadway Ave
Everything you need to prepare a meal of your choice.
Trader Joe's
1200 16th Street Southwest
Everything you need to prepare a meal of your choice.
Shopping
Not only do they have the drug store essentials you can spend hours browsing through their gift items.
Hunt Silver Lake Drug
1510 N Broadway Ave
Not only do they have the drug store essentials you can spend hours browsing through their gift items.
Many repurposed items and local artists' wares.
Dwell Local, LLC
602 7th St NW
Many repurposed items and local artists' wares.
Counterpoint Home, CP3 & Counterpoint II
111 S Broadway
Unique gift store.
Shades of Green Ps
2003 2nd St SW
Unique gift store.
Local artisans have come together to offer you a most unique shopping experience!
Threshold Arts
311 Broadway Avenue South
Local artisans have come together to offer you a most unique shopping experience!
Everything Else
This neighborhood hardware store has almost everything you can find at a big box-and friendly customer service to boot.
Arrow Hardware & Paint
1500 N Broadway Ave
This neighborhood hardware store has almost everything you can find at a big box-and friendly customer service to boot.
Arts & Culture
The Rochester Art Center offers the opportunity for all people to understand and value the arts through innovative experiences with contemporary art. Through world-class exhibitions and programs, it present a welcoming, integrated, and diverse experience that encourages questioning, creativity, and critical thinking.
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Rochester Art Center
40 Civic Center Drive Southeast
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The Rochester Art Center offers the opportunity for all people to understand and value the arts through innovative experiences with contemporary art. Through world-class exhibitions and programs, it present a welcoming, integrated, and diverse experience that encourages questioning, creativity, and critical thinking.
I would say our public library is one of the best in the state if not in the nation.
Rochester Public Library
101 2nd Street Southeast
I would say our public library is one of the best in the state if not in the nation.
This Victorian House is located in Central Park and gives tours during the summer months. It was moved from Lowertown to Central Park in 1972 by Louise Hill, a Rochester preservationist.
Heritage House
225 1st Ave NW
This Victorian House is located in Central Park and gives tours during the summer months. It was moved from Lowertown to Central Park in 1972 by Louise Hill, a Rochester preservationist.
The History Center of Olmsted County, together with its enthusiastic volunteers, provides presentations, educational and outreach programs, special events, museum exhibits, and more. The History Center currently owns and operates two historic buildings and two historic farmsteads. The History Center also operates seasonal tours of Mayowood Mansion.
History Center of Olmsted County
1195 W Circle Dr
The History Center of Olmsted County, together with its enthusiastic volunteers, provides presentations, educational and outreach programs, special events, museum exhibits, and more. The History Center currently owns and operates two historic buildings and two historic farmsteads. The History Center also operates seasonal tours of Mayowood Mansion.
This location has everything! From Cameo restaurant, to a coffee shop, book store, record store and art gallerys. Live music most all the time-check their website: https://www.castlecommunity.org
Castle Community
115 1/2 N Broadway Ave
This location has everything! From Cameo restaurant, to a coffee shop, book store, record store and art gallerys. Live music most all the time-check their website: https://www.castlecommunity.org
Entertainment & Activities
Play more! Learn more! https://mcm.org/visit/rochester
Minnesota Children's Museum
Play more! Learn more! https://mcm.org/visit/rochester
Bowlocity Entertainment Center is a premiere entertainment center. This includes a suites bowling area with eight blue lanes, couches, a private bar, and a banquet room that holds up to 75-people. There is also a 45-game redemption arcade and a 20-vest, state-of-the-art, two-story laser tag arena. There are also four party rooms for groups to rent out.
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Bowlocity Entertainment Center
2810 N Broadway Ave
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Bowlocity Entertainment Center is a premiere entertainment center. This includes a suites bowling area with eight blue lanes, couches, a private bar, and a banquet room that holds up to 75-people. There is also a 45-game redemption arcade and a 20-vest, state-of-the-art, two-story laser tag arena. There are also four party rooms for groups to rent out.
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CMX Chateau
3450 East Circle Dr NE
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Quality baseball and family fun!
Rochester Honkers Baseball Club
307 E Center St
Quality baseball and family fun!
You and your team are trapped in a room and you have one hour to escape by finding clues and solving puzzles.
Med City Escape
1907 2nd St SW
You and your team are trapped in a room and you have one hour to escape by finding clues and solving puzzles.
Mayo Civic Center is Southern Minnesota's premier destination for local, regional, national and international conventions, entertainment, social and sporting opportunities. Serving as a vital economic generator for the region, Mayo Civic Center focuses on providing an exceptional experience by delivering world-class service and high-quality, versatile facilities. https://mayociviccenter.com/events-tickets
Mayo Civic Center
30 Civic Center Drive Southeast
Mayo Civic Center is Southern Minnesota's premier destination for local, regional, national and international conventions, entertainment, social and sporting opportunities. Serving as a vital economic generator for the region, Mayo Civic Center focuses on providing an exceptional experience by delivering world-class service and high-quality, versatile facilities. https://mayociviccenter.com/events-tickets
Roca Climbing & Fitness is an indoor rock climbing gym that offers outstanding climbing, yoga, and fitness opportunities all while being centered on building the community!
Roca Climbing & Fitness
6071 Rome Cir NW
Roca Climbing & Fitness is an indoor rock climbing gym that offers outstanding climbing, yoga, and fitness opportunities all while being centered on building the community!
125 LIVE is a state-of-the-art facility specifically designed to focus on the diverse needs of individuals 50+ and provide a wide variety of physical, social and intellectual opportunities to engage the minds and bodies of our community’s active adults. Through expansive programming, fitness amenities, gathering spaces and personal health resources, 125 LIVE provides opportunities for adults to embark on their own journey to “aging successfully. They offer many other opportunities for all ages-check their Program Guide for updates.
125 Live
125 LIVE is a state-of-the-art facility specifically designed to focus on the diverse needs of individuals 50+ and provide a wide variety of physical, social and intellectual opportunities to engage the minds and bodies of our community’s active adults. Through expansive programming, fitness amenities, gathering spaces and personal health resources, 125 LIVE provides opportunities for adults to embark on their own journey to “aging successfully. They offer many other opportunities for all ages-check their Program Guide for updates.
Whether you are visiting the area and do not want to interrupt your workout routine, or are interested in joining a friend for a game of tennis, we welcome guests from near and far to use our facilities.
Rochester Athletic Club
3100 19th Street Northwest
Whether you are visiting the area and do not want to interrupt your workout routine, or are interested in joining a friend for a game of tennis, we welcome guests from near and far to use our facilities.
Located off the Peace Plaza the Chateau offers exhibits and other activities for the public.
Chateau Theater Historic Landmark
15 1st Street Southwest
Located off the Peace Plaza the Chateau offers exhibits and other activities for the public.
Intimate neighborhood theatre-walking distance from the cottage.
Rochester Repertory Theatre
103 7th Street Northeast
Intimate neighborhood theatre-walking distance from the cottage.
Micro cinema located in the Cook Park Design District of Lowertown. Catch a great film that may not have made it to the big screen
Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse
619 6th Ave NW
Micro cinema located in the Cook Park Design District of Lowertown. Catch a great film that may not have made it to the big screen
Children's museum located in the Apache Mall.
Spark
1201 12th Street Southwest
Children's museum located in the Apache Mall.