The third stop on our UMN neighborhood tour is Stadium Village, undergrads! In this area of campus, you’ll find tasty restaurants, cute, little coffee shops, and plenty of fun things to do. This spot is also home to all of the U’s sports arenas. So if you’ve got school spirit, swing by and let your fellow Gophers hear it!
Raising Cane’s menu consists of quality chicken fingers and crinkle cut fries that won’t disappoint. This restaurant’s secret sauce also gives them bragging rights; it adds just a touch of spice to an already amazing spread. Additionally, their quick service can’t be beat and you can find yummy garlic bread inside their box combo meals. Wanna hear a fun fact? The founder of Raising Canes received the lowest grade in his class for a business plan that he wrote in college. His professor told him that a chicken finger restaurant would never work, but he didn’t let that stop him. And, thank goodness he didn’t. Stadium Village just wouldn’t be the same without Raising Canes!
Buffalo Wild Wings
On sunny summer days, what beats dining outdoors? Answer: nothing. This Buffalo Wild Wings location has an expansive patio offering outside seating. Inside, they have wall-to-wall HD TVs and big screens, helping all of the Stadium Village sports fanatics to catch their favorite games. Moreover, BWW has tasty wings and “Boneless Thursdays”, where each boneless wing just costs you a mere $0.60 (GASP!). This restaurant is located in the historic No. 19 Fire Station Building, which was constructed in the year 1893 and is one of the two original Minneapolis fire houses still standing. Isn’t that pretty nifty? We think so!
Big 10 Restaurant/ Sub Shop
This famous restaurant is known for their superb subs and award-winning wings. They also serve up signature burgers, chicken sandwiches, wraps, salads, fresh soups, homemade chili, and an array of apps. Although the Big 10 Restaurant and Sub Shop have been around for over 5 decades, people still continue to rave about the great food and friendly customer service.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love Yogurt Lab. This self-serve frozen yogurt shop makes their yogurt fresh daily. They offer mouth-watering yogurt flavors and an endless variety of toppings. At Yogurt Lab, you’re encouraged to get creative while crafting your tasty treat and you’ll be surprised to find that there are 16 unique flavors on tap at all times.
The Tea Garden
Mmmmmm, bubble tea. Originating in Taiwan, bubble tea combines brewed teas with a range of exotic natural fruit concentrates. You can order yours shaken, blended, or served cold. And the best part? You’ll find tapioca pearls at the bottom! Their menu also includes tea lattes, fruit teas, chais, coolers, and shakes, which can also become bubble teas if you choose to add bubbles to them. The Tea Garden’s loose leaf teas are sure to satisfy your taste buds and their selection of gourmet sandwiches, snacks, and desserts will keep you coming back time and time again. This teashop provides customers with free Wi-Fi, making it a prime study spot. Additionally, on some weekends, you’ll find that the Tea Garden features live performances by Jazz musicians and DJs.
Oak Street Textbooks
This bookstore is cheap and offers a sense of convenience to its customers. Oak Street Textbooks not only sells new and used books, but it also provides other services to students. Oak Street Textbooks allows you to sell your books back to the store and they also let you rent out textbooks from them. Yes, yes, you read that right, they have a textbook rental program in place!
Fun things to do
Williams Arena, Mariucci Hockey Arena, TCF Bank Stadium, & Goldy’s Locker Room
Are you an avid team supporter? Swing by Williams Arena to check out a Golden Gopher’s basketball game, stop into Mariucci Arena to see the Gophs play some puck, and then don’t forget to hit up TCF Bank Stadium to cheer loud and proud for our school’s football team. But wait! Before the game, make sure you check out Goldy’s Locker Room. Here you’ll find the latest and all-time greatest Gopher gear. They’ve got that maroon and gold apparel that college kids can’t wait to sport. Oh and don’t forget that TCF Bank Stadium also hosts some pretty cool concerts. Upcoming performers taking the TCF stage include: The Rolling Stones, Luke Bryan with Florida Georgia Line, Randy Houser, Thomas Rhett and Dustin Lynch, and One Direction.
Sick of running and lifting weights? Try hitting up CorePower Yoga when you’re in need of a satisfying workout. They offer countless classes throughout the day, making it easy to fit a workout into your busy schedule. CorePower’s classes will challenge you, help you to alleviate a little stress, and make you break a sweat.
Shin Hair Salon/Karaoke
Whether you need a trim or can carry a tune, you should stop by Shin Hair Salon/Karaoke. The atmosphere here is lively, giving off a feel good vibe. With a business concept as unique as this one, this place deserves to be put on every UMN student’s bucket list. Without a doubt, you should check this place out!