Have A Hipster Holiday in South Dakota
I bet at first thought South Dakota doesn’t strike you as exactly a trendy hipster paradise, but I’m here to tell you it has more to offer to hipsters (and aspiring hipsters) than you could ever imagine. Beyond the grasslands and Mount Rushmore lies a world of trendsetting art galleries, cafes, breweries, and restaurants that would dazzle even the most disconcerting Silver Lake transplant. I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Rich in culture and creativity, South Dakota goes well beyond the popular historical landmarks and impressive landscapes, so those in search of craft beer, live music, and a culinary adventure fit for foodie royalty don’t have to look far when it comes to exploring South Dakota.
Greetings from Sioux Falls
Our award for Hipster Haven goes to the city of Sioux Falls for its sculpture walks, ethnic food and active nightlife that all combines for a charming vibe that would rival the best neighborhoods in SoCal. We’ve done our research on the must-see downtown hotspots and came up this list of our favorite, authentic Sioux Falls establishments for enjoying the perfect Hipster Holiday in South Dakota. And they’re all connected by public transit – the city of Sioux Falls even has its own trolley! You can board at any of the trolley stops located on every block and discover all of downtown easily.
Located in a restored historic building, check out Parker’s Bistro for delicious flavors and fine cuisine. You can expect fresh, organic, local ingredients paired with signature cocktails and an impressive wine and specialty beers menu.
The Breaks Coffee Roasting
Craving some caffeine? Grab a cup at The Breaks Coffee Roasting, which is owned by Cory Gerlach and Wes Eisenhauer. When not roasting and brewing some of the best coffee in the city, both are successful South Dakota musicians belonging to the popular and national touring hip hop group Soulcrate along with the local favorite Dance Electro Pop Ripoff Group, Later Babes.
There’s almost nothing better than a delicious loaf of sourdough bread – what’s even more interesting about this downtown Sioux Falls bakery is that you get to watch a master baker hone their craft while you enjoy a tasty breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack.
This amazing bakery gets a ton of national press, and for good reason – CH Patisserie and it’s owner World Champion Pastry Chef Chris Hanmer are the real deal. Even though you might think that the last thing that Instagram needs is another artful picture of macarons, but trust me – no one will mind seeing these exceptional pastries on your carefully crafted IG feed.
A quick drive to the outskirts of Sioux Falls will find you at Strawbale Winery. Yes, it’s actually a winery made of straw bales! You can experience a wine tasting in this unique structure or enjoy a glass of excellent wine in this rural setting while taking in local musicians, enjoying some tasty bites, and checking out the work of local artisans.
Gandy Dancer Brew Works & Monk’s House Of Ale Repute
The South Dakota brewery that’s been getting the highest overall ratings lately is Gandy Dancer Brew Works, a nano-brewery that’s home to the hidden gem Monk’s House of Ale Repute. A perfect haven for beer connoisseurs!
WoodGrain Brewery Co.
Complete with a taproom serving up the freshest beer in Downtown Sioux Falls, visit this fully-functioning microbrewery, WoodGrain Brewery Co.
SculptureWalk is an annual art exhibit of sculptures displayed year-round from the Washington Pavilion to Falls Park in downtown Sioux Falls. From May through September, the public votes for its favorite sculpture, which then is celebrated with the “People’s Choice Award.” That sculpture is purchased at the end of the exhibit year for the city’s permanent collection.
An Enviable Music Scene
You might not have guessed that Sioux Falls has a music scene that would make coastal denizens jealous. Total Drag is an independent record and tape store that often hosts high energy all-ages shows. There’s also the beautiful Washington Pavilion and the historic Orpheum, the Icon Lounge which hosts indie rock shows under its chandeliers, and hip-hop beats at the District.
Cooking classes in a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen are available for all ages at Plum’s Cooking Company. All classes are taught demonstration-style by chefs and include bites of the food prepared. Participants can also sample wine perfectly paired with what they’re cooking in each class.
Walk through and enjoy the exotic flowers, a stunning entrance arbor, elegant trees, graceful pagodas, and unique lanterns that make up the unique Shoto-Teien Japanese Gardens landscape near Covell Lake in Terrace Park.
Eide / Dalrymple Gallery
It will make you giddy with happiness to find out that The Gallery features an average of nine exhibits and houses the Carl Grupp Collection, which includes works of art from: Picasso, Chagall, Winslow Homer, Whistler, Matisse and Rouault.
Time for Some Time Experiencing (And Photographing) Nature
You can’t visit South Dakota without spending at least a little time outdoors! Near Sioux Falls, there are incredibly photogenic waterfalls of Falls Park and the Big Sioux River Recreation Trail. Or you can go camping at nearby Palisades State Park, which is one of the only outdoor rock climbing areas east of the Black Hills – and it’s so amazing that people come from all over the country to check it out.
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