by Ashley Gartland - 183 Reviews - 53 List
As you?d expect from the land of the hipster, you'll find the requisite coffee shops and plentiful independent boutiques in this Northeast neighborhood. But in the ever-expanding shopping and dining district clustered around Mississippi Avenue, you'll also find added reason to visit in a waffle hut, a salt-centric boutique and antique shops ripe for exploring. (Photo courtesy of blackwagondotcom)
Updated: October 21, 2009
This hipster coffee shop sits a few blocks off the main Mississippi Avenue drag but coffee addicts make the detour daily for the shop's perfectly pulled espressos. The sparsely decorated eating area is a magnet for laptop users and bikers refueling with a latte and something sweet from the front counter pastry case.
Homeowners in the midst of a remodeling project scour the aisles at this massive warehouse for thrifty, used building and remodeling materials. The stock fluctuates daily but shoppers can often score old doors, bathroom cabinets, tubs and appliances for their remodeling needs. In other words, they'll find everything--including the kitchen sink.
Urban homesteaders and DIY selfers head to this quaint little nursery for plants, supplies and advice on how to keep chickens or design a garden landscape. A savvy staff and selection of vegetable starts and fruit trees makes this shop a savior for backyard farmers from all over town.
Wine geeks with esoteric tastes pull a stool up to the long counter at this narrow slice of a wine bar to unwind after a long day's work. The global wine list stars Spanish and Italian varietals with occasional attention given to lesser-seen wine producer locales like Slovenia and Croatia.
Taco-and-margarita loving diners crowd into this colorful Mexican taqueria for tastes of Oaxacan cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients. Anything served on a handmade tortilla is a good bet; the simple organic green salad, flautas and fruity aqua frescas are sides that shouldn't be skipped.
On weekend mornings, hungry brunch goers spill out onto the sidewalk as they wait for a coveted seat at this America comfort food joint. A dining room built from salvaged materials and thrift-store finds gives the eatery a laid-back ambience, as does the food: biscuits and gravy, chocolate banana pancakes and salmon hash are typical menu players here.
Gals who favor a more indie style over a mass market look browse the racks at this light-filled corner boutique. A mix of new apparel from up-and-coming designers, small international brands and more well-known contemporary companies offers plenty of options for the fashion-savvy woman.
Hungry shoppers pause at this food cart's outdoor picnic tables with a Dutch taco (i.e. waffle sandwich) in hand. The tinfoil-wrapped sandwiches get fillings both sweet and savory, including Black Forest ham and cheddar, Nutella and mallow fluff and lemon curd and whipped cream.
Gourmands visit this boutique artisan food and flower shop with alarming frequency to replenish their stash of finishing salts or to snag a bouquet to star as the centerpiece at their next meal. A selection of fine wines and shelves filled with artisan chocolates makes the Meadow impossible to pass by.
Amateur decorators on an antique or country-style kick will find what they're looking for at this furniture and housewares shop. Rustic furniture imported from the Midwest, vintage pieces and vintage-inspired products like garden soaps and tin canister sets fill the floor at this charming boutique.