Find Your Perfect in the Twin Cities: Where to Stay, What to Wear, and How to Get Into the Coolest Bar in Town

Saint Paul, Minnesota, might not be the first place you’d go if you were looking to find an actor-slash-playwright, but it’s exactly where you’ll find Sun Mee Chomet, who’s both of the above and a dancer with an abundance of energy and infectious laugh. Though Sun Mee got her formal training in New York City—she earned a master’s in acting from NYU’s Tisch School—she chose to settle in Minneapolis-Saint Paul because of its vibrant art scene, and staged her one-woman show, How to Be a Korean Woman, there. While Sun Mee's style has always focused on the understated and the sophisticated, she also seeks out pieces that help her stand out among her fellow creatives. "I want to look put together, professional, and fun," she says. Here's an insider's look at her city:


Pack plenty of sweaters and scarves. It's Minnesota, so there's going to be a refreshing chill in the air. Layers always work. A fun scarf or beautiful sweater or wrap is always smart for sight-seeing.

ALLURE'S PICK: Layer a cardigan over a lightweight T-shirt; add a denim jacket for extra warmth.

Dress comfortably. Minnesotans value kindness over fashion. If you feel like you're comfortable in your own shoes, people around you will be more comfortable around you. This is a smart and welcoming city that accepts you just as you are. In the same vein, Prince is from here, so flaunt your perfect style, and the city will celebrate your originality.

ALLURE'S PICK: Nothing says "comfort" like your favorite pair of jeans. Look for a pair that have enough elasticity to hold their shape through a plane ride and a day or two of sightseeing.

Don't underestimate the snow, which can start long before winter. Look for fall boots that are practical and fashionable. If there's snow, which comes in fall, BE READY! Minnesotans are quick to jump out of their cars to help you if you're stuck in the snow. My first year here, it started snowing on August 31 and stopped snowing on May 13. As Prince said, "The cold keeps the bad people away." ;) Dress warm and hang out by the fireplaces with good friends.

ALLURE'S PICK: If you opt for booties, wear thin cotton knee socks under these. If you do get caught in a surprise snow drift, your ankles won't freeze.


For special occasions, dress with flair but keep your look approachable. Perhaps a cocktail dress (vintage or DVF) with velvet black heels, an updo, classic red lipstick, and chic earrings. In Minnesota, it's never a competition to out-do other people. Special occasions are all about looking and feeling your best for a night out so that everyone at the party has a great time.




The W Minneapolis: The Foshay Beautiful rooms, spa in hotel, and fantastic brunches. (I always go here for Mother's Day brunch.)

Saint Paul Hotel This historic Twin Cities landmark has a fun, five-course English Afternoon Tea.


The Walker Art Center Super-cool modern art museum that also hosts internationally touring performance groups, especially modern dance.

Four Season Dance Studio Classes in Argentinian tango, Brazillian zook, and salsa. I go here twice a week for great classes with master teachers and meet up with good friends. Also hosts late-night milongas to practice tango the real way.

Lake Nokomis My favorite lake. Not as heavily trafficked with hipsters as Lake Harriet, but I like it that way. Perfect for a beautiful lakeside run/bike ride with friends, early morning walk, or a day at the park with your kids. Keep in mind the temperamental weather and plan to dress in layers.



Al's Breakfast Twin Cities' best hole-in-the-wall, with very limited seating, so you can make new friends on line. Only place in town where you can leave a coffee mug with your name on it for your next visit. Best blueberry pancakes around.


Volstead's Emporium Newest, best kept secret. Speakeasy in Uptown Minneapolis. Reservations can only be made through a private email request. Excellent food, service, and live music on weekends. Lots of surprises, service through mirrors and secret private dining behind phone booths and bookcases.



Restaurant Alma The best restaurant in the Twin Cities! James Beard Award–winning chef Alex Roberts. People fly into the Twin Cities just to go to this restaurant. Eclectic and a phenomenal dining experience.


Marvel Bar My favorite bar. Another speakeasy. Incredible mixologists, best leather booths and couches to hang with friends, low lighting and excellent service. It's all about the cocktails here. Funny food sides like cheetos, trail mix, and olives.

Bar Lurcat Classy, sophisticated, and romantic. My longtime favorite for dressy girls night out drinks or a first date. Lovely and delicious drinks.


Guthrie Theater Excellent night out at the theater. Phenomenal shows. (How to Be a Korean Woman was presented here.) Three theaters, six bars, two restaurants, and a cafe—all under one roof.

Honey Best place to dance on the weekends. Great hip-hop, deejays, and fun crowd. What I love about the Twin Cities is that it's all about enjoying yourself, dance like no one's watching, cuz "Minnesota Nice" is all-embracing.


Patina Best local store to find a last minute quirky, birthday gift and unique funky cards.

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