Unless you were a serious Prince fan, you might have been surprised to learn through news reports of his passing that he was from Minnesota. He was born in Minneapolis, recorded there, and sadly breathed his last in the city. (In fact, he loved it so much, he said he'd never leave — once telling Oprah, "It's so cold, it keeps the bad people out.")
If your heart has been shattered by the loss of the legend, consider paying homage through a visit to his home town. And that may mean forgetting what you think you know about Minneapolis — because it's a destination worthy of a rockstar as legendary as Prince.
Here are seven places to visit that would make Prince proud.
1. Cedar Lake
Of the 11,000-plus lakes Minnesota hosts, Cedar Lake is one that was featured in the film Purple Rain. If you’re on a mission to channel Prince’s spirit in the city, this is a beautiful place to start.
2. Electric Fetus Music Store
The Electric Fetus Music Store is one that any music lover will appreciate and Prince is included in that. Not only has the store long sold Prince material — naturally — but Prince was a beloved customer.
3. Hard Rock Café
Minneapolis’ Hard Rock Café is cozied into the sprawling Mall of America. Though it might be difficult to see the Prince connection here at first, once you’re inside the café for a drink and bite to eat, you’ll notice one-of-a-kind Prince memorabilia all around the place.
4. Paisley Park
This recording studio/performance space/estate is where Prince recorded just about all of his records, and where he died. The estate is located outside of Minneapolis in Chanhassen and in the past has opened its doors to Prince fans, which we suspect will continue — but you’ll want to call ahead to be sure. Paisley Park After Dark has been a draw for diehard fans, some of whom were there recently to witness Prince's last official appearance.
5. Bunker’s Bar
Prince was known to love Bunker's Bar for drop-ins and even occasional impromptu jams. It’s a low-key place to hang out with good music... what’s not to love?
6. First Avenue Club
The legendary First Ave Club is still the most thriving part of the Minneapolis music scene in many regards, but much of that thriving atmosphere circles around Prince’s energy. His time spent there as a performer and audience member have become part of the club’s legacy.
7. Prince for a Day Tour
If you’re into biking, Minneapolis is a great town for biking when the weather is warmer. If you’re into biking and into Prince, you’ll want to hop on your seat for the Prince for a Day tour, which takes pedaling Prince-lovers around town, stopping at choice Prince-related sites.
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