As soon as the calendar flips to the new year the Christmas tree displays are fast replaced with heart-shaped boxes of candy in preparation for the mid-February celebration of love we know as Valentine’s Day. We’ve pulled together a variety of date options for those in new or well-seasoned relationships!

Soke BBQ & Hotpot

Brooklyn Park's Soke provides an interactive cooking experience that diners can fully customize. They can partake in Korean BBQ and cook their meats, seafood and vegetables on a griddle top in the center of a communal table. Up to 4 diners can gather around a cooking station. Trained wait staff are always close by to suggest and assist in any part of the meal from cooking time for meats to specialized flavor profiles for sauces.


Those who want Hotpot can choose from seven bases of broth. After the broth comes to a boil, diner’s choice of protein or vegetable is added. Diners individualize their meal at an ample sauce station. Don't forget to stop by their sweets shop on the way out, Mochinut, for a Mochi donut to end the end the night or bring home to the kids!

Mochinut donuts

Can Can Wonderland

Can Can offers not only mini golf and arcade games but their entertainment stages offer a unique experience in a cabaret setting. You’ll love the variety—karaoke, comedy, circus, drag, burlesque, live music and more. Always inventive, often bawdy, sometimes naughty, and consistently amazing entertainment experiences.

The menu at Can Can Wonderland is a mix of carnival fare served with a side of nostalgia, and drinks range from boozy malts and floats to sophisticated cocktails.

Can Can Wonderland

Skaalvenn Distillery

If you want to experience the big-city feel of a speakeasy hidden in Brooklyn Park, we have a well-kept secret for you! Skaalvenn Distillery serves 45 people at a time so getting a reservation in advance is recommended. Run by husband and wife Mary and Tyson Schnitker, they marry elements of time living and visiting in Norway and Japan to provide an ambience unmistakably bespoke. Read more about it here.

Creating craft distillations of vodka, aquavit, bourbon or rum, you can view the stills from the cocktail seating area. A unique snack menu pairs well with the passion each employee brings to the cocktail service that heightens the cozy experience.

Skaalvenn Distillery

The Annabelle House

 A cozy hometown coffee shop nestled in the heart of Osseo, Annabelle’s is the perfect place for a lavender latte and freshly made pastries—we recommend their 7-layer bars and macaroons when they are in season.

Open from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. during the week and only until 3 p.m. on the weekend, bring a deck of cards and enjoy their treats (as well as sandwiches and soups) and people watch from the bar top window with views up and down Central Avenue.

The Annabelle House

Mississippi Gateway Regional Park

One of the most popular destinations in Minneapolis Northwest is Mississippi Gateway Regional Park. During warmer months, it’s a perfect place for a walk, hike or bike ride, in addition to fishing from the shore of the river and walking across the scenic dam.

During colder seasons, the park transforms into a winter wonderland to explore via cross-country skis or snowshoes. 

Mississippi Gateway Regional Park


Spend an evening in Brooklyn Park at Bowlero, a state-of-the-art bowling alley with 48 lanes that literally glow in the dark.

Play a game or two of bowling, then test your luck and skill in the arcade room or while playing laser tag. Do dinner and bowling together at Bowlero, which has lots of options for sharing. 



Ali Madow, owner of Micholandia, is confident that his Brooklyn Center neighborhood is the perfect spot for his unique icecream and treat shop. "This is a perfect stop for the whole family, but we also make a fun date night destination with so many sweet options paired with savory options,” Madow said. The store offers more than just ice cream, popsicles, shakes and fruit waters! They also offer a variety of snacks ranging from imported chips to seasonal treats such as crepes.

To get a picture of some of Micholandia’s offerings visit this media clip.


Stay the Night

Finally, couples who are looking for a staycation or visiting from out of town should look at some of the area’s great hotels for a romantic overnight stay.

MNW hotel room