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Fall-ing for Duluth’s Culinary Scene

Eat and Drink Your Way Through the North Shore

There is nothing better than the fall time in Duluth, Minnesota. Everything sighs in relief, happy to get a reprieve from the hot summer heat. Each resident from the smallest of critters to the highest of hills has a new job to do – begin the transition from one season to the next.

Locals and visitors alike make their way outside to take in all that mother nature has to offer.

The air is crisp with a fresh breeze coming off the lake, the ground sings crunchy toons with every footfall, and the trees showcase their best work yet – leaves in an array of orange, red, yellow and brown.

Store owners change inventory to match the new colors and restaurateurs introduce insightful dishes that incorporate seasonal flavors.

Whether one is new or old to Duluth’s fall scene, everyone knows the best autumn day includes a full itinerary of culinary offerings, all the while taking in a few breathtaking views.

To encourage North Shore exploration, we have planned out a day of delicious foods, rich coffee and tangy ciders for those looking for an escape from the city. Duluth is located just under 2 hours and 30 minutes from Minneapolis.

The first stop on this foodie day is Amity Coffee. One can’t start a day without a good cup of joe and Amity has got this covered. It’s a family-owned and operated shop, offering a wide variety of lattes, cappuccinos, teas, bakery items and more. 

After fueling up for the day, head over to Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory for a scenic overlook. This stop doesn’t include any snacks, but it is a must to see all the fall colors.

Now it’s time for ice cream and lunch. Make your way to Bridgeman’s Restaurant for an extensive menu that serves all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner foods. Don’t forget to try one of their Mega Malts, an over-the-top dessert with fun decorations.

Next is dinner and it’s Italian. Va Bene Caffe’s signature dishes include soup, fresh pasta and gnocchi, creative salads, grilled panini, and steak and fish features. If one thinks the menu sounds great, just wait to see the view. The restaurant is located directly above the Lake Superior Lakewalk, showcasing a spectacular waterfront scene.

As the day comes to a close, end it with a visit to a local taproom. Wild State Cider creates beverages that are made from a custom blend of 100% fresh pressed apples with no added sugars or artificial sweeteners. The taproom is a family-friendly space made for get-togethers and board games. It’s the perfect end to a perfect day.


Amity Coffee

Family-owned shop with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Stop in for the coffee and stay for comfort.

4429 E Superior St. | (218) 525-7323 |


A restaurant that serves history and epic malts. With ties all the way back to a dairy business in 1883, Bridgeman’s is a fan favorite amongst locals and tourists.

2202 Mountain Shadow Dr. | (218) 727-0196 |

Va Bene

Fresh Italian food with a view that’s picture perfect.

734 E Superior St. | (218) 722-1518 |

Wild State Cider

Created by two camp counselors, this brewery and taproom was made by keeping adventure in mind. Be wild, stay free.

2515 W Superior St. | (218) 606-1151 |