Check out all of these places to eat that you can walk to in downtown Rochester, Minnesota
When someone says, "I'm going to Rochester, Minnesota", the reason is usually to go to appointments at the Mayo Clinic. Our downtown area can be really confusing to someone who isn't used to our subway system, which really isn't a typical subway. What visitors don't know though is that many of us who have lived in Rochester, Minnesota for years don't even know how to get around downtown Rochester or about all of the amazing restaurants and fast food spots serving up amazing food.
Whatever your reason is to meander in downtown Rochester, Minnesota, when your stomach starts growling, check out these restaurants and fast food spots that you can walk to and grab a bite to eat.
Starting right in the heart of downtown Rochester, by the Gonda Building are a few well-known spots.
As we dive back into the underground area, also known as the Subway Level in downtown Rochester, is Saladworks. It is located in the Subway Level at 101 1st Ave SW Marriott. They offer made-to-order salads, wraps, paninis, and soups. Learn more and see their menu here.
You'll need to find an escalator or elevator to get to these next few spots in downtown Rochester that are located in the Skyway.
Newt's Express is a spot where you can grab a quick burger at 23 2nd St SW. They offer soups, salads, and sandwiches.
Get back on ground level to find these next favorites that Rochester residents and visitors love.
Chester's Kitchen & Bar is located in the Shops At University Square at 111 Broadway Ave S #108. They feature upscale American cuisine and cocktails and you can enjoy a meal inside or on the patio when the weather is nicer. See their full menu here.
Salute Wine Bar & More is located inside the Marriot at 101 1st Ave SW. It features a cozy wine bar with a New American cuisine menu.
You'll need to make sure your walking shoes are on for these next few restaurants that are still walkable but a bit more of a distance from the heart of the Med City.
Al Madina restaurant is at 101 N. Broadway Ave. and is just a few blocks away from the heart of the Mayo Clinic. Learn more at their Facebook page here.
Latitude 44 is in the lower level of the Castle at 121 N. Broadway Ave. Enjoy a look at the menu here.
Hollandberry Pannekoeken at 214 North Broadway Ave. is a few blocks away from the heart of Mayo Clinic but serves up Dutch-style pancakes and baked goods along with other diner food. See the menu and learn more here.
Back to places that are a little closer to some of the Mayo Clinic buildings are these that you might have noticed signs for on Broadway Avenue.
One of the roads that definitely has personality in Rochester, Minnesota is what we call "Historic Third". The list of businesses and restaurants on this strip have amazing food but also some pretty cool spots for selfies.
Turn the corner and you are now on 1st Avenue in downtown Rochester. FYI, if you are ever in Rochester, Minnesota during the summer, this is one place you will want to visit because this is one of the areas we have Thursdays Downtown, which is basically a party in the summer on Thursdays full of food and live music.
A restaurant that has been getting rave reviews after opening in 2023 is located in the old Newt's location at 216 1st Ave. SW. If you love Korean food, visit Bebap Korean Eats.
You'll have to get out of the subway and skyway system to get to these restaurants in downtown Rochester but they are worth the few extra steps.
Canadian Honker Restaurant at 1203 2nd St SW, Rochester, MN 55902. See the menu and learn more at their website here.
Is there a restaurant in the downtown Rochester area that is missing from the list?
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Check out these photos and see how much Rochester, Minnesota has changed throughout the years.
Rochester, Minnesota has been going through quite the transformation these last few years. Look at the photos below to see how some areas have had a complete facelift. We've even got a few spots that were completely reinvented and when you see the photos you'll be shocked.
Wow! Check out how Rochester has changed throughout the years in these Google photos.
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