Wayzata, Minnesota is a great place — not just to live, but also to visit!
For those unfamiliar with the area, here is our in-depth guide of the best that Wayzata has to offer, from eating to shopping, and much more!
First up, restaurants!
Best Restaurants in Wayzata
COV Wayzata (700 East Lake Street)
Get a little slice of the East coast life in Wayzata at COV Wayzata. Voted the best restaurant on Lake Minnetonka in 2018, COV offers the unique combination of Midwest comfort and hospitality with the energy of Nantucket or the Hamptons. As they say on their website, COV is “where Minnesota Nice meets East Coast Spice.”
Bellecour (739 Lake Street East)
Owned by Gavin Kaysen, this French bistro goods and fine dining dinnertime classics is a must see for all Minnesota foodies. With hors d’oeuvres options like smoked salmon tartine and wagyu steak tartare and main dishes such as Alaskan halibut and tuna Nicoise, you may find your next favorite food here at Bellecour.
6Smith (294 Grove Lane East)
With a relaxed environment, 6Smith offers inspired meat and seafood options. For those who looking for a high-quality meal in a lively, fun environment, 6Smith is one of the best options around.
This excerpt from their website sums it up pretty well:
“Once you enter through our doors you’ll find yourself surrounded by rustic luxury with a hint of industrial chic. But don’t confuse chic with snobby. Arrogance is one guest never allowed in. We are friendly, approachable and pride ourselves on making you feel comfortable and cozy, in an energetic and lively environment.”
McCormick’s Pub and Resturant (331 Broadway Ave South)
Global-spanning eats, daily happy hours, and patio tables? Yup, sounds good to us.
Inspired by ancestral connection to Ireland from owner Tim McCormick, McCormick’s offers a unique guest experience which blends traditional Irish pub fare, as well as Continental and Nouveau American cuisine that is made entirely from scratch with fresh, locally sourced food and fish.
Branded as an elevated dining experience, ninetwentyfive attracts many visitors — both from out of town and local. It’s another great spot for those with a more refined palette, but there is some traditional food to be found on the menu (burger lovers rejoice).
Benedicts (845 Lake Street)
For fans of breakfast, Benedict’s is the place to be.
Whether you’re going with family or friends, Benedict’s is the perfect venue to enjoy some new takes on familiar breakfast, brunch, and lunch dishes.
Oh, they also have some fantastic morning cocktails. Overall, it’s a fun, simple, and approachable breakfast spot.
Maggie’s Restaurant (844 Lake Street East)
A family restaurant, Maggie’s has been serving the best comfort food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week since 1979.
Everyone from the family is bound to find something they’ll like, with breakfast being served all day, a variety of lunch choices, and homemade pizzas and other Italian and American dinner options.
Best Shops in Wayzata
Colonial Square (1151 Wayzata Boulevard)
Colonial Square is a mall in Wayzata that has a nice little selection of stores, including Modern Roots, coined as a “modern approach to old world body care.”
Colonial Square is also home to Maverick Chiropractic, the Owl and the Octopus (a cute toy store), and Chuck and Don’s Pet Food Outlet, among other shops.
L’More Chocolat (633 Lake Street East)
Once you walk in the bright pink, 100-year-old authentic antique door, you’ll be greeted by all sorts of delicious chocolate goodies at L’More Chocolat.
Make a date with their Master Chocolatier to shape your own creations and share the love of chocolate with children, family, friends, and business team building events.
Five Swans (315 East Lake Street)
Five Swans is the premier homeware store of Wayzata. Whether you are decorating a new home or trying to up the style of your current one, Five Swans has everything you need.
Their products are traditional, elegant, fresh, unique, fun, and always vary with the season.
All Season Wild Bird Store (15710 Wayzata Boulevard)
One of five locations in the Twin Cities Metro area, the Wayzata All Season Wild Bird Store is a family run business that focuses on meeting the needs of backyard birders and wildlife watchers.
They have everything from bird feeders, pole systems, books, and exclusive seed mixes. Whether you are a novice bird watcher or just a beginner, make sure to check out All Seasons.
Best Fitness Programs/Gyms in Wayzata
Fly Feet Running Wayzata (15 South 15 Street #100)
Fly Feet is a boutique fitness running studio that will whip you into shape in no time.
As they say on their ‘about’ page, “Fly Feet accelerates group fitness beyond static routines to get you in the best shape of your life.”
Through a high-intensity workout regimen that involves speed, hills, intervals, strength, and stretching, you’ll become a healthier, more confident person.
Pilates MN (864 Lake Street East)
Do you finally want to try the latest craze that is Pilates? Or maybe you want to find a new Pilates studio?
Pilates MN is a great option for those who are trying to get fit in a comfortable and friendly environment. If you’re looking for a group atmosphere in your workouts, they have a space for group classes.
However, if you want a private session, that is an option too!
Life Time Athletic (3310 Country Road 101 South)
Life Time Clubs have a reputation for being great places to get workouts in.
You can either workout on your own, or get involved in one of their many classes, including studio, yoga, and indoor cycle workouts.
For a unique fitness experience, Balanced Barre is a fun option. Another boutique fitness studio, they offer mini trampoline workouts as one of their classes.
If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, they also have their ‘barre’ class which is a blend of dance, yoga, and Pilates.
Best Spas in Wayzata
Wayzata Medical Spa (317 Wayzata Boulevard East)
Wayzata Medical Spa is a full-service medical spa that offers everything from facial contouring, skin rejuvenation, and skin toning.
They also have massage and spa services, including a variety of different types of massages and facial option that will leave you feeling refreshed.
Wayzata Nail Salon and Day Spa on the Bay (301 Broadway Avenue Street)
Wayzata Salon and Day Spa is another fantastic place to treat yourself. They offer a ton of great services including hair and nail salon, massages and facials, micr0blading, micro-needling, and eyelash extensions.
Fusion Lifespa (18142 Minnetonka Boulevard)
As a full-service spa, Fusion Lifespa aims to provide the best health, beauty, and rejuvenation in a single location. Part spa, part natural health clinic, you’ll enjoy the ultimate relaxation appointment here.
Best Parks in Wayzata
The Big Wood Preserve (1223 Wayzata Boulevard East)
Big Woods Preserve is without a doubt the best place to experience the outdoors in Wayzata. With 14 acres total, this is one of the last metro remnants of the hardwood forest that covered all of central Minnesota. Enjoy native wildflowers in the spring and the spectacular fall beauty in a forest filled with sugar maples and basswood trees. March is a time when the sap becomes active and maple tree tapping is occasionally scheduled