Things To Do In Wayzata (Top Restaurants, Shops, Fitness, & More)

BY Dr. McDowell  |  July 17th, 2019
Dr. McDowell
Dr. McDowell has always been focused on using the latest technology to improve the patient experience. From radiation-free imaging to laser dentistry, he has always been ahead of the curve and is dedicated to improving the practice of dentistry one ..

Wayzata, Minnesota, is a great place — not just to live but also to visit!

For those unfamiliar with the area, we put together an in-depth guide to the best things to do in Wayzata, from eating to shopping and much more!

Best Restaurants in Wayzata 🍔

We previously put together a list of our 10 favorite Wayzata restaurants, and we had to make sure to include great (and new) options here. Take a look!

Wayzata restaurants

COV Wayzata

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.” You’ll love this Downtown Wayzata gem.

Google Rating: 4.5 stars

📍 Address: 700 East Lake Street, Wayzata


Who doesn’t love Italian food? We sure do! That’s why Josephina is a favorite restaurant among so many guests and locals. With delicious pasta, pizza, salads, fish, and steak, you can’t go wrong with dressing up and eating an incredible meal here. Past guests have noted the incredible food combined with stellar service.

Google Rating: 4.4 stars

📍 Address: 739 East Lake Street, Wayzata


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.”

Google Rating: 4.5 stars

📍 Address: 294 Grove Lane East, Wayzata

McCormick’s Pub and Restaurant

Global-spanning eats, daily happy hours, and patio tables? Yup, sounds good to us.

Inspired by an ancestral connection to Ireland from owner Tim McCormick, McCormick’s offers a unique guest experience that 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.

Google Rating: 4.6 stars

📍 Address: 331 Broadway Ave South, Wayzata


Branded as an elevated dining experience located within Hotel Landing, ninetwentyfive attracts many visitors — both from out of town and locally. 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!).

Google Rating: 4.1 stars

📍 Address: 925 Lake St E, Wayzata


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.

Google Rating: 4.3 stars

📍 Address: 845 Lake Street, Wayzata

Maggie’s Restaurant

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, homemade pizzas, and other Italian and American dinner options.

Google Rating: 4.5 stars

📍 Address: 844 Lake Street East, Wayzata

Best Shops in Wayzata 🛍️

From fashion to home goods and more, Wayzata offers numerous shopping options. Check out these local storefronts next time you’re in the mood to shop.

shopping in wayzata

Colonial Square

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.

Google Rating: 4.3 stars

📍 Address: 1151 Wayzata Boulevard, Wayzata

L’More Chocolat

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.

Google Rating: 4.2 stars

📍 Address: 633 Lake Street East, Wayzata

Five Swans

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.

Google Rating: 4.1 stars

📍 Address: 315 East Lake Street, Wayzata

All Season Wild Bird Store

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.

Google Rating: 4.7 stars

📍 Address: 15710 Wayzata Boulevard, Wayzata

Best Fitness Programs/Gyms in Wayzata 🏋️‍♂️

Break a sweat in the way that works best for you. Here are some of our favorite gyms and fitness centers in town:

best fitness studios in wayzata

Discover Strength

The Discover Strength location in Wayzata is a popular fitness studio that specializes in 1-on-1 personal training and small group training. You’ll love how these sessions jam-pack worthwhile fitness in just 30 or 45 minutes— Discover Strength was actually voted “The Best Gym for Busy People” by the Star Tribune!

With no cancellation fees, no contracts, and no initiation fees, it makes sense why this is one of the most popular gyms in Wayzata!

Google Rating: 5 stars

📍 Address: 1313 Wayzata Blvd, Wayzata

Pilates MN

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!

Google Rating: 4.9 stars

📍 Address: 2355 Polaris Ln N, Plymouth

Life Time Athletic

Life Time Clubs have a reputation for being great places to get workouts in, and they have locations across the Twin Cities.

You can either workout on your own, or get involved in one of their many classes, including studio, yoga, and indoor cycle workouts.

Google Rating: 4.2 stars

📍 Address: 3310 County Rd 101, Minnetonka

Balanced Barre

For a unique fitness experience, Balanced Barre is a fun option. As 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.

Google Rating: 4.9 stars

📍 Address: 695 North Shore Dr. W, Minnetrista

Best Spas in Wayzata 💅

Sit back, relax, and get pampered after a long day. We’re lucky to have many fantastic spas in Wayzata for nails, massage therapy, and more.

best spas in wayzata

Wayzata Medical Spa

Wayzata Medical Spa is a full-service medical spa that offers everything from facial contouring to skin rejuvenation and skin toning.

They also have massage and spa services, including a variety of different types of massages and facial options that will leave you feeling refreshed.

Google Rating: 4.9 stars

📍 Address: 317 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata

Fusion Lifespa

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.

Google Rating: 4.8 stars

📍 Address: 18142 Minnetonka Boulevard, Wayzata

Best Parks in Wayzata 🌳

Lastly, you wouldn’t be a Minnesota resident or guest without getting outside and enjoying our beautiful nature. Wayzata is located near Lake Minnetonka, making it a popular spot for outdoor adventurers.

big woods preserve as part of the best things to do in wayzata

The Big Wood Preserve

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.

Google Rating: 4.4 stars

📍 Address: 1223 Wayzata Boulevard East, Wayzata

Dakota Rail Regional Trail

The Dakota Rail Regional Trail is a 13.5-mile paved trail that runs from Wayzata through Orono, Minnetonka Beach, Spring Park, Mound, Minnetrista, and St. Bonifacius!

This popular trail for bikers, skaters, and hikers offers stunning views of Lake Minnetonka, as well as plenty of scenic wooded areas and wetlands.

📍 Address: 175 Grove Lane, Wayzata

And the Best Dentist in Wayzata Is…

Wayzata Dental! Our team loves living and working in Wayzata. Clearly, there is no shortage of fun things to do and explore in our wonderful city. If you enjoy supporting small local businesses like many on this list, consider Wayzata Dental as the choice dentist for your entire family.

Our mission is pain-free dentistry supported by leading laser technology. If you or your children have ever had a fear of the dentist, our office is the best choice for you.

Reach out today to schedule a cleaning!

Dr. McDowell
Dr. McDowell has always been focused on using the latest technology to improve the patient experience. From radiation-free imaging to laser dentistry, he has always been ahead of the curve and is dedicated to improving the practice of dentistry one ..