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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Restaurant
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“Insula is my personal favorite restaurant in town. They have amazing, unique food, and it’s a perfect place to gather with friends for a nice meal.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Museum
“History museum featuring the life and work of Dorothy Molter, the Root Beer Lady.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Book Store
“Expensive camping gear, shoes, clothes, and a bookstore upstairs. If you want a map of the area, this is the place to get it. Check out the map wall in the back room and try to find McJoppa, The Hut. Their outlet store, next door, is open summer through October.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“The Boathouse is another of my favorites in Ely. Great atmosphere, better food, and unbeatable blueberry blonde beer. Three blocks from the cottage. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A classic steak house with delicious burgers and an air hockey table to boot!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Furniture / Home Store
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Brittons Cafe has a classic, cozy diner/cafe vibe, and great food. Come hungry, as the portions are large! My favorite are the stuffed hash browns, homemade bread, and warm caramel rolls. Best yet, it’s just a block from your front door! Cash or check only. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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  • 2 locals recommend
Café
“Northern Grounds is a fabulous coffee and high-end cocktail shop just a block away from the cottage. The interior decor is beautiful and it is a great place to relax with a delicious coffee, hand-crafted cocktail, or tap beer. They also have small plates and bakery goods. A must-see!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Closes at 7PM. Pronouced "Zoops". Groceries and some over the counter pharmaceuticals like cough medicine, ibuprofen, sunblock, etc.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Yummy sandwiches, pizza, and family friendly. Kids meals served on frisbees. Macaroni and Cheese grilled cheese sandwich :) Closes at 3PM”
  • 3 locals recommend
Book Store
“Fabulous selection of quality toys and games for all ages. Fun activities and learning events for the kids as well. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Shoe Shop
“Outdoor retailer offering moose hide footwear handmade in Ely, as well as clothing.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Food
“A market, bistro, and deli: the menu features many gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options”
  • 2 locals recommend
Shoe Shop
“Affordable, quality goods for your basic outdoor needs. Excellent selection of flannel shirts and tshirts”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“2.7 billion year old glacial erratic rock off the beaten path in Ely. Apollo crew once visited it as they prepared to head to the moon”
  • 2 locals recommend