Neighborhoods ranging from eclectic to ethnic and historic to hip create the colorful fabric of Minneapolis, where there’s a place for every personality.
Locals work and play in downtown Minneapolis. They live there, too, in artsy lofts and upscale condos – 35,000 people call downtown home. That’s because this glittering metropolis, which overlooks the scenic Mississippi River, is easy to get to, easy to get around and easily one of the most vibrant, engaging cities in America. Hot restaurants, cool shops, festive events and diverse entertainment ranging from professional sports to Broadway shows keep downtown constantly buzzing. Safe, friendly and compact, downtown is a destination and a community in one.
The city’s glimmering steel and glass core spans more than 50 square blocks, encompassing the financial, retail and theater districts. Sidewalk cafes, window displays and outdoor concerts have people flocking to the streets, while the city’s second-story skyway system links restaurants, stores, theaters, hotels and the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Home to: Hennepin Theatre Disctrict, Mall of America Field, IDS Center, Nicollet Mall, Foshay Tower, Target Center
Flush with historic charm, as well as design firms, photo studios and publishers, the Warehouse District reflects the city’s creative streak. Weathered brick buildings that served the previous century’s industrial boom now house hip restaurants, wine bars and art galleries. Located on downtown’s northwestern edge, the district is the epicenter of Minneapolis nightlife, offering music venues, comedy clubs, sports bars and martini lounges.
Home to: Target Field, ACME Comedy Club, Fine Line Music Cafe
RIVERFRONT DISTRICT/MILL DISTRICT
Idyllic parks and pathways, landmark restaurants and historical attractions line the banks of the Mississippi River, which once fueled Minneapolis’ flour milling boom and now defines downtown’s eastern edge. Many milling era buildings have been reborn as housing, cultural venues and hotels, while concerts and festivals along historic cobblestone Main Street further enliven this ever-evolving neighborhood.
Home to: Guthrie Theater, Mill City Museum, Gold Medal Park, St. Anthony Falls, Stone Arch Bridge, Mill Ruins Park, MacPhail Center for Music
LORING PARK AREA
Located on the southwestern edge of downtown Minneapolis, Loring Park revolves around its namesake green space. Its popular restaurants offer city skyline views and intimate theaters present original productions. An eye-catching suspension bridge connects Loring Park to the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
Home to: Basilica of St. Mary, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis Convention Center, Orchestra Hall, Peavey Plaza
Ethnic churches and restaurants highlight this long established, newly imagined neighborhood, located just across the Mississippi River from downtown Minneapolis. New immigrant populations add flavor to the global dining scene, while artists living and working in the area’s brick warehouses shape the city’s visual arts scene. Dance clubs, wine bars and polka lounges create a vibrant come-one come-all nightlife scene.
Home to: Nye’s Polonaise Room, St. Anthony Main Theater, Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Northrup King Building, Ritz Theater, 13th Avenue Arts District, Northeast Social Club Lounge
Decidedly urban and unabashedly hip, Uptown supplies trendy 20 and 30-somethings with cutting-edge cuisine, intoxicating nightlife, funky, high-end fashions, independent movie theaters and home accessories. Located immediately south of downtown Minneapolis, just steps away from the scenic Chain of Lakes, Uptown centers around the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street, where coffee shops, restaurants and salon-spas abound.
Home to: Uptown Theatre, Lagoon Theatre, Calhoun Square, Lake Calhoun, Midtown Greenway
A modern village with a view of the downtown skyline, Linden Hills occupies an idyllic pocket of southwest Minneapolis between Lakes Calhoun and Harriet. Born as a resort community at the turn of the century, the area remains an escape from the everyday – a unique shopping and dining destination minutes from beaches, gardens, concerts and winding recreational paths.
Home to: Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, Chain of Lakes, Lyndale Park Rose Garden
South of downtown and east of Uptown, Lyndale Avenue and Lake Street converge in this funky urban zone where originality reigns supreme. Flamenco music, authentic tapas, European-style brews and late-night bowling are among the diverse dining and nightlife options, while inventive entertainment includes multimedia arts performances and boundary-pushing local theater.
Home to: Intermedia Arts, Jungle Theater, Bryant Lake Bowl
More than 50 ethnic restaurants, groceries and cafes form the urban buffet known as “Eat Street,” a 17-block stretch of Nicollet Avenue running south from downtown Minneapolis. Asian flavors abound in noodle shops and authentic markets, while German, Greek, African, Mexican and Middle Eastern cuisine are among the flavors available.
Home to: Eat Street, Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD)
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
East of downtown, the University of Minnesota straddles the Mississippi River, supporting dining, shopping and entertainment on the two banks. The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood offers multicultural restaurants, shops and theater along the river’s West Bank. On the East Bank, Dinkytown epitomizes the urban university experience, with bookstores, music shops and energetic eateries and nightlife. A covered pedestrian bridge spans the river and unites the campus.
Home to: Weisman Art Museum, Mixed Blood Theatre, Theatre in the Round, TCF Bank Stadium
50TH AND FRANCE (EDINA)
50th Street and France Avenue intersect in the posh community of Edina, where classy restaurants, upscale gift shops, esteemed art galleries and designer boutiques thrive amidst cobblestone streets and elegant street lighting.
Home to: Edina Cinema, the Edina Art Fair, Mozza Mia, Salut