Riverfront District

The Riverfront District is truly where old meets new, and you'll see the contrast at every corner. From the cobblestone road through St. Anthony Main to the modern Japanese restaurant serving innovative small plates. The deli down the street that's been in business for over 60 years, to the Instagram-worthy shop filled with goods from local artists. Discover something old and something new in Minneapolis's Riverfront District.

Things to Do

st. anthony main theatre

St. Anthony Main Theatre

One of the best things to do in Minneapolis's Riverfront District is to observe the character of the neighborhood by foot. Enjoy the nature trails through the riverside Father Henneupin Bluff Park, rent a kayak at Boom Island Park, or explore Xcel Energy Water Power Park above St. Anthony Falls to learn about the history of the natural waterfall and how it's been harnessed for power through the centuries. Wander the cobblestone streets before crossing the Stone Arch Bridge from the north end and take in one of the best views of Downtown Minneapolis.

Film buffs should find some time to stop at St. Anthony Main Theatre for a flick. The flagship venue for the annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival, the theater screens current and popular movies as well as international and independent cinema through daily screenings and other niche film festivals and series.

Insider Tip: Just before intersecting with Northeast Minneapolis, Hennepin Ave bisects Nicollet Island, where a hidden, small but delightful neighborhood can be found on the north side of the island. Have a wander around the brick streets, lined with beautifully maintained houses with white picket fences—quaint hidden treasures in the middle of the city.

Where to Eat & Drink

breakfast dish at wild cafe & spirits
Wild Café & Spirits

The riverfront’s cobblestone Main Street is lined with terraces and spectacular views. If you enjoy a whiff of history with your food and beverages, check out Pracna on Main, opened circa 1890, making it Minneapolis’ oldest, continually running tavern and café. Wilde Café & Spirits, named for the famous writer himself, is situated in a Victorian dining room that would make Oscar proud. Tranquil Aster Café has a particularly attractive patio to complement its outstanding menu and popular happy hour.

In business for over 60 years, Kramarczuk's Polish restaurant, deli, and bakery offers fresh baked bread, pastries, smoked sausages (in dozens of varieties), stewed cabbage, head cheese, and other Polish favorites. PinkU Japanese Street Food serves obsessively crafted small plate featuring Japanese street food favorites, prepared in an open kitchen.

Long time Northeast favorite, Red Stag Supperclub offers New American cuisine, including their notable Tuesday Date Night special including two entrées, two soup or salads, a bottle of wine, and dessert for $48 per couple. 

The slow-cooked comfort food at Brasa Premium Rotisserie includes dishes inspired by cuisines from the Southern U.S., Caribbean, and Mexico—like Creole-style rotisserie chicken, slow roasted pork, crispy yucca, and fried sweet plantains. If you crave some activity with your nosh, head to Minneapolis Cider Co. for their unique twist on hard cider and a game or two of pickleball.

Where to Shop

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Vintage treasure hunters will find some true gems at the Golden Pearl Vintage, curating men's and women's fashion and accessories from the 1920s-90s. For upscale consignment, browse the hand-picked favorites at gh2 and save up to 90% on designer goods. Shopping for a wedding in Minneapolis? Flutter Bridal Co. is a local favorite for bridal wear that bucks conventional trends. 

Stock up for a picnic or party at Surdyk's Liquor and Cheese Shop an incredible selection of drink and snack options. For more local sips, head to Ombibulous, the only liquor store in the Twin Cities committed to selling 100% Minnesota-made craft beer, wine, and spirits.

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