Visit West Broadway - a neighborhood with dining, arts and parks.
West Broadway is arguably Minneapolis’ most diverse neighborhood. Prince spent a few important formative, guitar-strumming, piano-tapping years in the area. The local businesses, events and entrepreneurs are bringing a new life and energy to the area with a focus on community-led growth. These changes include a thriving cultural presence, often seen through food and artistic expression.
Make sure to check out a local resident's perspective on more things to do in North Minneapolis' West Broadway neighborhood.
Things to Do
The Capri Theater has been working to develop the artistic and performance community in North Minneapolis for over 50 years. It’s widely believed that Prince’s first solo performance (i.e. headlining as himself, not part of a different group) was at the Capri in January 1979. They host live theater, concerts, film screenings and offer after-school youth classes and workshops.
At 740 acres, gigantic Theodore Wirth Park is the largest park in Minneapolis. There are year-round activities, including cycling, golf, archery, soccer, tennis, sledding, cross-country skiing, fishing, picnicking and pretty much any other activity you can imagine in a huge, grassy space. There’s also a garden, bird sanctuary and a beach. Theodore Wirth Parkway is a component of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, a 51-mile loop composed of parkways, trails, lakes and the Mississippi River Boulevard. It’s the only scenic byway in the country located entirely within an urban area.
To learn more about the West Broadway Business Association, visit westbroadway.org/.
Where to Eat and Drink
Breaking Bread Café is one of the ringleaders of the West Broadway community-driven revival. Their goal is to inspire others into an entrepreneurial spirit by hiring and training locals, serving as a social gathering point and giving back to the community. The café is a part of the Appetite for Change organization, “a community-based nonprofit, as well as a social enterprise, whose mission it is to use food as a tool to build health, wealth and social change.” And if that's not enough to get you in the door, the food is absolutely outstanding. You won't be getting anything out of a box or frozen. Everything is fresh, homemade, and made with the best ingredients. They serve breakfast and lunch only, focusing on healthy spins on comfort foods. Try the portabello cakes, and definitely add an egg (it's one of our favorite breakfasts in Minneapolis).
People swear by Serendripity Spot as a casual, super-friendly place to sip a coffee or tea and chill. Their striking passion for waffles made with healthy, “hyper-local” ingredients, prompted Eater Twin Cities to declare their waffles the best in the metro area. But there’s more. They also serve sandwiches, any of which you have the option of turning into a “waffle-wich.” Serendripity Spot is dedicated to being a zero waste establishment, using all returnable or refillable containers and pouring to-go drinks go in your refillable mug - or you can purchase one of theirs. They even offer a 5% discount to patrons who arrive by foot, bicycle, or bus.
Family-run Boom Island Brewery is one of the best hidden gems within the brew scene. Inspired by the founder and head brewer's trip to Belgium and first sip of that delicious, Belgian beer, Boom Island takes the cake when it comes to Belgian style brewing. They even use Belgian brewery-sourced yeasts to create the most authentic flavors.
Part market, part neighborhood celebration, the West Broadway Farmer's Market is open Friday afternoons, June through October. You'll find the requisite fruit and veggies, but there’s also a wide array of clothing, art, live music, DJs and spontaneous dancing.
Utepils Brewing's massive taproom and beer garden not only serves a variety of German, Czech and Belgian beers, but there’s also food trucks and events like “Beer + Yoga” and “Brushes & Brews” for those who feel that any activity is made better with a pint in hand. Their beer is made with water from the city’s historic Glenwood Inglewood wells.
Now a popular local chain, the first Broadway Bar and Pizzeria opened nearby in 1953. These days it’s a beloved neighborhood institution and family-friendly dinner spot. If you're feeling especially hungry, try out heir lunch buffet. The thin crust pizzas and pasta get the biggest raves.
Getting to and around West Broadway
(Starting point of Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center on Nicollet)
Finding free, on-street parking in West Broadway is usually straightforward.
The 14 Bus runs straight up West Broadway Ave., past many of the area’s attractions.
From downtown, you can get to Theodore Wirth Park on the 7 Bus. It’s about a 25 minute trip.