While visiting the Northside you have to make a stop along the popular street of West Broadway, home to many famous businesses and restaurants.
Catch a performance at The Capri Theater which 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.
Juxtaposition Art is a prominent non-profit youth art and design education center, gallery, retail shop, and artists’ studio space. Just outside the building is the Skate-able Art Plaza. This community spot is a mini-park for rollerbladers, skateboarders and BMX riders to gather and it's all surrounded by colorful murals represents the sights of Minneapolis. Another must-visit is Friedman's Department Store. Located in North Minneapolis for 100 years, Friedman's carries hundreds of styles of sneakers and has had stellar customer service since day one.
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.
Finding good food along West Broadway is not hard. Sammy's Avenue Eatery makes delicious sandwiches, homemade soups and freshly baked pies. Know for the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere relaxed it's a great gathering spot. 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 their lunch buffet. The thin crust pizzas and pasta get the biggest raves. A great spot for a drink is the 4th Street Saloon, the neighborhood bar where many of the locals frequent and where the famous "Welcome to North Minneapolis" mural is displayed. Get your sweet-treat-fix from The Cookie Cart, one of the sweetest cookie shops in the Twin Cities. More than that, thanks to this local cookie shop, teens 15- to 18-years-old learn valuable job skills (for many it’s their first job) and have an opportunity to gain leadership experience.
Breaking Bread Cafe 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 portobello cakes, and definitely add an egg (it's one of our favorite breakfasts in Minneapolis).
(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.