Lyndale & Lake – Lyn Lake
Vibrant and Independent
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A fun selection of indie stores, entertainment, bars and restaurants in the most walkable neighborhood in Minneapolis makes for a pleasant day and night of indulgence. Lyndale & Lake is an entertainment district that has strong visitor appeal. Some of the city’s most diverse shops are here as well as live performance spaces and delightful places to keep you energized throughout the night.
Where to Eat and Drink
Picture fresh margaritas, a delicious plate of tacos, a cozy sun-filled patio and you've got the setting for a meal at Lago Tacos. The wide selection of burritos and tacos will make sure you never go home hungry.
Galactic Pizza is a place where superheros and pizza collide. The eccentric decor makes it a fun spot to visit, but the locally sourced fresh ingredients and specialty pizzas, including vegan options and a choice of gluten-free crusts are why you stay.
With an amazing rooftop, plenty of Japanese flavors, including ramen, specialty sushi and homemade steam buns, moto-i has been come a favorite spot in this neighborhood for years. And what makes this place even more special is a menu dedicated to their in-house brewed sake.
Built from the popularity of their World Street Kitchen food truck, WSK is the year-round neighborhood restaurant creation from brothers Sameh and Saed Wadi. Featuring flavors from across the globe – from Asia to the Caribbean to the Mediterranean and everything in between — this very popular restaurant serves staples, specials, sweets and cocktails in one friendly spot.
Things to Do
The eternally hip Bryant-Lake Bowl is the foundation of this neighborhood’s decades-long appeal. The combination diner, bowling alley and live theater space attracts a largely young, dedicated crowd in search of someplace to pass many hours of me-time.
Recognizing the winning combination at BLB, the folks at Up-Down Minneapolis have responded with their blend of arcade and watering hole, where people can retreat into their happy childhood memories through stand-up video games, pinball and gaming consoles – but with craft beer (and pizza, don't forget the pizza).
Alright, time to shop! The Corner Store has been selling used, vintage and consignment clothing, shoes, jewelry and vinyl records, priced for all budgets, since 1979.
In the number one bike-friendly city in the country, it should come as no surprise that there are several Minnesota-grown, decades-old, successful bike shop chains – all thriving. A large variety of bikes, clothing, accessories and all manner of repair are available at Erik’s Bike Board and Ski, Alternative Bike & Board Shop.
In a neighborhood with plentiful bike, bars and restaurants, and vintage clothing shops, there’s bound to be a lively tattooing culture. Tatus By Koré has been anchored in Lyn-Lake since 1990 and Ink Lab, who also does piercings, since 1995.
Minneapolis has a long, celebrated history of live theater and is second only to New York in theater seats per capita. The Jungle Theater, founded in 1991, operates out of a 150-seat space, where they impressively produce five shows each year in their mission to be “a neighborhood theater with national impact.” Minneapolis also has a long history with comedy improv, something that HUGE Theater has dedicated its space to since 2010.
See what other family-fun activities you can enjoy along Lake Street.
Getting to and Around Lyndale & Lake
(Starting point of Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center on Nicollet)
Parking in the area can be challenging depending on when you visit. Few places have dedicated parking, so you’ll have to scour the streets. If you decide to use public transportation instead, the quickest way to get to Lyndale & Lake from downtown, is to catch the Metro Transit Route 4 Bus, which runs through downtown on Hennepin Ave. every 15 minutes. It’s about a 20 minute ride in good traffic.
Public Transit Routes:
Route 4 Bus
See More of Lake Street
Known as the mid-line of Minneapolis, Lake Street stretches all the way through east and west of the city limits. Lyn-Lake is just one section of this popular and energetic street. Check out more of what to see and do along Lake Street with these travel guides: