You’ll immediately feel at home when moving to one of the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Neighbors will hold doors open, let you cut in line and say, “Thank you.” A lot.
People here will also politely tell you that the Twin Cities consist of Minneapolis and St. Paul, along with dozens of suburbs, if you mistakenly call Minneapolis the Twin Cities.
They’ll also give you plenty of advice when looking for a great neighborhood for you to hang your (hopefully) Vikings hat.
Here’s a look at some of the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis.
Named after Marge Armatage, the first woman elected to a Minneapolis public office after winning her race for the Board of Park Commissioners in 1921, the neighborhood in southwest Minneapolis honored her by naming a park after her. With walking paths, ice rinks and more, the park is a key attraction in the neighborhood.
A friendly area, Armatage is great for families and couples. Close to the Southdale shopping center, as well as local coffee houses such as Sparrow Coffee, it’s easy to feel at home and part of the neighborhood.
Located in northeast Minneapolis, Audubon Park honors famed naturalist John James Audubon. Featuring an urban feel of about 5,000 residents, the neighborhood is home to Audubon Park, offering a natural getaway with walking trails among tall trees. As part of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, the trail runs through the area near Deming Heights Park.
The iconic Hollywood Theater called the area home during its heyday and locals seek to revitalize the nearly 90-year-old Art Deco building.
Locals enjoy grabbing a meal or takeout from the Holy Land Bakery, Grocery and Deli, where you can enjoy Mediterranean items. Spyhouse Coffee is a great spot to grab a cup of locally roast brew.
With the downtown skyline in the background, the Bryn Mawr neighborhood is home to Theodore Wirth Park, the largest park in Minneapolis. You’ll find an 18-hole golf course, a disc course and ample trails perfect for cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing during the winter. The area is also part of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway.
While a quiet, quaint neighborhood with friendly residents, Bryn Mawr has easy access to downtown Minneapolis, as well as shopping and dining, such as Cockadoodledo Gifts, offering a mix of vintage and contemporary items. Cuppa Java is an excellent spot for a warm drink and a quick bite.
Bordering three lakes, the Cedar Isles-Dean neighborhood is one of the more affluent areas of Minneapolis, with most residents earning more than $100,000. The neighborhood takes its name from two of its lakes, Cedar Lake and Lake of the Isles, and the Dean Parkway, which runs through the middle of the district.
The third lake, Bde Maka Ska (Dakota for Lake White Earth), is the largest body of water in Minneapolis. You’ll often find sailboats among the kayaks, canoes and motorboats patrolling the waters during summer.
Architecture enthusiasts will want to drive by the Freida and Henry J. Neils House, named for its original owners and a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The L-shaped one-story house was built in Wright’s Usonian style, a name he gave the design he considered defining the United States.
The population of about 3,000 residents can enjoy shopping at outlets, such as Greenway Lakes Commons and Cedar Commons.
With the Mississippi River as one of its borders, Downtown East is a fantastic neighborhood to call home. With the Mill City Museum and the nearby Stone Arch Bridge as attractions, you can also catch concerts and shows at the Guthrie Theater. The Minnesota Vikings play at U.S. Bank Stadium, which is in the heart of the neighborhood. Architecture enthusiasts will enjoy checking out older buildings, such as City Hall.
A popular neighborhood for younger professionals, Downtown East is home to Day Block Brewing Company, a popular watering hole and restaurant. Locals also enjoy dining at Sawatdee, a neighborhood favorite since the mid-1980s.
With nearly 5,800 residents, Downtown West is the heartbeat of downtown, home to several corporations. Nicollet Mall runs about 12 blocks long on the neighborhood’s northwest side and includes several restaurants, such as The News Room. A popular attraction along Nicollet near 7th Street is the statue of Mary Tyler Moore. Erected in 2002 to celebrate the star of the hit show based in Minneapolis, it’s a great spot for selfies.
The Walker Art Center borders the neighborhood on the north end. With its contemporary art pieces and its famous sculpture garden — starring the often-photographed Spoonbridge (Spoon with a cherry) — the art center is a fun place to visit and enjoy a walk.
Downtown West is a great neighborhood for singles and young couples. Situated near Loring Park, Downtown West is a politically liberal and LGBT-friendly area.
Once a farm community, King Field has grown into a neighborhood popular with young professionals and couples. With farmers markets and unique dining experiences, such as Cuban at Victor’s 1959 Café or Filipino at Apoy, the area is sure to challenge your palate. King Field features ample free parking at several establishments, as well as free bus rides along Nicollet Mall. You can visit with friends over coffee at Five Watt Coffee.
History buffs and outdoor enthusiasts love calling the Linden Hills neighborhood home. Between museums, such as the Minnesota Streetcar Museum and Bakken Museum, you can learn about the area’s history. Living along Bde Maka Ska, the largest lake in Minneapolis and part of the Chain of Lakes, outdoor activity is almost unlimited, with three miles of trails and plenty of water activities, such as swimming and boating.
A neighborhood popular with families, couples and young professionals, it’s easy to find outstanding dining options, such as Martina, with its Italian cuisine, and Old Southern BBQ. Locals also enjoy unique shopping opportunities, including Wild Rumpus, a book store with a unique story.
Loring Park has long been a gathering spot for Minneapolis residents. Home to major celebrations, including the Gay Pride Festival and the Loring Park Art Fair, the area is one of the most beautiful in the Twin Cities. With the country’s first basilica — Basilica of St. Mary — you can take in its Beaux-Arts architecture and ornamental art inside the church.
For more than 80 years, the Walker Art Center has provided a taste of art and culture to the neighborhood, with several exhibits inside the building and amazing sculptures outside in the sculpture garden. You’ll find the world-famous Spoonbridge (spoon and cherry) in the heart of the garden.
With unique restaurants, such as Lotus Restaurant — offering its take on Vietnamese cuisine — and Café Lurcat, bringing a nouveau twist to American fare.
Only a few minutes west of downtown, the Lowry Hill neighborhood is the perfect spot for young professionals, couples and families. With local parks offering walking paths, areas to relax and spend time outdoors, the area started as a rural community. Today, the nearby Walker Art Center hosts the annual Rock the Garden Festival.
Whether they prefer pancakes for breakfast or a burger for dinner, The Lowry is a popular choice for locals. Enjoy local craft beer at Sisyphus Brewing, where they also host weekly stand-up comedy shows.
There’s seemingly a little of everything in the Lyn Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis. The community’s hot spots meet at the intersection of Lake Street and Lyndale Avenue. With a plethora of dining establishments, such as World Street Kitchen, which grew from a food truck and features almost everything from Asian and Mediterranean to Caribbean, the neighborhood is a great place to sample amazing menus.
An area popular with young professionals, couples and singles, Lyn Lake offers unique neighborhood gems, such as Bryant Lake Bowl and Theater, where you can bowl 10 frames or catch a show. Up-Down Minneapolis features 50 vintage arcade games from the 1980s-90s, as well as a variety of beer on tap for a fun-filled trip down memory lane.
A family-friendly neighborhood, Lynnhurst features plenty of fun activities for all ages. Centrally located in Minneapolis, residents have easy access to public parks and trails, such as Minnehaha Creek Park, home to canoeing, hiking and picnicking. The Lynnhurst Recreation Center offers youth activities, sports leagues and an ice skating rink.
Lake Harriet Pizza is a popular choice for pizza night, as the eatery creates craft pizzas for takeout or delivery. Couples enjoy dining at Broders’ Pasta Bar, as well as a twist on Mexican cuisine at Colita, where you can sample lamb barbacoa tacos.
Named for nearby Lake Nokomis, this neighborhood is perfect for outdoor activities. Anchoring one of the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis, Minnehaha Falls is a major attraction in Nokomis. While you can canoe Minnehaha Creek, you’ll want to hike the trail that takes you within a few feet of the 53-foot-tall waterfall.
With trails that offer fun winter sports, such as cross country skiing or snow-shoeing, the area is perfect for nature enthusiasts. Longfellow Gardens also offers an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with a walk through the botanical garden.
Popular with locals and tourists, Matt’s Bar and Grill is the home of the Jucy Lucy since 1954, two burgers cooked around a small block of cheese that melts as they cook. It’s best to let the Jucy Lucy sit for a few minutes, so you don’t burn your mouth with the first bite as the cheese oozes out.
Considered one of the most “hipster” neighborhoods in the city, North Loop has grown from an old, dilapidated warehouse district to a vibrant art and entertainment area, home to some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and retail outlets.
From eateries, such as Parlour and North Loop Galley, to bars, including Kieran’s Irish Pub, and shops such as Statement Boutique and Grethen House, North Loop is an exciting neighborhood for young professionals, couples and singles looking to live in a thriving area.
Sports fans will enjoy catching a Twins baseball game at Target Field or Timberwolves and Lynx hoops at Target Center.
A neighborhood that mixes the old with the new, Northeast Minneapolis is an art lover’s dream community. For more than 25 years, nearly 1,000 artists have gathered for one of the largest outdoor art studio tours in the country, as Art-a-Whirl calls Northeast Minneapolis home. With the neighborhood’s European-style cobblestone streets, the area is one of the most walkable in the Twin Cities.
Outdoor enthusiasts love visiting Boom Island Park, with hiking and biking trails, as well as picnicking spots. Once used as a logging station, the park is a favorite with locals, offering great views of the area.
As Northeast Minneapolis has developed, the area has become home to some of the most popular restaurants in the area, including Hai Hai, which features Southeast Asian cuisine, and Betty Danger’s Country Club, known for its outdoor Ferris wheel. The neighborhood is also home to outstanding craft breweries, such as Broken Clock Brewing Cooperative.
With restaurants, such as Young Man and its Asian menu highlighting Hawaiian, Indonesian and Japanese cuisine, Southwest Minneapolis is an active, vibrant community open to a variety of backgrounds.
A popular area with young professionals, couples and single people, Southwest Minneapolis invites residents to check out unique attractions, such as Game Show Battle Rooms, which matches teams in a classic game show escape rooms. Lake Harriet is a popular spot with boating, swimming and winter sports.
Within walking distance of the University of Minnesota, St. Anthony West is also close to downtown Minneapolis, which professionals and retirees both find inviting. Located in one of the oldest and best neighborhoods in Minneapolis, St. Anthony West is home to Boom Island Park, a popular spot for hiking and biking.
Residents enjoy catching a light, relaxing dinner at Aster Café, with its menu featuring beet salad, shawarma bowl and brisket tacos. Before or after catching a movie at the historic St. Anthony Main Theatre, grab a bite and a glass of wine at Pracna on Main, one of the city’s oldest restaurants.
Offering an eclectic array of attractions and restaurants, who doesn’t want to live in the Uptown neighborhood? With Uptown Theatre and bars, such as The Fremont, the area attracts young professionals and college students, creating one of the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis.
At the same time, older couples and retirees enjoy the area and its easy access to parks and lakes, such as Bde Maka Ska and Cedar Lake, but also the restaurants, including Barbette and dishes, such as sweet potato risotto.
With its namesake park as the neighborhood anchor, Waite Park is definitely a residential neighborhood. Most restaurants and shopping opportunities are in neighboring districts, such as Audubon Park and Northeast Minneapolis. The area is an excellent residential area for families, couples, and young professionals, who enjoy a quiet lifestyle, with plenty of walking and biking opportunities.
With a diverse population, the Whittier neighborhood has been known through the years for an eclectic feel. The area’s art scene is strong, with the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center near the neighborhood. The Hennepin History Museum offers a look at the county’s past.
Popular with young professionals and couples, Nicollet Avenue offers several choices for dining, with restaurants such as Icehouse, which features American fare, along with drinks and music, and Quang, which offers a Vietnamese menu.
Moving to Minneapolis
As you plan your move to Minnesota’s largest city, look for the neighborhood that appeals to you the most. Is it being close to work? Or, maybe you prefer sports, arts or being outdoors. Whatever your interest, Minneapolis has the perfect home for you.