Where can you go from neighborhood to neighborhood and feel as though you have visited many different cities? Minneapolis, of course! I want to take you on a journey of 3 different neighborhoods within Minneapolis and show you why you should be exploring them if you haven’t already.

First Avenue Picture

Downtown Minneapolis

Famous for First Avenue nightclub, where Prince Rogers Nelson filmed Purple Rain and established himself as a beacon of our music community and a global icon. Located directly next door to Loews Minneapolis, this is a must-stop on your explorations of Minneapolis. Prince’s “star” is on the north wall of the building, if you’re looking to take a photo to memorialize your visit.

Downtown is a great spot for concert and theatre venues, with plenty of live music, plays and other performances taking place most nights of the week.

Minneapolis is becoming quite the “foodie” town and you will find many restaurants downtown that are worth checking out. One of the newest and most delicious is called Eastside. Looking for the best steakhouse in town? Try Manny’s, where you get to hand select your cut of meat as they wheel out the selections.

Stone Arch Bridge
St. Anthony Main – Historic Minneapolis Riverfront Neighborhood

Beauty is the key word in this neighborhood, with downtown Minneapolis city views from the Stone Arch Bridge to trails along the river. Just a few steps from the Stone Arch Bridge, you have Main Street, which has many great places where you can wet your whistle. Looking for a patio with a view? Schedule a stop at Vic’s, Tugg’s Tavern or Aster Cafe, which you can count on for great live music daily.

North Loop

If you prefer to be active and enjoy the outdoors, you can kayak on the river with a local company called Above the Falls Sports, which is located in the North Loop area. Don’t forget your camera; the sights from the river are out of this world.

Right on the outskirts of the Warehouse District of Minneapolis, North Loop is growing quickly. The area is booming with new shops, cafes and restaurants, many featuring incredible chefs, such as Spoon and Stable or Bachelor Farmer. One place you have to stop at, and one of my personal favorites is Moose and Sadie’s, open for breakfast and lunch. They have the best Chai Lattes in town, are locally owned and the hipsters working there are some of the friendliest locals you will meet.

Other Minneapolis Neighborhoods worth a stop include: Northeast, Uptown and Mill City District. We know that people who haven’t visited the city may think of us as synonymous with cold and snow but Minneapolis actually has four seasons, an abundance of nature right in the city, and easy access to all sorts of fun, from camping, hiking and sailing, to energetic nightlife and entertainment. Come and explore and you’ll see what we mean!