- (4917 Bryant Ave. N,
, 612-230-6400, website
) Bohanon Park is next to Jenny Lind Elementary School and is a favorite gathering place for members of the community. If you are the active type, there is plenty for you to enjoy. It has a cricket field, a tennis court, a softball diamond, a sports facility, and more. There is an ice-skating rink and a hockey rink, and there is a wading pool as well. There is a circular playground area with playground equipment for the kids to enjoy. There is also a picnic area if you want to sit down and have a bite to eat.
Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center
- (4900 Mississippi Ct.,
, 612-370-4844, website
) The Carl W. Kroening Interpretive Center is located on the North Mississippi Regional Park and opened in 2002. Its purpose is to educate people on the Mississippi River, including the history of it and its role in the development and evolution of transportation in the state. There are interactive exhibits, fun activities for children, live animals for education reasons, and a bird-watching station. There is also a bike share program, too.
George Hill-Alice Rainville Square
- (5101 W Lyndale Ave. N,
, 612-588-7641, website
) George Hill-Alice Rainville Square has an interesting history. In 1993, the city received funds from the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) to clean up this area (two-and-a-half blocks) and make it a tranquil and verdant haven for the neighborhood. George Hill was very active in the community and considered a leader while Alice Rainville was the first female president of the City Council. This is a great place to go and relax in the middle of a stressful or hectic day.
North Mississippi Regional Park
- (5116 North Mississippi Dr.,
, 612-230-6400, website
) North Mississippi Regional Park is 67 acres of greenery in the heart of the city. It's part of the Three Rivers Park District and is the joint effort of them and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; it is a neighborhood favorite. There is plenty to do for everyone. For those who just want to wander around and soak in the sights, sounds, and smells, there are walking paths and biking paths. For the water lovers, there is a boat dock, a fishing pier, and a wading pool. There is also a selve-serve paddle sharing station where you can rent kayaks and boats to go on an excursion on the Mississippi River. There is a playground/tot lot for kids to enjoy and a picnic area when you want to have a bite to eat.
Ryan Lake Park
- (Xerxes Ave. and 46th Ave. N,,
, 612-230-6400, website
) Ryan Lake Park is a hidden treasure in the Victory neighborhood. It's a small park that doesn't have much in the ways of amenities, but it's a good place to go for a quiet moment of contemplation among green and leafy trees. There is a dock from which you can fish if that's your jam. The park abuts on Ryan Lake.
- (4414 Upton Ave. N,
, 612-230-6400, website
) Victory Park is a great neighborhood park that has amenities for everyone. For the more sporty type of person, there is a basketball court, soccer field, and a tennis court. If you just want to relax while surrounded by nature, there is picnic area where you can have a bite to eat. There's a playground area for the younger set, too. There is also a wading pool if you'd like to slash around in water on a hot summer day. There is also an annual Memorial Day concert sponsored the Webber Community Center and the Victory Neighborhood Association.
Victory Prairie Off-Leash Dog Park
- (4701 Russell Ave. N,
, 612-230-6400, website
) Victory Prairie Off-Leash Dog Park is one of seven Minneapolis off-leash dog parks in which dogs are able to run free and have fun with canine companions. It's nearly three acres and completely fenced in. There are lots of lush greenery for the dogs to enjoy running through as well as more worn areas that are better for rugged adventures. It also has a Little Free Library so the humans can read while their dogs are playing. There are plenty of paths and water bowls, and there are cute birdhouses dotting the landscape as well. In fact, there is something for everyone.
- (4300 Webber Pkwy.,
, 612-370-4916, website
) Webber Park is a neighborhood favorite because it's filled with greenery and lots of water. There is a natural swimming pool if you like to frolic in the water, and there is a walking path if you want to wander around and enjoy the environment--there is also a biking path which can function similarly. There is a playground area for the kids to play in and there is a picnic area when you want to have a little break and a bite to eat. For the sporty types, the park has a tennis court and an ice skating rink. There is also a garden which you can explore as well.
City Afrique Restaurant
- (4326 Lyndale Ave. N,
, 612-353-6084, website
) City Afrique Restaurant was opened in 1984 by Bea Karngar because she loved to cook and wanted to bring the flavors of Liberia/West Africa to Minneapolis. The decor is homey and inviting, and the service is friendly. The food is homemade, and the menu is vast. It includes Palm Butter Fufu Dish, Torborgee Rice Dish, Attieke & Fried Tilapia Fish Platter, and Plantain & Chicken Wings. It's a great place to try something new every time you visit.
Corner Coffee Camden
- (4155 Thomas Ave. N,
, 612-404-4348, website
) Corner Coffee Camden is one of three Corner Coffee coffee shops in Minneapolis. It is a cozy place to hang out with friends and sip a latte or espresso. The decor is dark and woody, and the service is always with a smile. The atmosphere is relaxed with a big couch which is perfect for flopping on. They appreciate local artists by hanging their art on their walls which adds to the hominess. They work with Artemly in order to make those connections with local artists. They have Iced Matcha, Shrub Coffee, Chai Latte, and Blue Mocha. On the food side, they offer Butter Bar, Zoe's Pastries (from Zoe's Bakery), Sriracha Egg Salad, and more. They also sell assorted items such as honey and a Corner Coffee beanie.
El Burrito Cubano
- (4729 Lyndale Ave. N,
) El Burrito Cubano is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it eatery that is bare and minimalistic inside. The atmosphere is low-key, and the service is amicable. The food is Cuban and the menu reflects that. It includes burritos, Cubanos (sandwich), chimichangas, Cuban egg rolls, and empanadas. For dessert, try the tres leches or flan as a satisfying sweet ending to your meal.
- (4707 Lyndale Ave. N,
, 612-521-8206, website
) FireBox Deli is a BBQ joint with an unassuming exterior and a red/black decor on the inside. The service is friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed and casual. If you are craving flavorful and juicy barbecued meat, this is the place for you. The menu includes pork ribs, chicken wings, beef brisket, pulled pork, and more. They have pulled pork sandwiches and beef brisket sandwiches as well. They also have a whole array of sides, including mac-n-cheese, fries, collard greens, and sweet potatoes.
Joy Luck Restaurant
- (4201 Webber Pkwy.,
, 612-287-0005, website
) Joy Luck Restaurant is a Chinese restaurant that has all your comfort food favorites. The restaurant's decor is unassuming and spare, and the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. The service is friendly. The menu includes Sweet & Sour Chicken, Bar-B-Q Spare Ribs, Szechuan Beef, and Baby Shrimp with Cashew Nuts. They do delivery.
Mykonos Coffee & Grill
- (4171 Lyndale Ave. N,
, 612-367-4676, website
) Mykonos Coffee & Grill is a neighborhood favorite that specializes in breakfast and lunch. It has colorful walls that are both calming and cheering. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is friendly. The menu includes gyros, a breakfast sandwich, a mushroom and Swiss burger, and assorted desserts, and more.
- (4330 Lyndale Ave. N,
, 612-353-6804, website
) Northside Steakhouse is unassuming on the outside and looks like a 50s diner on the inside with its red-and-white checkered floor. The service is friendly and fast, and there's plenty to choose from. The menu includes a wide variety of dishes, such as a New York strip steak, BBQ chicken, burritos, and a catfish dinner. They also have sandwiches, burgers, and other dinner combinations. Their sides include cheese curds, baked potatoes, and mac & cheese.
The Thirsty Whale Bakery
- (4149 Fremont Ave. N,
, 612-259-7168, website
) The Thirsty Whale Bakery was opened in 2018 by the aptly named by Megan and Kyle Baker who are highly-regarded pastry chefs. They are creative with their pastries and they are always eager to work with their customers to ensure the aesthetics and deliciousness of their creations. They are known for their donuts, each more beautiful and tasty than the one before. These include seasonal treats such as Pumpkin Cheesecake Bismarck and their regular donuts such as Salted Caramel Mocha, The Elvis, Maple Raised Ring, and Cream Cheese Persian. They have other pastries such as Nutella Croissant. On the cake side, they custom-make cakes for all occasion such as weddings, and the flavors include Honeywine Moscato, Chocolate Orange, and Banana.
Tori 44 Ramen
- (2203 44th Ave. N,
, 612-345-7078, website
) Tori 44 Ramen was opened in 2018 by the owner of Tori Ramen in St. Paul. It is a Japanese restaurant that focuses on ramen, naturally (with a few Korean dishes), and became an instant neighborhood favorite when it opened. The decor is sleek and modern with an industrial bent, and the service is friendly. The ramen menu includes Dan Dan Noodles n' Chill, Kor Dee Yuh, and Dra(MN). Their non-ramen menu includes K-Pop Chicken Sammy, Vegan Kimchi, and J-Pop Potato Salad Side. On the drink side, they have Chemistry Pinot Noir, Hamms, and Broken Clock Crowler. They have patio dining when the weather permits.
Camden Tavern & Grill
- (4601 Lyndale Ave. N,
, 612-529-4490, website
) The Camden Tavern & Grill is a low-key neighborhood joint that is a great place to chill with friends and a pint. They have darts and music, and sometimes, there's karaoke. The decor is mostly wood and the atmosphere is relaxed. The service is friendly and drinks flow during Happy Hour. Their breakfast menu includes Carnivore Omelet, Corned Beef Hash, Breakfast Sandwich, and more. Their lunch and dinner menu has dishes such as Pork Burger, Hot Beef Sandwich, Camden Special (homemade pizza), and Battered Cod.
- (4154 Fremont Ave. N,
, 612-521-3373, website
) T-Shoppe Bar has been considered one of the best dive bars in North Minneapolis. It has a casual atmosphere and friendly service. It's the last 3,2 bar in the nation. It's owned by Marion and Joe Abell, and they have worked hard to foster a welcoming atmosphere for their customers. They have pizza if you have the munchies and they have frosted tankards if you want to keep your beer ice-cold. It's a great place to go with some friends just to hang out and have a few beers.
Community Arts & Recreation
Hopewell Music Cooperative North
- (4350 Fremont Ave. N,
, 612-466-0696, website
) Hopewell Music Cooperative North was opened in 2012 by two Northside music teachers who were frustrated with the shrinking resources for music classes in Minneapolis North. 50 students enrolled for the Lesson Program, which was the start of a steady growth that reached over 700 students by 2018. In 2013, they added an Ensemble Program because there aren't any ensembles in North Minneapolis. They are dedicated to making the lives of their students and members of the community better through music. They offer a sliding-scale tuition and financial assistance to anyone who needs it. They want everyone to be able to enjoy the benefits of music.
Lind Community Garden
- (51st and Dupont Ave. N,
, 415-378-0461, website
) Lind Community Garden is on the campus of the Jenny Lind Elementary School to the northern side. It's managed and maintained by the Lind-Bonhanon Neighborhood Association. It has raised garden plots for better gardening, and it's a great place to gather with other green-thumbed people who are interested in growing an abundant supply of produce. During summer, fellow gardeners trade tips (and produce!) as they happily toil away in the soil. They give the excess to a food shelf, which is a win-win for everyone.