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Minneapolis Parks
Adams Triangle - ( 4100 37th Ave. S, 612-230-6400, website)

Adams Triangle is a small section of greenery in the midst of the city. They're a nice way to add a splash of color to the neighborhood.

Armatage Park - ( 2500 W 57th Street, 612-370-4912, website)

The only park in Armatage is called Armatage Park. Named after Maude Armatage, the park and recreation center has a wide assortment of playing fields and even a Tier 1 skateboard park. The park also has a state-of-the-art playground with all kinds of swings as well as a climbing wall; baseball, soccer, football, and softball fields; hockey rink; picnic area; wading pool; and public art.

Audobon Park - ( 1320 29th Ave. NE, 612-370-4910, website)

Audobon Park is tucked away behind a hill, and it's a nice place to take a breath away from the hectic nature of your day-to-day life. It has a walking path, a place you can play tennis, a basketball court, a softball field, and a soccer field. It also has a wading pool to frolic in, a Little Free Library so you can engage in books exchange, a playground, and a picnic area.

Bde Maka Ska Park - ( 3000 Bde Maka Ska Parkway, 612-230-6400, website)

is on one of the best-known lakes in Minneapolis, and in the land of ten thousand lakes, that's saying a lot. There is a ton to do at this park, including archery, fishing (including ice fishing), biking paths, and more. There is a soccer field, a softball field, a (sand) volleyball court, and a picnic area as well. It is vast and lush, and it's the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon with families and/or friends. (Formerly known as Lake Calhoun Park)

Beard's Plaisance - ( 4525 Upton Ave S, 612-230-6400, website)

is one of the oldest parks in Minneapolis and lines the shores of Lake Harriet. It was named after Henry Beard who in one of three men who donated the land to the city in 1884. This park offers a playground and tennis courts, but is best known as a picnic spot. It has a great picnic shelter and a wonderful view of the lake.

Bohanon Park - ( 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.

Boom Island Park - ( 724 Sibley St. NE, 612-230-6400, website)

Boom Island Park is known primarily for one thing--the Boom Island Lighthouse. It's a functioning lighthouse that is a beacon during the winter and a fun attraction in the summer. In addition to the lighthouse, there are several other features such as a walking path and a biking path, a boat dock, a playground for the children, and a picnic area.

Bossen Field Park - ( 5701 S 28th Ave, 612-230-6400, website)

Bossen Field Park was mostly created to suit the Bossen Fields. There are a number of fields at the location along with a basketball court and sports facility. There is also a playground and a pool. These are just a handful of parks that make Minneapolis the best park system in the country.

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.

Cavell Park - ( 3435 Fillmore St. NE, 612-230-6400, website)

Cavell Park is a small neighborhood park with plenty to do. It has a softball field, a baseball field, a tennis court, a basketball court, a playground for kids, and a picnic area. It's a great place to chat with neighbors or to go on a sunny summer day with the family and/or friends.

Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park - ( Between 35W bridges and Plymouth Ave. N,, 612-230-6400, website)

Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park is over 71 acres, and it is surrounded by historic sites. There is a wonder to gape at no matter where you go, and there is a walking path to take you on that journey. There is also a wading pool if you like to splash around, and there's an amphitheater with a bandstand for music in the park in the summer. There is a garden for the flower lovers, and there is public art for the, well, art lovers. There is a boat dock, a playground for the kids, and a picnic area as well.

Columbia Park - ( 800 Columbia Pkwy., 612-230-6400, website)

Columbia Park is a tranquil place of greenery with a lot to offer. It's known for the Columbia Golf Club and the Columbia Golf Driving Range and Learning Center, both of which are associated with the golf course, but it has plenty more to offer. It has archery, a horseshoe pit, a walking path and a cross-country ski trail, a soccer field, a rugby field, a tennis court, a playground, and sledding/tubing.

Dell Park - ( 4401 Thomas Ave S, 612-230-6400, website)

is one of the small parks that brightens up the neighborhood. It's very green and has benches so you can and enjoy said greenery.

Deming Heights Park - ( 1115 St. Anthony Pkwy., 612-230-6400, website)

Deming Heights Park is known for its hills, and it's great for hill running. It has a walking path if you'd like to enjoy the greenery at a more sedate pace. It also has a picnic area if you want to have a leisurely meal on a nice summer day.

Elliot Park - ( 1000 E 14th St.,, 612-370-4772, website)

Elliot Park is a popular neighborhood park that is filled with many activities. It has a wading pool if you want to take a dip. For those who prefer to remain dry, there is a baseball/softball diamond, a basketball court, and a soccer field. There is also a skate park for the boarders, and walking paths if that's more your speed. There is a playground for the kids, and there is a picnic area with a grill when you want to take a break.

Farview Park - ( 621 N 29th Ave.,, 612-370-4922, website)

Farview Park is nearly 21 acres of fun, greenery, and athletic activities. There are many green trees to enjoy looking at as you stroll down the walking path or pump your way through the biking path. If you're up for a game of ball, there is a softball diamond, a football field, and a basketball court. There is a wading pool if you want to cool down and there is a playground area for the younger set. In addition, there is a grill if you want to have a nice picnic in the middle of your fun. The view of Downtown Minneapolis is fantastic as well.

Farwell Park - ( 1201 N Sheridan Ave.,, 612-230-6400, website)

Farwell Park is a small and quiet neighborhood park that offers you a moment of respite and a calming and green surrounding during your hectic life. There is a playground area so kids can have fun to their hearts' content. There is also a picnic area in which you can gather and have a family barbecue, a picnic, or just a little rest.

Franklin Terrace Off-Leash Dog Park - ( 925 Franklin Terrace, 612-230-6400, website)
Fuller Park - ( 4800 Grand Ave S, 612-370-4963, website)

Tangletown neighborhood only has one official park, Fuller Park. It was named after a local feminist named Margaret Fuller who lived in the mid-1800s. Fuller Park has a well-loved playground, a wading pool, garden, picnic area, basketball court, and a walking path. Inside the building, there’s a community kitchen, computer lab, craft room, meeting room, and a multipurpose room. The park is located on the corners of West 48th Street and Grand Avenue South.

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.

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Grass Lake isn’t officially a park, but it’s still a great place to get some exercise. Bike or walk around the lake and enjoy tons of trees and peaceful nature scenery.

Hiawatha Golf Club - ( 4553 Longfellow Ave, 612-724-7715, website)

The Hiawatha Golf Course offers a space to golf, golfing classes and leagues, and a restaurant.

Hiawatha School Park - ( 4305 E 42nd St., 612-370-4952, website)

Hiawatha School Park is part of the Hiawatha School property, but it also has a lot to offer for the community as well because it is open to the public. The park has an ice rink in the winter, a garden, sport courts and fields, a small pool, a playground, and a picnic area. It’s great for both the school and the community.

Jordan Park - ( 2927 N Irving Ave.,, 612-230-6400, website)

Jordan Park is a small and cozy neighborhood park that is a great place to go to hang out with friends and/or family. It's a little pocket of space that allows members of the community to gather and get a bit of activity. If you're more sporty, there is a baseball/softball field. There is also a wading pool in which you can splash. There is a playground area for the younger set and there is a grill if you feel like grilling up some food.

Keewaydin Park and Recreation Center - ( 3030 E 53rd St, 612-370-4956, website)

Keewaydin Park is much smaller and connected to Keewaydin Elementary school. It has a picnic area and playground, sports fields and a small pool.

Kenny Park - ( 1328 W 58th St, 612-370-4901, website)

Although Kenny only has one park, Kenny Park, it is generously spacious (with 9.23 acres of land) and entertainment-filled. Kenny Park is named after Sister Elizabeth Kenny. The park itself offers baseball, soccer, and softball fields; basketball and tennis courts; an ice skating rink, picnic area, play ground, hockey rink, and a wading pool.

Lake Calhoun Park - ( 3000 Calhoun Parkway, 612-230-6400, website)

is on one of the best-known lakes in Minneapolis, and in the land of ten thousand lakes, that's saying a lot. There is a ton to do at this park, including archery, fishing (including ice fishing), biking paths, and more. There is a soccer field, a softball field, a (sand) volleyball court, and a picnic area as well. It is vast and lush, and it's the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon with families and/or friends. (Now known as Bde Maka Ska Park)

Lake Harriet Park - ( 4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway, 612-230-6400, website)

is on perhaps the busiest lake in Minneapolis. It has a bandshell that hosts many popular concerts during the summer.  It also has a biking path, a walking path, and a boating dock. In addition, it has an elaborate fountain that is a sight to behold, a playground for the kids, and a picnic area. Your family and friends will all have a great time here.

Lake Harriet Park - ( 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, 612-230-6400, website)

Lake Harriet Park is a favorite for all of Minneapolis. It’s most well known feature is the band shell, which is right on the lake and hosts many different music groups and other shows and it even plays movies, throughout the warmer months. The park also has several beaches along with a walking/biking path that goes all the way around Lake Harriet. There is a garden, a dock and a pier, a playground and picnic area, and even a beautiful fountain at this park.

Lake Hiawatha Park - ( 2701 E 44th Street, 612-370-4930, website)

is a huge park of 241 acres of space. The land features trees, wide spaces, picnic areas, and the beautiful Hiawatha Lake. The park also includes a basketball court, tennis court, cross-country ski trail, footgolf, fishing, hockey and ice skating rinks, a horseshoe pit, playgrounds, public art, soccer and softball fields, and a wading pool.

Lake Nokomis Park - ( 2401 E Minnehaha Parkway, 612-370-4923, website)

is one of the most well known parks in south Minneapolis. The park is right on the shores of Lake Nokomis and has so many different things to offer. There are sport fields and courts, walking, biking paths and skiing paths, a pool, a boat dock, a playground, art, fountains, a fishing pier, a grill and picnic area, an ice rink, and a horseshoe pit. But the community really enjoys the beach. It is one of the larger beaches on the Minneapolis lakes.

Linden Hills Park - ( 3100 W 43rd Street, 612-370-4913, website)

suitably named for the neighborhood, has much to offer including playgrounds, sports fields and courts, a pool in the summer and an ice rink in the winter. Tennis is a large draw here. It also has a rec center that has many activities to offer for both adults and children that stretch the body and the mind.

Logan Recreation Center - ( 690 13th Ave. NE, 612-370-4927, website)

Logan Recreation Center is a neighborhood rec center with many amenities. In the center itself, there is a computer lab, a gym, and a craft room. Outdoors, there is a softball field, an ice-skating rink, and a walking path. For the kids, there is a playground and a wading pool. There is also a picnic area for when you want to take a break from the activities and enjoy the sun on your face.

Longfellow Park and Recreation Center - ( 3435 36th Ave. S, 612-370-4957, website)

Longfellow Park is a place for the community to gather and to engage in many activities. Some of those include tumbling class, MEA basketball clinic, youth volleyball, and music monkeys. They have a basketball court, a football field, a hockey rink, an ice skating rink, and much more. There is something for everyone here.

Lyndale Farmstead Off-Leash Dog Park - ( 3845 Dupont Ave S, 612-230-6400, website)

Not only are there parks for people, but there are parks for dogs too. For instance, Lyndale Farmstead Off-Leash Dog Park is a completely fenced off park for the safety and enjoyment of dogs. The park does require a permit to bring your dogs to the park, with a $35 annual fee, or a $5 fee for just a day.

Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center - ( 3900 Bryant Ave S, 612-370-4948, website)

Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center (3900 Bryant Ave S 612-370-4948) is a park that is very family-play friendly. With a biking path; football, soccer, and softball fields; a garden; ice skating rink; tennis court; walking path; and playground; the Lyndale Farmstead Recreation Center is a great place to take kids to goof off outside.

Lyndale Park Rose Garden - ( 4124 Roseway Road, 612-230-6400, website)

Lyndale Park Rose Garden (4124 Roseway Road 612-230-6400) is the second oldest public rose garden in the country. They have 3,000 different types of plants in 100 varieties, located on a 1.5 acre space. Founded in 1946, the Lyndale Park Rose Garden also features an Italian fountain installed by Frank Heffelfinger in 1947.

Lynnhurst Park - ( 1345 E Minnehaha Pkwy, 612-370-4914, website)

Lynnhurst Park is obviously named after the neighborhood and has a lot to offer. It has a playground, a biking/walking path, sport courts and fields, and an ice rink in the winter for skating and hockey. The park is also located only two blocks from Lake Harriet.

Marshall Terrace Park - ( 2740 Marshall St. NE, 612-230-6400, website)

Marshall Terrace Park (2740 Marshall St. NE, 612-230-6400) is a cozy neighborhood park with several fun amenities. This includes a softball field, a basketball court, a baseball field, and a wading pool. It also has a playground for the kids and a picnic area so you can enjoy a tasty meal with your family/friends.

Matthews Park - ( 2318 29th Ave S, 612-370-4950, website)

Matthews Park has many different amenities including sport courts and fields, a garden and grill, an ice rink as well as a broomball rink, a biking and walking path, a sand volleyball court, a pool, a playground and a picnic area. The park also has many different kinds of trees and one is known for how large it is because people cannot wrap their arms around it.

McRae Park - ( 906 E 47th Street, 612-370-4909, website)

The only park in Field-Regina-Northrop is called McRae Park. McRae Park has a baseball, football, and softball field; a basketball court and tennis court; hockey rink and broomball rink; playground; picnic area; and a wading pool.

Mill Ruins Park - ( 102 Portland Ave. S,, 612-230-6400, website)

Mill Ruins Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the story of milling in Minnesota. It is next to the  Stone Arch Bridge, and it is a great place to wander around and explore, taking in the breathtaking view around you. There are walking paths and biking paths to aid you in your desire to see what the area has to offer.

Minnehaha Regional Park - ( 4801 S Minnehaha Dr., 612-230-6400, website)

Minnehaha Regional Park (4801 S Minnehaha Dr., 612-230-6400), covering almost 170 acres, is a favorite for many Minnesotans. It is home to the 53-foot high Minnehaha Falls, which has a Native American background and many tales told about it. The well-known Hiawatha Statue is also located within this park. It is a representation of a poem called ‘The Song of Hiawatha’, which was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, the man this neighborhood association was named after. Aside from the falls, the park has many hiking and biking paths throughout, a dog run, and a wading pool. For city residents the park offers a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and venture out into nature.

Mississippi Gorge Regional Park - ( 5114 Mississippi River Blvd. S, 612-230-6400, website)

Mississippi Gorge Regional Park is located right along the Mississippi River and has trails and picnic shelters. It is pristine and untouched as it was set aside expressly for this purpose, and people enjoy visiting it as a respite from the world around them and their regular lives. This is actually what most people love about it.

Morris Park and Recreation Center - ( 5531 39th Ave S, 612-370-4934, website)

Morris Park is a typical park with a picnic area and playground, sport fields and a pool, but what makes it unique is the skate park. It is one of the few parks in Minneapolis that has a skate park.

Nokomis Naturescape Garden - ( 5000 E Lake Nokomis Pkwy, 612-724-5652, website)

Nokomis Naturescape Garden (5000 E Lake Nokomis Pkwy, 612-724-5652) is on the shores of Lake Nokomis and home to many monarch butterflies. These are beautiful gardens that are maintained by volunteers.

North Commons Park - ( 1801 James Ave. N,, 612-370-4921, website)

North Commons Park was established in 1907 and has been enjoyed by many in the community ever since. It has been updated and upgraded in the years it's been around, and now it's a happening hot spot in the neighborhood. There is a dizzying array of things to do at this park, especially if you're the sporty type. There is a baseball field, a basketball court, a softball diamond, a soccer field, and more. There is also a hockey rink and and ice-skating rink if you prefer your activity on ice. There is a walking path and a biking path if you prefer seeing the park in all its glory; there is plenty of greenery to enjoy in this manner. It is known for its water park which includes a 3-story water slide and a splash pad. There is a Little Free Library so you can exchange books while visiting the park. There is a playground for kids to enjoy and a picnic area for everyone to have a break and a bite to eat.

 

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.

Northeast Athletic Field Park - ( 1615 Pierce St. NE, 612-370-4920, website)

Northeast Athletic Field Park is the place to go if you are into playing sports. There are several fields/courts, including a football field, a baseball field, a soccer field, a softball field, a tennis court, and a basketball court. There is also a water park if you are more into aquatic fun. There is also a walking path if you prefer a more solitary and sedate form of exercise, and a playground for the young ones. There is also a picnic area for you to enjoy a nice meal after a day of fun and frolic.

Northeast Recreation Center - ( 1530 Johnson St. NE, 612-370-4920, website)

Northeast Recreation Center is a new facility with top-notch equipment opened in 2018, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Inside, there is a game area with table tennis and foosball, a gym, a walking track, and more. Outside is a sports' lover's delight. There is soccer field, a baseball field, a tennis court, a water park, a walking path, and much, much more. Take your family or take your friends, and you're sure to have a great time.

Pershing Park - ( 3523 W 48th St, 612-370-4928, website)

Pershing Park, named after General John “Blackjack” Pershing, a commander of American forces in WWI, is a kid-inviting, fun place to bring the family. The park offers a multi-purpose room, kitchen, lounge, arts and crafts room, baseball/softball fields, basketball court, soccer fields, playground, tennis court, wading pool, and walking paths. The park is open throughout the week, however, the recreation building is only open on weekdays.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park - ( 4055 Nicollet Ave S, 612-370-4908, website)

was named for the civil rights activist following his death earlier in the year (October 9, 1968). Previously, the park had been called Nicollet Field. This park features a baseball field, basketball court, football field, playground, picnic area, a walking path, and more. It is known for the sculpture, Freedom Form #2, by nationally-renowned sculpture, Daniel LaRue Johnson, and honors Dr. King with its symbolism of friendship through outreach.

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.

Sibley Park - ( 1900 E 40th Street, 612-370-4954, website)

is one of Standish’s main attractions, with its tennis court, basketball court, hockey and ice skating rink, tot lot, soccer field, softball field, wading pool, and panoramic walking paths. Visitors can also enjoy the garden’s wildflowers and roses in the warmer months.

Sumner Field Park - ( 901 N Aldrich Ave.,, 612-230-6400, website)

Sumner Field Park is a union of lovely greenery and an urban environment in which you can de-stress while going about your hectic day. There is a tranquil walking path that you can stroll down at a leisurely pace. Lots of lush trees that provide shade as you walk and you can talk your canine companion with you if you wish. It's a nice break from the usual city scene and there's a bubbling creek to provide some soothing background noise.

The Longfellow Gardens - ( 3933 E Minnehaha Pkwy, 612-230-6400, website)

The Longfellow Gardens are also located within the neighborhood association. It is a landscape garden along a creek dedicated to the writer and poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who wrote a poem about Minnehaha Falls. There is also a replica of his home near the gardens.

The Nokomis East Gateway Gardens - ( 4224 E 50th St, 612-724-5652, website)

The Nokomis East Gateway Gardens were developed after the blue line of the light rail came through the area and left some land unused. This land was turned into beautiful wildlife gardens.

Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary - ( 4124 Roseway Road, 612-230-6400, website)

Right next to the Lyndale Park Rose Garden is Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary (4124 Roseway Road 612-230-6400). The Sanctuary offers wetland, prairie, and forest habitats across a 33 acre preserve for people to enjoy birdwatching and hiking. With a mission to identify and conserve areas for birds, the Sanctuary wants to help people connect to nature.

Victory Park - ( 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.

Waite Park - ( 1810 34th Ave. NE, 612-370-4959, website)

Waite Park is connected to a nearby school, Waite Community School, so they share a lot of programming. There is a lot to do here as you may have guessed. There is a softball field, a soccer field, a volleyball (sand) court, a baseball field, a football field, a basketball court, a horseshoe pit, and a tennis court. It also has a walking path, a wading pool, and a picnic area. There is a Little Free Library if you feel like reading a book or donating a book.

Waveland Park - ( 4300 Chowen Ave S, 612-230-6400, website)

is a small neighborhood park that affords the community members a moment of respite in their busy daily lives. It's leafy and green, and it's a breath of fresh air. It also has tennis courts if you want to play a set or two.

Webber Park - ( 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.

Willard Park - ( 1626 Queen Ave. N,, 612-230-6400, website)

Willard Park is a popular neighborhood park where people like to go to hang out with their friends and family. It's a great place to go if you want to play baseball or basketball. In addition, it has a playground that is the delight of the younger set and a picnic area in which you can rest and have a bite to eat. There is also a wading pool to splash in if you're hot and want to cool down.

William Berry Park - ( 3810 Richfield Road, 612-230-6400, website)

contains undeveloped land that is rigorously guarded because it contains specimens of plants from the early days of the neighborhood. Some of the plants include Dutchman's breeches, wood anemones, and blue cohosh. There are plenty of birds, too, for those who love our feathered friends. The park also has a playground and a picnic area.

Windom Northeast Park - ( 2251 NE Hayes St., 612-370-4905, website)

Windom Northeast Park is a neighborhood park that has a lot to offer for anyone who likes outdoor fun. It has many fields/courts, including a baseball field, a soccer field, a tennis court, a pickleball court, a basketball court, a football field, and a softball field. For the winter sports-loving fans, there is a hockey rink, an ice-skating rink, and a broomball rink. It also has a wading pool if you just want to cool down on a hot summer's day. There is also a new playground for the children, a Little Free Library if you want to give or take a book, and a picnic area.

Windom Northeast Recreation Center - ( 2251 Hayes St. NE, 612-370-4905, website)

Windom Northeast Recreation Center is a neighborhood gathering place that is fun for kids of all ages. It has a gym, a craft room, and a computer lab. For the more sporty types, there is a tennis court, a baseball field, a football field, and more. If you like vigorous activities in the winter, it also has a broomball rink, a hockey rink, and an ice-skating rink. If you just want to soak up the sun in the summer and read, there is a Little Free Library and a picnic area. It also has a wading pool and a playground including a zip-line for the kids.

Minneapolis Restaurants
A & J Fish & Chicken - ( 500 E Lake Street, 612-825-7000, website)
A Baker’s Wife Pastry Shop - ( 4200 S 28th Ave S, 612-729-6898, website)

If you’re looking for fresh pastries, A Baker’s Wife Pastry Shop (4200 S 28th Ave, 612-729-6898 ) is a great option for delicious and unique bread with a wide selection. Unassuming, this shop is much more than it looks. It is well known in the community and provides one of our most basic staples, the doughnut.

Addis Ababa Ethiopian Restaurant & Bar - ( 2713 E Lake St, 612-545-5686, website)
Afro Deli - ( 705 S Marquette Ave.,, 612-584-4242, website)

Afro Deli in Downtown Minneapolis, located in the Baker Center, is one of four of these 'urban fast-casual' restaurants, started and owned by Abdirahman Kahin. His aim was to provide a gathering space for members of the community to meet, eat, and socialize. The food is African with influences from the Mediterranean, America, and more. All the food is Halal, and the dishes are made daily. The restaurant is colorful and vibrant, and the atmosphere is cheery. The menu includes Afro Steak Dinner, Chicken Curry, and Lamb Gyros. They have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options.

Agra Culture - ( 3717 W 50th Street, 612-345-5442, website)

A fresh, healthy restaurant is Agra Culture. With food served over the counter, rustic decor, and cafe-like environment, stop by for a quick and refreshing meal.

Al Vento - ( 5001 34th Ave S, 612-724-3009, website)

Another community favorite restaurant is Al Vento. This restaurant features a taste of Italy right here in South Minneapolis.

Angry Catfish Bicycle and Coffee Bar - ( 4208 S 28th Ave, 612-722-1538, website)
Arezzo Ristorante - ( 5057 France Ave S, 612-285-7444, website)

Arezzo Ristorante is a hearty Italian restaurant, based on Italy’s hidden treasure. Named after a city with honored paintings, medieval castles, and rustic villages, the restaurant serves an expansive variety of pastas, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and desserts.

Bacon Social House - ( 700 S 3rd St.,, 612-428-7107, website)

Bacon Social House is a restaurant that is focused on, well, bacon. It is the third of three with the other two being in Colorado. It has a contemporary and understated decor with a relaxed atmosphere. The service is great as well. For the bacon lovers, the menu includes dishes such as Bacon Flight, Bacon Shrimp & Grits, Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf, and Bacon Cobb (salad). They have several vegetarian and/or gluten-free options as well, including Chopped Kale & Chicken Salad (GF), Veggie Bowl (V, GF), BSH Classic Red Chili (GF), and Beyond Burger (V). Drinks-wise, they have cocktails, beer, and wine.

BaGu Sushi & Thai - ( 4741 Chicago Ave S, 612-823-5254, website)
Beaujo's Wine Bar & Bistro - ( 4950 France Ave. S, 952-922-8974, website)

is a warm and cozy restaurant in neighboring Edina that is perfect for a night out on the town. Their staff is friendly and knowledgeable about wines. They have over 30 kinds of wines, along with a variety of domestic and imported beers. They also have food, including the Beaujo burger, shrimp with a spicy tamarind sauce, and the pan-fried cod sandwich. Their menu includes desserts and coffees, too.

Bep Eatery - ( 100 S 5th St.,, 612-338-5189, website)

Bep Eatery, a Vietnamese restaurant, was opened in 2015 by Thanh and Mark Myhre. It became such a hit, they opened a second Bep Eatery less than two years later to keep up with demand. The restaurant is small and sleek, and the service is fast and friendly. The food is served in a Chipotle-style line up where you choose your toppings, and the menu includes Pho, Banh Mi, Vermicelli Salad, and Spring Rolls. They do catering , too.

Berry Sweet Kitchen - ( 5406 S 34th Ave, 612-345-7376, website)

If you’re looking for a genuinely homemade meal you need to stop at the Berry Sweet Kitchen. This restaurant uses all natural and fresh ingredients to create some of the tastiest and most beautiful masterpieces when it comes to food!

Best Steak & Gyros House - ( 1914 Chicago Ave S, 612-879-0882, website)
Betty Danger's Country Club - ( 2501 Marshall St NE, 612-315-4997, website)

Betty Danger's is a zany nightclub with a whole backstory as to who Betty is. She's the 'youngest sister' of Saint Sabrina and Psycho Suzi, all three establishments are owned by Leslie Bock. The tagline is, "A Country Club for the 99%", and their aim is for everyone to have a fun time in this retro-flavored restaurant/bar. The menu includes amusing seasonal names such as Mary's Bloody, Mrs. Claus Chicken & Brie Sandwich, Roasted Chestnuts, and Turkey Leftovers. For dessert, try the Baked Alaska Flambe. They also have vegan options. On the drink side, sip on a Santa's Bootleg or the Very Naughty Hot Chocolate. They offer a membership which "is never required...it's just less dull."

Big Marina Grill and Deli - ( 128 W Lake St, 612-823-1127, website)
Bill’s Garden Chinese Gourmet - ( 4209 S 28th Ave S, 612-721-4565, website)

Bill’s Garden Chinese Gourmet is a Chinese restaurant with traditional Chinese dishes like Lo Mein, Fried Rice, etc.

Birchwood Café - ( 3311 E 25th St, 612-722-4474, website)

The Birchwood Cafe is very involved in the community. The food is all fresh from local farmers and very unique with an at home feel. The menu is full of organic and vegetarian options as well, serving breakfast lunch and dinner. The extensive menu includes buttermilk fried chicken, a vegetable quiche, and the Birchwood Benedict, to name a few. The café supports the work of local artists and puts on many events with the desire to bring the community together.

Blackbird Cafe - ( 3800 Nicollet Ave. S, 612-823-4790, website)

Blackbird Cafe is a contemporary yet down-to-earth restaurant that features local products and made-from-scratch dishes. They've been serving hearty fare to the neighborhood for over ten years, and they do it with a smile. Their menus are seasonal, but they always offer the ever-popular pickle plate. Some of the other dishes have been boudin blanc, a walleye po'boy, and squid ink tagliatelle. They have vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options as well.

Blue Nile Restaurant & Lounge - ( 2027 E Franklin Ave, 612-338-3000, website)
Boiler Room Coffee - ( 1830 3rd Ave S, 612-886-2285, website)
Boss’ Pizza & Chicken - ( 5501 S 34th Ave, 612-727-2677, website)

Boss’ Pizza & Chicken is a newer spot that has only been open in Minneapolis since 2014. It is quickly becoming a favorite because of it’s quality food, delivery services, and the fact that it is open until 3am! This gives you a taste of the many other restaurants in the area.

Bread & Pickle - ( 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, 612-767-9009, website)

is situated on the waterfront of Lake Harriet, serving an American style grill and seafood menu on a seasonal basis. They are environmentally conscious and use locally-farmed ingredients when possible. Many people stop here for ice cream or a bite to eat on their stroll around the lake. It is right next to the Lake Harriet Bandshell where, throughout the summer, music and other shows are performed.

Broadway Bar & Pizza - ( 2025 West River Rd.,, 612-529-7745, website)

Broadway Bar & Pizza is part of a local chain with this being the flagship restaurant. It has been around in one form or the  other since 1953 and is a neighborhood favorite. The pizza recipe was brought directly from Italy to Minneapolis and it's allowed the restaurant to win awards for their pizza. The decor is simple and homey; the service is friendly, and; the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. Their menu includes a variety of foods such as hoagies, pasta, and burgers. What they are known for, however, of course, is their pizza. The pizza menu has such favorites as Eddie's Extra Special, Cajun Chicken, and Pork 'N Kraut. You can build your own pizza if you prefer, and they have vegan options as well as gluten-free options.

Broders' Cucina Italiana - ( 2308 W 50th Street, 612-925-3113, website)

Broders’ Cucina Italiana is an Italian restaurant that also includes a wine bar, pasta bar, deli, and catering. Like the formerly listed pizza places, Broders’ is a restaurant founded on a passion for food. Owners Molly and Tom had a desire to take cooking classes in Bologna, Italy. Their deli has been open since 1982, and since then, the entire restaurant has blossomed.

Bruegger's Bagel Bakery - ( 1433 E Franklin Ave #1, 612-871-8483, website)
Bruegger’s Bagels - ( 4412 France Ave S, 952-927-9446, website)
Butter Bakery Cafe - ( 3700 Nicollet Ave, 612-521-7401, website)

Butter Bakery Cafe is a well known cafe that serves breakfast, sandwiches, and baked goods. Hop on over for live music and seating both in and outdoors. Butter Bakery Cafe is a family-run cafe that welcomes people of all kinds and ages.

C & G's Smoking Barbeque - ( 4743 Nicollet Avenue, 612-825-3400, website)
Cafe Ena - ( 4601 Grand Ave, 615-824-4441, website)

Cafe Ena is a Latin Fusion Cuisine restaurant, with a fabulous seafood menu of lunch, dinner, and a side menu of fancy wines, beverages, and desserts. They take reservations and also do caterings--this restaurant is high quality and a great place to have a date or celebrate an anniversary.

Café Racer Kitchen - ( 2929 E 25th St, 612-208-1695, website)

Cafe Racer Kitchen is a contemporary rustic restaurant with a friendly staff. It serves tasty and healthy Latin American fare and even has a food truck in the area. They do catering as well. Their menu includes arepas y merelada, carne a la parrilla, and a Colombia street dog. In fact, they are well-known for their hot dogs. They have several gluten-free options and vegetarian options, too. The restaurant is a member of the Bicycle Benefits program and is a big supporter of the biking community in Minneapolis.

Cafeteria Las Tapatias - ( 301 E Lake Street #101, 612-824-6743, website)
Carbone’s Pizza & Pub - ( 4705 Cedar Ave S, 612-724-0063, website)

Carbone’s Pizza & Pub is a family pizzeria founded by Antoinette Carbone and her sons, Frankie and Mario. Opened in 1954, the restaurant uses traditional recipes from South Italy.

Cathay Chow Mein - ( 5457 Nicollet Ave S, 612-824-3358, website)

Cathay Chow Mein is a take-out Chinese restaurant with noodles, stir-fry, and rice.

Chatterbox Pub Linden Hills - ( 4501 France Ave S, 612-729-1800, website)
Chimborazo - ( 2851 Central Ave. NE, 612-788-1328, website)

Chimborazo is a cozy and welcoming Ecuadorian restaurant, opened by Marcos Pinguil, who wanted to bring the tastes of his homeland to share with Minneapolitans. The atmosphere is warm and bright, and the service is great. The menu includes yuca frita, sanduche de pernil, and chaulafan. They have several gluten-free options as well. They also have a brunch menu which includes tungurahua, a specialty pancake, churrasco. There are several tasty options, so there is something for everyone.

Chris & Rob’s Chicago’s Taste Authority - ( 3101 E 42nd Street, 612-729-5507, website)

Chris & Rob’s Chicago’s Taste Authority is a restaurant owned by the Dubnecay brothers. They claim to serve the only authentic Chicago food in the Twin Cities, with a motto of, “Take a BITE out of Chicago!”

Christos Greek Restaurant - ( 2632 Nicollet Ave, 612-871-2111, website)
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.

Coffee and Tea Limited - ( 2730 W 43rd St, 612-920-6344, website)
Colossal Cafe - ( 1839 E 42nd Street, 612-729-2377, website)

Head over to a simple eatery, Colossal Cafe. Colossal Cafe serves American style food made from scratch. Colossal Cafe began as a restaurant that changed names many times . . . until Elizabeth and John Tinucci purchased the cafe. Throughout the years, the goal of the cafe was to provide creative and natural dishes.

Coop Creamery Café - ( 2601 E Franklin Ave, 612-230-5575, website)
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.

Curran’s Restaurant - ( 4201 Nicollet Ave. S, 612-822-5327, website)

Curran's is a cheerful and friendly family restaurant (and family-owned by a second-generation Curran, Dennis) with lots of American comfort food such as nachos, burgers, and chicken wings. They also have liver and onions, sandwiches, and a tub of chicken--that's what they call it on their menu. They started as a root beer float in 1948, and they have served the neighborhood ever since.

Dairy Queen Brazier - ( 6014 Portland Ave S, 612-869-6171, website)
Driftwood - ( 4415 Nicollet Ave, 612-354-3402, website)

Visit Driftwood and enjoy live music, food, community, and ice cold beer.

Dunn Brothers Coffee - ( 2814 W 43rd St, 612-925-5669, website)
Eat Street Social - ( 18 W 26th Street, 612-767-6850, website)
Edwards Dessert Kitchen - ( 200 Washington Ave. N,, 612-800-0335, website)

Edwards Dessert Kitchen is located in North Loop Minneapolis, and it opened in 2018 with the intent of bringing luxurious desserts to Downtown Minneapolis. With Christina Kaelberer at the helm as general manager and executive pastry chef and Jasmine Rice as pastry chef, they are showcasing a wide array of delectable  sweets (and savories). The restaurant is light and airy, and the atmosphere is relaxed. The menu includes such delights as Rocher Mousse, Chocolate Bostock, Espresso & Cream Cake, and Pink Lemonade Souffle. They also have house-made ice cream. They have gluten-free options and vegan options, too. They also serve coffee, tea, beer, wine, and cocktails to round out your evening. They do catering as well.

El Burrito Cubano - ( 4729 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-588-7580, website)

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.

El Burrito Mercado - ( 4820 Chicago Ave S, 612-286-8089, website)

A family-friendly restaurant.

El Nuevo Mariachi Restaurant - ( 2750 Nicollet Ave, 612-871-5200, website)
Encore Sushi Karaoke Bar - ( 2111 E Franklin Ave, 612-889-3128, website)

The Encore Karoke and Sushi Lounge combines two favorites--sushi and karoke! Who doesn't love to eat sushi and sing karaoke, but hopefully not at the same time? Their menu involves a diverse range of options including hamachi jalapeno, curried shrimp, stir fry spicy udon, and all your favorite sushi. The Omakase Dish is a showcase of the chef's specialties, and it changes according to the whims of his mood. They have sashimi and maki as well, and the Encore Cajun Seafood Boil.

Evergreen Chinese - ( 2424 Nicollet Ave, 912-871-6801, website)
Family and Friends Coffee Company - ( 2821 30th Ave S, 612-532-3436, website)
FireBox Deli - ( 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.

Football Pizza - ( 2339 Central Ave. NE, 612-782-0169, website)

Football Pizza started out as the Crescent Moon Bakery, and it was known for it's Afghan dishes as well as its football-shaped pizzas. The latter was the talk of the town, and the name change reflects the popularity of the football pizzas. The restaurant is comfortable and casual, and the staff is friendly. On the Afghani side of the menu, it includes kabobs, tikkas, kourmas, and gyros. On the pizza side, there's a meat lovers pizza, a cheese lovers pizza, and a spinach lovers pizza among others. The baklava is a sweet ending to the meal.

Franklin Street Bakery - ( 1020 E Franklin Ave, 612-871-3109, website)
Gandhi Mahal Restaurant - ( 3009 27th Ave S, 612-729-5222, website)

Gandhi Mahal is warm and inviting Indian restaurant with a cozy atmosphere and a great staff. It opened in 2008 and has quickly become one of the favorite Indian restaurants in Minneapolis. They are passionate about sustainability and using quality ingredients (so much so, they grow some of their own food) along with providing a peaceful atmosphere to their customers. They are so committed to sustainability, they have several projects around it such as starting an urban backyard farm and two beehives on their rooftop. Their menu includes tandoori, korma, and curry dishes, and they have seasonal dishes as well. They have a daily lunch buffet as well as catering, too.

George & the Dragon - ( 813 W 50th St, 612-208-1047, website)

George & the Dragon is actually more of a bar. It serves all kinds of beers but also offers a menu with pub grub and lots of fried foods.

Glam Doll Donuts - ( 519 Central Ave. NE, 612-223-8071, website)

Glam Doll Donuts is the brainchild (and the second store, the first being on Eat Street) of Teresa Fox and Arwyn Birch in which they combine glamour, sass, and mouthwatering donuts. The store is funky fresh with a giant pink couch and a rotating art gallery. The service is upbeat, and the donuts are worth waiting in line for. The donuts have fun names like Femme Fatale, Misfit, and Pinup Girl. One of their most popular donuts is a savory one called The Bellybomb, and it's a mac & cheese donut that will have you coming back for more. They have vegan versions of many of their donuts as well. They can pair their donuts with beer, wine, cocktails, and/or coffee.

Gorditas El Gordo - ( 211 E Lake St, 612-824-4002, website)
Gorkha Palace - ( 23 4th St. NE, 612-886-3451, website)

Gorkha Palace is a Nepalese, Tibetan, and Indian restaurant run by Rashimi and Sarala. They have a firm commitment to the environment and sustainability, and they are proud to be a green restaurant with over 90% of their ingredients being organic. They source their products locally whenever possible as well. The restaurant is casual and inviting, and the service is warm. They have vegetarian options and a vegan dish of the day (as well as other vegan options), and they do catering, too. The menu includes naan, samosas, chicken chili, and they have a buffet.

Grand Ole Creamery - ( 4737 Cedar Ave, 612-722-2261, website)
Great Harvest Bread Co. - ( 4314 Upton Ave S, 612-929-2899, website)
Great Wall Chinese Restaurant - ( 4515 France Ave S, 952-927-4439, website)

is a cozy neighborhood Chinese restaurant that serves all your favorites. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the service is quick. They serve dishes from the four most popular Chinese cuisines--Hunan, Peking, Szechuan, and Cantonese. Their menu includes crispy boneless duck, Mandarin pork, and lobster Cantonese-style. They have vegetarian options as well.

Green + The Grain - ( 800 LaSalle Ave.,, 612-341-9000, website)

Green + The Grain is locally owned and one of six, with this one being in LaSalle Plaza. It focuses on salads made from the freshest produce--local and organic whenever possible. The building itself is sleek and modern, and the staff members are very attentive. The salads include Caprese, Thai Beef Tenderloin, and Grain Bowl. They can make them into wraps as well. They also offer CloudTop frozen yogurt that is made from organic natural ingredients with no artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, or preservatives. They also have a food truck and offering catering.

Greenway Cafe - ( 2825 13th Ave S, , website)
Grumpy's Bar & Grill - ( 2200 4th St. NE, 612-789-7429, website)

Grumpy's Bar & Grill is a beloved watering hole that has been a neighborhood fixture for two decades. It's known for its tater tots, and you most certainly can't eat just one. They have live music, private rooms, and because they are proud Minnesotans, Hot Dish Happy Hour. It's a comfortable and low-key place where anyone would feel comfortable chilling. They're serious about their beer, which they serve with a smile.

Harriet’s Inn - ( 4000 Lyndale Ave S, 612-354-8352, website)

Harriet’s Inn, a modern pub, holds around 60 lunch and dinner options. The menu ranges from warm, greasy burgers and pot pies to healthier fresh salads and flatbreads. Not only are there many food options at Harriet’s Inn, there is also about 28 types of locally crafted beer and 24 varieties of wines.

Hazel's Northeast - ( 2859 Johnson St. NE, 612-788-4778, website)

Hazel's Northeast is a neighborhood favorite and is always bustling with loyal customers. It was opened by a woman, Helen 'Hazel' Steve, who made pies at a local diner and had demands she open her own restaurant. Fifty-some years later, the restaurant is still in the family and still as popular. They also feature local artists on their walls, which is great for the art community, and they use locally-sourced products when possible. Their menu includes brisket hash, a meat waffle, a curried chicken sandwich, and a chicken pot pie.

Hi-Lo Diner - ( 4020 E Lake St., 612-353-6568, website)

Hi-Lo Diner is a 1957 Fodoro Diner that made its way from Pennsylvania to Minnesota to continue dishing up classic American diner food. There's a retro vibe to the place and a cheerful staff. Their specialty is the Hi-Top, which is their signature fried pastry dough topped with a combo of sweet and savory, such as The Minneapolis Bliss. They also have big, beefy burgers, meatloaf, and spicy cheese curds. Try an old-fashioned egg cream as you eat your meal.

Himalayan Restaurant - ( 2910 E Lake St, 612-332-0880, website)

is a Nepalese restaurant that is warm and casual with a personable staff. They serve authentic Himayalan, Tibetan, and Indian cuisine with plenty of vegetarian/vegan options and some gluten-free dishes as well. The menu includes daal, tandoori, biryani, and so much more. You can order online before you go.

Holy Land - ( 2513 Central Ave. NE, 612-781-2627, website)

Holy Land is more than just a restaurant--it's also a deli, a grocery store, and a bakery. It was opened in 1987 by Wajdi Wadi as a tiny Halal grocery store, and it has expanded by leaps and bounds ever since. It's a neighborhood staple and known throughout the Twin Cities for its authentic Mediterranean cuisine and adherence to Halal/Zabhihah strictures. The restaurant has a casual and comfortable atmosphere and good service. They use products that are as eco-friendly/ethical as possible, and they have gluten-free options, vegetarian options, and vegan-friendly options, too. Their menu includes a spinach pie, kebobs, shawirma, and wood-fire rotisserie chicken. For dessert, try their chocolate baklava for a twist on the old favorite.

Honey & Rye Bakehouse - ( 4501 Excelsior Blvd, 612-844-2555, website)
Hook Fish & Chicken - ( 221 W Lake Street, 612-200-9901, website)
Hook Fish & Chicken - ( 1127 W Broadway Ave., #2505,, 612-521-3333, website)

Hook Fish & Chicken is a low-key neighborhood joint that serves seafood and chicken, mostly fried, but also grilled. The service is friendly and fast, even if it's no-frills. the menu is vast with something for everyone. On the fried side, there is Catfish Fillet and Wings, Chicken Gizzard Dinner, Wings and Shrimp, and Three Chicken Tenders with Fries. The grilled menu includes several different kind of nachos, including Large Gyro Nachos and Large Chicken Nacho Combo. Try the sweet potato pie if you'd like something sweet for dessert.

Huie’s Chow Mein - ( 5358 Chicago Ave S, 612-824-5354, website)
International Cuisine Bar & Grill - ( (3508 E Lake St., 612-353-6296, website)

International Cuisine Bar & Grill is a counter-top restaurant with a low-key and casual atmosphere. Their Latin-infused food is creatively presented and satisfyingly tasty. Their menu includes ceviche, parrillada mi tierra, and taquiza del chef along with plenty other dishes. You can order online, and they have delivery as well.

Italian Eatery - ( 4724 Cedar Ave, 612-223-8504, website)

Make a reservation at Italian Eatery and enjoy a delicious selection of traditional Italian dishes.

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.

JUN - ( 730 N Washington Ave., Suite 140,, 612-208-0706, website)

JUN is a Chinese Szechuan restaurant in the North Loop. Chef/owner, Jessie Wong, opened it in 2017, and the restaurant is named for her Chinese name. The decor is contemporary and the atmosphere is chill. The service is friendly, and the menu is varied. It includes Szechuan Dumplings, Hong, Shao Rou, Dan Dan Noodles, and Pork Belly & Pineapple (fried rice). On the drinks side, they have Lucky Buddha Beer, Disruption Dry Riesling 2018, Tsing Tsao Beer, and more.

Katar River Restaurant & Bakery - ( 2751 Minnehaha Ave S, 612-245-0556, website)

is a casual and warm restaurant that serves traditional Ethiopian cuisine. It has a homey atmosphere and offers a wide array of tempting dishes. Their vegetarian options include tikel gomen, shiro, and the vegetarian combination. Their meat options include Team Lammaa (Kitfo and Tibs), minchet abesh, and quanta firfir.

Kwong Tung Foods, Canton Foods - ( 1840 E 38th Street, 612-722-9501, website)
Kyatchi - ( 3758 Nicollet Ave. S, 612-236-4429, website)

Kyatchi is a contemporary Japanese restaurant that has both traditional Japanese dishes and more modern fare as well. They have won awards for both their sushi and their hot dogs. Hot dogs? Yes, hot dogs, which includes an avocado & egg hot dog with Japanese mayo. On the Japanese side, in addition to sushi (so much sushi--all the sushi), they have kushimomo (skewers), donburi, tempura and ramen. For dessert, try the ginger panna cotta, which is gluten-free. They believe in sustainable living, and they work with several local sources to ensure the highest quality of ingredients.

La Posada Minneapolis - ( 2111 E Franklin Ave, 612-223-8907, website)
Lake Coffee House - ( 3223 E Lake St, 612-870-8899, website)
Lake Harriet Pizza - ( 5009 Penn Ave S, 612-920-7717, website)

Lake Harriet Pizza is a neighborhood favorite. It is a delivery or take out pizza joint only, but the community loves the pizza and that it is local!

Los Andes Restaurant - ( 317 W Lake Street, 612-825-1700, website)
Martina - ( 4312 Upton Ave S, 612-922-9913, website)

is an open and airy restaurant with Argentinian-influenced cuisine. The atmosphere is intimate and classy, yet also relaxed. Their menu is focused on meat and seafood, including spicy tuna tiradito, steamed mussels, braised lamb fusilli, and grilled octopus. They also pride themselves on their inventive cocktails, which include Frida's House and Sous Les Mer. Finish off your meal with something sweet like the flan.

Matt's Bar and Grill - ( 3500 Cedar Ave S, 612-722-7072, website)
Maya Cuisine - ( 1840 Central Ave. NE, 612-789-0775, website)

Maya Cuisine is a colorful and cheerful Mayan restaurant that has an inviting atmosphere and a friendly staff. They have handmade corn tortillas which are the base for many of their dishes. They offer burritos, tacos, tostadas, tamales, and more. They believe in simple dishes with fresh ingredients for optimal taste, and they have vegetarian options.

Mei Inn - ( 4215 Bloomington Ave, 612-722-6274, website)

Mei Inn is a Chinese restaurant with dining and takeout in Minneapolis. They offer classic dishes and high quality fresh ingredients.

Memory Lanes & Flashback Café - ( 2520 26th Ave S, 612-721-6211, website)
Merlins Rest Pub - ( 3601 E Lake St, 612-216-2419, website)
Midori’s Floating World Café - ( 2629 E Lake St, 612-721-3011, website)

is a neighborhood favorite Japanese restaurant. It is a casual spot with bright colors and fun decor, and the staff is very friendly. Their sushi is creative and pleasing to the eye as well as to the taste, and they have other traditional Japanese food such as tempura, donburi, bento boxes, and even sake cocktails.

Milda's Cafe - ( 1720 Glenwood Ave.,, 612-377-9640, website)

Milda's Cafe opened in 1965 by a woman named Milda who had always dreamed of running a restaurant. Now, decades later, it has grown but is still family-owned and focused on serving American comfort food in a no-frills setting. The menu has several tasty options, including 3 Eggs Scrambled With Diced Ham, Meat Loaf (sandwich), Hamburger Steak (dinner), and a Broaster Chicken Dinner.  They are known for their Milda's Homemade Rolls (cinnamon or caramel) and for their Pastry (sealed meat pie). For dessert, try the Homemade Custard Style Bread Pudding.

Milio’s Sandwiches - ( 2620 E Franklin Ave, 612-343-4343, website)
Milio’s Sandwiches - ( 3831 W 44th St, 612-929-3333, website)
MN Super Grand Buffet - ( 2852 26th Ave S, 612-276-1399, website)
Mon Petit Cheri - ( 2401 E Franklin Ave, 612-236-4831, website)

Mon Petit Cheri is a locally-owned bakery in Seward that started out as a stand at the Minneapolis Farmer’s Market and grew because of its popularity. Everything is fresh, and ingredients and other products are purchased locally as much as possible. It has a cozy and comfortable atmosphere with a very friendly staff. In house, their menu includes a farmer's breakfast, a ham and brie baguette, and a shaved fennel and celery salad. Their baked goods include pies, cakes, cookies, and specialty pastries.

Mortimer's Bar and Restaurant - ( 2001 Lyndale Ave S, 612-872-1688, website)
Mr. Faulkner's Old-Fashioned Hot Dogs - ( 1510 Penn Ave. N,, 612-578-0244, website)

Mr. Faulkner's Old-Fashioned Hot Dogs  is a hot dog stand started by 15-year-old Jaequan Faulkner and his uncle in the summer of 2016. He took the summer off the next year before resuming in the summer of 2018. That year, he had to overcome adversities and gained national recognition for his efforts. He has been a staple of the neighborhood in the summers since with the support of the City and local organizations such as the Minneapolis Urban League. He keeps it basic with hot dogs, Polish sausages, and chips, and he serves it all with a smile.

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.

Naviya’s Thai Brasserie - ( 2812 W 43rd St, 612-276-5061, website)

opened in 2011, and the owners, Naviya and Kim Labarge have been running Thai restaurants since 2004. It is a small and cozy restaurant with a laid-back atmosphere and a friendly staff. They use the freshest vegetables as the base for their dishes, and each dish is an explosion of flavor. Their menu has many different options including hot plates, curries, and stir fried rices. The favorites include Sawai Fillet with Red Curry, Rama Thai, and the Basil Turkey Stir Fry. They are also serious about the wine they serve ,and they have an extensive list of teas and beers as well.

New French Bakery - ( 2609 26th Ave S, 612-455-7500, website)
Nighthawks Diner & Bar - ( 3753 Nicollet Ave. S, 612-248-8111, website)

Nighthawks has had a tempestuous ride in its short existence. It was opened in 2015, threatened with closing down in late 2016, and is now going strong. It's a casually classy restaurant with elevated American classics such as a roast turkey dinner, hamburgers, eggs Benedict, and biscuit & gravy. They are also known for their huge pancakes, and they have put the pastrami sandwich back on the menu, much to the delight of their ardent customers.

Northside Steakhouse - ( 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.

Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse - ( 4501 France Ave S, 612-236-4827, website)

is the newest endeavor of Dave Anderson, the founder of Famous Dave, in his quest to bring barbecue to everyone in the Midwest. They smoke their meat daily, and all the sauces and sides are made every day as well. It's a casual BBQ joint with big and bold flavors, a friendly staff, and all the barbecue you could ever want. They have a BBQ bowl you can fill with your favorites if you can't decide on just one, sandwiches, and tacos. They have ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and so much more. If you are a BBQ lover, this is the place for you.

Oliver's A Confectionery - ( 2007 Lyndale Ave S, 612-871-5591, website)
Pair of Dice Pizza - ( 2715 Broadway Ave. N,, 612-522-3423, website)

Pair of Dice Pizza opened in 2001 and became an instant neighborhood favorite because who doesn't like pizza? It's a no-frills building and is not much to look at. The pizza is the thing and the menu includes Supreme, Veggie, and Meat Lovers. You can build your own pizza as well. They also have other items including fire-braised ribs, chicken wings, rib tips, and Oreo cheesecake.

Patisserie 46 - ( 4552 Grand Ave. S, 612-354-3257, website)

Patisserie is an open and welcoming bakery/restaurant that strives to be a cozy gathering place for the like-minded to make a connection and a respite from a hectic schedule. They aim to serve pastries (and other food) that nourish the soul as well as the stomach. Their menu includes several kinds of breads such as croissants, baguettes, and miche, and other dishes such as quiche, Parisian flan, and artisan caramels. They also provide catering.

Patrick’s Bakery & Cafe - ( 6010 Lyndale Ave S, 612-861-9277, website)

Patrick’s Bakery & Cafe is an upscale patisserie with cute pastires and coffees. Patrick’s Cafe has one goal: make a great meal with a good emotional experiences through beautiful pastries and exquisite meals.

Patty Wagon - ( 6042 Nicollet Ave S, 612-861-5500, website)

The Patty Wagon is a family-friendly burger joint, The Patty Wagon has a wide variety of burgers, salads, sandwiches, wings, and hot dogs.

Pepitos Mexi-Go Deli - ( 4324 Nicollet Avenue, 612-825-6311, website)
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery - ( 901 27th Ave S, 612-339-6865, website)
Pho Hoa Noodle Soup - ( 2450 Nicollet Ave, 612-870-8000, website)
Pilgrimage Cafe - ( 2403 E 38th Street, 612-729-0034, website)

One of the final major restaurants in Standish-Ericsson is called Pilgrimage Cafe. It’s a warm, intimate cafe that includes a patio, with all day dining and brunch and entree options.

PinKU - ( 20 University Ave. NE, 612-584-3167, website)

PinKU is a fine-casual Japanese restaurant that is in an industrial building that has an arty feel to it. It was opened in 2016 by Xiaoteng Huang and chef John Sugimura, and they were inspired to create high-quality authentic Japanese street food. Their menu is small so they can offer the freshest quality dishes, handmade in front of you each day. Their fish is purchased daily by local fishmongers. The menu includes crispy shrimp radish noodles, seared salmon rice, and tuna poke.

Pita King - ( 2238 E Franklin Ave, 612-345-5931, website)

Pita King (2238 E Franklin Ave., 612-345-5931) is an unassuming-looking Middle Eastern restaurant that is minimum in appearance, but maximum in tastiness. It has been recognized as having one of the best if not the best baklava in town, and its kofta is said to be out of this world. They also have friendly service and reasonable prices (more than reasonable in some cases). It may be small in size, but it's big in taste and flavors.

Pizza Biga - ( 4762 Chicago Ave S, 612-823-7333, website)

Wood Fired Pizza. The ones you dream about.

Pizza Luce Seward - ( 2200 E Franklin Ave, 612-332-2535, website)

Pizza Luce opened in 2003 and is a neighborhood favorite for hanging out with friends and family. It has a casual and inviting atmosphere, and it's part of a local chain. The menu includes some of the best pies in town, including the Fire Breathing Dragon and the Baked Potato Pizza. They also have hoagies, pasta, and salads, and many of their dishes can be made vegan and/or gluten-free upon request. In addition, they have drinks, seasonal menus, brunch on the weekends, and they deliver.

Pizzeria Lola - ( 5557 Xerxes Ave S, 612-424-8334, website)

Pizzeria Lola, a delicious pizzeria, was founded by a Korean immigrant who loved food, joy, and cooking. The restaurant is named after the owner’s dog, and the space itself is open and warm.

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen - ( 1301 W Broadway Ave.,, 612-584-3175, website)

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is a fast food chain  restaurant, known for its fried chicken and biscuits--and for putting them together. The service is friendly and efficient, and you'll be in and out in no time flat. Their menu is filled with fried delights such as chicken family meals, boneless chicken tenders, and fried shrimp/popcorn shrimp. Their sides include biscuits, mashed potatoes with gravy, and Cajun fries. If you want something sweet at the end of your meal, they have raspberry cheesecake fried pie and cinnamon apple pie.

Prima's - ( 5325 Lyndale Ave, 612-827-7376, website)

Prima's (5325 Lyndale Ave, 611-827-7376 ) is an intimate restaurant that has from-scratch Italian pasta, salad, panini, meat, and seafood. They also do catering, and have a farm where they grow all of their ingredients.

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge - ( 1900 Marshall St NE, 612-788-9069, website)

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge opened in 2003 by Leslie Bock in its original location with sass, verve, and a lot of tattoos. The irreverent atmosphere coupled with the tiki culture made it instantly popular, and it became even more so when it moved into its current location in 2012. The current location is bigger and swankier than the old one, but the attitude remains offbeat and counter-culture. Leslie Bock also owns Saint Sabrina's Parlor in Purgatory (tattoo/piercing shop) and Betty Danger's (an alternative country club). The menu includes poutine tots, Minneapolis pizzas, and banh mi chicken sliders. The brunch menu has the El Camino, Biscayne Biscuits, and The Matador. Their drinks have fun names like Crummy Scoundrels, Eruption in Paradise, and Miserable Bastard.

Pumphouse Creamery - ( 4754 Chicago Avenue South, 612-825-2021, website)

Handmade ice cream with natural, organic, locally-sourced ingredients.

R. A. MacSammy's Elbow Room - ( 735 E 48th Street, 612-584-1593, website)

Since 2012, Chef Kevin Huyck has been operating a food truck, looking for a permanent home. Now here it is.

Red Cow - ( 3624 W 50th St, 612-767-4411, website)

Red Cow is great place to head at night. With gourmet burgers and craft beer, Red Cow handcrafts their sophisticated food in an upbeat tavern.

Red Cow North Loop - ( 208 N 1st Ave.,, 612-238-0050, website)

Red Cow North Loop is one of four Red Cow restaurants, all of which are family-owned by Luke Shimp and Tracy Bachul (husband and wife). They decided on the name with red standing for wine and cow for burgers with the latter being elevated. The decor includes a cow print on one wall, and the atmosphere is relaxed and casual. The service is friendly, and there is patio seating when the weather permits. The menu includes Bene Burger, Tennessee Hot Chicken, and Ultimate (Burger with GF bun). Most of their burgers come with a GF bun, and they have separate fryers for anything that has gluten in it.

Red Wagon - ( 5416 Penn Ave, 612-259-7147, website)

Another great pizza place is Red Wagon. Enjoy a selection of pizza, pizza based dishes, salads, soups, and pasta. Founded in New Jersey, raised in Detroit, and alive in Minnesota, Red Wagon is a passion based restaurant run by Pete and Jacquie Campell.

Roastery - ( 616 W 54th St, 612-810-0769, website)

Although The Roastery is known for their coffee, they also have burgers, bagels, a breakfast menu, salads, and tea. Grab a quick bite to eat and a carefully brewed cup of coffee at The Roastery.

Safari Restaurant of Minneapolis - ( 3010 S 4th Ave, 612-353-5341, website)
Saguaro Restaurant - ( 5309 Lyndale Avenue, 612-886-2083, website)
Sammy's Avenue Eatery - ( 1101 W Broadway Ave.,, 612-767-6278, website)

Sammy's Avenue Eatery is a sandwich and coffee cafe with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly service. It's a small and intimate shop that is a nice place to meet up with your friends, have a coffee, chat, and while away a cozy afternoon. The menu is limited, but every item is tasty. Their sandwiches include Sammy's Roasted Chicken, Hot Turkey Pastrami, and Veggie Club. They also have wraps, a soup of the day, and salads. If you want something sweet to end the meal, they have cake, pie, and a fruit fig bar.

Sandcastle - ( 4955 W Lake Nokomis Pkwy, 612-722-5550, website)

The Sandcastle is a particular favorite because it rests on the shore of Lake Nokomis. The American style food is served over the counter, which is perfect for a day at the beach.

Sassy Spoon - ( 5011 S 34th Ave, 612-886-1793, website)

Sassy Spoon is a restaurant that caters to the gluten free public. The entire menu is gluten free so those with food allergies involving gluten can eat anything and everything!

Scott Ja-Mama's Hot Barbecue - ( 3 W Diamond Lake Road, 612-823-4450, website)
Sea Salt Eatery - ( 4825 Minnehaha Ave., 612-721-8990, website)

Sea Salt Eatery is a seafood restaurant located in Minnehaha Park right near Minnehaha Falls with a casual atmosphere. It is only open seasonally from spring through late fall, and it serves many different styles of seafood. The menu includes clam fries, calamari, and a crab-stuffed avocado for starters. For their entrees, they have po'boys, tacos, sandwiches, and something called an oil pan!--whiich is much like a large sampler plate with a side of a pitcher of beer/carafe of wine.

Sebastian Joe’s - ( 4321 Upton Ave S, 612-926-7916, website)
Seward Café - ( 2129 E Franklin Ave, 612-332-1011, website)

The Seward Cafe opened in 1974 with the intention of serving tasty food that was ethically sourced at reasonable prices. They are a worker-owned cafe, and they are dedicated to ensuring their workers make a living wage. They are a neighborhood staple, and it's a community hangout for everything from art shows to musical performances. Their menu includes Earth Breakfasts, the Midwest Veggie Burger and the Wizard Burger. They have several vegetarian options, vegan options, and wheat-free options.

Seward Co-op Creamery Cafe - ( 2601 E Franklin Ave, 612-230-5575, website)

This cafe was opened by the Seward Community Co-op in 2015 . The goal of the restaurant is to sustain a community that is healthy as well as to create beneficial relationships between farmers, workers, stores and producers. All of these partners work toward the same goal, to minimize resource consumption, make the food systems more sustainable and to give back to the community. Their menu includes biscuits & turkey gravy, barbacoa tacos, and a pulled pork sandwich. They have gluten-free options, vegan options, and other dishes that can be made vegan/without gluten upon request.

Seward Community Co-op - ( 2823 E Franklin Ave, 612-338-2465, website)

The Seward Co-op opened at a different location in 1972. It was run by volunteers, and it grew beyond the confines of the location. They moved in 1998 in order to accommodate their growing clientele. They expanded and moved again to their current location in 2005. They are a neighborhood favorite that focuses on healthy food, supporting the community, and supporting their workers/owners as well. They also provide classes and events for the community.

Shabelle Ethiopian Grocery & Restaurant - ( 2325 E Franklin Ave, 612-333-1101, website)
Sober Fish - ( 2627 E Franklin Ave, 612-354-2544, website)

Sober Fish is a Thai sushi bar that has a contemporary and spare look to it. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is relaxed. In addition to the sushi, they have curry, stir fry, fried rice, and noodle dishes. They have classic Thai desserts as well, including sweet sticky rice with mango and coconut cream. The bar has a robust menu including several draft beers, rice liquor, Asian beers, and wine.

Sonny's Ice Cream Cafe - ( 3403 Lyndale Ave S, 612-824-3868, website)
Sonora Grill - ( 3300 E Lake St, 612-722-2500, website)

is an open and inviting restaurant that features Spanish and South American cuisine. Their breakfast menu includes chilaquiles, molletes, and a breakfast burrito, whereas their lunch menu includes Argentinian pork empanadas and bocadillos. They are known for their tacos, which they call carmelos--and they can be filled with many different ingredients. They have several other dishes for dinner as well, and they pride themselves on their carefully-crafted cocktails.

Sovereign Grounds - ( 813 E 48th Street, 612-825-6157, website)

Neighborhood coffeehouse offering its own private blends & baked goods, plus a playhouse for kids

St. Genevieve - ( 5003 Bryant Ave S, 612-353-4843, website)

St. Genevieve is a French restaurant that is very much styled after Paris. It serves all kinds of French foods and breads. The restaurant specializes in wines and is most well known for its champagne.

Sun Street Breads - ( 4600 Nicollet Ave, 612-354-3414, website)

Sun Street Breads has a delicious collection of breads, soups, and pastries, and even pizza. You can enjoy small and cute tables with the company of two or three friends.

Tailgate Sport Cafe - ( 6050 Nicollet Ave, 612-861-5600, website)

Tailgate Sport Cafe is a sports restaurant based off of customer feedback. At Tailgate, you can enjoy a low-priced dinner of starters, wings, salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, and pizza, as well as entrees, desserts, and a kids’ menu. Every day beholds a different daily special, such as Saturday kids eat free and Monday is 50 cent wings.

Taqueria Los Ocampo - ( 809 E Lake Street, 612-825-4978, website)
Ted Cook’s 19th Hole Barbeque - ( 2814 E 38th Street, 612-721-2023, website)

Ted Cook’s 19th Hole Barbeque is a barbeque that orginiated in 1968. The restaurant smokes all of their meat “to perfection in the real pit way”, using hickory and cherry wood. They offer a collection of ribs, beef, chicken, pulled pork, hot beef links, and warm sides with pie for dessert. One of the Twin Citie's best!

Terzo - ( 2221 W 50th St, 612-925-0330, website)

One of them is called Terzo and is a more modern-styled Italian restaurant. It has a very large wine list that offers over 300 selections as well as beers. The most interesting part about Terzo, though, is the walk up window called Porchetteria. It is year-round throughout the day and serves food to go, mainly pork sandwiches called Porchetta. This is a major draw to the restaurant and the neighborhood.

The Anchor Fish & Chips - ( 302 13th Ave. NE, 612-676-1300, website)

The Anchor Fish & Chips is a cozy and casual restaurant that serves traditional British pub food. The service is friendly, and the food is authentic. The menu includes the fish & chips, shepherd's pie, and toasty & chips. They also have a poutine that puts an Irish twist on the Canadian classic by adding poitin (distilled beverage made from potatoes) to the gravy. They also have take away and a food truck.

The Harriet Brasserie - ( 2724 W 43rd St, 612-354-2197, website)

is an open and inviting restaurant that believes in sustainability. They use locally-produced ingredients when possible, and they have gluten-free options as well as vegetarian dishes. Their menu includes Norwegian salmon, lobster and pork belly, clams & bison sausage. They have some decadent desserts as well, including the brigadeiro chocolate cake.

The Lowbrow - ( 4244 Nicollet Ave, 612-208-0720, website)

The Lowbrow is known as a cheery and bright spot to eat made-from-scratch comfort food with gluten-free options. Low Brow also offers vegetarian and vegan options, and their ingredients are locally grown on farms and sustainable. Their menu includes jalapeno hash, chorizo breakfast sausages, burgers, and a fried egg sandwich. They have different specials throughout the week, and on Mondays, they donate 10% of your bill to charity. They are a big believer in community.

The Lowry Cafe - ( 2207 Lowry Ave.N,, 612-677-2233, website)

The Lowry Cafe is a hidden gem that is also a neighborhood favorite. It's a cafe that specializes in breakfast and lunch, specifically breakfast. It's a spacious and light space with friendly service and a relaxed atmosphere.  They have a breakfast menu and a lunch menu, both of which are extensive. Their breakfast menu includes Shrimp & Grits, Biscuits & Gravy, Denver Omelet, and Avocado Toast & Eggs. The lunch menu has dishes such as The Lowry Burger, Corned Beef Reuben, Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wrap, and their Award Winning Chili.

The Malt Shop - ( 809 W 50th St, 612-824-1352, website)

The Malt Shop has been an old-fashioned community favorite since the 1970s. The cute spot originally served mostly burgers, fries, and of course malts. Over the years the menu has greatly expanded with all kinds of American style plates, but malts and shakes still remain the specialty!

The Mill Northeast - ( 1851 Central Ave. NE, 612-315-2340, website)

The Mill Northeast is a warm and friendly restaurant that has a comfortable atmosphere and a friendly staff. They make their dishes from scratch, which is also how they make their drinks. They make American food that is elevated, including their signature biscone & gravy dish that is half-biscuit, half-scone, and smothered either with a mushroom or a sausage gravy. The rest of the menu includes beer-breaded cheese curds with an incredible beet ketchup, a shrimp etouffee, and a seasonally-appropriate winter portage pasta. Finish off your meal with a poinsettia creme brulee for something different. They have vegan-friendly options, too.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room - ( 50 S 6th St.,, 612-333-2277, website)

The Oceanaire Seafood Room is an upscale seafood dining experience that has been in Minneapolis since 1998. In the years that followed, it's been sold and a dozen more have popped up around the country, but the original is still going strong as well. The restaurant is spacious and elegant, and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. The staff members are knowledgeable and friendly, and the ingredients are flown in daily. The menu includes Grilled Salmon Black & Bleu, 22 Oz. Prime Bone-in Ribeye, and New Bedford Sea Scallops.

The Riverview Cafe - ( 3753 42nd Ave. S, 612-722-7234, website)

The Riverview Cafe (3753 42nd Ave. S, 612-722-7234) was started in 1998 by Mara & David Bernick, who had always dreamed of owning their own cafe. The cafe is open and airy, and the staff is very welcoming. They have a colorful corner with toys for children as well as shelves of books for adults to read as they enjoy their meal. Their menu includes crab cakes, house-cured duck breast, and pizzas. The cafe is connected to The Riverside Wine Bar, which is also owned by the same couple. They have open mics some nights, and you can bring wine from the wine bar into the cafe to enjoy yourself.

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.

Tibet Kitchen - ( 1833 Nicollet Ave.,, 612-872-8663, website)

Tibetan Kitchen is a Himalyan/Nepalese restaurant that also offers a variety of other Asian cuisines, such as Thai and Chinese. The decor is nondescript, but the service is very friendly. The menu is diverse and includes dishes such as Indonesian Shrimp, Indian Style (curry), Tibetan Style Alu-Ping-Sha, and Teriyaki Chicken (Japanese).

Tilia - ( 2726 W 43rd St, 612-354-2806, website)

is a cozy restaurant with a great staff. They pride themselves on crafting food that looks as good as it tastes, and they like to take familiar foods in excitingly different directions. They have a small menu with big flavor, featuring dishes such as hamachi crudo, cacio e pepe, and slow-poached eggs in parmesan cream. For dessert, there's always the butterscotch pot de crème.

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.

Town Talk Diner and Gastropub - ( 2707 E Lake St, 612-353-5398, website)

Town Talk Diner and Gastropub is located in the historic Town Talk Diner building, and while they have kept the name (sort of), the new owners have changed the style of food served. The atmosphere is casual and homey, and the staff is very friendly. The focus is on the ingredients, and they use locally-sourced seasonal products whenever they can. Their menu includes roasted lamb ribs, Forbidden Rice Bowl, and fried-green tomatoes. Their drinks include wines, seasonal cocktails such as the Hot Penicillin, and beer.

Tracy’s Saloon & Eatery - ( 2207 E Franklin Ave, 612-332-1865, website)

Tracy's Saloon is a low-key hangout place with a retro feel and a friendly staff. It's a local watering hole that is a favorite of the neighborhood. Their menu includes hot piri piri chicken, roast pork bucatini, and their house curry & lemon rice. Their pub fare includes Summit-battered fish & chips and a grilled Reuben. They have char-grilled burgers as well, and finish off your meal with Tracy's Apple Crisp. Of course, they have drinks as well, which includes a whole lot of wine. They have specials every day, too.

Trieste Cafe - ( 10 S 5th St.,, 612-333-4658, website)

Trieste Cafe opened in 1990 and has been serving gyros and more to the Twin Cities ever since. They have been voted the best gyros of the Twin Cities, and they have been showcased locally as well. The restaurant is small and cozy, and the service is cheerful and friendly. The menu includes Gyros Combos with Salad, Baba Ganouge Veggie Pita, Humus (wrap sandwich), and baklava for dessert.

Turtle Bread - ( 3421 W 44th St W, 612-924-6013, website)

opened in 1996 with the belief that good food takes time, patience, and passion. Since then, they have expanded to other locations and also a restaurant with wood-fired pizza. The decor is homey and inviting, and the staff is friendly. They are known for their fantastic breads and pastries, which include spinach bread, asiago pepper dinner rolls (seasonal), croissants, and puff pastries. They also have cakes, cupcakes, pies, and other sweet treats. Finally, they also have other food, such as soups, sandwiches, and quiche.

Turtle Bread - ( 4762 Chicago Ave S, 612-823-7333, website)

If you’re looking for delicious and unique pastries, head over to Turtle Bread. Turtle Bread was founded in 1994, with the goal of making the best tasting artisan breads in the world.

United Noodles - ( 2015 E 24th St, 612-721-6677, website)

United Noodle is one of the most well-known pan-Asian grocery stores in the Twin Cities. It is a family-owned store that has been serving the Seward community for more than 40 years. They have all the basics you need for Asian cooking as well as some of the rarer ingredients. They have products from Taiwan, China, Japan, and Korea, in addition to Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, and more. You will be able to satisfy all your Asian dietary needs in one store. They also started UniDeli, which has garnered a cult following for its ramen.

Vellee Deli - ( 109 S 7th St., Suite 263,, 612-236-4856, website)

Vellee Deli opened in 2011 with the intent on marrying Asian and Mexican cuisine, and they have been wildly successful in doing that with both their restaurant and their food truck. They are located in the Baker Center, and the restaurant has minimalist decor. The service is cheerful and the atmosphere is casual. The menu includes Duck Confit Banh Mi, Korean BBQ (burrito), Dragon Meat (quesadilla), and B.P.T. (BBQ Pork Taco). They have three levels of heat, so you can decide for yourself how much you want to kick it up.

Victor’s 1959 Cafe - ( 3756 Grand Ave, 612-827-8948, website)

Jump back in time with a signature wall of previous guests at Victor’s 1959 Cafe. Victor’s 1959 Cafe is a cozy Cuban restaurant with patio seating and a beautiful collection of wines. Get excited about Cuban food with the use of traditional recipes, owned locally with a strong focus on hospitality.

Wendy's House of Soul - ( 1825 Glenwood Ave.,, 612-800-4535, website)

Wendy's House of Soul was started by Wendy Puckett and the star of the show is the Soulroll, which she created to trick her sons into eating vegetables. She has overcome adversity in the last few years and is going stronger than ever. The decor is colorful and warm, and the atmosphere is welcoming with friendly service. The menu is jam-packed with delicious items that will make your mouth water. The Soulrolls include the Nanny, Cheeseburgerfry, Seaside Siah, and Wes Reuben. You can create your own Soulroll, too. They have Soulwiches as well, such as the Mogul Burger, The Diddy Bop, and The Original 612 Burger. In addition, they have Meal Deals such as the Chicken & Waffle Meal, Polar Special, and Broadway Special. They also have wings that people are raving about as well as sides and desserts and more.

Wise Acre Eatery - ( 5401 Nicollet Ave, 612-354-2577, website)

Wise Acre Eatery is good for brunches and dinners, and now takes dinner reservations. It’s great for a quick solitary, duo, or family meal. They believe on the best practices of farmers and chefs. "Wise Acre is a true farm-to-table experience."

Wuollet Bakery - ( 3608 W 50th Street, 612-922-4341, website)

Wuollet Bakery, a long-loved local bakery, the family owned bakery sticks to traditional tortes, cakes, pies, pasteries, donuts, muffins, and cookies. You can also hire them to create desserts for weddings, as well as foods for holidays.

Young Joni - ( 165 13th Ave. NE, 612-345-5719, website)

Young Joni was opened in 2016 by Ann Kim, a lauded chef, to much anticipation ad high acclaim. It's a restaurant with a back bar, and the atmosphere is casually elegant. The staff is friendly, and they believe in giving back to the community. To that end, they donate to local causes, which bolsters the entire community. The menu includes pizzas, Korean beef short ribs, and grilled whole fish. The cocktail menu is short and classic with the old fashioned heading the list. The back bar has a clever concept in that the drink menu is called Young Joni High and the cocktails harken back to high school days. The Debate Team, Most Likely to Need a Lawyer, and The Hall Monitor are three of the amusingly-named drinks.

Yuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant - ( 1010 W Broadway Ave.,, 612-302-8889, website)

Yuan Yuan Chinese Restaurant is located in Hawthorne Crossings and serves all your favorite Chinese foods. The decor is simple and the service is friendly. The menu is vast and has a wide array of dishes to choose from in several different sections. They have appetizers, soups, all kinds of noodle dishes and many rice dishes as well. Seafood dishes, chicken dishes, beef dishes, and vegetable dishes, too. Egg foo young, moo shu, and sweet & sour. The house specials include Three Kinds of Scallion, Sesame Chicken, Dragon & Phoenix, Seven Stars Around the Moon, and more.

Zen Box Izakaya - ( 602 S Washington Ave.,, 612-332-3936, website)

Zen Box Izakaya was opened in 2012 by husband and wife, John Ng and Lina Goh after the success of their first bento restaurant, which they opened in 2004. The decor is sleek and modern, and the service is excellent. The focus of Chef Ng is exquisitely-crafted ramen, and it's a labor of love for him. The menu includes Tonkotsu Ramen, Chicken Karaage Bento, and Katsu Sandwich. They have a wide variety of sake, too. They are active in the community, and they believe in giving back. To that end, they support Second Harvest Heartland.

Zumbro Café - ( 2803 W 43rd St, 612-920-3606, website)

has a nouveau rustic decor and a friendly staff. It's been a neighborhood favorite for over two decades, and it's family-owned and family-friendly. They serve breakfast and lunch, and they are hearty portions. They put a healthy twist on old favorites such as chicken wild rice hash, buckwheat wild rice pancakes, and an albacore tuna and cheddar melt.

Minneapolis Shopping
A & D Food Market LLC - ( 201 W Lake Street, 612-825-6608, website)
A Bag Lady - ( 2856 Johnson St. NE, 612-788-4243, website)

A Bag Lady is a cozy women's fashion store that is filled with fun and funky items. The atmosphere is whimsical, and the service is friendly. They sell clothing, purses, jewelry, and so much more. If you're looking for a tiara plastered with fake gems or a ring that looks like a big flower, you can find it here. If you want a flashy scarf to consolidate a fabulous outfit, this is the place for you.

A Barbers Parlor - ( 3507 W 44th St, 612-920-8198, website)
A-Train Custom Bicycles - ( 2718 E 27th St, 651-295-1525, website)
Adam’s Inline - ( 3112 38th Ave S, 612-817-4930, website)
Addis Market - ( , , website)
Amble’s Machinery & Hardware - ( 2109 Cedar Ave, 612-332-0300, website)
Angelic Beauty LLC - ( 3941 Washburn Ave S, 612-920-0700, website)
Aqualand Aquarium Center - ( 5355 Chicago Ave S, 612-825-5666, website)
Artis Opus Gallery - ( 2304 30th Ave S, 612-729-2442, website)
Auto Driveaway Minneapolis - ( 2500 E 25th St, 866-728-9200, website)
Avandaro Beauty Salon - ( 1707 E Lake Street, 612-721-3030, website)
Barton Player Piano Co - ( 1915 E 22nd St, 612-378-1102, website)
Beauty by Design - ( 2400 N 2nd St.,, 612-806-7927, website)

Beauty by Design is a couture bridal shop that believes in providing their clients with a luxury, custom-designed, formal wear (primarily bridal dresses) and experience in a sustainable, fair trade way. They don't believe that luxury has to be wasteful or hard on the planet. They have great customer service as they listen to their clients to ensure the results are exactly what the clients want. They provide custom designs which includes in-house production of the garments, in-house alterations even of clothing not bought in their shop, and repurposing of old garments into something new.

Bergan's Supervalu Foods - ( 4715 Cedar Ave, 612-724-1133, website)
Boneshaker Books - ( 2002 23rd Ave S, 612-871-7110, website)

is warm and inviting bookstore that is run by volunteers and is supported by the community. They are strong proponents of social justice, and they promote it through activism, education, and literature. They have plenty of progressive reads, and they welcome everyone to partake in lively discussions about their books. They also deliver by bike for local customers. They house The Women's Prison Book Project, which has provided much-needed reading material to women in prison since 1994.

Bootstrap Urban Farm - ( 4326 5th Ave S, 612-333-1805, website)
Brown & Greene Florist Minneapolis - ( 4400 Beard Ave S, 612-928-3778, website)

is a warm and inviting florist shop that offers a wide array of European-style still-life arrangements. The staff is helpful and friendly, and they will work with you to ensure that you have the right arrangement for any given situation. They have everything from hand-held bouquets to plants and creations for weddings, and they have a selection of cards that range from humorous to thoughtful.

Cafe Donuts - ( 120 S 6th St.,, 612-338-5044, website)

Cafe Donuts is a donut shop that also serves other baked goods, ice cream, and coffee. There are three of them that have been providing donuts to the Twin Cities since 2003, including the one in Downtown Minneapolis. It is a bright and colorful shop, and the service is friendly. They make their donuts daily, and they have over 32 varieties, including Boston Cream, Apple Pie, and Chocolate Frosted. They also have muffins, bagels, croissants, and breakfast sandwiches. As for the ice cream, the flavors include Peanut Butter & Chocolate, Michigan Pothole, and Cookies N Cream.

Calhoun Pet Supply - ( 901 W 36th Street, 612-824-1094, website)
California Studio - ( 912 E 24th Street, 612-872-8275, website)
Carniceria Los Primos - ( 2746 Blaisdell Ave, 612-545-5766, website)
Cedar Food & Grill - ( 2600 Cedar Ave, 612-354-3631, website)
Challman & Company - ( 2900 14th Ave S, 612-722-7575, website)
Chicago Lake Florist - ( 2840 Chicago Ave S, 612-827-4100, website)
Chicago Lake Liquors - ( 825 E Lake Street, 612-825-4401, website)
Chris Kvale Cycles - ( 2637 27th Ave S #, 612-724-8843, website)

is owned and operated by Chris Kvale who has several decades of experience building and selling bikes. He takes pride in his work, and he makes sure that each bike is built to the customer's satisfaction. He spends hours on the fitting to make sure it's the best fit for the customer. Then, he works on each bike individually to ensure the highest quality and customer satisfaction.

Cinco De Mayo Mercado - ( Cinco De Mayo Mercado, 612-822-0448, website)
City Velo Minneapolis - ( 4304 Upton Ave S, 612-259-8534, website)
Clancey’s Meats & Fish - ( 4307 Upton Ave S, 612-926-0222, website)
Color Wheel Salon & Gallery - ( 319 W 46th Street, 612-823-5693, website)
Compass Games LLC - ( 4528 France Ave S, 612-886-2401, website)
Corazon - ( 4646 E Lake St, 612-276-0198, website)

Corazon is an eclectic shop that was opened by a couple, Susan and Gary Zdon, in 2005 in the North Loop before expanding into two shops, one of which is on East Lake Street. They have a collection of items, ranging from art by local artists to home goods to jewelry, books, and clothing. The shop itself is homey and inviting, and it has plenty of heart just as its name suggests.

Creative Kidstuff Toy Store - ( 4313 Upton Ave S, 612-927-0653, website)
CRL Sports Unlimited - ( 5926 Portland Ave S, 612-866-2038, website)
Cutz Too Barber Shop - ( 1719 E Lake Street, 612-722-0755, website)
CW Smith Collection - ( 4388 France Ave S, 952-922-8542, website)
Dancing Bear Chocolate Northern Chocolate Studio - ( 4367 Thomas Ave. N,, 612-254-4354, website)

Dancing Bear Chocolate Northern Chocolate Studio was opened in 2020 by Joe Sifker and Steven Howard (the chocolatier/pastry chef). It's an interesting mix of a brick-and-mortar store, a learning/education center about the intricacies of chocolate, and a community hub. Their delicious treats include truffles, eclairs, Bear Paw (fudge brownie with dried cherries), cakes, and so many more delicious treats that are just as pleasing to the eye as they are to the taste. You'll want to try everything on the menu.

Dead Media (Milk Wax) - ( 3330 E 25th St, 612-222-1655, website)
Deals n’ Discounts - ( 2815 E Lake St, 612-353-6862, website)
Del’s Healthy Hair Spa - ( 6020 Portland Ave S, 612-869-0157, website)
Diamond Lake Hardware - ( 5425 Nicollet Ave S, 612-824-8813, website)
Dick’s Sports Barbers - ( 4404 France Ave S, 952-926-6924, website)
Digs - ( 3800 Grand Ave S, 612-827-2500, website)

At Digs, you can purchase cushy accessories and fabrics. Get knitting and crocheting supplies and even sign up for a class.

Dock 6 Pottery - ( 4206 E 34th St, 612-327-0429, website)

Dock 6 Pottery was opened by Kerry Brooks because of her love of pottery. She started doing it as a hobby, but it quickly grew into a profession. The store is a gallery/studio, and it's fascinating to watch the products being made. The staff members are enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and they love sharing both with their customers. The designs are vibrant and earthy, both artistic and pragmatic (for the houseware). You can order online as well, and they have wedding registries, too. They are now offering classes, too.

Doodle Bird Design & Gifts - ( 2803 E 42nd Street, 612-345-7961, website)

Doodle Bird Design & Gifts has crafty accessories, clothes, wall art, and house appliances. It’s a great store for gifts--whether you’re buying it for someone else or treating yourself!

DreamHaven Books - ( 2301 E 38th Street, 612-823-6161, website)

DreamHaven Books has all sorts of books that range from new and used books in science fiction, fantasy, horror, film, comcis, and graphic novels. You can order online or visit their shop to pick up new reading material or attend one of their events, such as meeting visiting authors.

Dur Dur Bakery & Grocery Store - ( 1552 E Lake Street, 612-721-9449, website)
E Lake Street Shell - ( 640 E Lake Street, 713-241-6161, website)
E’s Emporium - ( 3911 Minnehaha Ave, 612-702-5355, website)

E’s Emporium is a vintage shop that is open every first and third weekend of the month. The store is a converted house, and it remains cozy and warm. They focus on the '60s, '70s, and '80s, mostly furniture but other things as well including art, and their stock is ever-changing. They love to chat with their customers about their wares, and they have products from featured artists in addition to their regular items. Visiting is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

Elsa’s House of Sleep - ( 3540 E Lake St, 612-367-8941, website)
Everett's Foods & Meats - ( 1833 E 38th Street, 612-729-6626, website)
Farmstead Bikeshop - ( 4001 Bryant Ave S, 612-824-9300, website)

Farmstead Bikeshop (4001 Bryant Ave S, 612-824-9300)

findfurnish - ( 13 5th St. NE, 612-730-3389, website)

findfurnish is a vintage store that offer high-quality products by a knowledgeable staff. The store is tucked away in a brownstone building, and it is filled with interesting finds. They have furniture, clothing, posters, and records, and they rotate their selections on a regular basis. Don't be fooled by the unassuming facade because once you walk inside, there will be plenty to see.

Firefly Credit Union - ( 2535 27th Ave S, 952-736-5000, website)
Flamingo's Divine Finds - ( 3404 Cedar Ave S, 612-767-4548, website)
Flanders Brothers Cycle - ( 2707 Lyndale Ave S, 612-872-6994, website)
Flight Attendant Shop LLC - ( 5641 Vincent Ave S, 612-926-8003, website)
Forage Modern Workshop - ( 4023 E Lake St, 612-866-3603, website)

Forage Modern Workshop is something between slick/chic and charmingly retro. They take vintage items and update them into something contemporary, but still timelessly classic. Their products have a distinctive Midwestern flavor to them, and their variety of artistic talent on display is impressive. Much of their stock are home furnishings, but they also have paper products and gift cards.

France 44 Wines & Spirits - ( 4351 France Ave S, 612-925-3252, website)
Freewheel Bike Center - ( 2834 10th Ave S, 612-238-4447, website)
Gear Running Store - ( 4406 France Ave S, 952-926-2645, website)
Ginger Floral Design - ( 4604 Xerxes Ave, 612-978-3384, website)
Glad Creations Quilt Block - ( 3400 Bloomington Ave, 612-724-1079, website)
Golden Fleece, Inc. - ( 3856 Thomas Ave. N,, 612-521-9909, website)

Golden Fleece, Inc. was opened in 1995 by Daniel Goldman who has a passion for fine upholstery. They believe in collaboration with their clients in order to present each of them with their own bespoke product at the end of the collaboration. They focus on bedding, furniture upholstery, and window treatments. They have several decades worth of experience in interior decoration, fabrics, and furniture. If you have a creative vision for your house's interior, they will work with you to ensure that vision.

Great American Pizza (Camden Mart) - ( 4151 Fremont Ave. N,, 612-259-7929, website)

Great American Pizza is inside Camden Mart and is the brainchild of manager, Joe Abi Saab who always dreamed of owning a pizza place. He's very engaged with his customers and is eager to make sure they get exactly what they want. The Specialty Pizzas include Cheeseburger Pizza and BBQ Beef Pizza. They also have Super Specialty Pizzas such as Seafood Pizza and American Stuffed Pie. They have a pasta menu as well that includes Seafood Fettuccine and Italian Pasta Supreme. You're sure to find something tasty here.

Great Clips 46th and Nicollet - ( 4620 Nicollet Ave S, 612-822-5526, website)
Great Clips Morningside - ( 4503 France Ave S, 612-922-2818, website)
Great Northern Vintage Radios - ( 5200 Bloomington Ave S, 612-504-4713, website)
Guilded Salvage Antiques - ( 4430 Lyndale Ave. N,, 612-789-1680, website)

Guilded Salvage Antiques was opened twenty years ago by Scott Rogers and has been in the current location for over a decade (along with three other locations). They have a passion for antiques and an equal passion for finding the perfect antique for each client. They pride themselves on their customer service, in fact, and they have gained a reputation for being trustworthy. Most of their items are from local houses from the 1880s to the 1940s, and they focus on lighting and hardware.

Guse Green Grocer - ( 4600 Bryant Ave S, 612-823-5289, website)

A local grocery store.

Haircuts Unlimited - ( 740 E 54th St, 612-824-4070, website)
Hal Johnson Books LLC - ( 2625 E 24th St, 612-724-6447, website)
Harriann Upholstery - ( 3537 W 44th St, 612-922-9224, website)
Heart of Tibet - ( 4303 Upton Ave S, 612-926-8723, website)

is a Tibetan store with a calm and soothing atmosphere. They have been around for more than 25 years, offering authentic Tibetan textiles, jewelry, books, and more to the community. The staff is very knowledgeable about all things Tibetan, and they are happy to share everything they know with their customers. They also have meditation classes, and anyone from the community is welcomed to join in.

Heartfelt - ( 4306 Upton Ave S, 612-877-8090, website)

is a community favorite as it has a homey and inviting atmosphere. It was opened by Lisa MacMartin because she wanted to share her passion for natural arts and crafts to people of all ages and skills. The staff is cheerful and knowledgeable, and they love sharing both with their customers. The store has a large crafted tree that kids can play in and around when they're taking a break from crafting.  The store offers times every month that members of the community can come in and do crafts, and they have birthday party packages as well.

Hennepin Overland Railway Historical Society - ( 2501 E 48th Street, 612-276-9034, website)
Henry Gomez Inc Mascots & Costume - ( 2841 Oakland Ave, 612-874-8176, website)
HI Lake Liquours - ( 2130E E Lake St, 612-721-6683, website)
Hoffman Guitars - ( 2219 E Franklin Ave, 612-338-1079, website)

has been around since 1971 and is now a family-run business with one of the original owners and his son. They are dedicated to providing the best guitar to their customers as possible. Whether it's selling them the guitar of their dreams, building the guitar of their dreams, or repairing the one they already have, they guarantee customer satisfaction. They even have a link on their website showcasing what they are currently working on (Current Productions).

Holiday Stationstores - ( 5601 Xerxes Ave S, 612-929-8577, website)
Holiday Stationstores - ( 3700 W 50th Street, 612-922-8712, website)
Hollywood Cycles - ( 2736 31st Ave S, 952-881-4707, website)

is serious about their bikes. Their bikes are custom-made, and they take the pains to make sure that every bike fits the needs of their customers. To that end, they work closely with each customer to make sure that the end result is exactly what the customer envisioned.

Holy Land Bakery & Deli - ( 920 E Lake Street, 612-870-6104, website)
Hunt & Gather - ( 4944 Xerxes Ave S, 612-455-0250, website)

describes itself as a 'vintage amusement store' by which they mean that they have two levels filled with curios, baubles, knickknacks, and other antiques. They have fifteen dealers who are all eager to match you with the perfect retro find. Jewelry, houseware, clothing, and much more. The store is crammed with interesting antiques, and you are sure to find something to tickle your fancy.

Hunt & Gather - ( 4944 Xerxes Ave S, 612-455-0250, website)

Hunt & Gather is an antique store that sells plants, furniture, decorations, jewelry, records, and garden decor.

I Like You - ( 501 1st Ave. NE, 612-208-0249, website)

I Like You was opened in another neighborhood in 2007 by two women, Sarah Sweet and Angela Lessman who had a vision of running as store that nurtured crafters who might have difficulty selling their wares elsewhere. They moved to their current location in 2009 (and have expanded to two other locations), and they sell art from over 200 local and independent artists on consignment. The store is bright and lively, and the staff members are cheerful and knowledgeable. There is plenty to see here, including jewelry, paintings, mugs, candles, cards, and more. There is a mural on the outside front wall that is colorful and engaging, proclaiming how much the store likes you.

Imports Etc. Auto Care - ( 2641 29th Ave S, 612-886-8044, website)
Jaide Salon & Boutique - ( 4651 Nicollet Avenue, 612-825-2696, website)
Jim’s Barber Shop - ( 2623 E Franklin Ave, 612-333-0919, website)
Johnson’s Barber & Beauty Shop - ( 5257 Chicago Ave S, 612-824-9480, website)
K-9 & Kitty Kutters - ( 3457 Bloomington Ave, 612-208-0666, website)
Karmel Halal Market - ( 2910 Pillsbury Ave S, 612-823-4891, website)
Key North Boutique - ( 515 1st Ave. NE, 612-455-6666, website)

Key North Boutique (515 1st Ave. NE, 612-455-6666) is a store that believes in both luxury and fair trade. They feature exclusive women's lines in clothing and jewelry (and other accessories) from local and international designers. They support fair trade, sustainability, and a living wage for the designers who supply them with their wares. In shopping at this store, you can feel good about looking good.

Kokoon - ( 2636 Minnehaha Ave, 612-338-0476, website)

is a clothing store in Seward that was started by Laine Sou, a woman with an eye for women’s fashion. She and her then-boyfriend, Richard started designing and selling clothing 30 years ago to retailers such as Nordstrom and Saks, but now sells directly to women online. The products are ethically made in the United States, and they are a blend of fun, fashionable, and practical.

Kowalski's Market - ( 5615 Chicago Ave S, 612-824-2430, website)
La Alboradad Market - ( 1855 E Lake Street, 612-276-9552, website)
Lake & Park Grocery - ( 700 E Lake Street, 612-822-0184, website)
Lake Country Classic Auto - ( 3105 E 26th St, 612-724-1399, website)
Lake Harriet Florist - ( 5011 Penn Ave S, 612-259-8211, website)
Lake Wine & Spirits - ( 404 W Lake Street, 612-354-7194, website)
Larue’s - ( 4001 Bryant Ave S, 612-827-7317, website)

Larue’s (4001 Bryant Ave S, 612-827-7317) is a women’s clothing store that sells eccentrically patterned dresses, sweaters, hand warmers, and other vintage items to place around your house.

Lawless Distilling Company - ( 2619 S 28th Ave suite 100, , website)

The Lawless Distilling Company is all about the carefully-crafted Minnesotan cocktails. Their cocktail lounge is warm and inviting with a relaxed atmosphere and a great staff. They distill their own gin, rum, vodka, and liqueurs in small batches, and use them to create unique and tasty cocktails. They have seasonal cocktail classes, too.

Lily and Violet Boutique - ( 3413 W 44th St, 612-746-4160, website)

is a women's boutique in a refurbished red house. The store is comfy and homey, and the clothing is on-point and trendy. They have a Mix & Mingle every week and a warehouse sale once a month. The staff is friendly and flexible, and you can order online if you see something you like on their Facebook wall or their Instagram.

Linden Hills Co-op - ( 3815 Sunnyside Ave, 612-922-1159, website)
Linden Hills Farmer’s Market - ( 2813 W 43rd St, 612-516-2163, website)

is a Sunday morning must in Linden Hills. It is open every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m./2 p.m. in rain, shine or even snow from the middle of May to the end of December. Locals love their farmer’s market so much that when the weather becomes untenable, they move it inside. They see this as an opportunity to strengthen the local musicians, growers, artisans and businesses and teach others the importance of community. They also include the Minneapolis Craft Market, which is a roaming marketplace that is devoted to, yes, crafts.

Longfellow Designs - ( Longfellow, 612-644-5318, website)

Longfellow Designs is an online shop whose owner, Anne Kerling, lives in Longfellow. She finds vintage home furnishing articles and jewelry, and refurbishes them with eco-friendly materials such as Annie Sloan chalk. A few she sells as is, but most of them are revived to bring out their natural shine.

Longfellow Designs - ( 3700 E 34th St, 612-644-5318, website)
Lupita Nail Salon - ( 1311 E Lake Street, 612-724-8873, website)
Magalis Creaciones - ( 329 E Lake St, 612-722-5580, website)
Magus Books & Herbs - ( 1848 Central Ave. NE, 612-379-7669, website)

Magus Books & Herbs was founded in 1992 as a tiny curiosity shop filled with books about magic and spirituality, and it has grown and expanded in the ensuing years. The store is open and warm, and the staff is knowledgeable and friendly. They are a one-stop shop for everything spiritual, regardless of your affiliation. They have runes, wands, chalices, athames, and so much more. They also have a vast inventory of herbs and resins, and they are very willing to talk about their stock with their customers.

Martin Patrick 3 - ( 212 3rd Ave. N,, 612-746-5329, website)

Martin Patrick 3 is a well-known boutique in the North Loop, focusing on sophisticated men's clothing. The decor is timeless and understated, and the service is seamless. They have a full array of menswear, including suits, elevated denim, shoes, and more. In addition, they have accessories, apothecary items, watches and jewelries, and literary items as well. They also have furnishing that is both sleek and minimalist as well as interiors. Lastly, they offer a variety of services including personal shopper, custom tailoring, barbershop services, and interior design services.

Maye African Hair Braiding - ( 3801 Queen Ave. N,, 612-529-9068, website)

Maye African Hair Braiding is a hair saloon that focuses on all different kinds of braiding, ranging from basic to elaborate hairstyles. Some of the styles include box braids, passion twists, and cornrows. They do twist ups, knots, and colors, too. They do other hairstyles as well, but their main focus is braids.

Merisel Computers - ( 2833 13th Ave S, 612-987-9875, website)
Meyer Violin Shop - ( 3300 W 44th St, 612-929-0523, website)
Midtown Farmers Market - ( 2225 E Lake Street, 612-724-7457, website)
Midwest Market & Halaal-Meat - ( 2000 Portland Ave S, 612-879-6998, website)
Milagros Beauty Salon - ( 301 E Lake Street #204, 612-825-6939, website)
Minnehaha Lake Wine & Spirits - ( 2613 E Lake St, 612-729-9371, website)
Minnesota Honey Company - ( 4956 Xerxes Ave S, 612-920-3510, website)
Minnesota Makers - ( 505 Nicollet Ave., Suite 100,, , website)

Minnesota Makers opened in 2015 as a small boutique in South Minneapolis by Christa and Jay Kalk, then moved to Robbinsdale a little over a year later because of how successful they were. Then, in 2018, in partnership with Meet Minneapolis Visitor Information Center, a second store was opened in Downtown Minneapolis. They display products from over 100 local artists including jewelry, clothing, and puzzles. They also have an online store.

Moon Palace Books - ( 2820 E 33rd St, 612-454-0455, website)
More Value Food & Deli - ( 2747 Bloomington Ave S, 612-729-1400, website)
Mother Co., Plants - ( 2400 N 2nd St.,, 612-, website)

Mother Co., Plants is located in the Northwind Lofts, LLC, and is dedicated to making all your gardening dreams come true. While they have all kinds of plants, they are known for their exotic cacti that you might not be able to find elsewhere. Their staff members are knowledgeable about plants and are eager to help out however they can. They have a wide variety of plants, including Ficus Lyrata, Zamicula Zamifola, Cereus Peruvianus, and Dracaena Marginata V. Tarzan. They also have pots and other accessories along with branded merchandise. In addition, they provide services such as interior landscape design, private workshops, and monthly public workshops.

Mother Earth Gardens - ( 3738 42nd Ave S, 612-724-2296, website)

Mother Earth Gardens is a garden center with a holistic attitude towards gardening. They believe in sustainability, local organic products, and other eco-friendly products. They offer plenty of season/holiday-specific decor, and they have locally handmade jewelry as well. They offer several different gardening services, too. Coaching, maintenance, and garden resources are a few of them.

Movies On 35th Street - ( 3447 Bloomington Ave, 612-729-7900, website)
Needlework Unlimited - ( 4420 Drew Ave S, 612-925-2454, website)
New York Boutique - ( 1711 E Lake Street, 612-729-9400, website)
Nicollet Ace Hardware - ( 3805 Nicollet Ave S, 612-822-3121, website)
Nicollet Book Store - ( 4237 Nicollet Ave S, 612-822-5226, website)
Nicollet Mall - ( Btw Washington Ave. and 13th St. S,, , website)

Nicollet Mall was built in 1967 and originally spanned eight blocks. Now, it's twelve blocks and has gone through two big renovations. There are several flagstaff stores including Dayton's, Target, and Saks OFF FIFTH. There are restaurants of all kinds, clothing stores, book stores, and so much more; it is an iconic site in Minnesota. In the summer, a farmer's market is hosted on Nicollet Mall's streets and the Holidazzle Parade in the winter.

Nokomis Farmer’s Market - ( 5167 Chicago Ave S, 612-207-7893, website)
Nokomis Shoe Shop - ( 4950 S 34th Ave, 612-724-1406, website)

Nokomis Shoe Shop, which has been around for 80 years. It is a family owned store that started off doing shoe repair. It has since grown and in 2003 it opened a second location in Crystal, MN. The shop is big on customer service and sells a wide range of work and outdoor shoes as well as socks and some clothing.

Northern Clay Center - ( 2424 E Franklin Ave, 612-339-8007, website)

opened in 1990 to celebrate the ceramic arts and to educate the community about them. They offer ceramics classes for all ages and skills, as well as studio space, grants, tours, and a plethora of other artist services. In addition to classes, they have summer camps and workshops. They want to spread their love of ceramic arts to everyone.v

Nostalgia Zone Comic Books - ( 3535 E Lake St, 612-822-2806, website)
Off We Go Rocketry - ( 3600 France Ave S, 952-201-3002, website)
Orange Rhino - ( 4913 S 28th Ave, 612-868-4914, website)

Orange Rhino is a clothing store that sells only organic items. It is owned by a husband and a wife that screen print their designs on hoodies, onesies and tees. All the materials are organic, fair trade and made in the USA. The shop originated in the neighborhood but has been spreading very quickly not only in the USA but all over the world.

Oxendale’s Market - ( 5025 S 34th Ave, 612-724-4474, website)

Oxendale’s Market is the community grocery store in NENA. This store is dedicated to keeping everything local. This means that the produce is local, and the employees live and shop locally as well. Their goal is to strengthen their community through groceries and good service. Each of these shops is local and are vital to keeping the neighborhood feeling more like a community, even within the city of Minneapolis.

Paperback Exchange - ( 2227 W 50th St, 612-929-8801, website)

One community favorite is the Paperback Exchange, a little bookstore that has been around since 1975. It sells both used and new books and has a wide variety, from bestsellers to books that are out of print, adding up to about 150,000 books in stock.

Park Terrace Hair Styling - ( 4358 Zenith Ave S, 612-822-1898, website)
Patina - ( 2305 18th Ave. NE, 612-788-8933, website)

Patina is a local chain of stores started with a flagship store in South Minneapolis in 1993 by a husband-and-wife team, Rick Haase and Christine Ward. It is a cozy and welcoming shop that displays different artistic wares that are perfectly suited as gifts for others or yourself. The staff members are friendly, and you'll be tempted to linger as you browse through all the interesting items. They sell cards, mugs, books, curios, and more.

Patina - ( 821 W 50th St, 612-821-9315, website)

Patino, is a little shop started by a couple in 1993 that now has 7 different locations. The products here are constantly evolving as the art and style of the couple evolves. Their goal is to create a little escape that inspires more art.

Payless ShoeSource - ( 3047 Nicollet Ave, 612-822-6013, website)
Pedego Electric Bikes - ( 4804 Chicago Ave S, 612-827-5000, website)
Piccadilly Prairie - ( 5014 Xerxes Ave S, 612-234-5014, website)

Piccadilly Prairie has all sorts of home goods from decoration, to furniture, to appliances.

Polished Nails and Spa - ( 4408 Nicollet Ave S, 612-822-2121, website)
Poppy Linden Hills - ( 4301 Upton Ave S, 612-236-3660, website)

is a women's fashion store started by Jill Henderson (the second of three) as a way to bring fun fashion to the community. The store is cozy and warm, and the staff is friendly and helpful. The clothing is mostly casual with some of it being classic and some of it being quirky. There are accessories as well, such as jewelry, scarves, and bags.

Prairie Woodworking - ( 3535 E Lake St, 612-724-6805, website)
Present Moment Herbs & Books - ( 3546 Grand Ave S, 612-824-3157, website)
Primp - ( 4755 Chicago Ave S, 612-259-7609, website)

Stylish botique with stylish clothes at affordable prices

Relampago Musical - ( 404 E Lake Street, 612-822-2637, website)
Repair Lair (consignment) - ( 3304 E Lake St, 612-729-9095, website)
Rewind - ( 2852B Johnson St. NE, 612-788-9870, website)

Rewind was opened in 2008 by Sarah Hoese because she wanted to share her passion for vintage clothing and unique contemporary clothing as well. The store is filled with vintage goodness, including clothing, jewelry, boots, scarves, purses, and more. It's a great place to go and browse because you're sure to find an unexpected gem.

River Lake True Value Hardware - ( 3605 E Lake St, 612-724-9202, website)
River Road Hair Designers - ( 3330 E 25th St, 612-729-1821, website)
Roadrunner Records - ( 4304 Nicollet Ave S, 612-822-0613, website)
Roger Beck Florist - ( 1100 E Franklin Ave, 612-871-7080, website)
Rose Shop - ( 1903 Johnson St. NE, 612-788-2328, website)

Rose Shop is a family-owned florist shop that has been making flower arrangements for the neighborhood for over fourteen years. They like helping you celebrate all the big milestones in your life, be it a wedding, a birthday, or an anniversary. They import Ecuadorian roses, several varieties, which adds a nice touch to their handmade bouquets. They also have other gifts such as stuffed animals and balloons.

Schatzlein Saddle Shop - ( 413 W Lake St, 612-825-2459, website)
Scooterville Minnesota - ( 904 19th Ave S, 612-331-7266, website)
Scooterville Minnesota - ( 904 19th Ave S, 612-331-7266, website)
Settergren Ace Hardware - ( 2813 W 43rd St, 612-920-2813, website)
Seven Seas Grocery - ( 3201 Cedar Ave S, , website)
Seward Community Co-op - ( 2823 E Franklin Ave, 612-338-2465, website)

The Seward Co-op opened at a different location in 1972. It was run by volunteers, and it grew beyond the confines of the location. They moved in 1998 in order to accommodate their growing clientele. They expanded and moved again to their current location in 2005. They are a neighborhood favorite that focuses on healthy food, supporting the community, and supporting their workers/owners as well. They also provide classes and events for the community.

Shabelle Ethiopian Grocery & Restaurant - ( 2325 E Franklin Ave, 612-333-1101, website)
Sherwin-Williams Commercial Paint Store - ( 505 W Lake St, 612-827-2046, website)
Simply Prepaid By New Fone World - ( 1822 E Lake Street, 612-208-1905, website)
Skyline Food Market - ( 2400 10th Ave S, 612-871-1043, website)
Something Olde Something New - ( 4649 France Ave S, 715-502-2091, website)
South Lyndale Liqours - ( 5300 Lyndale Ave S, 612-827-5811, website)
Southside Food & Deli - ( 3300 Chicago Ave, 612-823-7980, website)
Spruce Flowers and Home - ( 4751 Chicago Ave S, 612-767-1101, website)
St. Vincent de Paul Society - ( 2939 12th Ave S, 612-722-7882, website)
St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store - ( 2909 12th Ave S, , website)
Statement Boutique - ( 212 3rd Ave. N,, 651-808-7663, website)

Statement Boutique was opened in 2012 in the North Loop. It has a mix of local brands such as Koon Yai Studio and Raven Stoneworks, and designer brands like Tribal. It is a reasonably-priced women's boutique that has clothing, jewelry, lip balm, and other bits and baubles. The staff is friendly and eager to help.

Straughan Hardware Inc - ( 2200 E 25th St, 612-722-5062, website)
Sunnyside Gardens - ( 3723 W 44th St, 612-926-2654, website)
Supermercado Panamericano - ( 3410 Cedar Ave S, , website)
Susan Hensel Gallery - ( 3441 Cedar Ave S, 612-722-2324, website)
Swanson Natural - ( 2700 26th Ave S, 612-460-5458, website)
Sweeney Todd's Hair Salon - ( 2429 Lyndale Ave S, 612-871-3636, website)
Swirly Gig Industries - ( 2404 35th Ave S, 612-721-5012, website)
T A's Automotive Inc - ( 4554 Chicago Ave S, 612-823-7100, website)
T-Mobile Minneapolis - ( 800 E Lake Street, 612-294-2963, website)
Tangletown Bike Shop - ( 322 W 48th St, 612-259-8180, website)
Tangletown Gardens - ( 5353 Nicollet Avenue, 612-822-4769, website)

Tangletown Gardens, of course, sells plants and decorations for your garden, yard, and house, as well as tools.

The Bead Monkey - ( 4959 Penn Ave S, 952-929-4032, website)
The Braid Factory - ( 4600 Chicago Ave S, 612-351-2981, website)
The Flower Gal - ( 4601 N Queen Ave.,, 612-998-4534, website)

The Flower Gal is a floral shop owned by Lynn. She has excellent customer service and is focused on making the perfect arrangement for each customer. She has won awards for her floral designs. She provides arrangements for weddings, funerals, birthdays, and more. In addition to flowers, she has mylar balloons and other accessories. She has something special for every occasion.

The Fun Sisters Boutique - ( 4253 Nicollet Ave S, 612-822-9872, website)
The Hub at Spokes - ( 1915 E 22nd St, 612-729-0437, website)
The White Page - ( 3400 Cedar Ave S, , website)
Three Rooms Art Gallery - ( 4388 France Ave S, 952-303-3630, website)
Time Bomb Vintage - ( 4008 Minnehaha Ave, 612-724-2662, website)

Time Bomb Vintage has the tagline of 'A Minneapolis Retro Collective', and they live up to it. They carry a wide variety of vintage items, and all their vendors have areas of expertise about which they are passionate. Furniture, clothing, toys, industry memorabilia--they have all of this and more. If you’re looking for a memory from your childhood, your parents’ childhood or even your grandparents’ childhood, this is the place to go.

Tiny Feet Boutique - ( 815 E 48th Street, 612-825-1538, website)
Tommy T Cyclery - ( 3308 W 44th St, 612-929-9202, website)
Tower Games - ( 3920 Nicollet Ave, 612-823-4477, website)

Pick up a new and unique game at Tower Games. You can also paint miniature figures inside the store and attend a different gaming event everyday.

Tuesday Morning - ( 4440 Drew Ave S, 612-920-4444, website)
Turn Style Consignment - ( 4420 Drew Ave S, 612-455-4090, website)
Twiggs Home & Garden - ( 4301 Upton Ave S, 612-823-8944, website)
Twin Cities Maker - ( 3119 E 26th St, 612-293-6253, website)
Twisted Hare Salon and Spa - ( 4805 Nicollet Ave S, 612-729-4415, website)
Uniquely Yours Custom Designed Jewelry - ( 4305 Upton Ave S, 612-746-0508, website)
United Noodles - ( 2015 E 24th St, 612-721-6677, website)

United Noodle is one of the most well-known pan-Asian grocery stores in the Twin Cities. It is a family-owned store that has been serving the Seward community for more than 40 years. They have all the basics you need for Asian cooking as well as some of the rarer ingredients. They have products from Taiwan, China, Japan, and Korea, in addition to Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, and more. You will be able to satisfy all your Asian dietary needs in one store. They also started UniDeli, which has garnered a cult following for its ramen.

Universal Transit Services Inc - ( 2500 E 25th St, 612-729-0053, website)
Usborne Books & More - ( 3828 Longfellow Ave, 612-724-4447, website)
Venture North - ( 1830 Glenwood Ave.,, 612-377-3029, website)

Venture North is a bicycle shop with more than just gears and pedals--they'll service your bike with a smile and a latte. They are committed to social justice as well as ensuring each client has the perfect bike for them. Oh, and coffee. Can't forget the coffee. They sell bikes and parts from Surly, Giro, Fairdale, and more. They also do repairs and they have programs as one. One of them is All About Bikes which is a hands-on mechanics training course for teenagers, aged 15-20. They have a coffee bar in a lounge that is open for people to hang out in with their friends or coworkers, and its a way to give back to the community. They get their coffee from a local place, Roastery 7 Coffee, and they have a barista who will whip up a caffeinated delight for you. They offer internships in the coffee bar to teens as well. It truly is a one-stop shop.

Victory - ( 3505 W 44th St.,, 612-926-8200, website)

Victory was the brain child of best friends, Lisa Balke and Susan Blankenship, based on their mutual love of hunting for and discovering unique antiques all across the country. Because of their frequent forays into the antique hunting world, they have added inventory on a daily basis. Said inventory includes jewelry, candles, furniture and more, and they have new and vintage items in all categories. They also sell jewelry made by local artists.

Victory Antique & Gifts - ( 3505 W 44th St, 612-926-8200, website)

is a vintage shop run by two best friends (Lisa Balke and Susan Blankenship). They have jewelry, interior decor, light fixtures, books, and much more. Candles, soap, and eyebobs are also part of their inventory. They have furniture as well, and mirrors and frames. If you're looking to brighten up your home, this is a great place to look for an unexpected treasure.

Vintage Strings & Musical Institute - ( 5207 Elliot Ave S, 612-825-9133, website)
Wagners Greenhouse & Garden Center - ( 6024 Penn Ave S, 612-395-4926, website)

At Wagners, you can purchase any needed and beautiful flowers for your home or yard.

Warner's Stellian Appliance Outlet - ( 5462 Nicollet Ave S, 612-825-6465, website)
Wedge Community Co-Op - ( 2105 Lyndale Ave S, 612-871-3993, website)
Wells Fargo Advisors - ( 5320 Lyndale Ave S, 612-316-3525, website)
Welna Ace Hardware - ( 2201 E Franklin Ave, 612-332-4393, website)
Wild Rumpus Bookstore - ( 2720 W 43rd St, 612-920-5005, website)

is not your typical children's bookstore. Its been around for more than 25 years, and its most distinguishing feature is that it is home to many different animals, including cats, chinchillas, a chicken, spiders, and more. Parents can bring their children, not only to read and learn, but for an eye-opening and heart-warming experience involving both the loving animals and the kind and fun-loving employees.

Wings Financial Credit Union - ( 4701 Chicago Ave S, 800-692-1174, website)
Winner On 46th Street - ( 400 E 46th Street, 612-822-0134, website)
Woody's Pet Food Deli - ( 3008 W 50th Street, 612-208-0335, website)
Zinnia Folk Arts, LLC - ( 826 W 50th St, 612-824-4342, website)

Zinnia sells all Mexican folk art and handcrafted goods. It is a fair trade shop and everything sold has been made by Mexican artisans throughout the country.

Minneapolis Nightlife
331 Club - ( 331 13th Ave. NE, 612-331-1746, website)

331 Club is a local watering hole with live music every night in addition to trivia nights and a jukebox in the bathroom. It's a casual place to hang out with your friends, enjoying the music and the free-flowing beers. They serve your bar food basics such as fries, big brats, and pizza. If you're looking for a low-key night out with a couple of your pals, this is the place to go.

Al Vento - ( 5001 34th Ave S, 612-724-3009, website)

Another community favorite restaurant is Al Vento. This restaurant features a taste of Italy right here in South Minneapolis.

Al's Place - ( 2500 University Ave. NE, 612-594-5876, website)

Al's Place is where you go if you're a cool cat who wants to get your grub on with other like-minded gentlemen and ladies. It's steeped in the attitude of the 20s, and it features a speakeasy every Friday night. It's a place you go if you want to get dressed to the nines and enjoy a night out on the town. The menu includes chicken a la king, Sunday gravy, and mussels fra diavolo. If you really want to get into the swing of things, you can try the 1920s Campbell tomato soup cake. They have a burlesque brunch every Sunday.

Barrio - ( 925 Nicollet Mall,, 612-333-9953, website)

Barrio is a place that makes authentic made-from-scratch Mexican food and flavorful cocktails to wash it down with. The decor is vibrant and colorful, and the atmosphere is very welcoming. There are five Barrios around the Twin Cities, and they have been serving the area since 2008. On the food side, the dishes include Spicy Habanero Chicken Tamal, Sugarcane Skewered Tequila Shrimp, Wild Mushroom Empanadas, and Adobo Grilled Chicken Quesadillas. They have plenty of dishes they call 'Gluten Friendly', too. On the drinks side, they have a vast array such as Macho Camacho, Diamante Pepino, Oaxacan Love Affair, and the Black Bonito. They have patio seating, weather permitting.

Beaujo's Wine Bar & Bistro - ( 4950 France Ave. S, 952-922-8974, website)

is a warm and cozy restaurant in neighboring Edina that is perfect for a night out on the town. Their staff is friendly and knowledgeable about wines. They have over 30 kinds of wines, along with a variety of domestic and imported beers. They also have food, including the Beaujo burger, shrimp with a spicy tamarind sauce, and the pan-fried cod sandwich. Their menu includes desserts and coffees, too.

Betty Danger's Country Club - ( 2501 Marshall St NE, 612-315-4997, website)

Betty Danger's is a zany nightclub with a whole backstory as to who Betty is. She's the 'youngest sister' of Saint Sabrina and Psycho Suzi, all three establishments are owned by Leslie Bock. The tagline is, "A Country Club for the 99%", and their aim is for everyone to have a fun time in this retro-flavored restaurant/bar. The menu includes amusing seasonal names such as Mary's Bloody, Mrs. Claus Chicken & Brie Sandwich, Roasted Chestnuts, and Turkey Leftovers. For dessert, try the Baked Alaska Flambe. They also have vegan options. On the drink side, sip on a Santa's Bootleg or the Very Naughty Hot Chocolate. They offer a membership which "is never required...it's just less dull."

Buster’s On 28th - ( 4204 S 28th Ave, 612-729-0911, website)

Finally, Buster’s On 28th is a bar and grill with beer, wine, and brunch food options. This homey bar also serves desserts, appetizers, soup & salads, pizza, and burgers & sandwiches.

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.

Cuzzy's Bar & Restaurant - ( 507 Washington Ave. N,, 612-339-6211, website)

Cuzzy's Bar & Restaurant is a neighborhood joint that is close to the Minnesota Twins' stadium. It's a great place to grab a beer and a burger before or after a game. It's small and the walls are covered with dollar bills while the atmosphere is relaxed with friendly service. It has been open since 1995 and is family owned. The menu includes Stroganoff, Minnesota Sunrise Sandwich, SOB Burger, and Shore Breakfast. On the drinks side, they have a full slate of beer and liquor.

Dakota - ( 1010 Nicollet Mall,, 612-332-1010, website)

Dakota was founded as the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant in St. Paul in 1985. It moved to Downtown Minneapolis in 2003 and updated its name to Dakota. It can hold 250 - 350 people, and the mezzanine can hold an additional 60 (seated) to 90 (standing) people. In addition to the live performances seven nights a week, they also have a main dining room and two private dining rooms. The menu includes Pan Roasted Gnocchi, Tonnarelli Amatriciana, Gumbo, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle. The musical groups they host fall in a diversity of genres such as bluegrass, showtunes, jazz, and global. They also host private events, most notably, weddings.

Dan Kelly's Pub - ( 212 S 7th St.,, 612-333-2644, website)

Dan Kelly's Pub is locally and independently owned and has an interest in craft beers and contemporary pub grub. The decor includes a pre-prohibition bar complete with stained glass behind it. The rest of the bar is build with bricks and wood, and the atmosphere is warm and comfortable. The staff members are friendly, and the motto is, "Irish is a state of mind". Their menu includes Bangers and Mash, Avocado Chicken Melt, and Steakhouse Sliders. On the drinks side, they have many different beers  such as Fair State Roselle, Anchor Christmas Ale, and Devil's Advocate Porter. They also have wine, including Kung Fu Girl Riesling and Red Diamond Pinot Noir. Their cocktails include New Fashioned and Kentucky Ginger.

Diamond Lake Rental - ( 5340 Lyndale Ave S, 612-827-5525, website)
Driftwood - ( 4415 Nicollet Ave, 612-354-3402, website)

Visit Driftwood and enjoy live music, food, community, and ice cold beer.

Driftwood Char Bar - ( 4415 Nicollet Ave S, 612-354-3402, website)

If you head East, past 46th street, you’ll reach Driftwood Char Bar, open 7 days a week. Driftwood Char Bar provides live music, bar food, and ice cold beers, which makes a great place to hang out at night!

Du Nord Craft Spirits - ( 2610 E 32nd St, 612-799-9166, website)

Du Nord Craft Spirits is a distillery opened in 2013 by Chris Montana. He and his wife, Shanelle, opened a cocktail room in 2015, the first in the Twin Cities. The cocktail room only serves drinks made on-site from scratch. It has the best cocktails in the cities according to the StarTribune. During the day, the room serves local food and drink and people can take tours of the distillery, but it's during nights and weekends that the place really livens up. It is open late, which is a draw for those who don’t want the party to stop.

Encore Sushi Karaoke Bar - ( 2111 E Franklin Ave, 612-889-3128, website)

The Encore Karoke and Sushi Lounge combines two favorites--sushi and karoke! Who doesn't love to eat sushi and sing karaoke, but hopefully not at the same time? Their menu involves a diverse range of options including hamachi jalapeno, curried shrimp, stir fry spicy udon, and all your favorite sushi. The Omakase Dish is a showcase of the chef's specialties, and it changes according to the whims of his mood. They have sashimi and maki as well, and the Encore Cajun Seafood Boil.

First Avenue & 7th St Entry - ( 701 N 1st Ave.,, 612-332-1775, website)

First Avenue & 7th St Entry, colloquially known as First Ave, has been a premier live music venue since 1970 when it opened as The Depot. The Mainroom (First Ave) has over 200 live performances per year in the 1550-person capacity venue, whereas 7th St Entry with its 250-capacity has over 350 concerts every year. First Ave is one of the longest-run independently-owned clubs in America, and it has pride of place in Minneapolis. The acts that have played here are numerous, ranging from hometown hero, Prince, to the Pixies, My Chemical Romance, and more.

Frank Theatre - ( 2637 27th Ave S, 612-724-3760, website)

was founded in 1989 with the goal of allowing their performers to stretch and grow in their art. They perform works that are more controversial and connect directly to the issues happen in our world today. As they state themselves, they are not for everyone.

Ground Zero Nightclub - ( 15 4th St. NE, 612-378-5115, website)

Ground Zero Nightclub is a nightclub unlike any other in the Twin Cities. The music is alternative/goth, and it's a place to let your hair down and have a lot of fun. Whether you go for the drinks, the dancing, or the shows, you're guaranteed to have a good time. They have themed nights for which you can dress to the nines and fully express yourself. It's a place for people who are open-minded and like to explore alternative lifestyles.

Grumpy's Bar & Grill - ( 2200 4th St. NE, 612-789-7429, website)

Grumpy's Bar & Grill is a beloved watering hole that has been a neighborhood fixture for two decades. It's known for its tater tots, and you most certainly can't eat just one. They have live music, private rooms, and because they are proud Minnesotans, Hot Dish Happy Hour. It's a comfortable and low-key place where anyone would feel comfortable chilling. They're serious about their beer, which they serve with a smile.

Harriet’s Inn - ( 4000 Lyndale Ave S, 612-354-8352, website)

Harriet’s Inn, a modern pub, holds around 60 lunch and dinner options. The menu ranges from warm, greasy burgers and pot pies to healthier fresh salads and flatbreads. Not only are there many food options at Harriet’s Inn, there is also about 28 types of locally crafted beer and 24 varieties of wines.

Hexagon Bar - ( 2600 27th Ave. S, 612-722-3454, website)

Hexagon Bar is a casual bar that has become a neighborhood favorite. It has been voted best dive bar in the cities, and they are proud of this designation. It has a relaxed atmosphere and has all sorts of fun activities to do while having a beer or two. They have darts or you can watch a game on the big screens with a group of your friends. They also frequently have live music for you to enjoy.

Imagination Theatre - ( 1819 Minnehaha Ave, 612-339-2333, website)

was started over twenty years ago to inspire young children in theater and creativity. It is a theater that uses brightly-colored life-sized puppets and a black lighting system that allows the puppeteers to 'disappear' on stage so the focus can be on the puppets. The productions are diverse and lively, and they include all sorts of creatures, ranging from unicorns to dragons to robots and cats. Through song, dance, and puppetry, they engage their young audience on every level.

Jimmy's Bar & Lounge - ( 1828 4th St. NE, 612-788-1383, website)

Jimmy's Bar & Lounge is a neighborhood dive bar that is welcoming in a relaxed way. They have meat raffles on Saturday and other fun events such as guessing the weight of a pumpkin. When you want to hoist a few with your friends or make new ones, you can't go wrong swinging by this bar.

Kairos Dance Theatre - ( 4524 Beard Ave S, 612-927-7864, website)
Lawless Distilling Company - ( 2619 S 28th Ave suite 100, , website)

The Lawless Distilling Company is all about the carefully-crafted Minnesotan cocktails. Their cocktail lounge is warm and inviting with a relaxed atmosphere and a great staff. They distill their own gin, rum, vodka, and liqueurs in small batches, and use them to create unique and tasty cocktails. They have seasonal cocktail classes, too.

Longfellow Grill - ( 2990 W River Pkwy, 612-721-2711, website)

Longfellow Grill is a comfortable and casual hangout spot where you can grab a bite and a beer late at night. It has a low-key atmosphere and a friendly staff. They call themselves an urban diner, and all their food is made from scratch. They have hearty fare such as a breakfast burrito, a farmer's breakfast, and biscuits and gravy. Their drinks include beer, wine, and cocktails, and they have delivery as well.

Mackenzie Pub - ( 918 Hennepin Ave.,, 612-333-7268, website)

Mackenzie Pub calls themselves an "American Bar with a Scotch Flavor". They have been pouring pints for the neighborhood for over 25 years, and they are known for their excellent craft beer collection. The decor is woody, and the atmosphere is welcoming and relaxed. The service is friendly, too. They have patio seating as well, weather permitting. Their food menu includes Scotch Eggs, Thai Peanut Flatbread, Cuban (street tacos), and more. On the drinks side, they have local brews that include Fresh Ink, Pistachio Cream Ale, and Supra Deluxe. Their broader slate of beers include Party Hat (IPA, New England) and Pils (Pilsner, Czech).

Martin DePorres Hall - ( 2450 Park Ave S, 612-728-5100, website)
Maxwell's American Pub - ( 1201 S Washington Ave.,, 612-354-7085, website)

Maxwell's American Pub is a cozy neighborhood joint that has a warm and relaxed atmosphere with friendly service. Their food is homemade, and their aim is comfort. They have both hearty and healthy foods, and their menu includes Cream of Chicken Wild Rice, Bistro Steak Salad, Jalapeno Bacon Ranch Burger, and Meatball Dip. They have a gluten-free menu with dishes such as Quinoa Harvest Salad, Grilled Salmon Entree, and Midwest Jambalaya. Drinks-wise, they have a variety of beers and wines including Angry Orchard, Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, Pinot Grigio, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Merlins Rest Pub - ( 3601 E Lake St, 612-216-2419, website)

Merlins Rest Pub is a British Isles-styled pub and has been voted the Best Neighborhood Bar in Minneapolis for several years. It has a homey feel to it with a friendly staff. They are most famous for its authentic fish and chips. The live music and great list of whiskeys easily make it a favorite. Speaking of whiskey, you can schedule a private whiskey tasting. The community loves to come here for an exciting night on the town!

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub - ( 2716 E 38th Street, 612-208-1450, website)

Another fun night place is Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub. Grab a beer and a bite of gourmet sandwiches--with smoked foods such as turkey, beef, pork, cheese, and eggs.

Orpheum Theatre - ( 910 Hennepin Ave.,, 612-339-7007, website)

Orpheum Theatre was opened in 1921 under the name of Hennepin, and it was originally billed as the largest vaudeville house in the country. It was owned by Bob Dylan for a decade from the late '70s to the late '80s before he sold it to the City of Minneapolis. The theater has gone through many incantations, and it is now well-known and well-respected for the variety of performances it stages. Everything from the pre-Broadway world premiere of Disney's The Lion King to P!nk has been seen here. It is now currently owned by the Hennepin Theatre Trust.

Patty Wagon - ( 6042 Nicollet Ave S, 612-861-5500, website)

The Patty Wagon is a family-friendly burger joint, The Patty Wagon has a wide variety of burgers, salads, sandwiches, wings, and hot dogs.

Pepper & Fries - ( 3900 E Lake St, 612-353-6730, website)

Pepper & Fries was opened in 2014 by a man (Steve and his daughter, Marie) who loved burgers and baseball. The decor is dedicated to their love of baseball, and their staff is welcoming. It's a great place to grab a burger or a burrito (another of Steve's 'b' loves!) while watching a game (baseball or not) and drinking a beer with your friends. They also have sandwiches, hot dogs, and desserts such as the malt cup, which is also beloved at baseball games.

Pog Mahone's Pub & Grill - ( 903 S Washington Ave.,, 612-236-4724, website)

Pog Mahones' Pub & Grill is an Irish pub that looks like a traditional pub and has a welcoming atmosphere. The service is friendly, and the drinks are flowing. It's located near the US Bank Stadium, so it's the perfect place to grab a pint after a game. The drink menu includes beer, wine, and Big Ginger cocktails. Food-wise, there are dishes such as Scotch Eggs, Guinness Pot Roast, Classic Shamrock (burger), and Belfast Wrap. They also host private parties.

Prohibition - ( 821 S Marquette Ave.,, 612-597-2413, website)

Prohibition is in the Foshay Tower up on the 27th floor, which affords the diners a magnificent view. It has the style and ambiance of a speakeasy, hearkening back to the 1920s, The decor is sumptuous, and the atmosphere is luxe, yet relaxed. The staff members are knowledgeable about their drinks, and they are always eager to make the diners' experiences as wonderful as possible. Their extensive drinks menu includes Truth Or Consequences, Bubbly Sex Pot, Duke of Earl, The Maximillion Affair, and so much more. It's a great place to take a date.

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge - ( 1900 Marshall St NE, 612-788-9069, website)

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge opened in 2003 by Leslie Bock in its original location with sass, verve, and a lot of tattoos. The irreverent atmosphere coupled with the tiki culture made it instantly popular, and it became even more so when it moved into its current location in 2012. The current location is bigger and swankier than the old one, but the attitude remains offbeat and counter-culture. Leslie Bock also owns Saint Sabrina's Parlor in Purgatory (tattoo/piercing shop) and Betty Danger's (an alternative country club). The menu includes poutine tots, Minneapolis pizzas, and banh mi chicken sliders. The brunch menu has the El Camino, Biscayne Biscuits, and The Matador. Their drinks have fun names like Crummy Scoundrels, Eruption in Paradise, and Miserable Bastard.

Red Cow - ( 3624 W 50th St, 612-767-4411, website)

Red Cow is great place to head at night. With gourmet burgers and craft beer, Red Cow handcrafts their sophisticated food in an upbeat tavern.

Schooner Tavern - ( 2901 27th Ave. S, 612-729-4365, website)

Schooner Tavern is a local bar that has been serving the neighborhood for a very long time. It's an unassuming bar with plenty to do, including pool, BINGO, and pull tabs. They have meat raffles, and they have live music as well. They have two heated patios so you can enjoy the outdoors while hoisting a few, and they have karaoke nights, too. It's a good way to spend an evening with a couple of friends.

Stanley's Northeast Bar Room - ( 2500 University Ave. NE, 612-788-2529, website)

Stanley's Northeast Bar Room (2500 University Ave. NE, 612-788-2529) is an inviting and casual neighborhood bar that has the best dog patio in town. When it's warm enough, the dogs are invited to dine on the patio with a three-course menu. In the bar itself, the service is friendly, and it's a great place to watch a game with your friends while hoisting a few. The menu is elevated pub grub, including Nordeast pickles, banana foster pancakes, burgers (there's a vegan one), and bowls. If you're a chocolate lover, you have to try their chocolate explosion bread pudding with chocolate ice cream.

T-Shoppe Bar - ( 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.

Tailgate Sport Cafe - ( 6050 Nicollet Ave, 612-861-5600, website)

Tailgate Sport Cafe is a sports restaurant based off of customer feedback. At Tailgate, you can enjoy a low-priced dinner of starters, wings, salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers, and pizza, as well as entrees, desserts, and a kids’ menu. Every day beholds a different daily special, such as Saturday kids eat free and Monday is 50 cent wings.

The Blue Door Pub - ( 3448 42nd Ave S, 612-315-2470, website)

The Blue Door Pub opened its first (blue) door in St. Paul in 2008, and they've expanded to three other locations including Longfellow since. It's a casual and comfortable place with a cheerful staff. Their specialty is the Jucy Lucy, which they call a Blucy. They also have flaming-hot curds, deep-fried green beans, and sandwiches. They have craft beers and wine to sip on as you eat. You can order online, and they have takeout as well.

The Cabooze - ( 917 Cedar Ave, 612-338-6425, website)

The Cabooze (917 Cedar Ave, 612-338-6425) is a live music venue that is very well known in the Twin Cites. They are all about the live music, and they have a wide diversity of groups performing. Examples: Christmas hip hop jam, a '90s throwback party, and a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. They serve drinks and food, and they have an outdoor plaza as well.

The Cardinal Restaurant & Bar - ( 2920 E 38th Street, 612-724-5837, website)

The Cardinal Restaurant & Bar is great place to hang out with friends. With a full kitchen and a variety of beer, The Cardinal also offers pizza, gluten free beer and cider options, and lots of entertainment. Challenge your friends with pool and darts, or create new memories your friends at Karaoke.

The Freehouse - ( 701 N Washington Ave.,, 612-339-7011, website)

The Freehouse is a brewpub that believes in making the best possible craft beer and letting it speak for itself. It falls under the Blue Plate Restaurant Group, started by David Burley and Stephanie Shimp. The food includes Steak & Pierogies, Balsamic Glazed Pork Shoulder, Pulled Pork (tacos), and Spinach Frittata. They have gluten-free options and vegetarian options. They offer space for private events as well.

The Joint Bar - ( 913 Cedar Ave, 612-338-6425, website)

The Joint Bar is primarily a biker bar with the tag line ‘A Sunny Place for Shady People’. It's a casual place with a friendly staff, and it's a longtime favorite of bikers in the cities with plenty of parking for all the bikes. They have meat raffles and other fun events throughout the week.

The Parkway Theater - ( 4814 Chicago Ave S, 612-822-2104, website)
The Riverview Wine Bar - ( 3747 42nd Ave S, 612-729-4200, website)

The Riverview Wine Bar opened in 1995 by Mara & David Bernick and offers an intimate and warm space which is perfect for date night when you want to have a couple glasses of wine. The wine comes from all over the world, and the craft beer is brewed locally. Their food is locally sourced and thoughtfully prepared. They have live music at nights sometimes, too. It's run by the same owners as The Riverview Cafe.

The Saloon - ( 830 Hennepin Ave.,, 612-332-0835, website)

The Saloon opened in 1977, which makes it one of the oldest LGBTQ+ bars in Minneapolis. It is a staple of the neighborhood, and it is rated as one of the best gay bars/dance clubs in the Twin Cities. They welcome everyone with open arms, and it's a neighborhood fave. It has live performances, drag brunches, pool, and more. Have a good time where the drinks are flowing and the entertainment is lively.

Town Hall Lanes - ( 5019 S 34th Ave, 612-767-3354, website)

The biggest draw for nightlife in the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association is Town Hall Lanes. It is a pub with a bowling alley and one of the largest beer menus around. People love to meet up here with friends late at night, grab something to eat, get a drink and bowl for a couple hours. It is a relaxing but fun environment.

Townhall Tap - ( 4801 Chicago Ave S, 612-767-7307, website)

Town Hall Tap is a bar where you can have fun in or outdoors. They have a vintage wall with labels of old beer brands you can view as well as hundreds of options of beer to choose from.

Tracy’s Saloon & Eatery - ( 2207 E Franklin Ave, 612-332-1865, website)

Tracy's Saloon is a low-key hangout place with a retro feel and a friendly staff. It's a local watering hole that is a favorite of the neighborhood. Their menu includes hot piri piri chicken, roast pork bucatini, and their house curry & lemon rice. Their pub fare includes Summit-battered fish & chips and a grilled Reuben. They have char-grilled burgers as well, and finish off your meal with Tracy's Apple Crisp. Of course, they have drinks as well, which includes a whole lot of wine. They have specials every day, too.

Trapped Puzzle Rooms - ( 2717 Lyndale Ave S, 612-255-9500, website)
Vegas Lounge - ( 965 Central Ave. NE, 612-378-1873, website)

Vegas Lounge is all about the karaoke, which they offer seven nights a week. They won the City Pages' award (by staff and readers) for best karaoke in the Twin Cities in 2018. They have drinks and bar food such as burgers, pizza, and chicken wings, but you're really there to sing your heart out.

Whiskey Junction - ( 901 Cedar Ave, 612-338-9550, website)
Wild Moon Bhaktas - ( 3927 E 26th St, 651-571-1064, website)
Young Joni - ( 165 13th Ave. NE, 612-345-5719, website)

Young Joni was opened in 2016 by Ann Kim, a lauded chef, to much anticipation ad high acclaim. It's a restaurant with a back bar, and the atmosphere is casually elegant. The staff is friendly, and they believe in giving back to the community. To that end, they donate to local causes, which bolsters the entire community. The menu includes pizzas, Korean beef short ribs, and grilled whole fish. The cocktail menu is short and classic with the old fashioned heading the list. The back bar has a clever concept in that the drink menu is called Young Joni High and the cocktails harken back to high school days. The Debate Team, Most Likely to Need a Lawyer, and The Hall Monitor are three of the amusingly-named drinks.

Minneapolis Community Arts & Recreation
Anda Flamenco Company & School - ( 2637 27th Ave S, 612-378-6065, website)

was started by a woman, Kristina de Sacramento, who's had a passion for flamenco for over thirty years. She founded her own school in 1995, and started her professional company in 2002, combining it with her school to emerge in its current iteration. The teachers are all enthusiastic about flamenco and eager to share what they know with anyone willing to learn. The company performs all over the cities throughout the year.

Asian Media Access North - ( 2418 Plymouth Ave. N,, , website)

Asian Media Access North is the administrative office and the dance studio for Asian Media Access (AMA). Their mission is to help the disconnected feel more connected through multimedia arts and technology. Their aim is to use technology and multimedia as a part of their community advocacy. They have educational programs for AAPI/disadvantaged youth, using multimedia and technology, to encourage the youth to pursue their dreams, including college and higher education. They also have exhibitions and performances centering on Asian experiences as well.

Ballare Teatro Performing Arts Center - ( 4259 Minnehaha Ave, 612-721-8619, website)

was opened in 1998 by Ann Williams because she wanted to share her passion for dancing with others. In the twenty years since, she has developed a nurturing environment in which anyone at any age and any skill level can feel comfortable learning. They teach tap, ballet, jazz, modern, and cardio funk to adults. For the little ones, they teach fundamental tap and ballet. They have the Performing Art Program which is for youths who are more serious about their dancing. If you want to learn dancing in a supportive atmosphere, this is the place for you.

California Building - ( 2205 California St. NE, 612-788-5551, website)

California Building is one of five Northeast properties owned by Jennifer Young and John Kremer, who are partners in both business and life. They are committed to nurturing local artists (and flora), and this is one way they do that. It is one of the first studio buildings in Minneapolis, and it was opened in 1991. There are over 80 artists creating arts in this space, and they participate in Art-A-Whirl every year.

Casket Arts Building - ( 681 17th Ave. NE, 612-788-5551, website)

Casket Arts Building is one of five Northeast properties owned by Jennifer Young and John Kremer, who are partners in both business and life. They are committed to nurturing local artists (and flora), and this is one way they do that. The building has been around since 1882 when it was in the actual casket business until 2005 when the current owners turned it into an artistic space while maintaining the historic feel of the building. The Casket Arts Building is part of the Casket Arts Community which has over 140 artists/art-based businesses that support one another. Not only do the artists have their own studios, they open their studios to the public on a regular basis including during Art-A-Whirl.

Dock 6 Pottery - ( 4206 E 34th St, 612-327-0429, website)

Dock 6 Pottery was opened by Kerry Brooks because of her love of pottery. She started doing it as a hobby, but it quickly grew into a profession. The store is a gallery/studio, and it's fascinating to watch the products being made. The staff members are enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and they love sharing both with their customers. The designs are vibrant and earthy, both artistic and pragmatic (for the houseware). You can order online as well, and they have wedding registries, too. They are now offering classes, too.

Elliot Recreation Center - ( 1000 E 14th St.,, 612-370-4772, website)

Elliot Recreation Center is located in Elliot Park, and it has several uses for members of the community. It's air-conditioned, which can be a lifesaver in the hot days of a Minneapolis summer. There is a computer lab and a crafting room, and there is a community kitchen as well. If you're in need of a meeting room, they have one of those, too, along with a multipurpose room. While you're there, you can use the park facilities as well.

Everett & Charlie - ( 2720 W 43rd St., 612-444-8706, website)

is the brainchild of Suzie Marty, someone who wanted to combine her passion for art with the love of her grandchildren. She believes that art should reflect the experiences of the artist, and the store reflects that belief. It has a cozy and inviting atmosphere, and the staff is friendly and helpful. There is a variety of artist mediums, and the products include jewelry, paintings, furniture, and more.

Five Element Martial Arts and Healing Center - ( 3743 Cedar Ave, 612-729-7233, website)
Foshay Museum and Observation Deck - ( 821 S Marquette Ave.,, 612-215-3700, website)

The Foshay Museum and Observation Deck is at the top of the Foshay Tower in Downtown Minneapolis, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The museum is on the 30th floor whereas the observation deck is on the 31st floor of this 32-floor building. It was the tallest building in the Midwest for 48 years. From the observation deck, it's a great place to have a spectacular view of the city. As for the museum, it is filled with knowledge about the Foshay Tower and its colorful past. You can learn about how Wilbur Foshay had it built in 1929 as a tribute to the Washington Monument and then couldn't pay his debts surrounding the Foshay Tower--including to John Philip Sousa.

Frank Theatre - ( 2637 27th Ave S, 612-724-3760, website)

was founded in 1989 with the goal of allowing their performers to stretch and grow in their art. They perform works that are more controversial and connect directly to the issues happen in our world today. As they state themselves, they are not for everyone.

Gamut Gallery - ( 717 S 10th St.,, 612-367-4327, website)

Gamut Gallery is an art gallery/live performing space/gift shop that highlights local artists who are creative in innovative ways. They believe that art should be about the people and widely accessible, and they endeavor to make it so. They are inclusive and welcome everyone to the space. They have exhibits of different mediums, including paint, textiles, jewelry, and photography. They also have live events ranging from live music and dance to lectures and classes.  The gift shop features a vibrant variety of art in the categories of jewelry, pottery, clothing, and more. They were awarded "Best Young Talent Showcase" by the Star Tribune in 2016, and they have been nominated multiple times by the readers of City Pages as the Best Art Gallery.

Glass Endeavors - ( 2716 E 31st St., 612-721-9553, website)

Glass Endeavors is the premier art glass (stained, fused, mosaic) in the neighborhood. It opened in 1996 by John and Zoi Sandy, who were enthusiastic about sharing their passion for glass art. In addition to selling glass art supplies, they also provide classes and guidance on projects their customers are attempting. They also have events from time to time that feature glass art. If you have an interest in glass art, this is a must-visit store for you.

Guthrie Theater - ( 818 S 2nd St.,, 612-377-2224, website)

Guthrie Theater was founded by Tyrone Guthrie in 1963 in response to his disenchantment (along with two colleagues) with Broadway. They envisioned a world in which regional theater could bring in world-class actors, and they have accomplished that vision. They are well-known and respected around the world, and they offer a wide array of productions as well as education opportunities. They founded The Lab Theater as a place for experimental theater. They also have Level Nine, which is known for going against traditional theater and challenging patrons' expectations. They are also believe in engaging with the community and giving back.

Harrison Recreation Center - ( 503 N Irving Ave.,, 612-370-4951, website)

The Harrison Recreation Center  is popular place to gather for members of the community. There are plenty of amenities that make it the ideal meeting place. There is a meeting room and a multipurpose room, a kitchen and a Little Free Library. There is also a gymnasium if you want to work out and a Craft Room if you want to, well, craft. It is nestled near the Harrison Park, where there are plenty of fields available if you're into playing sports. It is not air-conditioned.

Hollywood Studio of Dance - ( 2130 W Broadway Ave.,, 612-521-6780, website)

The Hollywood  Studio of Dance was founded in 1991 by Diane Elliott Robinson who is an accomplished dancer in her own rights. The studio's mission is to teach dance in a positive, supportive, and creative atmosphere. They believe that the skills they teach can be transferred to life in general and promotes a positive self-esteem, confidence, and discipline. Their programs include classes, mentoring, scholarships, and team performances. They accept students of all ages and skill levels.

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.

Imagination Theatre - ( 1819 Minnehaha Ave, 612-339-2333, website)

was started over twenty years ago to inspire young children in theater and creativity. It is a theater that uses brightly-colored life-sized puppets and a black lighting system that allows the puppeteers to 'disappear' on stage so the focus can be on the puppets. The productions are diverse and lively, and they include all sorts of creatures, ranging from unicorns to dragons to robots and cats. Through song, dance, and puppetry, they engage their young audience on every level.

Jawaahir Dance Company - ( 3010 Minnehaha Ave, 612-872-6050, website)

Jawaahir Dance Company is a professional dance company and school that performs and teaches Middle Eastern dance. It was founded by Cassandra Shore in 1989, and she is a world-renowned performer/choreographer of Arab dance. She blends both the traditional and contemporary forms while always respecting the traditional source material. She is a mesmerizing performer and an excellent teacher. She founded The Cassandra School in 1978, and she enjoys teaching belly dancing and other Arab movements to women of all ages and skill level.

Jimmy Wilson Gallery - ( 4304 Upton Ave. S, 612-201-0701, website)

features the art of Jimmy Wilson and select guest artists. His work includes still-life, figures, and plenty of nature. There is a serenity in his paintings that you can feel as you walk by and study them. If you want some art and a moment of respite in your busy day, this is the place to visit.

Juxtaposition Arts - ( 2007 Emerson Ave. N,, 612-588-1148, website)

Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) is a community-based arts organization that is heavily invested in supporting and promoting young artists. They have teen artists on staff and they are a valued organization in the community. It was opened in 1995 by Peyton Russell and Russel and DeAnna Cummings because they wanted to help underserved teen artists reach their potential. It started as an afterschool program and has grown into so much more. The foundation started bringing in neoteric artists to provide hands-on experience. They established a brick-and-mortar presence in 2004 as they continued to expand. In 2010, they started adding paid positions because many of the youths involved in their programs had to choose between art and work. Now, they are busy with their visual art education and training programs, and they are a thriving organization in the community.

Kaleidoscope Children's Garden - ( Park Ave S, , website)
Keewaydin Park and Recreation Center - ( 3030 E 53rd St, 612-370-4956, website)

Keewaydin Park is much smaller and connected to Keewaydin Elementary school. It has a picnic area and playground, sports fields and a small pool.

Kingfield Murals - ( 3537 Nicollet Ave South, 612-823-5980, website)

In 2003, the Kingfield Neighborhood Association (KFNA) put together a project to create outdoor murals on various local businesses. This was done by professional artists and local neighborhood youth.
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Les Jolies Petites School of Dance - ( 1106 W Broadway Ave.,, 612-521-1150, website)

Les Jolies Petites School of Dance was opened by Dr. Sharon Cook in 1998 to share her passion for and expertise in dance to a diverse range of students. She was taught everything from ballet to African dance, and she sent two of her assistant instructors to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in NYC in 2008. As a result, there is a lot of the Alvin Ailey method taught to her students in the years since. The school teaches hip hop, ballet, and modern dance at all levels. The teachers are supportive to their students and the students have traveled to several places around the world in order to perform.

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.

Linden Hills Recreation Center - ( 3100 W 43rd St., 612-370-4913, website)

is a community gathering place that has something for everyone, including events throughout the year. The indoor activities include adult yoga, a computer lab, and more. For the more outdoor-oriented, they have a baseball field, a basketball court, a hockey rink, and ice-skating rink, and that's not even the half of it. They also have a soccer field, a softball field, a playground, a tennis court, and a wading pool. They also have events such as the spring fling egg hunt.

Logan Recreation Center - ( 690 13th Ave. NE, 612-370-4927, website)

Logan Recreation Center is a neighborhood rec center with many amenities. In the center itself, there is a computer lab, a gym, and a craft room. Outdoors, there is a softball field, an ice-skating rink, and a walking path. For the kids, there is a playground and a wading pool. There is also a picnic area for when you want to take a break from the activities and enjoy the sun on your face.

LoLa Art Crawl - ( Longfellow, 612-399-6546, website)

LoLa Art Crawl is the art crawl hosted by the League of Longfellow artists since 2009. It's one of the best lesser-known art crawls in the Twin Cities, and it's attended by thousands every year. Last year, they had over a hundred artists at more than sixty sites, including businesses and backyards. If you are an art lover, then you have to check it out.

Longfellow Park and Recreation Center - ( 3435 36th Ave. S, 612-370-4957, website)

Longfellow Park is a place for the community to gather and to engage in many activities. Some of those include tumbling class, MEA basketball clinic, youth volleyball, and music monkeys. They have a basketball court, a football field, a hockey rink, an ice skating rink, and much more. There is something for everyone here.

Matthews Recreation Center - ( 2318 29th Ave. S, 612-370-4950, website)

Matthews Recreation Center is a great community gathering place with plenty of activities for everyone. They have a wading pool and an ice rink, and both are open seasonally. They also have a basketball court, a broomball rink, and a biking path. They have several other sports fields, a picnic area, and a playground for the youth. They also have a Craft Room, a Gymnasium, and other rooms for meetings and other events. They participate in the Rec Plus School-Age Childcare and the Summer Meals programs.

Memory Lanes & Flashback Café - ( 2520 26th Ave S, 612-721-6211, website)
Mill City Museum - ( 704 S 2nd St.,, 612-341-7555, website)

The Mill City Museum was opened in 2003 after it was built in the remains of the Washburn A Mill, the flagship mill of  General Mills  (Washburn-Crosby Co. at the time) in 1880. It was revolutionary in that it was the most technologically-advanced mill at the time and it was also the largest. Minneapolis was known as the "Flour Milling Capital of the World", and the museum is dedicated to remembering that part of Minneapolis history. There are several activities to take part in while you're at the museum in order to experience this history. Those activities include the Flour Tower elevator show, special exhibits that change a few times a year, and Water and Baking Labs. There is also the ruin courtyard in which you can rest, the rooftop observation desk from which you can gaze out upon the city, and a cafe called Bushel & Peck for when you're hungry and need something to eat.

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra - ( 2712 41st Ave. S, 612-724-6927, website)

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra is a local orchestra that started in 1950 with the goal of performing free concerts throughout the Twin Cities for the enjoyment of anyone who wanted to listen. They members are professional musicians, and they get great joy in performing these concerts. They mostly perform in the Lake Harriet Bandshell Park, but they have performances in other venues as well. They sometimes perform with students, and they have free performances for seniors at the Nicollet Island Pavilion every year.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts - ( 1011 Washington Ave. S, Suite #100,, 612-215-2545, website)

Minnesota Center for Book Arts started (MCBA) as a dream in 1983 by a group of local book enthusiasts who wanted to promote the art of writing in the local scene. Two years later, in 1985, the MCBA, a literary nonprofit, was opened in the McKesson Building. Fifteen years later, it outgrew its space, so it, The Loft Literary Center, and Milkweed Editions came together and were founding tenants for Open Book, the first comprehensive literary/book arts facility in America. They have a wide array of experiences to adventure, including classes, exhibits, fellowships/mentorships, youth camps, artist meet-ups, and so much more. They also have an online store where you can buy unique cards, journals, handmade artist books, and more.

Minnesota Dance Theatre - ( 528 Hennepin Ave.,, 612-338-0627, website)

Minnesota Dance Theatre was founded in 1962 by Loyce Houlton, and the reins were passed to her daughter, Lise, in 1995. They are respected around the world for their classical and contemporary performances which range from Carmina Burana to Unbound by MDT alumni, Jennifer Hart. The.y also stage Loyce Houlton's Nutcracker Fantasy every year and have done so since 1964, They also have a school in which they offer classes for young children, adults, and for serious dancers. They have an annual Strawberry Festival in which they showcase their students talents.

Minnesota Orchestra - ( 1111 Nicollet Mall,, 612-371-5600, website)

The Minnesota Orchestra was founded in 1903 and has built up an impeccable international reputation over the years. They have cemented that reputation by traveling around the world, playing in countries such as Capetown, South Africa; Havana, Cuba; and Tokyo, Japan. They perform in the highly-acclaimed Orchestra Hall, which is a LEED-certified facility. The Minnesota Orchestra performs many of the classics, some not as well-known as other. Some of the composers they have featured are Mahler, Grieg, Sibelius, and in an attempt to be more inclusive of women, Florence Price. They also have the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, a highly-competitive professional training program that people have to apply to and be accepted for.

Morris Park and Recreation Center - ( 5531 39th Ave S, 612-370-4934, website)

Morris Park is a typical park with a picnic area and playground, sport fields and a pool, but what makes it unique is the skate park. It is one of the few parks in Minneapolis that has a skate park.

Museum Louvre It Or Leave It - ( , , website)

Museum Louvre It Or Leave It is unassuming on the outside as it's nestled in the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown. On the inside, it's filled with an eclectic collection of exhibits provided by Gary and JoAnn Fink, who are passionate patrons of contemporary art. Few know that this museum exists, but those who do are appreciate the diverse and creative collection. There are lithographs, bronze objects, ceramics, and more, in subjects ranging from humor to political. It's worth your time to stop by and have a look at this undiscovered treasure.

Music and Movies In The Parks - Bryant Square Park - ( 3101 Bryant Ave S, 612-370-4907, website)

is a beloved tradition that happens every summer at five parks around Minneapolis, including Lake Harriet Band Shell, Nicollet Island Park, Father Hennepin Bluff Park, Minnehaha Park, and Bryant Square Park. The music includes rock, swing, classical, pop, alternative, and so much more.

Music and Movies in the Parks - Father Hennepin Bluff Park - ( 420 Main Street SE, 612-230-6400, website)

is a beloved tradition that happens every summer at five parks around Minneapolis, including Lake Harriet Band Shell, Nicollet Island Park, Father Hennepin Bluff Park, Minnehaha Park, and Bryant Square Park. The music includes rock, swing, classical, pop, alternative, and so much more.

Music and Movies in the Parks - Lake Harriet Band Shell - ( 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy., 612-230-6400, website)

is a beloved tradition that happens every summer at five parks around Minneapolis, including Lake Harriet Band Shell, Nicollet Island Park, Father Hennepin Bluff Park, Minnehaha Park, and Bryant Square Park. The music includes rock, swing, classical, pop, alternative, and so much more. At the bandshell, free concerts are offered daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day except on Wednesdays. It's a great way to enjoy a nice summer day with friends and/or family.

Music and Movies In The Parks - Minnehaha Park - ( 4801 S Minnehaha Drive, 612-230-4600, website)

is a beloved tradition that happens every summer at five parks around Minneapolis, including Lake Harriet Band Shell, Nicollet Island Park, Father Hennepin Bluff Park, Minnehaha Park, and Bryant Square Park. The music includes rock, swing, classical, pop, alternative, and so much more.

Music and Movies in the Parks -Nicollet Island Park - ( 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy., 612-230-6400, website)

is a beloved tradition that happens every summer at five parks around Minneapolis, including Lake Harriet Band Shell, Nicollet Island Park, Father Hennepin Bluff Park, Minnehaha Park, and Bryant Square Park.

Nokomis Fall Urban Craft and Art Fair - ( 2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy, 612-370-4932, website)

Nokomis Fall Urban Craft and Art Fair takes place in the middle of November. The fair represents the work of 48 different indie artists and crafters. Admission is free but there are many items that are showcased and even for sale such as jewelry, art, ceramics, sweets, woodwork, soaps, textile glass, paper goods, candles and more. This gives artists a chance to showcase their work and it involves the whole community. Combined with this event is the Lake Nokomis Craft Crawl. This crawl takes participants to three different locations, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minnehaha United Methodist Church, and Nokomis Square Coop to make, buy and sell crafts. These are the main ways that NENA contributes to the artistic bent of the community. Live music also takes place in several restaurants and at special events.

Northeast Recreation Center - ( 1530 Johnson St. NE, 612-370-4920, website)

Northeast Recreation Center is a new facility with top-notch equipment opened in 2018, and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Inside, there is a game area with table tennis and foosball, a gym, a walking track, and more. Outside is a sports' lover's delight. There is soccer field, a baseball field, a tennis court, a water park, a walking path, and much, much more. Take your family or take your friends, and you're sure to have a great time.

Northern Clay Center - ( 2424 E Franklin Ave, 612-339-8007, website)

opened in 1990 to celebrate the ceramic arts and to educate the community about them. They offer ceramics classes for all ages and skills, as well as studio space, grants, tours, and a plethora of other artist services. In addition to classes, they have summer camps and workshops. They want to spread their love of ceramic arts to everyone.v

Open Book - ( 1011 Washington Ave. S,, 612-215-2650, website)

Open Book was founded in 2000 by The Loft Literary Center, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and Milkweed Editions, three literary nonprofits that wanted to combine their creative forces to promote literary arts locally. They became the first in the nation to build such an facility. They endeavored to create an environment that was welcoming for anyone with even a flickering of interest in the literary arts. They have spaces to rent for meetings, book clubs, or other events. The Loft has studios to rent (for writing, for example). Milkweed is a publisher always on the look out for a fresh perspective in an author. Minnesota Center for Book Arts can help a struggling author come up with innovative ways to get the juices flowing. They want to share their love of literature and book arts with everyone.

Tapestry Folkdance Center - ( 3748 Minnehaha Ave, 612-722-2914, website)

Tapestry Folkdance Center opened in 1983 with this vision: "To create opportunities for participating in the joys of dance and music from around the world." To that end, they offer classes for a diversity of interests, ranging from zumba and other Latin dances to karate, international dances, and the waltz. They believe in bringing their community together through dance and other customs from around the world.

The Cowles Center - ( 528 Hennepin Ave.,, 612-206-3600, website)

The Cowles Center is the largest nonprofit dance complex in the Midwest and they pride themselves on providing the much-needed space for the community. They have nine rehearsal studios, three theaters, and administrative office space for local small-to-medium sized arts organizations. One noteworthy thing they are doing for free is providing schools with ways to integrate movement into their curriculum, especially valuable in a time when art funding is being cut. They also provide thousands of students with the opportunity to view their first live performance. They also support and subsidize major expenses for 36 local dance companies. Finally, they provide classes to dancers of all ages and abilities. They are also home to the prestigious McKnight Fellowship for Dancers and Choreographers.

The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge - ( 3010 Minnehaha Ave, 612-345-7166, website)

The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge opened in 2016 to support independent artists. They encourage originality and diversity in their performers. They host music concerts, art shows, outdoor festivals, book signings, and many other events. They also do wedding rentals, community programming, non-profit fundraising and more. They are a partially solar-powered venue, and they are focused on sustainability. They have two indoor stages and the MPLS lounge.

The Ivy Arts Building - ( 2637 27th Ave S, , website)

The Ivy Arts Building is dedicated to the arts, housing different art businesses such as instrument repair and graphic design. There are also theater, art, and dance groups here, as well as yoga, tai chi, therapy, and so much more.

The Museum of Russian Art - ( 5500 Stevens Ave, 612-821-9045, website)

The Museum of Russian Art features Russian art and artifacts, with events, classes, and a gift shop.

Town Hall Lanes - ( 5019 S 34th Ave, 612-767-3354, website)

The biggest draw for nightlife in the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association is Town Hall Lanes. It is a pub with a bowling alley and one of the largest beer menus around. People love to meet up here with friends late at night, grab something to eat, get a drink and bowl for a couple hours. It is a relaxing but fun environment.

Windom Northeast Recreation Center - ( 2251 Hayes St. NE, 612-370-4905, website)

Windom Northeast Recreation Center is a neighborhood gathering place that is fun for kids of all ages. It has a gym, a craft room, and a computer lab. For the more sporty types, there is a tennis court, a baseball field, a football field, and more. If you like vigorous activities in the winter, it also has a broomball rink, a hockey rink, and an ice-skating rink. If you just want to soak up the sun in the summer and read, there is a Little Free Library and a picnic area. It also has a wading pool and a playground including a zip-line for the kids.

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre - ( 3012 Minnehaha Ave, 612-234-1653, website)

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre was opened in 1982 by Susana di Palma who has studied flamenco under several maestros and is a mesmerizing performer to watch. She choreographs vivid, passionate pieces, and she is currently working on a piece called Casita, which focuses on homeless women. She also has a school and teaches beginner's classes as well as advanced. If you want to learn flamenco or see a flamenco performance, this is the place to go.

Minneapolis Events
JAN: Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival - ( 4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway Minneapolis, MN 55409, , website)

Kites of all shapes, sizes, colors, and themes will fly over frozen Lake Harriet. Other fun family activities at the festival include ice fishing, snowshoeing, and a marshmallow roast. This event is free and open to the public! No registration required.

JAN: LCC Annual Chili Cook Off-Fundraiser - ( Longfellow, 612-722-4529, website)

Annual Chili Cook Off-Fundraiser is an annual event hosted by the Longfellow Community Council (LLC) that invites all the chili cooks in the neighborhood to show their mettle. If you like chili, this is definitely the event for you. There are vegetarian options as well. All the money from the event goes back into the community as the LLC uses the funds for future events. Tickets are reasonable, and children under five eat for free.

JAN: WinterFest - ( 3100 W 43rd St, 612-230-6400, website)

is an annual winter get together for the community. There is horse-drawn wagon rides, sledding, ice-skating, music, marshmallow roasting, and so much more. It's a great way to get the circulation going and to get to know your neighbors while enjoying many winter activities. There are warm beverages available as well to warm the stomachs and hands.

JAN: Frost Fest - ( 414 E Diamond Lake Rd, 612-370-4906, website)

Join us for the annual Frost Fest! The Kids Dance DJs will be here to get the party started with some "cool" and groovy tunes and contests. Food trucks and other vendors will offer a variety of menu options. The event features indoor and outdoor activities including reindeer sleigh rides, ice skating, carnival games, a cake walk, campfire with s'mores, and door prizes.

MAR: St. Patrick's Day Parade - ( Nicollet Mall, 763-234-0669, website)

Minneapolis hosts its 50th St. Patrick’s parade along the refurbished Nicollet Mall—a 10-minute drive from pubs including Kieran’s, Keegan’s, and The Local, all brimming with Guinness and pipe bands—while St. Paul’s vehicle-minimal (and kid-safe) march down Kellogg Boulevard celebrates year 51, continuing a tradition of literally painting the street green, handing out buttons for charity, and crowning Ms. Shamrock before she embarks on her own float. At the capital, once known for its Irish immigrant population, hop the many pubs: Casper’s and Runyon’s Nook, the Dubliner, Emmett’s Public House, O’Gara’s, the Liffey. There’s no wrong turn.

APR: Minneapolis International Film Festival - ( 115 SE Main Street, 612-331-4724, website)

The state’s biggest film festival is international: More than 350 films from more than 70 countries screen at venues across the Twin Cities over 17 days. That has included documentaries at Uptown Theatre, children’s movies at St. Anthony Main Theatre, and music videos at the Soap Factory. Also, Rochester participates with its own showings at a theater just outside of downtown. The nearly 40-year-old fest lines up filmmakers from across the globe for Q+As and highlights local talent with a “Minnesota Made” series.
Visit https://mspfilm.org/festivals/mspiff/tickets-passes/ for tickets.

APR: Art In Bloom - ( 2400 Third Avenue South, 888-642-2787, website)

View fresh floral creations and the artworks that inspired them. Enter a world of timeless art and fresh flowers during the 35th annual Art in Bloom—a FREE four-day festival of fresh floral arrangements and fine art, presented by Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Delight in 165 floral designs that interpret objects from Mia’s collection. A Twin Cities rite of spring!

APR: Symphony for the Cities - ( 4135 W Lake Harriet Parkway, 612-371-5600, website)

is an annual Minneapolis tradition that has happened for over 40 years. It's a one-hour free concert by the Minnesota Orchestra at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, and it's part of their week of free outdoor concerts for the community to enjoy. What's better than music in the great outdoors?

APR: LCC No Pie Charts! Only Pies! - ( Longfellow, 612-722-4529, website)

This free neighborhood-favorite takes place from 5:30-8pm on a Tuesday evening in April. The meeting features a Resource Fair, Board Member Elections, and Committee Updates. Remember, this is a pie potluck, please plan on bringing a pie (or two, or three) to share with your neighbors!

MAY: Seward Garage Sale Daze - ( 2323 E Franklin Ave, 612-338-6205 x119, website)

Seward Garage Sale Daze (Seward neighborhood, 612-338-6205 x119) is a fun-filled garage sale throughout the Seward neighborhood, sponsored by the Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG). It's also called the Seward Garage Sale Days. This is a weekend in May where over 100 homes register themselves to be on the garage sale route. It's a great way to find some good deals and to get to know your neighbors better.

MAY: Art-A-Whirl - ( Northeast Minneapolis Arts District, 612-788-1679, website)

Art-A-Whirl started as a small group of artists wanting to support one another's work, and it's grown into something that is truly amazing. It is now sponsored by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, and it's eagerly anticipated every year by arts lover throughout the Twin Cities. Three days. 800 artists. 60 locations. Lots of food and drinks to nibble on/eat/drink as you enjoy almost every medium of art possible. It's a big open studio tour of some of the most influential local artists, and thousands of Minnesotans participate in the annual event.

MAY: May Day Parade - ( Powderhorn Park, 612-721-2535, website)

The MayDay Parade and ceremony in Powderhorn Park has become a joyous annual ritual for nearly 50,000 people in the Twin Cities. For many in Minnesota, the MayDay Parade is a time to celebrate the coming warmth with hand-built puppets and masks (some over 10 feet tall), music, and performance in the street. But the essence of the parade is rooted in the local community and contemporary issues, concerns, and visions for a better world.

JUN: LCC Community Garage Sale - ( Longfellow, 612-722-4529, website)

Join our neighborhood-wide event! Residents of Cooper, Howe, Hiawatha, and Longfellow neighborhoods register their addresses and sale details with LCC and we provide a neighborhood map at local businesses to give shoppers a guide to all the amazing sales within one area!

JUN: Magical History Tour - ( 125 Main St. SE, 952-888-9200, website)

Our most popular tour, this Magical History Tour, is a three-hour Segway exploration covering both sides of the fabled Mississippi River and the city’s downtown historic district. Immerse yourself in over a century of history on this six-mile adventure. Cross the graceful Stone Arch Bridge, visit the Minnesota Historical Society’s Mill City Museum for refreshments, and cruise by Gold Medal Park on the Mississippi riverfront below the world-famous Guthrie Theater. This tour sells out several times a day and is perfect for beginners and experts alike. Each of our tours starts with thirty minutes of Segway Certified Training™ by our professional guides to ensure a safe, confident experience.

JUN: LCC Annual Summer Celebration - ( 3800 37th Ave S, 612-724-9895, website)

takes place at the end of June every year at the . The event offers free appetizers, a silent auction, and plenty of activities for kids. It’s a fun party that gets the community connected during the hottest days of summer. It's sponsored by the Longfellow Community Council (LCC).

JUN: NENA Garage Sale - ( , , website)

The association organizes it and anyone can join and set up a booth for free. It usually takes place on a weekend in the middle of June and it’s great for people who want to clean out the closet and for those looking for good deals.

JUN: Johnstock - ( 2900 Johnson St NE, , website)

Johnstock is Northeast Minneapolis's version of Woodstock for highlighting local artists every summer. They start with a family-friendly movie, and then it's tons of art, music, and food. It is sponsored by the Johnson Street Merchants, and it's been a yearly event for over a decade and a half.

JUN: Twin Cities Pride Festival - ( 2021 E Hennepin Ave.,, 612-255-3265, website)

The Twin Cities Pride Festival is an annual event hosted by Twin Cities Pride, a nonprofit, every year in Loring Park in June--during Pride month, of course. It has a long and storied history, and it's highly anticipated every year. There is a parade full of pomp  (and pumps) and circumstance, and it wends its way from Como Park to Loring Park, dancing down Hennepin Avenue in the meanwhile. Other activities include concerts, dancing, and the Annual Rainbow Run 5K.

JUN: Garden Tour and Tea Party - ( 2323 E Franklin Ave, 612-338-6205 x119, website)

Garden Tour and Tea Party is scheduled every year in June or July, sponsored by the Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG). At this event, attendees spend an evening strolling through different gardens in the Seward neighborhood, looking at the abundant and eye-catching flora, and receiving gardening tips. The profit made from the tickets for this event helps fund SNG projects.

JUN: Stone Arch Bridge Festival - ( 100 Portland Ave.,, 612-230-6400, website)

The Stone Arch Bridge Festival is an annual arts and music festival that takes place in June at the Stone Art Bridge, of course. It's been happening for a quarter of a century, and it's a way to celebrate arts and music at a historic landmark. It is a two-day festival, usually held on Father's Day weekend. There will be arts and crafts in several different mediums, including glass, beadwork, pastels, ceramics, and more. There will be jewelry, furniture, and paintings, just to name a few. There will also be live musical performances, and there is a culinary market with plenty of food/drinks to enjoy.

JUN: Linden Hills Festival - ( 3100 W 43rd Street, 612-296-2906, website)

is an annual festival hosted by the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council. It has been a community favorite for nearly half a century, and it's filled with activities that everyone can enjoy. It starts with the always fun Decorate Your Wheels, and Parade of Wheels and Pets. There's also a silent auction, live music, a used book sale, tons of food, and much more. All the proceeds go back into the neighborhood, so you can benefit the community while enjoying yourself at the same time.

JUL: Picnic in the Park - ( 414 Diamond Lake Rd E, , website)

The annual Picnic in the Park is a fun filled evening with something for everyone. This event features live a band, carnival games and a DJ for the kids, and an awesome line up of food trucks and concessions. In addition, there will be neighborhood resource booths, door prize drawings and much more fun for all ages. This will be one of the best community events of the summer - don't you dare miss it!

JUL: LCC Share the River Gorge - ( 35th St. and W River Pkwy., 612-722-4529, website)

Share the River Gorge has been an annual tradition since 2004, featuring an ice cream social for the whole neighborhood to enjoy. There are free canoe rides, free ice cream, and free tours, enjoyable walks in nature, and other outdoors experiences. It is sponsored by the Longfellow Community Council (LLC) and its River Gorge committee.

JUL: Kickin' Back at Kenny Sumer Festival - ( 1328 W 58th St, 612-370-4901, website)
JUL: Minneapolis Aquatennial - ( 1301 2nd Ave. S,, 612-376-7669, website)

Minneapolis Aquatennial is an annual event in July, hosted by mpls downtown council (mdc). It started in 1940 as a way to express pride in Minneapolis and to showcase it to people around the country. It is a yearly favorite, especially the CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade. It's the largest Minnesota nighttime parade, and it wends it way downtown. It includes floats, bands, and displays, and it's always an amazing spectacle. There are family fun night activities in Loring Park, which includes canoe rides, tennis, and food trucks.

JUL: Summer Walks Across Seward - ( 2323 E Franklin Ave, 612-338-6205 x119, website)

Summer Walks Across Seward is a way to showcase all that is unique and special about the neighborhood. The walks take place once a week throughout July and August and is planned by the Seward History Committee. Each week the group, guided by a committee member, walks to different areas of significance in Seward, learning and growing as a community.

AUG: Armatage Summer Festival - ( 2500 W 57th Street, 612-370-4912, website)

A wonderful summer get-together, including a car show!

AUG: LCC Corn Feed - ( 3435 36th Ave S, 612-370-4957, website)

takes place every August in Longfellow Park, and it has been doing so for over four decades. There is obviously corn, but there are also food trucks in addition. There are activities for kids planned as well as live entertainment and other festivities. There is a Resource Fair as well.

AUG: Linden Hills Corn Feed - ( 3100 W 43rd St, 612-370-4913, website)

is also known as the Big Corn Feed, and it's an annual community tradition. it's a night full of family entertainment such as face painting, inflatable structures to jump in, and of course, delicious corn on the cob. What could be better on a Minneapolis summer night?

AUG: Fall Fest - ( 3100 W 43rd Street, 612-926-2906, website)

is an annual event in which the members of the community gather in order to enjoy autumn together. Who doesn't love making s'mores by a nice toasty fire while chatting with their neighbors? There is also a bouncy house and a food truck. In addition, you can vote for members of the Linden Hills Neighborhood Council while you're there.

AUG: Powderhorn Art Fair - ( 821 East 35th Street, 612-722-4817, website)

The best regionally juried art fair for nearly three decades takes place right in South Minneapolis in picture-perfect Powderhorn Park. It attracts artists from twenty-six states and 216 cities making it a local and regional favorite. The success of the fair comes from PPNA’s long-standing collaboration with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, and a portion of proceeds support youth programming at Powderhorn Park.

SEP: Woofstock - ( 4306 Upton Ave S, , website)

is going to the dogs in the best of possible ways. It's an annual puppy fest sponsored by the Linden Hills Business Association and several other co-hosts. It's a highly-anticipated yearly event when all the pooches in the neighborhood come out to play. There are more than 40 booths in the Woodstock Exhibition. There is live music that is guaranteed to make your hound howl in glee. There are internet-famous dogs who will gladly race about with the local dogs. If you are a dog lover, this is definitely the event for you.

SEP: King's Fair - ( 2323 E Franklin Ave, 612-338-6205, website)

Every other September, the Seward neighborhood celebrates a much anticipated festival at Matthews Park known as King’s Fair. This eclectic family-friendly event features costume parade, artwork by our creative community, interesting history about our neighborhood, and plenty of fun activities organized by our local businesses and neighbors.

SEP: The Monarch Festival - ( 2401 E Minnehaha Parkway, 612-370-4923, website)

The Monarch Festival is a particular favorite of the community. It is a celebration of the monarch butterfly and its Mexican heritage. Children are encouraged to dress up as butterflies; there is Latin food, a parade, art activities, and the University of Minnesota even brings in real butterflies for the event. This usually takes place at the beginning of September.

SEP: Monarch Festival - ( 49th St and Woodlawn Blvd, 612-313-7784, website)

This year’s Monarch Festival will occur on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 10 am to 4 pm. The Festival celebrates the monarch butterfly amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to Mexico with music, food, dance, hands-on art, native plant sales and plenty of opportunities to get up close with monarch butterflies, learn about their habitats, and what you can do to make a difference.

OCT: LCC Autumn's Winter Warming Party - ( 2727 26th Ave. S, 612-722-4529, website)

LCC Autumn's Winter Warming Party happens every year, though the name may change. It's a good way to get to see what the members of the Longfellow Community Council do behind the scenes, as well as chat with your neighborhoods while sampling tasty holiday treats. It is held by the LLC.

OCT: Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon - ( S 6th St.,, 651-289-7700, website)

The Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon was started in 1982 and was an instant hit. It's since been called, "The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America", and it strives to live up to its moniker. It is planned and executed by Twin Cities in Motion, and it occurs in October every year. The marathon starts near the US Bank Stadium in Downtown Minneapolis and ends at the State Capitol in St. Paul. Thousands of people participate every year, and everyone who finishes receives a medal that is not revealed until after the marathon concludes. It is a highly-anticipated marathon that attracts runners from around the country.

NOV: Nokomis Fall Urban Craft and Art Fair - ( 2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy, 612-370-4932, website)

Nokomis Fall Urban Craft and Art Fair takes place in the middle of November. The fair represents the work of 48 different indie artists and crafters. Admission is free but there are many items that are showcased and even for sale such as jewelry, art, ceramics, sweets, woodwork, soaps, textile glass, paper goods, candles and more. This gives artists a chance to showcase their work and it involves the whole community. Combined with this event is the Lake Nokomis Craft Crawl. This crawl takes participants to three different locations, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minnehaha United Methodist Church, and Nokomis Square Coop to make, buy and sell crafts. These are the main ways that NENA contributes to the artistic bent of the community. Live music also takes place in several restaurants and at special events.

NOV: Tree Lighting Ceremony - ( 5025 S 34th Ave, 612-724-4474, website)

At the end of November each year is the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Oxendale’s Market. The community Christmas tree is lit up at this time and then there is free root beer, an opportunity to get your picture with Santa and free books for children. This is a fun event for the community to welcome in the Christmas season.

NOV: LoLa Art Crawl - ( Longfellow, 612-399-6546, website)

LoLa Art Crawl is the art crawl hosted by the League of Longfellow artists since 2009. It's one of the best lesser-known art crawls in the Twin Cities, and it's attended by thousands every year. Last year, they had over a hundred artists at more than sixty sites, including businesses and backyards. If you are an art lover, then you have to check it out.

NOV: Seward Spread Joy Fund - ( 2323 E Franklin Ave, 612-338-6205 x119, website)

Seward Spread Joy Fund (SNG headquarters, 2323 E Franklin Ave., 612-338-6205 x119) is an anonymously donated fund that is given to a community member every year to give them a meaningful experience they otherwise couldn't afford. Members of the Seward neighborhood must apply and every November, the $1,000 prize is given to an applicant that desires to do something that would otherwise be outside their budget, and guidelines as to appropriate ideas for application are outlined on their website page. The Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG) coordinates the practical aspects of the donation.

DEC: Night Before New Year’s Eve - ( 2401 E Minnehaha Parkway, 612-370-4923, website)

the Night Before New Year’s Eve has been a popular event in NENA for 16 years now. On December 30th there is a big party that is both free and kid friendly to celebrate the coming New Year. There is always music, games, food, hayrides, a photo booth, marshmallow roasting and even a countdown. This is great for parents that want to celebrate the New Year with their small children and still go out on New Year’s Eve.

DEC: Holidazzle - ( 1382 Willow St.,, 612-338-3807, website)

Holidazzle has been a yearly winter staple that happens in November/December. The first one occurred in 1992 and was thought up as a way to bring people downtown to shop during the holiday season. It's hosted by the mpls downtown council. It used to be a triumphant parade up and down the Nicollet Mall, including floats, and it has recently moved to Loring Park with a broader array of activities. Now, it's less of a parade and more of a gathering to meet and celebrate all that makes Downtown Minneapolis unique. The activities include musical performances, movies, and visits from Santa Claus.

DEC: Seward Winter Frolic & Art Crawl - ( 2323 E Franklin Ave, 612-338-6205, website)

Seward Winter Frolic & Art Crawl is an art crawl that takes place every December throughout Seward neighborhood for a weekend, sponsored by the Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG). It's an event in which members of the community can view the work of many different local artists, including music, dance, painting, and more. It's a festive time in which everyone can come together and enjoy the creativity of the neighborhood.

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