Welcome to Seward

Seward is one of the most unique neighborhoods in Minneapolis, as well as one of the oldest. It is very historic but also very modern. The restaurants and shopping have a wide variety of options from all over the world, as well as offering a unique set of goods and services that not every neighborhood has. There are a lot of events and a lot that has to do with arts and music, which the members of the community can involve themselves with. This is largely due to the Seward Neighborhood group that was started in the mid 1950’s and is still very strong. The Seward neighborhood also has an exciting nightlife and a very good schooling system, which offers many options for parents as they choose the right school for their children. Overall, Seward is a great place to live and work and be part of a community. You can visit the neighborhood website at www.SNG.org

Then and Now

IMG_20160329_144507Seward is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Minneapolis, starting around 1856. Growth in the Seward neighborhood started when Franklin Ave was created because of the extension of the Milwaukee railroad to Minnesota. By 1930, Seward was a fully developed part of the city. But by 1960 the neighborhood was falling apart until the Seward Neighborhood Group, which still functions today, was started and made residents more intentional. There are still houses in Seward, specifically on Milwaukee Avenue, that are from 1880 and have been restored instead of demolished, due to the activism of the community members. The neighborhood has always been a home to many immigrants, which is still true today and can be seen by the diversity in the neighborhood. Seward is also very politically liberal and the community is very invested in their neighborhood.


Hwy 94 to the north, the Mississippi River to the east, E 27th Street to the south, and Hwy 55/Hiawatha Avenue to the west.

Bordering Neighborhoods

Cedar Riverside, Prospect Park East River Rd, Cooper, Longfellow, East Philips, and Ventura Village.

Crime Stats

Here are some online sources that speak to the crime levels and statistics:

Raids Online

Trulia Crime Stats

Home Sale Stats / Real Estate:

As of 2015, the average home sales price $227,782 with an average days on market of 42 days. The average year built was 1929 with 2.8 bedrooms, and 1.8 baths with a total finished sqft of 1473. For more up to date information on Seward Real Estate, please contact Steven Hong with RE/MAX Results.


Franklin Terrace Off-Leash Dog Park (925 Franklin Terrace, 612-230-6400) is a completely fenced in area for dogs to run around within the Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis. In order to bring your dog to an off-leash dog park you must get vaccinations, a pet license and a permit for the parks. This is a great way to get your dog out to get some exercise within the city.

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

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

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

Encore Karaoke and Sushi Lounge (2111 E Franklin Ave #1, 612-889-3128) 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.

Mon Petit Chéri (2401 E Franklin Ave., 612-236-4831) 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.

Pizza Lucé (220 E Franklin Ave., 612-332-2535) 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.

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.

Seward Cafe (2129 E Franklin Ave., 612-332-1011) 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 Café (2601 E Franklin Ave., 612-230-5575) 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.

Sober Fish (2627 E Franklin Ave, 612-354-2544) 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.

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


Boneshaker Books (2002 23rd Ave S, 612-871-7110) 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.

Chris Kvale Cycles (The Ivy Arts Building, 2637 27th Ave. S, #108, 612-724-8843) 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.

Hoffman Guitars (2219 E Franklin Ave, 612-338-1079) 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).

Hollywood Cycles (2736 31st Ave. S, 952-881-4707) 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.

Kokoon (2508 24th Ave S, 612-338-0476) 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.

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

United Noodles (2025 E 24th St, 612-721-6677) 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.


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

Lawless Distilling Company (2619 28th Ave. S, 612-276-1000) 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.

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

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

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

Community Arts & Recreation

Anda Flamenco Company & School (The Ivy Arts Building, 2637 27th Ave. S, 612-378-6065) 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.

Frank Theatre (The Ivy Building, 2637 27th Ave. S, #208, 612-724-3760)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.

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

James O’Brien Studio (2425 35th Ave. S, 612-819-2837) is a studio that is based on the artistic work of James O’Brien. He does texture, vector, drawing, and animation for editorials, publishing companies, and other corporations. He has received many different awards from different art associations and is a respected illustrator.

Joan of Art Gallery and Studio (3020 E Franklin Ave., 612-581-9944) is an art gallery for the artist, Kimber Fieber. She specializes in bronze sculptures, and her sculptures range from playful to pragmatic. She has won several awards, and is renowned for her Humpty Dumpty figures and her jesters. She also does other figures as well as functional artwork, such as tables.

La Ink (2645 26th Ave. S, 612-321-9000) is an organization that designs environmental displays that honor scholars for their many types of work such as inventions and discoveries, as well as athletics for their accolades and donors for their philanthropy.

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

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

The Ivy Arts Building (2637 27th Ave. S, 612-419-2814) 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.

Vine Arts Center (The Ivy Arts Building, 2637 27th Ave. S, 612-728-5745) is a co-op that is geared toward helping the community grow in arts and creativity. They are geared towards both visual and performing arts in any medium and from any background.


Garden Tour and Tea Party (Seward neighborhood, 612-338-6205 x119) is scheduled every year in 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.

King’s Fair (Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave. S, 612-338-6205 x119) is the favorite community event in Seward by far, sponsored by the Seward Neighborhood Group (SNG). It only takes place every other year in September, and it's highly anticipated by the entire community. The festival takes place in Matthews Park and has local music and entertainment, food, artwork, pet judging, history and many other fun activities. This is a great event for the whole family.

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.

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.

Seward Winter Frolic & Art Crawl (Seward neighborhood, 612-338-6205 x119) 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.

Summer Walks Across Seward (Seward neighborhood, 612-338-6205 x119) 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.


The bus transportation in the Seward goes throughout the neighborhood. The bus lines #2, 9, 22 and 67 have stops every few blocks that are very accessible. These bus lines can connect to others that can take you anywhere in Minneapolis. There is also one light rail station in Seward. It is the blue line and it is the Franklin Avenue Station. This also connects to other stops and other lines throughout the city. Current fare for both buses and the light rail is $2.25 during rush hour and $1.75 at all other times. Visit Metro Transit for more transportation info.


Banaadir Academy South (2526 27th Ave. S, 612-724-4680) is a public charter school and part of the Minnesota Transition Charter School (MTSC) academic community. The South campus opened in 2016 as an extension of the north campus, and they serve students in grades K-6. They have many students whose first language is something other than English, so the ELL staff is dedicated to teaching their students competency in English--a skill that will allow them to thrive. Staff members believe in interactive learning and engaging their students on many levels.

Lincoln International High School (2520 Minnehaha Ave., 612-872-8690) is a public charter school that serves students in grades 9-12. Their goal to teach American education to global citizens living in the United States in order to prepare them for careers and life in the USA. The school reaches refugee and immigrant communities coming from many countries in Africa, the Middle East and Central and South America. Classes are taught in English but there is language support for students that need it.

Seward Montessori School (2309 28th Ave. S, 612-668-4950) is a public magnet school that serves students in grades K-8. They celebrate the rich diversity of their students, and they believe it takes a community to fully educate a child. To that end, they partner with various agencies within their community to the benefit of their students. In addition, they have plan several hands-on events throughout the year because they know that experiential learning is the best. They are next to Matthews Park. They provide a Montessori experience for their K-5 students and they encourage a healthy curiosity in their middle school students as well. The staff are enthusiastic about providing a robust and rounded curriculum for their students including activities such as robotics, debate, and after-school programming.

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