A Guide To Visiting The Minneapolis Northeast Arts District

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Voted as one of the best art districts in America, Minneapolis Northeast offers an eclectic mix of both old and new world charm. The southern part of the district is filled with decades-old bars & pubs along with award-winning restaurants, and breweries. The place is dotted with art studios galore that come even more alive when the annual Art A Whirl studio tour takes place. The district becomes more and more residential as you move towards the north, finally transitioning into suburbs. Following are some of the iconic landmarks of this place where you can taste the true flavors of this district.

  • Grumpy’s Bar: Grumpy’s is one of the most iconic bar of the Minneapolis Northeast Arts District. The place serves local beer and all of Minnesota’s bar food you could want.
  • Ritz Theater: This beloved Minneapolis theater has been there in the district since 1926. Witness performances of popular shows along with food and drinks from Surdyk’s here. 
  • Erte and the Peacock Lounge: If you are looking to taste some French American food with some live music, pop into the Erte with its supper club atmosphere. Toss back some of the best martinis of the city in The Peacock lounge just across the road.
  • Sikora’s Polish Market: This self-proclaimed Little Poland market lies right in the middle of the Northeast Arts District.
  • Gasthof’s: Sample some traditional fare at this German beer hall. The place is great as a warm-weather hang out with friends while also being the hub of Das Boot drinking competition.
  • Mayslack: If you are on the lookout for reasonably cost drinks with some local band music, Mayslack bar is the place for you. The place is popular among both local residents as well as hipsters.

The walking style lanes of the Minneapolis Arts District are full of independent galleries and shops that are worthy of exploration. In addition, there are plenty of events and tours that keep happening throughout the year to make the place livelier and more interesting. 

If you’re looking to buy or sell a condo or a home in the Minneapolis Northeast location and/or the surrounding areas, please feel free to call, text, or email me at your earliest convenience.

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Things to do in the North East Minneapolis Artist District

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The Art District in North East Minneapolis includes several art studios, performance spaces, and galleries, and is the most sought-after area for inspiration. It is embedded in a unique neighborhood that includes craft breweries, iconic restaurants, trendy shops that line the streets, along with galleries that attract talent. Here are some of the things to do in the Artist District.

Food and drink

The Art District is filled with some great restaurants and pubs that can get your taste buds dancing. From the Northeast Bistro that offers American and Continental food to Alaskan cod and Irish pub food offered by Anchor Fish and Chips, and French-American food, craft cocktails by Erte, Art District has a lot of options. You can also enjoy the amazing craft beer from Dangerous Man Brewery while munching on award-winning wood-fired pizza from Young Joni.

For art lovers

The Art District, the hallmark of Northeast Minneapolis is the place hundreds of artists call home. Artists open their galleries and flaunt their creations at a variety of art crawls and fairs. You must not miss Art-A-Whirl that happens every third weekend of May. Some of the best galleries include the Bent Art Gallery, Rosalux Gallery, Blue Sky Galleries, Rogue Buddha Gallery, and the Mpls Photo Center.

Shopping is great

While you are mesmerized by the art and appreciating everything that is offered, you must not miss exploring the studios at Solar Art Buildings and Northrup King. you must dive through the amazing collection that Key North Boutique has to offer. They have a unique collection designer wear using sustainable fabrics, specially made for women. There are other places you can shop from such as Rewind Minneapolis for unique and used products, and Magus Books and Herbs for an assortment of products to expand your spiritual perspectives.

Neighborhood visits

That’s not all! There are several places you can visit in the neighborhood such as Firefighter’s Hall and Museum, St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, Lowry Avenue Bridge, Sheridan Memorial, Jackson Square Park, Minnehaha Falls, Nickelodeon Universe among others.

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Minneapolis Communities

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Minneapolis has it all: theater, music and museums. Cafes, co-op, patio dining, warm and woody pubs. Natural beauty. A rich history, a lively economy, and a promising future.

Seeking the best in city living? Find your home here. Whether it’s a riverside loft, a townhome in a charming street, or a house or condo near the parks and trails, it’s here for you.

Downtown Minneapolis

Downtown West is the heart of the Minneapolis business district, with a great retail community and residential condos in high demand. Downtown East, which lies east of Highway 35W, has seen remarkable renovations of historic mills along the waterfront, offers charming condos and lofts for a 21st century lifestyle. The backdrop could not be prettier: Stone Arch Bridge, St Anthony Falls, and Mill Ruins Park by the Mississippi. The fun-filled Mill City Museum was once the world’s largest flour mill. The Guthrie Theater presents classic and modern drama—and cafes and ice-cream parlors wait for you after the show. The West Bank (Cedar-Riverside) offers has plenty of riverside condos, such as Riverview Tower, Stonebridge Lofts, and The Legacy. Just south, Seward is home to the Playwrights Center.

North Loop

The North Loop Neighborhood, bordered by Highways 94 and 394 and the Mississippi River, is the city’s historic warehouse district. The fastest-growing Minneapolis neighborhood, it offers classic rock at Target Field, local foods at the Minneapolis Farmers Market, the best restaurants in town, and an emerging fashion and retail scene. And let’s not forget the Acme Comedy Club, with the fabulous comedians and open-mic Mondays. Live, love, and laugh in the North Loop neighborhood.


This neighborhood is on the west side of the University of Minnesota and just west of the Como Neighborhood and Prospect Park, and east of the Mississippi. Marcy-Holmes is a diverse community, with walkable downtown areas in St Anthony Main and Dinkytown. Shop where the locals go: Lund’s & Byerly’s Grocery Store. The Village Lofts at St Anthony Falls attract keen attention among condo shoppers given the desirable locale, near St Anthony Main, Nicollet Island, great nearby cyclers’ attractions such as Boom Island Park, and the shops of East Hennepin. Windom Park is a great ice skating destination.

Nicollet Island / East Bank

Framed by the Mississippi and Hennepin Avenue East, Nicollet Island has several nearby condo communities, including La Rive Condos, and Falls and Pinnacle. Look out over downtown Minneapolis and the Stone Arch Bridge. The beautifully restored Nicollet Island Pavilion is available as a spectacular venue for weddings and other events. And the Nicollet Island Inn is beloved by tourists and locals alike. 

Stevens Square and Loring Park

Stevens Square (its full name is Stevens Square – Loring Heights) is the southernmost neighborhood the central Minneapolis community. Lyndale Avenue, Franklin Avenue, and Interstates 94 and 35W mark its boundaries. Here, you’ll find old brownstone apartments and mansions converted to condos. Much of the neighborhood is a National Historic District. Loring Park is a key feature of Central Community of Minneapolis, home the Loring Park Artists’ Festival and right near the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Surrounding the park is an active, engaged population and a thriving business community, and plenty of local restaurants.

Elliot Park

Elliot Park, just south of the Downtown West and Downtown East neighborhoods, and bordered on the west by Loring Park, is home to both the Hennepin County Medical Center and North Central University. Plenty of restaurants thrive in this up-and-coming neighborhood. Elliot Park—the park itself—features a picnic space, a tot lot, wading pools, and walking paths, and is a beneficiary of the Master Plan improvements for Minneapolis parks.

Bde Maka Ska-Isles

Southwest of Downtown Minneapolis, bordered by Lake of Isles, Lake Bde Maka Ska (formerly Calhoun), and Cedar Lake, you’ll find this desirable Minneapolis Chain of Lakes neighborhood. Social highlights include the Uptown Art fair east of the lakes, and the Uptown Business District, with its trendy night life. 

Great condo shopping awaits you in Chain of Lakes niches:

  • Put Bancroft on your list, for affordable single-family homes in tree-lined avenues.
  • The best of all worlds, Bryn Mawr is bordered by parklands and the suburbs.
  • Kenwood is home to—of course—The Kenwood.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Frieda and Henry J. Neils House, beside Cedar Lake in the upscale neighborhood of Cedar-Isles-Dean.
  • Lowry Hill, in the eastern section, has Thomas Lowry Park, and for dining there’s The Lowry, Rinata, and so much more. Common Roots Restaurant is the place for students and bookish types looking for WiFi and a beer.
  • Further east, the Whittier neighborhood—named, wonderfully, for poet John Greenleaf Whittier—is the home of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and many fine restaurants.
  • East Calhoun residents are engaged, and even plan their own community happy hour.

Southeast Minneapolis

Here you’ll find houses and condos in some of the most gorgeous surroundings.

One of the most beloved natural attractions in the Twin Cities, Minnehaha has stunning waterfalls surrounded by parklands and forests. There is a great dog park close by, too, and plenty of scenic picnic spots. Yes, the falls are a must-see in winter.

Just south of Phillips, the neighborhood of Corcoran is one of the best places to live in Minnesota. Powderhorn Lake is beloved by ice skaters, and Powderhorn Park is the delightful home of the May Day Parade—and the May Day Café. Standish-Ericsson is bounded by Hiawatha and West Cedar Avenues. The Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood is a close-knit, engaged community beside—and dedicated to protecting—Lake Hiawatha. It has plenty of dining spots and watering holes, and it’s also part of the Powderhorn community. Are you a cyclist who likes a perfect cup of coffee? Then Standish-Ericsson is your community.  And the Hiawatha Golf Club offers snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in wintertime.

South Minneapolis: Lyndale and Bryant

Lyndale is framed by Interstate 35W, West Lake Street and Lyndale Avenue. Here, you’ll find some of the city’s best shops, schools, social life, and parks. The Bryant neighborhood, much sought after by family home buyers and young professionals, was also named for a poet: William Cullen Bryant. The Lyndale and Bryant neighborhoods cultivate four community gardens, which locals may rent. For fun and bowling, Bryant-Lake Bowl is the spot. And there’s much more! For farm-to-table cuisine and expert gardening, nearby Tangletown has the Wise Acre Eatery and Tangletown Gardens.


The Phillips neighborhood, just east of Whittier and south of downtown, was named for the famed abolitionist Wendell Phillips. It’s a multicultural neighborhood with a residential feel. The community encompasses the Midtown Phillips Zone as a part of Open Streets. Big corporations are based here, and the neighborhood is undergoing a significant revitalization effort.

Field, Regina, and Northrop 

Just west, along Minnehaha Creek Park, is the Field neighborhood, in the Nokomis Community. Named after the children’s poet Eugene Field, it’s close to the Russian Museum of Modern Art. This is an excellent place to shop for your single-family home. The central landmark in the neighborhood of Northrop is McRae Park, and the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway is here, too. Nokomis is, of course, named for Lake Nokomis. And the adjacent community of Page offers the Pearl Recreation Center. Other Nokomis communities are Diamond Lake, Hale, Keewaydin (known for the Nokomis Beach Coffee Cafe) and Wenonah. Also popular for great dining and friendly living is Morris Park.


The Longfellow neighborhood in south Minneapolis is named for poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It’s is known for its community garden and its outstanding culinary scene. The Cooper neighborhood, on the west shore of the Mississippi, is a sought-after riverside neighborhood named for the novelist James Fenimore Cooper. Part of the larger Longfellow Community, it’s adjacent to the 80-foot Mississippi River Gorge—a federally protected landscape. 

Southwest Minneapolis 

Great finds await!


Armatage is mostly single-family homes. It’s a lovely residential place. With outstanding schools, a thriving community park, and a popular recreation center, Armatage could be your perfect pick if you’re in the market for a family home. Shop in small, local stores along Penn Avenue South. There are condos for sale here as well, with updated features, and the older homes are beautifully maintained by proud residents.

East Harriet

Looking for East Harriet homes and condos for sale? Let us show you the area. The Theodore Wirth House, home of the designer of Minneapolis’s parks, is in this gorgeous waterside neighborhood.


Just south of Linden Hills, north of Armatage, adjacent to Lynnhurst and close to Edina is Fulton. We love the area, because there is so much going on here, and a lot of it is focused on the Fulton Farmers Market.


Kenny prides itself on a rooted, close-knit community and a low crime rate. Here you’ll find the lovely wetlands of Grass Lake, yoga center, and plenty of restaurants and city amenities. A highly rated bus service takes residents downtown in just 15 minutes.  


Here’s another gem. Shop at Kingfield Farmers Market or dine at Curran’s Family Restaurant. Finding a condo here means seeking a fun, truly neighborhood feel. And the Center for Performing Arts draws teachers, students, and artists to this part of the city.

Linden Hills

Home of the Linden Hills Co-op, Linden Hills is a great neighborhood to enjoy local, organically grown food. For low-carbon, green living in Minneapolis, we’d call Linden Hills a standout leader.


Shop for a 1940s bungalow on the southeast side of Lake Harriet. Enjoy cycling, jogging, or boating around the Minnehaha Creek that runs through beautiful, leafy green Lynnhurst. We love this section of the city, too, for its many independent businesses—including cafes, restaurants, and plenty of little shops. 

Northeast Minneapolis

The Northeast has some great opportunities.

Let us show you around Logan Park, right in the middle of the Northeast Minneapolis arts district. And the Marshall Terrace neighborhood has some great finds in tree-lined avenues close to the riverside. Don’t overlook the Willard-Hay Neighborhood and the Near North. Urban wildlife can be spotted in this area, thanks to the parklands and trails. The Northside Resident Redevelopment Council is stimulating renovations, and you’ll find a great mix of cultural groups in Willard-Hay. Nearby is the Warehouse District, with its unusual shops and entertainment offerings.

Northeast Park

Convenient to downtown, this neighborhood has it all: commerce, retail (including the huge Quarry shopping center) and homes. It’s fabulously affordable, and the park itself offers golf, soccer, and a swimming pool.

Sheridan, Waite Park, Harrison and Holland are all offering very affordable Minneapolis homes at this time, while Beltrami, and artists’ and students’ and working family’s pick, has a generous park with activities for kids year-round.


Bottineau is very pretty, with its own library, an ample park, and Mulberry Junction Community Garden. Residents claim inexpensive garden space for the season, with organic planting and growing taught and recommended. There are tools and wheelbarrows available, and residents put aside some of their harvests for city drives. What a wonderful spirit!

Columbia Park

Another gem! The stately Tudors and colonial homes have no shortage of curb appeal. Traffic is low and residents have the option of regular bus service to downtown. Trails follow St Anthony Parkway and the riverside. Enjoy the Columbia Golf Course, skiing and sledding, an off-leash dog park, wading pools and playgrounds.

North Minneapolis

The North has a diverse variety of neighborhoods. Life in Webber Camden has an urban feel, dotted with city parks, and a little over half of the residents rent. There are some hidden gems in the North; for example, several years ago the Minneapolis City Pages named Victory, in Camden, as the “Best Undiscovered Neighborhood.” The Webber Natural Swimming Pool, is the first public pool on the continent to feature natural, chemical-free filtration, relying on plants to treat the water.

Condo shoppers look to McKinley, Lind-Bohanon, and Shingle Creek as well. Shingle Creek runs north to south into the Mississippi River surrounded by parkland.

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