Coolest Neighborhoods In Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - Updated 2021

coolest neighborhoods in minneapolis

‘The Mini Apple’ city of Minneapolis is home to communities and neighbourhoods that have their own personas and character. Ranging from old-fashioned, suburban, and wealthy neighbourhoods to relaxed, tranquil, and hip-and-happening ones, each one of Minneapolis’ neighbourhoods features entertainment, art, history, architecture, restaurants, cafes, and shops that are as diverse as they are one-of-a-kind. So, whether you’re a 20-something couple looking to explore Minneapolis through walking tours or a family of four looking for a neighbourhood with lots of parks, gardens, and open spaces, Minneapolis offers plenty of opportunities for everyone to find their neighbourhood of choice. Here are some of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods.

1. University (from USD 82)

University campus from Riverside Plaza
Source: Photo by user August Schwerdfeger used under CC BY 2.0

The green University neighbourhood in Minneapolis is almost entirely occupied by the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus, lending the neighbourhood its name. The only Minneapolis neighbourhood occupying both sides of the Mississippi River, the University neighbourhood has undergone recent changes, due to its proximity to downtown. Home to hoards of students, the green neighbourhood also has loads of cheap cafes, bars, and eateries, making it a great base for your holiday in Minneapolis.

Stay at the Graduate Minneapolis, which has one of the best locations in the city. This boutique hotel on the grounds of the University of Minnesota features all the modern luxuries and comforts, including a fitness centre, free Wi-Fi, and ballroom space.

Graduate Minneapolis

Address: 615 Washington Avenue Southeast
Price: from 82 USD

Lift All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Gift shop Delivered food is securely covered Breakfast takeaway containers Restaurant ATM/cash machine on site

2. Elliot Park (from USD 106)

Elliot Park (15784214526)
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From once housing Minneapolis’ wealthiest families to housing immigrants, the turn of the century saw the fortunes of Elliot Park begin to change as the neighbourhood underwent gentrification. Today, it is one of Minneapolis’ most popular neighbourhoods to live in, complete with glass towers and historic row house buildings restored as luxury condos. The neighbourhood is a downtown hotspot for professionals with a cosmo lifestyle and features historical architecture (Hinkle-Murphy House), parks and gardens, and restaurants and cafes.

The brand-new Elliot Park Hotel is modern accommodation in a modern area, complete with comfortable rooms, continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, and 24-hour reception.

Elliot Park Hotel, Autograph Collection

Address: 823 5th Avenue South
Price: from 106 USD

Dry cleaning Physical distancing rules followed Non-smoking throughout Lift CCTV in common areas VIP room facilities Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Special diet menus (on request)

3. Cedar-Riverside (from USD 79)

Cedar-Riverside neighborhood seen from the Foshay Tower observation deck
Source: Photo by user Fibonacci Blue used under CC BY 2.0

If you’re an arts and cultures junkie, you are going to love the neighbourhood of Cedar-Riverside, which has a history as old as Minneapolis itself. With a strong tradition of arts and culture, Cedar-Riverside is one of Minneapolis-St. Paul’s most diverse areas, having been home to Scandinavian, Hispanic, Somali, Cambodian, German, and Swede immigrants. Cedar-Riverside has many venues for music and performance art, as well as bars, cafés, and restaurants.

The Courtyard by Marriot is the perfect place to stay in Cedar-Riverside. Located two blocks from the shores of the gorgeous Mississippi River, the modern hotel features all the plush conveniences for the discerning traveller.

Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown

Address: 1500 Washington Avenue South
Price: from 79 USD

Restaurant Snack bar Breakfast takeaway containers Indoor pool Contactless check-in/check-out Happy hour Gift shop Meeting/banquet facilities

4. Carag/South Uptown (from USD 71)

CARAG Neighborhood Welcomes You Sign
Source: Photo by user edkohler used under CC BY 2.0

Carag, now South Uptown, is one of the few Minneapolis neighbourhoods named after a neighbourhood organization - Calhoun Area Residents Action Group. The quaint neighbourhood sees quite a bit of the high-energy spillover from bordering Uptown and is a haven for trendy 20-somethings. With boundaries like Lake Street, Lyndale Avenue, and Hennepin Avenue, its no wonder that vibrant, walkable Carag is seeing trendy boutiques and shops, cultural events and festivals, and great restaurants and cafes popping up all over.

Make the best of your Minneapolis stay by staying at the Moxy Minneapolis Uptown, which not only has great, comfortable rooms, but also has express check-in/check-out, a bar, a shared lounge, a fitness centre, and evening entertainment.

MOXY Minneapolis Uptown

Address: 1121 West Lake Street
Price: from 71 USD

24-hour front desk Express check-in/check-out Library Physical distancing in dining areas Parking Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus Fitness centre

5. Armatage (from USD 156)

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The wonderful community neighbourhood of Armatage is a slice of urban comfort and peace in the southwestern corner of Minneapolis. Named after its most distinguished and well-known resident, Maude Armatage, the community neighbourhood is all about tree-lined avenues, fabulous restaurants, verdant parks, and well-kept suburban homes - and it is a true walker’s paradise. Located right next to the Crosstown Highway, this modern Minneapolis neighbourhood also houses small and unique shops, boutique stores, and restaurants and eateries, mostly along Penn Avenue South, adding to the community serenity.

For a true slice of small-town American living, the holiday home of Erik’s Retreat is perfect. Not only does it offer great rooms with seating areas, but it also features a continental breakfast, a terrace, and a garden.

Erik's Retreat

Address: 3420 Heritage Drive
Price: from 156 USD

Physical distancing rules followed Meeting/banquet facilities Parking Safety deposit box Cashless payment available Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Designated smoking area

6. Loring Park (from USD 72)

Loring Park - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Source: Photo by user Doug Kerr used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Loring Park on the southern edge of downtown Minneapolis is a beautiful, walkable neighbourhood, featuring cultural attractions that include the Sculpture Gardens and Walker Arts Centre, as well as historic institutions, such as the Basilica of St. Mary. The eponymous, greenery-rich Loring Park is its crowning glory, complete with a pool, picnic areas, walking and jogging paths, a gated dog park, and even a pond. Foodies will love hanging out at the multi-level coffee shop of Dunn Brothers, excellent restaurants, like the Butcher & the Board, and some of Minneapolis’ best dive bars.

The Minneapolis Millenium Hotel is your best bet to live in Loring Park, as it not only features a host of amenities for its guests but is also connected by skyway to the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Millennium Minneapolis

Address: 1313 Nicollet Mall
Price: from 72 USD

Heating Express check-in/check-out Cashless payment available Shared lounge/TV area Non-smoking throughout Daily housekeeping Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Free WiFi

7. North Loop (from USD 99)

Source: Photo by user Michael Hicks used under CC BY 2.0

The hipster North Loop is located just off of downtown and is Minneapolis’ most compact and trendiest neighbourhood, so the walkability and exploration factor is off the charts. What started out as an industrial area with factories and a railroad yard is now bursting at the seams with unique, locally-owned shops and boutiques, bars, and restaurants housed in refurbished buildings, lending them a unique old-world-meets-modern-era vibe. Shop and dine to your heart’s content before catching a baseball game at nearby Target Field.

The centrally-located Loews Minneapolis Hotel offers elegant accommodation, complete with chic, upscale dining options if you’re travelling to Minneapolis on business and the Embury Spa for those who’re in Minneapolis to relax.

Loews Minneapolis Hotel

Address: 601 First Avenue North
Price: from 99 USD

Trouser press Currency exchange Restaurant Heating Massage Food can be delivered to guest accommodation Children television networks Room service

8. Linden Hills (from USD 125)

Linden Hills
Source: Photo by user Payton Chung used under CC BY 2.0

Wonderfully eclectic - that’s what sums up Linden Hills in southwest Minneapolis, complete with charming, tree-lined boulevards and urban village character. Linden Hills is nestled between Lakes Calhoun and Harriet and it is a walker’s and explorer’s paradise, surrounded by parks with lots of biking and walking paths. Spend a day in this quirky ‘small town in the big city’ neighbourhood by checking out the fifth-gen music venue of the Lake Harriet Bandshell, riding the Como-Harriet vintage streetcar, eating ice-cream on the leafy patio at Sebastian Joe’s, exploring the Wild Rumpus bookstore, or lunching at the Harriet Brasserie, which is located in a fire station from 1914!

Linden Hills Lake Palace is the perfect place to stay in Linden Hills. The cosy holiday home is just half a km (0.3 miles) from Lake Harriet and has wonderful garden views and a terrace!

Charming Linden Hills cottage
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
193 reviews
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
loved drinking coffee in the breakfast nook each morning
really appreciated the private deck grill and laundry
a lovely space — sweeet well-stocked kitchen and hot tub were highlights for us
the cottage is very comfortable and well stocked
the cottage is a warm and welcoming spot--inclusive of a stellar kitchen
everything was clean and organized
great communication easy access clean as a whistle
very clean and well supplied
the house was clean and comfortable
it was very clean and inviting with everything you could want or need from an airbnb
great stay the hosts were so friendly
the hosts made sure the hot tub was ready for us when we arrived
they are friendly kind and caring
loved the hot tub great hosts and responds quickly to questions
the hosts have thought of everything this place is simply wonderful
perfect location to everything we needed
a truly unique rare gem in linden hill neighbourhood
so close to so many things in minneapolis yet perfectly tucked away in a charming neighborhood
the location was perfect for us
excellent location near the lakes for hiking and biking
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9. Minneapolis CBD (from USD 142)

The very heart of Minneapolis and one of the best neighbourhoods to stay in during your visit to the city - the Central Business District is home to an entire block of theatre venues, a thriving, buzzing nightlife, some amazing dining options, and a jaw-dropping skyway system. Minneapolis CBD is everything you imagine it to be - and everything you haven’t. Don’t miss the country’s longest-running sketch comedy and improv theatre, Brave New Workshop, and restaurants and bars that include Mercy (Le Meridien Hotel), the Capital Grille, and Hell’s Kitchen.

Stay in absolute modern luxury at the boutique Le Meridien Hotel, right opposite the Orpheum Theatre and a stone’s throw from the posse of upscale, delish restaurants and pubs.

Le Meridien Chambers

Address: 901 Hennepin Avenue
Price: from 142 USD

Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Meeting/banquet facilities Facilities for disabled guests Luggage storage Children television networks Fitness centre Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays

10. Tangletown

Craftsman Mini-Manse, Tangletown, Minneapolis
Source: Photo by user Joe Wolf used under CC BY-ND 2.0

The grid-like Tangletown neighbourhood lives up to its name. Originally established as a rustic getaway in the hills surrounding the creek, the suburban enclave houses historic, grand homes, early 1900s-built duplexes, and prefab WWII-era homes. The landmark is the imposing, towering water structure of the Washburn Park Water Power. Head south of the Minnehaha Creek for all the commercial goodness of Tangletown, right from the Tangeltown Gardens to the wonderful farm-to-fork Wiseacre eatery. If you’re looking for a rustic, elegant getaway in Minneapolis, head to Tangletown.

The cosy Metro Inn Motel is the perfect place to stay at when you’re in Tangletowm. The charming motel features nice rooms with a fridge and free daily coffee!

Spacious 1 Bedroom in the Heart of S Mpls
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
6 reviews
Entire apartment 1 Bed 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
great location close to minnehaha parkway which is lovely
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Spectacular Minneapolis

Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Michael Hicks used under CC BY 2.0

Ranging from pristine, rustic getaways and eclectic, quirky regions to hip, uber-cool, and nightlife-ridden neighbourhoods, Minneapolis has it all. Consider the above list and stay in one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Minneapolis, USA.

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