10 Coolest Neighborhoods In Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - Updated 2021

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‘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 129)

University campus from Riverside Plaza
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The 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 is home to a large student population. This means that the neighbourhood has loads of cheap cafes, bars, and eateries, making it a great home base for your holiday in Minneapolis. If you’re planning to stay in the area, check out the exhibits at Weisman Art Museum, grab a cup of coffee at Bordertown Coffee, or start the night off with a beer at Surly Brewing.

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
Accommodates: 6

Pets allowed Vending machine (drinks) All plates, cutlery, glasses and other tableware have been sanitized Contactless check-in/check-out Free WiFi Parking Air conditioning Cashless payment available

2. Elliot Park (from USD 139)

Elliot Park (15784214526)
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A popular neighbourhood to live in, Elliot Park is home to glass towers, a park with the same name, and historic row house buildings restored as luxury condos. The neighbourhood is a downtown hotspot for professionals with a cosmo lifestyle. It features historic architecture, parks, restaurants, and cafes. Must-visit spots include Hinkle-Murphy House and the nearby Minneapolis Institute of Art.

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. If you’re booking a stay here, dine at the on-site Tavola Italian Kitchen + Bar.


Elliot Park Hotel, Autograph Collection

Address: 823 5th Avenue South

Physical distancing in dining areas Fire extinguishers Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays CCTV outside property Internet services Kid meals Process in place to check health of guests Food can be delivered to guest accommodation

3. Cedar-Riverside (from USD 101)

Cedar-Riverside neighborhood seen from the Foshay Tower observation deck
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If you’re an arts and culture 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 is home to House of Balls art gallery, Theatre in the Round Players Inc, and many other local theatres. If you’re looking to unwind in the evening, head to Town Hall Brewery or the Corner Bar, both of which are located along Washington Avenue.

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

Vending machine (drinks) Lift Indoor pool (all year) Fitness centre Heated pool Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Guests have the option to cancel any cleaning services for their accommodation during their stay Face masks for guests available

4. Carag/South Uptown (from USD 109)

CARAG Neighborhood Welcomes You Sign
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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, it’s 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. One of the biggest family-friendly attractions in the city, Nickelodeon Universe, is just a 15-minute drive from the neighbourhood.

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

Internet services Shared stationery such as printed menus, magazines, pens, and paper removed Free WiFi Facilities for disabled guests Entertainment staff Face masks for guests available Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas

5. Armatage (from USD 140)

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The wonderful community neighbourhood of Armatage is situated 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. 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. Armatage Park has benches and picnic tables so you can enjoy an afternoon outdoors.

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

Terrace Meeting/banquet facilities Smoke alarms Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by local authorities Physical distancing rules followed Non-smoking throughout Free parking Use of cleaning chemicals that are effective against Coronavirus

6. Loring Park (from USD 73)

Loring Park - Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Loring Park on the southern edge of downtown Minneapolis is a beautiful, walkable neighbourhood, featuring cultural attractions that include Sculpture Gardens and Walker Arts Centre, as well as historic institutions, such as Basilica of St. Mary. The 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 a great choice in Loring Park, as it not only features a host of amenities for its guests but is also connected by a skyway to the Minneapolis Convention Center.


Millennium Minneapolis

Address: 1313 Nicollet Mall

Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas CCTV outside property Lift Shared lounge/TV area Concierge service WiFi Available Meeting/banquet facilities Internet services

7. North Loop (from USD 169)

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

North Loop is located just off of downtown and is one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in the city. 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 at D.NOLO boutique, catch a baseball game at nearby Target Field, or watch a comedy set at Acme Comedy Company.

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

Ironing service Security alarm Fax/photocopying Breakfast in the room Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests in appropriate areas Laundry Parking Fire extinguishers

8. Linden Hills (from USD 132)

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

Linden Hills in southwest Minneapolis is complete with charming, tree-lined boulevards and an urban village character. Linden Hills is nestled between Lakes Calhoun and Harriet. It’s an explorer’s paradise since it’s 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
204 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
Cleanliness:
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
Host:
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
Location:
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 163)

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One of the best neighbourhoods to stay in during your visit to the city, Minneapolis 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.


The Chambers Hotel

Address: 901 Hennepin Avenue

Heating Bridal suite 24-hour front desk Free WiFi Safety deposit box On-site parking Fire extinguishers Linens, towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authority guidelines

10. Tangletown

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

Originally established as a rustic getaway in the hills surrounding the creek, Tangletown houses historic, grand homes, early 1900s-built duplexes, and 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 Wise Acre Eatery.

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
Location:
great location close to minnehaha parkway which is lovely
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Spectacular Minneapolis

Minneapolis-downtown
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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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