Downtown Minneapolis

The eclectic area of Downtown Minneapolis is a popular urban district.


Welcome to Downtown Minneapolis

An urban, riverfront area and the beating heart of Minneapolis

The eclectic area of Downtown Minneapolis is a popular urban district located in the center of Minneapolis. You’ll find an array of eateries, bars, venues, and exhibits throughout the urban district. The area also has a fun, buzzing nightlife. Overall, the urban jungle of Downtown Minneapolis provides an uptempo urban environment with forms of entertainment and Mississippi River views.

Downtown offers its residents more than just the popular urban amenities. The area has its fair share of local parks and rivers. Additionally, these places filled with greenery and trees are what give residents a calming place to relax.

What to Love

  • Eclectic nightlife from sporting events to music venues
  • Unique shops and eateries with something for everyone
  • Young, hip atmosphere perfect for professionals

People & Lifestyle

Downtown Minneapolis is perfect for those looking to live directly in the urban areas of Minneapolis. From the urban plazas and fancy eateries to various venues and nightlife scenes, Downtown attracts younger people who love being within walking distance of all their favorite spots. The area has its fair share of parks, plus it sits comfortably near the Mississippi River. A unique, culturally diverse atmosphere is felt when walking the downtown streets and is said to be the source of the town’s young feel. Residents tend to be students and young professionals.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping 

From a unique selection of home decor to office goods and wellness items, stop by Russell + Hazel. For sophisticated, designer men’s clothing, shop at Martin Patrick 3 for denim, coats, and accessories. Visit the Nicollet Mall for stores like Nordstrom Rack and Target. Additionally, the greater area surrounding the Nicollet Mall consists of quick eateries, sit-down restaurants, and entertainment venues & theatres.

Dine-in at the fancy, French-inspired Spoon & Stable and savor a dish from their comprehensive menu, ranging from seafood and pasta to dry-aged duck. If you’re a seafood lover, head on over to Kado no Mise, an elevated yet classic Japanese cuisine & sushi restaurant. For a distinguished atmosphere, visit Bar La Grassa and enjoy the Italian meals with wine from an extensive wine list. On the weekend, brunch at the bright, airy New American eatery Cafe and Bar Lurcat. Have all-you-can-eat premier cut meats at the eclectic Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse.

Things to Do

The residents of the Downtown Minneapolis area make the most of their days by spending lots of time outdoors, mainly in or near the town’s many parks, lakes, and creek areas. There truly is something for everyone here!

Just outside the downtown area, visit the Saturday marketplace Mill City Farmers Market for local produce, art, and live music. Whether you’re catching a show or are looking for an exciting eatery for your next date night, consider the Guthrie Theater. North of downtown, you’ll find the Warehouse District. This area and its growing popularity are due to the one-of-a-kind atmosphere provided by a mixture of pubs, coffee shops, and independent boutiques. Bring your baseball glove and foam finger to Target Field and catch a Minnesota Twins baseball game.

Get some fresh air and relax near the Mississippi River at Gold Medal Park. Here you’ll get to experience its distinguished spiral walkway and sculptures. If you love quietly exploring art exhibits, consider visiting the Walker Art Center for its acclaimed contemporary art displays. Adjacent to the Walker Art Center, gaze at over 40 sculptures from various notable artists at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Bring your dog to Loring Park for lovely walks around Loring Pond or the neighboring Loring Dog Park.


Downtown Minneapolis has schooling systems in place to help children and teenagers in all grades. A few of the most notable schools are:

  • Kenwood Elementary School, K-5
  • Anthony Middle School, 6-8
  • De LaSalle High School, 9-12



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