Minneapolis, Minnesota has been named one of the smartest cities in the US, one of America’s best cities, one of the most fun cities, one of the world’s top biking cities, the coolest city, the safest city, one of the greenest cities, the most sustainable city, one of the safest cities, the happiest place for families, one of the best cities to have a baby, one of the best cities to earn a living, one of the fittest cities, and one of the most livable cities in the world. Since Minneapolis is practically utopian, it’s no wonder so many are moving there. Ready to pack up and find bliss in this safe, cool, fun, green, happy, fit city? Read on for some of the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis:
Dinkytown: This adorable little village is located on the north side of the University of Minnesota. It is filled with college students, cafes, boutiques, and live music.
Downtown: Not only is the metro area fun, safe, and economically sound, it is also beautiful. This dynamic urban hub is home to six Fortune 500 corporations, including Target and Ameriprise, a thriving arts community, and major sports teams – the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Twins.
Linden Hills: With over 20 lakes, Minneapolis has the well-suited nickname, “The Lake City.” Two of those lakes, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet, hug the beautiful Linden Hills neighborhood. Perfect for those who enjoy the outdoors, there are paths, outdoor cafes, shops, and fun-filled days on the lake.
Loring Park: The largest park in Minneapolis, Loring Park is encompassed by historical apartment buildings and newer town homes and condominiums. This great area is near the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, where the spoonbridge and cherry sculpture (a major Minneapolis landmark) is located.
North Loop: This area contains the Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District and is a great area for those interested in historic architecture, authentic warehouse lofts, antique markets, coffee shops, and funky art galleries. James I. Rice Park is located here and contains a popular bike trail along the Mississippi River.
Phillips: Located just south of downtown, Phillips is a fun, diverse, interesting neighborhood. Several major employers, such as Abbott Northwestern Hospital, are located here – along with restaurants, small businesses, a park, and shops, making this a great live-work-play neighborhood.
Powderhorn Park: The centerpiece of this beautiful area is Powderhorn Lake. The park surrounding the lake covers 68 acres complete with a recreation center. This is where Minneapolis comes to play – several festivals and events are held in Powderhorn Park, including the Powderhorn Arts Festival and an annual 4th of July Celebratiion.
Seward: Set along the Mississippi River, Seward is a beautiful, older neighborhood with pretty houses and manicured lawns. The Milwaukee Avenue Historic District is located here. This district contains small, adorable houses along a path designed for foot traffic and bicycles – no motorized vehicles allowed.