If you stopped people on the streets and asked them what the hottest neighborhoods are in the Twin Cities, they’d likely say North Loop and Northeast, but if you’re talking with a local, it’s possible they’ll call the two “NoLo” and “Nordeast,” respectively.
Recently placed on Fodor’s Go List 2016, the North Loop is bustling with daytime and nighttime activities, a thriving food and restaurant scene, and stunning living arrangements. Going through a revitalization that rivals that of Brooklyn, North Loop has never been a more inviting and exciting place to live.
North Loop is adjacent to downtown Minneapolis, creating a blurred idea of where downtown ends and the Loop begins. Although the handsome colonial Warehouse building with restaurant Moose and Sadie’s has long been on the scene as has award-winning eatery Bar La Grassa, they are joined by highly lauded spots like Spoon and Stable, Smack Shack, The Bachelor Farmer and Borough. Check out the latter two stops for basement bars Marvel Bar and Parlour for a sip by some of the city’s best mixologists. Plus, there has been a huge influx of retailers from both big brands and local boutiques, making this a desirable destination for shoppers.
Because the North Loop is practically on top of downtown, residents have prime Metro access and couldn’t be much closer to the Minnesota Twins’ ballpark, Target Field. Just a couple of blocks away is the skyway, making a majority of downtown accessible without ever having to go outside.
The area’s urban walkability rates high for residents, but what seals the deal is the unique housing inventory. This formerly industrial locale has transformed into urban loft living, with converted warehouse spaces that are all edge where exposed brick meets glass and steel. The spaces and skyline views attract a mix of young professionals and, increasingly, empty nesters.
Just to the, well, north and east of North Loop, lies another hot spot for urban dwellers and local artists: Northeast. The neighborhood takes its influences from the immigrants that first populated the area, and their vibrant cultures resonate today, evident in the unique restaurants, shops and nightlife. The bright city lights of Minneapolis across the river illuminate the red brick of Main Street, which leads down to St. Anthony Falls, eclectic shops and restaurants.
Along the north riverfront of the Mississippi, factories and mills of the past line the streets, but now the area is known for its prominent arts district with an annual May art fair that includes more than 650 artists.
Northeast is a booming microbrewery district as well, with spots like 612Brew, Able Seedhouse + Brewery, Bauhaus Brew Labs, Dangerous Man Brewing Co., Indeed Brewing, and many more.
A true indicator that the community is well on its way to establish itself among the best on the downtown fringe is the Northeast Farmers market, open May through October. Whether you’re on the hunt for hot sauce or honey, soap or switchel, pottery or produce, you’ll find it all here among your neighbors. Live music and chef demonstrations turn this commerce-driven market into a true people-centric gathering.