Minneapolis City Guide:
Neighborhoods & Things to Do


You want to move to a major U.S. city but don’t want to fork out a lot of money to do so. Your options may be limited but not impossible. Some cities – like Minneapolis – are more affordable than you might think. In fact, Minneapolis ranks #21 out of the 25 Best Affordable Places to Live list. The city is also friendly to immigrants. The city streets are named after U.S. presidents and are ordered chronologically based on when the presidents were in office. The city did this to assist immigrants who were studying for their citizenship exams. Minneapolis is also home to numerous craft breweries and incredible eateries. The folks who live here are serious about their food – and you’ll benefit from it! Are you ready to make the move to this great city? If so, check out our Minneapolis city guide to find an apartment in your favorite Minneapolis neighborhood.

Minneapolis city highlights

If you’re thinking of making the move to Minneapolis, you’re in for a treat! This city has some incredible events and sights to see. The following events and sites will give you just a taste of what’s in store when you make your move to this fascinating city.

  • Mill Street Farmers Market: As a resident of Minneapolis, you’ll need to visit this farmers market regularly. The market is open every weekend during the summer and every second Saturday in the winter. You can purchase everything from fresh produce and seasonal, locally prepared foods to jewelry, clothing art and ceramics. You’ll also get to enjoy cooking demos and live entertainment.
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art: Located on an eight-acre campus, this government-funded museum is free to the public and is home to fine art from around the world. The exhibits span 5000 years of history and showcase collections from Oceania, Africa, Asia and the Americas. One exhibit – the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program – displays artwork from local artists.
  • Children’s Theater Company: The award-winning theater specializes in family-friendly shows, plays and concerts, like Seeping Beauty, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan and Cinderella. Founded in the mid-1960s, the theater is a leader in the community because of its focus on exposing and educating children to and through the arts. The company even won a Tony Award in 2003.
  • Target Field: If you’re a sports fan, you’ll definitely want to visit Target Field to catch an MLB game, whether you’re a fan of the Minnesota Twins or you want to watch them face your favorite team(s). The Park also offers a 90-minute guided tour where you’ll get access to parts of the park that everyday visitors don’t get to access.
  • Chain of Lakes: If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, you’ll love visiting the scenic lakes of Minneapolis. There are paved paths along the shorelines where you can easily and comfortably walk, jog or bike. There are even some hiking trails. You can get onto the water, too – rent a boat, canoe or kayak and enjoy the tranquil waters. This is a great attraction even during the winter months when the lakes freeze over because you can skate or play ice hockey on them.

Minneapolis city guide to the best neighborhoods for renters

You’ve decided to make the move to Minneapolis. Congratulations! You won’t be disappointed. Now, it’s time to find an apartment in your ideal neighborhood. Here are just a few of the top neighborhoods in the city according to our Minneapolis city guide.

Uptown

Looking for a hip neighborhood that’s buzzing with life? Look no further than Uptown Minneapolis – a great town for those who appreciate great food and artsy entertainment. You’ll find indie boutiques that sell designer clothing, as well as vintage apparel. Bistros and gastropubs line the streets. The Uptown Theatre is a classic theater where residents go to watch foreign films and the best indie movies. The theater even has a bar to make the experience even more enjoyable.

North Loop

North Loop has a livability score that’s on par with the rest of the nation. Also known as the Warehouse District, the neighborhood is made up of startups, gay nightclubs, the coolest bars in Minneapolis and innovative restaurants. Warehouses built in the 19th and 20th centuries have been converted to house things like the Minneapolis Farmers Market, where you can purchase locally made candy and locally grown produce. The warehouses also house indie fashion boutiques.

Dinkytown

Due to the proximity of the University of Minnesota, Dinkytown is the epicenter of student life in the city. Students and residents alike appreciate the bars, cafés and inexpensive restaurants in the area. You can find everything from burritos to pizza and everything in between. Live music venues host events where local singer-songwriters and indie bands perform regularly. Consignment clothing stores and bookshops can be found in the neighborhood as well. The neighborhood has a hip, eclectic party vibe and is great for singles and young professionals.

Calhoun Isles

The Calhoun Isles community is extremely desirable, mainly for its low crime rate, great schools and urban amenities. The area is quite lovely, as well, with beautiful lakeside parks and the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary where you can witness seasonal blooms in a variety of settings, including prairie, wetland and woodland. The cost of renting in the neighborhood is slightly higher than the national average but with the beauty of the area, the great nightlife and fun indie shops, it’s worth it to be in a neighborhood you love.

Central Minneapolis

Young professionals and families make up the majority of residents in the Central Minneapolis neighborhood. The cost of renting is just slightly higher than the national average. Residents love the diversity of the neighborhood and say that safety in the area has increased significantly in recent years. All the schools in Central Minneapolis are above average as well.

Linden Hills

Linden Hills is a historic neighborhood in Minneapolis. The neighborhood was named for the abundance of linden trees in the area, as well as the beautiful, gently sloping hills surrounding the neighborhood. You’ll feel like you’re living in a small town but with all the amenities of a big city. The vibe is charming yet hip. Niche.com names it the #1 neighborhood to live in for Minneapolis residents. The cost of living is just slightly higher than the national average but both the schools and the nightlife are excellent. That’s a combination you don’t see too often!

Powderhorn

The majority of the over 10,000 Powderhorn residents are young professionals and families. Schools in the area are well above average. Residents say their neighbors are friendly and laid-back. It’s a very community-oriented neighborhood and newcomers are always welcome.

University of Minneapolis

This neighborhood has a higher-than-state average for livability, which mainly comes down to the amenities. It is, after all, a college neighborhood, and young students need easy (and affordable!) access to restaurants for nourishment, green space for studying (or a respite from studying) and plenty of nightlife to celebrate getting a great grade on an exam. Rental prices are just slightly above the Minneapolis average. Also, the walking, biking and public transit scores are exceptionally high in this neighborhood.

Lynnhurst

Residents of the Lynnhurst neighborhood like living here because of the urban amenities, higher-than-average employment opportunities and excellent schools. Of the nearly 6000 people who live here, the majority own their home. However, there are still some beautiful, affordable rental properties in the area. One of the perks of the neighborhood is its beautiful setting, which is on the southeast side of Lake Harriet. Minnehaha Creek also runs throughout the neighborhood. There are several green spaces for downtime and recreation activities with family and friends.

Loring Park

A charming residential neighborhood, Loring Park is a neighborhood built around the green space called Loring Park. This Park has a lake, as well as numerous walking, jogging and biking paths. Over 80% of the residents who live here, many of whom are young families or young professionals, rent their properties, the cost of which is just slightly above the national average. In the neighborhood, you’ll find cozy cafés and upscale restaurants, as well as plenty of shops to browse.

Downtown East

Downtown East is an affluent neighborhood that’s home to many young professionals. The area is full of contemporary restaurants and cafés, as well as the historic Guthrie Theater (founded in the early-1960s). At the theater, you’ll be able to watch classic plays, as well as those of up-and-coming playwrights or the latest plays from your favorite established writers. The Mill City Museum is a former flour mill that traces the history of the city. The neighborhood also contains multiple green spaces where you can relax and enjoy some time out in nature.

Prospect Park

Prospect Park is a historic neighborhood that’s part of the University community. Just over 9000 people live in the area, most of whom are young professionals. However, it’s important to note that the public schools in the area are excellent – good news for families that want to move into the neighborhood. Most residents rent in the area, the cost of which is just slightly above the U.S. average. There are three parks and a preserve in the area, so if you love spending time outdoors, you’re in luck! The area also has numerous restaurants and even more coffee shops!

Armatage

Armitage is one of the best places to live in Minnesota. Many young families choose to settle down in this neighborhood, attracted by the low crime rates and great schools.


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