Downtown MPLS

Located smack-dab in the middle of Downtown Mpls, this brilliant community is alive with art, commerce, recreation, nightlife – basically anything your heart desires. As with the downtown of many big cities, the residential landscape has changed drastically in the past several years. There are few actual houses in this urban community; the thousands of residents live almost exclusively in multi-family buildings, lofts, apartmentsand high rises in this real estate epicenter.

Downtown MPLS Neighborhood Boundaries

The expansive and largely commercial community is contains most of downtown and the central business district. Downtown East, Downtown West, Elliot Park, Loring Park and the North Loop are all part of this neighborhood.

Downtown MPLS Neighborhood History

After the fall of the sawmill industry, corporate development of the downtown area began to emerge. In the late 1960s, the Nicollet Mall was created to promote commercial business and retail while giving pedestrians a tree-lined place to travel freely and away from automobile traffic. In the 1970s, tall towers like the IDS Center sprouted up, transformed the skyline, and became the home base for many corporate operations. Following the high-rise trend, vertical residential housing was constructed and gave way to the city’s first condo boom.

Downtown MPLS Neighborhood Landmarks

Architecture lovers will be in awe of the district’s many historical buildings, such as the Soo Line Building which was the city’s tallest building when it completed construction in 1915. Industrial structures include the Grain Exchange Building, Flour Exchange Building, and Lumber Exchange Building.  The downtown is also home to several historic structures for the arts, including the State Theater, Hennepin Theatre, and Shubert Theater.

Downtown MPLS Neighborhood Activities

All of the city’s major venues are located in the Central Community. A long list of attractions bring people to this community, including: the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Metrodome, Target Center, the IDS Center, Mill City Museum, Foshay Tower Observation Deck and Museum, Target Field, the Stone Arch Bridge and Guthrie Theater. The Light Rail provides a direct link from downtown straight to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America. Downtown Minneapolis also provides easy access to most major interstates.

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Top Five Picks

  1. Butcher & The Boar 1121 Hennepin Ave You won't be disappointed
  2. Manny's Steakhouse 825 Marquette Ave S Possibly the best steaks in the city.
  3. Fogo de Chao 645 Hennepin Ave Brazilian Steakhouse.
  4. First Avenue & 7th St Entry 1st Ave and 7th Street Hear them here first.
  5. Electric Fetus 2000 4th Ave S New & used CDs & records.

Downtown MPLS

Downtown MPLS Top Picks

Coffee & Bakery

  • Spyhouse Coffee 2451 Nicollet Ave S, MPLS 55404 612-871-3177
  • Franklin Street Bakery 1020 E Franklin Ave, MPLS 55404 612-879-5730
  • Angel Food Bakery and Coffee Bar 86 South 9th Street (612) 238-1435

Happy Hours

  • Eat Street Buddha Kitchen & Lounge 2550 Nicollet Ave, MPLS 55404 612-886-2468
  • Brit's Pub 1110 Nicollet Mall (612) 332-3908


  • Butcher & The Boar 1121 Hennepin Ave 612-238-8888
  • Manny's Steakhouse 825 Marquette Ave S (612) 339-9900
  • Fogo de Chao 645 Hennepin Ave (612) 338-1344

Parks & Recreation

  • Peavey Park 730 22nd St E, MPLS 55404 612-230-6400
  • Franklin Steele Park 1600 Portland Ave S, MPLS 55404 612-230-6400

Education & Childcare

  • Minneapolis College of Art & Design 2501 Stevens Ave, MPLS 55404 612-874-3700
  • University of St Thomas 1000 Lasalle Avenue (651) 962-4000
  • Minneapolis Central Library 300 Nicollet Mall (612) 543-8000

Shops & Businesses

  • Bliss Massage Therapy 2318 1st Ave S, MPLS 55404 612-607-4180
  • Story Book Gift Shop 2525 Chicago Ave, MPLS 55404 612-813-6855
  • Electric Fetus 2000 4th Ave S 612-870-9300

Arts & Entertainment

  • Icehouse 2528 Nicollet Ave, MPLS 55404 612-276-6523
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts 2400 3rd Ave S, MPLS 55404 612-870-3000
  • First Avenue & 7th St Entry 1st Ave and 7th Street (612) 332-1775

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