Downtown Minneapolis - Best places to go out in Minneapolis

Knowing About Downtown Minneapolis

Minneapolis makes an ultimate getaway with its gleaming skyscrapers set amidst sparkling lakes. Within the northern end of this city is the zone referred to as Downtown. Downtown Minneapolis offers a lot of activities (indoor and outdoor) and places to visit, suitable for all ages. The glass-enclosed skyways filled with specialty shops and restaurants create a lively thoroughfare. It also offers a lot of shopping, dining and entertainment options for every member of the family. Places like Minneapolis Art Institute, Walker Art Center and the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum offer a choice of charisma for the art lovers. On the other hand, the live jazz and broadways are sources of entertainment for the thriving. This area is easily accessible using the public transport, i.e. the metro transit bus or the light rail route. Some of the places to visit here are:

Places to Visit in Downtown Minneapolis

Nicollet Island is the place that houses a lot of Victorian homes in this area. Long stretches of open fields and the vast green area marks the freedom to enjoy the countryside in comparison to the hectic and busy life in the main city. After the bustle of the city life, this is an excellent location for peace seekers. Nye's Polonaise Room is supposedly the best bar in this region. Steak and drinks attract a lot of people here. Similarly, Nicollet Mall is a thoroughfare lined with a number of fine restaurants, major departmental stores, etc. Warehouse District is laden with a number of entertainment outlets, antiques, pawn article shops can be found in this area. Minneapolis Riverfront District is a direct reflection of the history associated with Minneapolis. Some of the popular theatre and art centers located in the downtown Minneapolis area are Hennepin Avenue Theatre, the Guthrie Theater and the Walker Art Center.

Entertainment in Downtown Minneapolis

Downtown Minneapolis has a collection of fine restaurants, bars and pubs. 20.21 by Wolfgang Puck at Walker Art Center and Chambers Kitchen by Jeans-Georges at the Chambers Hotel are a great place to eat. Other popular hangouts are Applebee’s, Café North Star, Capital Grille, Bellanotte and Hard Rock Café.


Jazz and Music is also one of the happening things in the downtown area of Minneapolis. The most visited places are Dakota (jazz) and First Avenue which plays everything from rock to hip-hop. Most of the music lovers love to hang out here and loose themselves in the world of music. The Guthrie is a world class theatre located downtown towards the Mississippi River where plays are held. It is a high cost indoor activity which attracts a large number of people here.

More Fun at Downtown Minneapolis

The Mill City Museum houses the most popular event of Downtown Minneapolis. It is the event tracking of the Minneapolis history. People of all ages love to visit this place and it is a must-see of Minneapolis. Mill City Courtyard and River Park serves for outdoor summer concerts. A farmer’s market also marks the importance of this place. St. Anthony Main is a short walk across the Hennepin Bridge. This area is a combination of the old and the new Minneapolis. It holds a large number of clubs and is popular for its nightlife. These places present the cultural and historical picture of Downtown Minneapolis.  

Getting Info on Downtown Minneapolis

There are several resources that can offer detailed information on the Downtown Minneapolis area. The Official Minneapolis site gives you all the details along with contact information for all the major places in downtown area. You can find more information on the YWCA Minneapolis website as well. The Downtown Minneapolis Council site also gives information on shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and services downtown, Maps, events calendar, etc. Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) gives information on Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood and the Downtown Neigbborhood Revitalization Program (NRP).

If you need detailed information and real time help, you can visit the Central Library in the Downtown area. The library has a special collection of more than 25 000 books and resources that can prove quite helpful for visitors and researchers equivocally. This library also houses a Minneapolis collection and the Minneapolis Photos Collection as well. You can hunt around the city with so many information resources at your disposal, so you can fully enjoy the city of Lakes in the US.


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