The historic Cedar-Riverside area is an interesting blend of old, new, collegiate, artsy, trendy and funky. Located within a triangle formed by the Mississippi River, Interstate 35 and Interstate 94, this West Bank neighborhood is close to downtown Minneapolis and the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The area is home to theaters, music clubs, coffee shops, sports bars, co-ops, unusual shops, ethnic and vegetarian restaurants, and historic buildings.
The vibrant, multicultural personality of the neighborhood creates unique shopping opportunities, including the Alkarama Mall, an ethnic bazaar featuring goods from around the world, and Keefer Court, an Asian bakery/fortune-cookie factory. The area also hosts a bustling entertainment scene, with many venues for live theater and/or live
Dinkytown is a lively community that features an array of coffee houses, cafes, restaurants, bookstores, specialty shops and eclectic boutiques. Since this southeast Minneapolis neighborhood is within walking/biking distance of campus, thousands of students live in its apartments, rental homes and fraternity/sorority houses.
Dinkytown's recent infusion of new dining and entertainment spots makes it the perfect stop before or after a sporting event or concert. It is also a prime place to browse for one-of-a-kind gifts; Dinkytown boasts at least six bookstores—from antiquarian to Sci Fi—and dozens of specialty shops.
The Como neighborhood (also called Southeast Como) likes to call itself "a cozy, small town in the big city." An intergenerational neighborhood of tree-lined streets, it is composed largely of modest early 20th-century bungalows and Victorian homes. Many of the larger homes have been converted into student housing, and some 1960s-era two-story walk-up apartment buildings also can be found. The neighborhood's architecture and housing options are both diverse and affordable.
Como is located about a mile north of the Dinkytown commercial area, halfway between the East Bank campus and the St. Paul campus and also halfway between the two downtowns, with excellent bus connections to both. Major grocery chains, cooperatives, farmers markets, corner stores, pizza and take-out chains, and family-owned ethnic restaurants are all found within Como boundaries, many within walking distance or a short ride away. Four major pedestrian and bike pathways pass through the area, as do Como Avenue and East Hennepin Avenue, the hubs of commercial business activity. Como residents have easy access to Highways 94, 35W, and 280 as well as the Metro Transit Hiawatha Line to the airport and Mall of America.
Considered the oldest neighborhood in Minneapolis, Marcy-Holmes is located along the Mississippi River between downtown East Hennepin Avenue and Dinkytown. With Our Lady of Lourdes, the oldest church in Minneapolis, as a central part of this community, this neighborhood boasts a balance and welcomed mix of old and new, traditional and trendy, while maintaining quiet nature-filled streets by day and an entertainment scene by night.
Prospect Park/East River Road
The Prospect Park and East River Road (PPERR) neighborhood is located in the southeastern section of Southeast Minneapolis. Residents say they enjoy its urban-village feel—small town in the big city—where most shops, recreation and community events are within walking distance.
In the 1800s, this neighborhood was a commuter suburb linked to Minneapolis by a streetcar line. These days, plenty of public and university transportation connects this neighborhood with the University of Minnesota, just to the west.
The Seward neighborhood is known for its intimacy and a strong sense of community. This area's independent feel is formed, in part, by its well-defined boundaries—from the Mississippi on the east to Hiawatha Avenue to the west, and from Interstate 94 down to the Soo Line railroad—creating the feel of a small town within the larger, surrounding city.
Stadium Village is anchored by the Academic Health Center, the McNamara Alumni Center-University of Minnesota Gateway, several university residence halls and student housing complexes, a major hotel, and the University's athletic facilities and sports arenas. The student-centric charisma of this popular neighborhood is accented with restaurants, cafes and nightspots that keep pace with active student schedules.
St. Paul (St. Anthony Park)
St. Anthony Park is a quaint community in St. Paul, about one-half mile from the main campus. The charming residential streets, shops and restaurants of this quiet neighborhood extend through Falcon Heights to meet the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and its acres of experimental croplands.