Thinking about moving to Minneapolis? Renowned for its park system, bikability, and abundance of breweries and restaurants, Minneapolis is a perfect city for singles and young professionals. Wondering where to settle down? Here are the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis for singles and young professionals!
- Linden Hills
- Loring Park
- Northeast Minneapolis
- North Loop (Warehouse District)
- Home Price: $401,727 median purchase; $946 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 99% of the cities in Minnesota
Located in Southwest Minneapolis, Linden Hills is a quiet neighborhood nestled between Lake Harriet and Bde Maka Ska. The area offers plenty of green space, local eateries, and lots of affordable homes. Housing options vary from bungalows and cottages to vintage apartments and modern townhomes. Voted the #1 neighborhood, Linden Hills is one of the safest neighborhoods in Minneapolis, as well as the perfect place for singles and young professionals to enjoy life!
During the summer months, enjoy a free concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, or take a walk around the lake on the 2.75-mile paved trail. Linden Hills has several green spaces to explore, including the Southwest Calhoun Wetland Ponds, Linden Hills Park, Waveland Triangle, and Beard’s Plaisance. There’s also Roberts Bird Sanctuary, a great spot to observe bald eagles. For a trip back in time, visit the Minnesota Streetcar Museum and see eight historic streetcars—you can even book a ride on the Como-Harriet line!
With its own downtown district, Linden Hills delivers fantastic shopping! For affordable women’s clothing, visit Lily and Violet boutique. The Wild Rumpus independent bookstore is a gold mine of delightful books that will charm both adults and children. Locally-owned Heart of Tibet & Sky Door has been in the neighborhood for over ten years and offers Tibetan Buddhist art, jewelry, home goods, and more!
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Sebastian Joe’s ice cream shop is a must-visit for their Salty Caramel flavor. Tilia is a neighborhood bistro featuring a New American menu and excellent wine list. Their brunch menu includes showstoppers like slow-poached eggs in parmesan cream, which makes getting up early worth it! Make sure to leave room for a fresh-made pie at Turtle Bread, a local bakery offering delicious bread and pastries. Argentinian seafood restaurant Martina serves some of the most incredible South American fare like grilled swordfish and cinnamon fried calamari. And locals love the lip-smacking menu at The Harriet Brasserie!
- Home Price: $92,900 median purchase; $802 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 18% of the cities in Minnesota
Loring Park is a Minneapolis neighborhood that offers the best of both worlds: close proximity to downtown with enough green space and walkability to make it feel suburban. Affordable apartments, condos, and townhomes are abundant in this neighborhood. Residents love the quick commute to Downtown Minneapolis, Uptown, and other surrounding neighborhoods. Loring Park also has a low cost of living, which makes residing in the area easily attainable for singles and young professionals alike!
The Walker Art Center is a contemporary art museum with world-class exhibits and events. Just next door you’ll find the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, home to art installations like the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry. The garden also has the Rock the Garden summer festival featuring musical acts like Feist and Father John Misty. Loring Pond sits at the center of the neighborhood’s namesake park and is surrounded by the Loring Greenway, running trails, tennis and basketball courts, and picnic areas. The park also hosts events like the Twin Cities Pride Parade and Holidazzle, a winter festival complete with ice skating, food vendors, and outdoor movies!
Browse through your favorite comics or play tabletop games with a few friends at Mead Hall Games & Comics. Upgrade your bicycle or pick out a new one at Cherry Cycles, a women-owned bicycle shop that offers tuneups, accessories, and more. Hear wedding bells in your future? Make an appointment at Che Bella, a boutique with 17 years of experience outfitting Minneapolis brides!
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Nestled next to the Sculpture Garden is Sisyphus Brewing, a local brewery that hosts events like amateur comedy, drag queen bingo, and more! Lakes & Legends Brewing Company is another neighborhood spot that boasts a massive taproom with life-size Jenga. Sip on crisp Marigold Golden Strong Ale and enjoy the downtown views from this dog-friendly spot. For an amazing meal, reserve a table at The Butcher & The Boar and order an Apricot Sour off of their bourbon menu. Cafe Lurcat is an American eatery that puts a modern twist on comfort food dishes like pot roast, pork tenderloin, and short ribs.
- Home Price: $167,100 median purchase; $516 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 51% of the cities in Minnesota
On the north side of the Mississippi River is Northeast (called “Nordeast” by the locals), an expansive area that makes up the heart of the arts district in Minneapolis. Housing options in the area range from modern apartments and duplexes to bungalow-style single family homes. Since it’s close to downtown, residents in Northeast enjoy short commutes and more affordable living than their downtown contemporaries. With more than 400 art studios and a wide range of restaurants and bars, it’s easy to see why Northeast is one of the coolest neighborhoods in Minneapolis for singles and young professionals.
Because Northeast Minneapolis borders the Mississippi River, it’s perfect for singles and young professionals who love to be outdoors. The 22.5-acre Boom Island Park offers walking paths, canoe and kayaking racks, and a boat dock. There are also tons of festivals to discover in this vibrant area! Art-A-Whirl is a three-day summer festival where artists open up their studios and visitors can explore art, listen to live music, and indulge in the plethora of food trucks. The Stone Arch Bridge Festival is an early summer festival along the waterfront that offers music, good food, a beer sampler, and car shows. If you need a wintertime activity, stop by the Riddle Room for an escape room experience you’ll never forget!
Shopping options vary from small boutiques to chain retailers. Surdyk’s Liquor & Cheese Shop is a famous spot with its own specialty cheese shop. I Like You is a quirky boutique with stationary, art, jewelry, and clothing made by local artists. For unique women’s clothing and accessories, check out boutiques like Urban Violet and PARC. If you love antiques, stop by findfurnish for vintage furniture, records, and home accessories. Show your Minnesota pride with a shirt or hat from Northmade Co, a clothing company that comes up with all of its designs right in Northeast!
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If you’re a beer lover, then Northeast is for you! Craft breweries are everywhere in this area with hot spots like Dangerous Man Brewing Co, Indeed Brewing Company, Insight Brewing, and many more! Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge is notorious for its tiki drinks, while Grumpy’s Bar and Grill is known for its cheap cocktails and darts. Feeling peckish? The Sample Room offers small portions with big flavors! Their menu changes seasonally, and you can always rely on amazing dishes like with the Truffled Bacon Fat Popcorn and Sweet Corn Cakes. And don’t forget to stop by Betty Danger’s Country Club for brunch on the revolving patio—it’s the only restaurant in Northeast with a ferris wheel in front and a golf course in the back!
North Loop (Warehouse District)
- Home Price: $194,025 median purchase; $1,255 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 7% of the cities in Minnesota
The North Loop—also known as the Warehouse District—is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Minneapolis for singles and young professionals because of its eclectic bars, great shopping, and startup scene. True to its nickname, many warehouses have been converted into apartments, lofts, and business spaces, giving this neighborhood an industrial feel. The North Loop’s downtown location means commuting is quick and easy for young professionals, and its proximity to spots like Target Field makes it one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Minneapolis.
There are endless entertainment options in the North Loop area to choose from! For amazing live music, hit up First Avenue, the Minneapolis music staple where Prince shot Purple Rain. The summer is for baseball, so make sure to to have a fun-filled day with a Twins game at Target Field. The Lab Theater is a performing arts venue that showcases everything from burlesque to comedy. If you’re looking for more things to explore, the blue line of the METRO light-rail starts at Target Field and goes all the way to the airport, making The Mall of America and St. Paul attractions just a short trip away!
With a variety of small boutiques and stores, there’s something for everyone in the North Loop! Need to buy a gift for a friend? Statement Boutique sells funky accessories and home decor. Martin Patrick 3 is a men’s clothing store that not only offers stylish suits, but also furniture and interior design advice. Or you can pick up a book or two at James & Mary Laurie Booksellers, a used bookstore with over 120,000 books!
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There’s no shortage of dining options in the North Loop! Upscale restaurants like The Bachelor Farmer and Spoon and Stable have seasonal menus, vast wine and beer options, and are perfect for any occasion. Fulton Beer is a North Loop favorite with an incredible taproom and great beers like the crisp Lonely Blonde. For amazing Italian food, grab a table at Bar La Grassa and try their fresh-made gnocchi with cauliflower and orange. For a few laughs with your dinner, make a date night at Acme Comedy Club. Or show off your best dance moves at Gay 90’s, a multi-level dance club with house music and fun-filled events every weekend!
- Home Price: $407,775 median purchase; $1,089 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 34% of the cities in Minnesota
Bordering the Chain of Lakes park district, Uptown is a hip area where singles and young professionals can go paddling on the lake by day and enjoy a happy hour cocktail on a rooftop at night. Housing options in the area include everything from affordable apartments and condos to luxurious single-family homes and massive lakeside estates. Multiple biking and walking trails make walkability within Uptown easy, and the close proximity of grocery stores, pharmacies, and amenities means running errands without a car is a breeze. With plenty to do and a young, dynamic population, it’s easy to see why Uptown is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Minneapolis for singles and young professionals!
Rent a paddle board, kayak, or paddleboat from Wheel Fun Rentals and enjoy a leisurely day on the newly renamed Bde Maka Ska Lake (formerly known as Lake Calhoun). Head over to Nice Ride with some friends to rent bikes and pedal around Chain of Lakes trails, or hop on the Midtown Greenway to travel anywhere in the city! The Uptown Theater and the Lagoon Cinema are two great movie theaters that show everything from international films and blockbusters to cult classics.
Explore the Calhoun Square shopping mall, complete with restaurants, coffee shops, a nail salon, and a gym. Pick out a book and get lost in Magers & Quinn Bookstore, a local favorite with a massive array of discount books. Or stop by Paper Source and customize your own cards at the paper bar.
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The French-inspired Barbette is a chic cafe with a rotating menu of seasonal dishes like Steak Au Poive and Parisian Gnocchi. The Lowry is local staple with over 30 beers on tap, an expansive food menu, and fantastic brunch specialties like avocado crab toast and sweet potato hash. For some of the best seafood in the city, stop by Stella’s Fish Cafe and indulge in the coconut shrimp while enjoying the view from the rooftop patio. Uptown also has a great array of dive bars! Liquor Lyle’s is the spot to go for cheap drinks and delicious bar food. And places like Libertine, Chino Latino, Cowboy Slims have amazing late-night eats and happy hour deals!
- Home Price: $195,527 median purchase price, $817 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 27% of the cities in Minnesota
Whittier is a vibrant and diverse South Minneapolis neighborhood with both historic and modern charm. Founded by wealthy merchants, many Victorian homes are still found throughout this area, along with more budget-friendly apartments and single-family homes. The Minneapolis College of Art & Design is also located in Whittier, and many students call this bustling area home. Affordable, safe, and packed with things to do, Whittier is one of the best places to live in Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis Institute of Art is a world-class art museum with an incredible collection of classic and contemporary art that ranges from sculptures to photography—not to mention, admission is always free! Grab a coffee from the MIA Agra Culture Coffee Shop and head to Washburn Fair Oaks Park where you can see beautiful views of the Minneapolis skyline. For an adventurous way to stay active, scale bouldering walls or take rock climbing classes at Vertical Endeavors.
Do you still covet your CD or DVD collection? Visit Cheapo Discs, a consignment music store that offers everything from vinyl records to headphones. Love vintage shopping? b. Resale is a popular consignment shop with both men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, accessories, and local art. Greater Goods offers more than just selling unique cards and candles. They also donate a portion of their proceeds to a different organization each year!
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Known for its diverse restaurants, Whittier is one of the best neighborhoods in Minneapolis to dine in! Vietnamese eateries like Quang, Pho Tau Bay, and Pho Hoa Noodle Soup are located within blocks of one another, making an Asian-inspired food prowl easy for residents. Locals also flock to the The CC Club Bar, a throwback bar that has been serving residents since 1933. Upgrade your dessert game with a visit to Glam Doll Donuts to enjoy one-of-a-kind donuts in a photo booth or on the patio. Looking for late-night eats and incredible margaritas? Make a stop at Little Tijuana—make sure to order a Paloma!
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Neighborhood statistics from AreaVibes