Wondering where to stay in Minneapolis to make all your Midwestern dreams come true? Do we have a guide to our favorite 4 neighborhoods in Mill City to help you make up your mind? You betcha!
Scattered throughout the hottest areas in Minneapolis, our lineup of Stay Alfred Minneapolis travel apartments has something for everyone. Traveling for work? You’ll appreciate our fast WiFi. Traveling with friends? We’ve got floor plans with plenty of space for the whole crew. Bringing the kids along? We offer full kitchens in every travel apartment so snacks for hungry kiddos are always on hand. Or planning a romantic Minnesotan getaway? Cozy up with amenities like fireplaces, fire pits, and panoramic rooftop lounges.
However you choose to travel -- and with whomever you’re traveling -- our guide to the top 4 neighborhoods in Mill City will help you decide where to stay in Minneapolis. Even if you’re visiting Minneapolis with family or visiting Minneapolis on a budget, Stay Alfred has your back.
If you’re eager to take in all the excitement that this Midwestern metropolis has to offer, then Downtown is the ideal home base. Deciding where to stay in Minneapolis within walking distance of mouthwatering restaurants, sports venues, and theatres? Look no further than the city center.
Downtown Minneapolis boasts a variety of accommodation options, from five-star hotels to affordable vacation rentals. Searching for the best of both? Check out the modern travel apartments at Stay Alfred on South 4th Street, steps from the U.S. Bank Stadium, or Stay Alfred on Marquette Avenue, with its gorgeous rooftop terrace. Need a little luxury in your life?
Stay Alfred at Soo Line features a glamorous lobby, a rooftop pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Neighborhood Highlights: Downtown Minneapolis
Among the glittering high-rises and historic buildings, Downtown Minneapolis is a cultural hub. Besides the massive Target Center (home of the Timberwolves) and U.S. Bank Stadium (home of the Vikings), you’ll find a remarkably unpretentious world of cozy bars, timeless concerts halls, and scrumptious places to eat.
Downtown Minneapolis for Families
Bringing young travelers along? Minneapolis is by no means an adults-only destination. Through Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America might be at the top of every kid’s Mill City bucket list, there’s plenty to see and do for families in Downtown too. For everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the flour industry (it’s more interesting than it sounds), the Mill City Museum presents an interactive, kid-friendly look into the history of Minneapolis.
When the weather’s nice, the green spaces of Gold Medal Park and The Commons can provide endless outdoor entertainment. Once the kids have worked up an appetite, bring the whole family over to Dave’s Downtown for burgers or the trendy Hen House Eatery for sandwiches that everybody will like. If the tiny travelers have been on their best behavior, treat ‘em to a cone at Izzy's Ice Cream.
Downtown Minneapolis for Friends
Visiting Minneapolis with some music-loving pals? If so, Downtown is the best area for music venues and vibrant nightlife. Legendary club First Avenue is a must-visit for music lovers, and you might recognize it from Purple Rain. Over the years, this spot has hosted an incredible group of music greats.
Also on your music radar should be Fine Line Music Cafe, an intimate venue with a full bar. And just steps from Stay Alfred on South 4th Street, you’ll find The Armory, located in what was once the most expensive building in Minneapolis. A converted military building, The Armory was featured in music videos by Aerosmith and Prince and now welcomes chart-toppers from around the world.
Downtown Minneapolis for Couples
Nothing spells romance like a night at the theatre, so treat your special someone to an evening of entertainment at one of Minneapolis’ renowned concert halls. Listen to the sweet sounds of the Minnesota Orchestra or catch a show at the Guthrie Theater for a fabulous night on the town.
Also notable are Downtown’s trio of historic showhouses: the Orpheum Theatre, the State Theatre, and the Pantages Theatre. These landmark venues host everything from movies to stand-up to touring Broadway musicals. Before or after the show (or maybe skip the show entirely), grab a drink at Dakota, a cabaret-style bar, or a craft cocktail at Sanctuary.
Downtown Minneapolis for Business Travelers
Searching for a balance between work and play? Downtown plays hard, but it certainly works hard too. As the state’s financial center. Downtown Minneapolis is where most business travelers end up, and many of them find themselves searching for solid business lunch options.
Ready for a midday refresh? Grab a table at Zelo with clients, coworkers, or solo and enjoy the housemade pasta, pizza, and gelato. Or, channel Mad Men vibes and head to Murray’s, a Minneapolis standby known for excellent steaks and strong martinis. Another great option, especially in the winter months, is to warm up with a steaming bowl of pho at Vietnamese favorite Bep Eatery.
Just north of Downtown is the aptly named North Loop, the trendy district of rejuvenated warehouses that’s one of the fastest growing areas in Mill City. This hip ‘hood cozies up to the Mississippi River, and taking a walk along the riverfront is always a good idea.
Also a good idea is booking a room at Stay Alfred on 2nd Street, where you’ll find not only super spacious travel apartments, but also a top-notch fitness center, BBQ grills, and a bocce ball court. After all, Minnesota has beautiful summers, don’tcha know?! Or, if you’d like to book a place that will allow you to partake of the scandanavian tradition of partaking in a relaxing sauna, check out Stay Alfred at The Paxon – which also features a great outdoor pool for you to relax in and a fitness center for staying healthy while on the road.
North Loop Neighborhood Highlights
Nestled between the trendy lofts are equally trendy craft breweries, juice bars, farm-to-table restaurants, fitness studios… you know the drill. North Loop is within walking distance of Downtown, but if walking isn’t your thing, you can always hop on the light rail to Target Field Station.
North Loop for Couples
Ordinary date nights have nothin’ on an evening at one of North Loop’s romantic restaurants. It’s a little known fact Minnesota farmers can grow pretty much everything, and you’ll find many locally grown ingredients on the menus at culinary darlings. The Bachelor Farmer, for instance, focuses on locally raised meats and natural wines under the guidance of one of Minnesota’s top sommeliers.
Speaking of wine, a nice chianti would pair wonderfully with the Italian favorites at Bar La Grassa, where you can find housemade pastas and flavorful sauces -- all perfect for sharing with your special someone. Looking for something a little more local, but equally romantic? Famous for its Midwestern cuisine is Spoon and Stable, led by a Minnesota-born chef and incorporating lots of local goodies into their dishes. The farm vibes doesn’t just come from the food, though -- this cozy dining room was once a real horse stable!
North Loop for Friends
Maybe you and your friends were at First Avenue until the wee hours or threw back a few too many local beers last night. Hey, it happens! The best thing you can do is grab some water, put on some sunglasses, and make your way to North Loop’s favorite brunch joints. For all the brunch classics plus novelties like chilaquiles, crepes, and gnocchi with a poached egg, The Freehouse isn’t only into beer. Do come back in the afternoon for a pint, though.
Feeling really hungry? Check out Red Cow North Loop’s decadent menu of red velvet pancakes, biscuits, and the AM chimichanga. Like to meet the farmers who grew your brunch food? Not only a place to shop for produce, the Minneapolis Farmers Market features food vendors serving a variety of cuisines -- but all of them stay true to the goal of eating local.
North Loop for Business Travelers
You’ve worked hard all day, so you deserve a cold craft beer or a creative cocktail from one of North Loop’s best bars. If you’re into hops, don’t miss local taprooms like Modist Brewing Co., Fulton Brewing Taproom, Inbound BrewCo, and the waterfront Pryes Brewing Company. They’re all perfectly wonderful to visit solo, or bring your coworkers for a company bonding activity!
If cocktails are more your style, North Loop has plenty of swanky bars with happy hour specials and boss-friendly atmospheres. Borough offers happy hour every weekday with drink promotions and small bites, and the New England-inspired Smack Shack has discounted beverages and seafood snacks, like lobster poutine. Prefer to wind down with some vino? Bev's Wine Bar pours bottles from around the world.
North Loop for Families
For all its haute cuisine and nightlife, North Loop features quite a few family-friendly attractions. Traveling with a young baseball fan? You’d better try to score tickets to a Minnesota Twins game at Target Field or even arrange a behind-the-scenes tour. How about some free, kid-friendly entertainment? Wander over to North Loop Playground for hours of outdoor fun and gorgeous Mississippi River views.
The kids are bound to get hungry, so here are a few kid-approved eateries in North Loop to add to your agenda: Red Rabbit Minneapolis (pizza and pasta), Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza (more pizza), and Corner Coffee (cafe fare).
Loring Park for Friends
A trip to Minneapolis with friends certainly isn’t complete without visiting a local brewery, and Loring Park is home to a few winners. The rustic taproom at Lakes & Legends Brewing Company is open daily (with weekday happy hour!) and pours an ever-rotating selection of their latest releases and classics.
If you like to laugh while drinking beer (and let’s face it, who doesn’t!), don’t miss a stand-up comedy night at Sisyphus Brewing, another homegrown beer expert. If you find yourself at the taproom a little past dinner time, don’t you worry! Round up your crew and walk over to The Nicollet Diner, famous for their 24/7 comfort food.
Loring Park for Couples
Sure, Rome and Paris are known for their art museums, but Minneapolis has a world-renowned art museum too -- without the crowds. A short walk from Loring Park, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is one of the city’s top attractions, and it makes for a lovely date idea. What’s more romantic than admiring paintings by Van Gogh, El Greco, and Rembrandt or being dazzled by 2000-year-old artifacts? Get more inspiration at the Walker Art Center
Loring Park for Families
Maybe the little ones aren’t totally keen on spending an afternoon cooped up inside an art museum; good thing Loring Park has plenty to do for the young and the young at heart! One of Minneapolis’ most famous landmarks is perfectly kid-friendly: the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which features that iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry statue. It’s one of the largest sculpture gardens in the country, so there’s plenty of space to wander around!
Looking for another place to let them burn energy? Check out the Parade Ice Garden, a slightly misleading name in that there are no plants in this “garden,” but instead three ice rinks with open skating. Kids under 5 skate for free and skate rental is available if you aren’t planning on stuffing your own in your suitcase.
And if you need a plan B that doesn’t involve physical activity, the Children's Theatre Company puts on kid-appropriate shows throughout the year and is ideal for the under-10 crowd.
Yes, Uptown technically lies south of the city center, but that doesn’t make it any less cool. If anything, this eclectic, artsy district might be considered the cooler cousin of Downtown Minneapolis.
Uptown Neighborhood Highlights
Originally made famous by the Uptown Theatre, this vibrant neighborhood is now packed with great restaurants, Indie record shops, eclectic bars, and picturesque parks.
Uptown for Friends
Why spend your girls’ or guys’ night out at an ordinary bar? Home to an extraordinary collection of unique watering holes, Uptown is the perfect destination for a memorable evening with pals. Indulge your competitive spirit at Up-Down Minneapolis, known for its collection of arcade games, or Bryant-Lake Bowl & Theater, complete with vintage bowling lanes.
For a lengthy wine list and some classy tunes, check out Troubadour Wine Bar, which features frequent live music. And if you’re up for a challenge, try to find Volstead's Emporium, a speakeasy serving mixologist-crafted cocktails and tasty charcuterie boards.
Uptown for Business Travelers
Got an agenda packed with meetings or a busy conference ahead of you? Then you’d best fuel up with some caffeinated goodness at these Uptown cafes. For all your coffee needs, pop into Corner Coffee Uptown or Uncommon Grounds Coffeehouse, both known for high-quality beans and expert baristas.
Not so into java? Sencha Tea Bar has possibly the most impressive collection of teas in Minneapolis, featuring loose leaves from around the world.
Uptown for Couples
While the restaurant and bar scene might be one highlight of Uptown, it’s certainly not the only thing drawing people to the area. And restaurants and bars aren’t the only places to enjoy time with a date. Whether you just swiped right or have been married for decades, take a stroll around an Uptown lake to be true #relationshipgoals.
The largest lake in Minneapolis lies in the center of Bde Maka Ska Park, which contains a scenic loop trail that’s ideal for walking, running, or biking. Another good choice is Lake of the Isles Park, which features not only walking paths but also gorgeous picnic spots, canoe launches, and ice skating in the winter.
Uptown for Families
Kids love Uptown too! And not just for the sprawling parks and movie theatres. Fill their hungry bellies at any time of day thanks to the neighborhood favorite for any meal, French Meadow Bakery & Cafe. Another good bet is World Street Kitchen, which offers a nice kids menu inspired by street food from around the world. Who knows, you might return home with a new hummus lover or Korean BBQ beef fanatic!
Uptown is home to some pretty darn delicious desserts too, and if the young’uns are craving ice cream (even during a sub-zero Minnesota winter), Milkjam Creamery had better be on the agenda. This frozen fave serves a plethora of wacky flavors, like Pikachu (mango chili), Ridin Duuurty (all things Oreo), and a hibiscus lemonade Italian ice.