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Revision as of 01:40, 5 October 2011

Southwest Minneapolis is a district in Minneapolis. It includes Uptown, Lyn-Lake, the Wedge, Eat Street, Linden Hills, the popular Chain of Lakes, and other areas.

Contents

Get in

By public transit

  • Route 2 [1] travels along Franklin Avenue.
  • Route 4 [2] travels along Lyndale Avenue from downtown to 31st Street (passing through Lyn-Lake), and then jogs over two blocks west to Bryant Avenue, which it travels on from 31st Street to 50th Street. At this point, the route splits into two branches, with one going back to Lyndale Avenue and the other travelling west on 50th Street until Penn Avenue, and then going south from there.
  • Route 6 [3] travels along Hennepin Avenue from downtown to its end at 36th Street (passing though Uptown), turns west, and skirts the southeastern edge of Lake Calhoun. The route splits in two at 39th Street and Sheridan Avenue; one continues west on 39th Street to France Avenue, then travels south from there (passing through the 50th & France commercial district), and the other travels south on Sheridan Avenue, which merges onto Upton Avenue (passing though the Linden Hills commercial district), turns west on 44th Street, and then continues south on Xerxes Avenue.
  • Route 12 [4] enters Minneapolis along Excelsior Boulevard, which soon ends and merges onto Lake Street. The route continues until its end at the Uptown Transit Station; during rush hours it will continue travelling along Hennepin Avenue into downtown.
  • Route 17 [5] travels along Nicollet Avenue from downtown to 24th Street, turns west, then turns south on Hennepin Avenue. Past the Uptown Transit Station, it will turn west on Lagoon Avenue, which then merges onto Lake Street, and continue from there into the west suburbs.
  • Route 18 [6] travels along Nicollet Avenue through the entirety of Southwest Minneapolis, passing through Eat Street along the way.
  • Route 21 [7] travels along Lake Street from neighborhoods to the east until its end at Uptown Transit Station, passing through Lyn-Lake along the way.
  • Route 23 [8] travels along 38th Street to Bryant Avenue, jogs two blocks north to 36th Street, then travels west to Hennepin Avenue, continuing north from there until its end at the Uptown Transit Station
  • Route 25 [9]
  • Route 53 [10] is a limited stop route travelling on Lake Street alongside the 21 (see above); stops are located at Uptown Transit Center, Lake & Girard, Lake & Lyndale, Lake & Nicollet, and Lake & 1st. This service only operates during rush hours.

By bike

  • Midtown Greenway [11] is a bike path (grade-separated east of Hennepin) travelling east-west one block north of Lake Street.

By car

  • Interstate 35W is along the eastern edge of the district, with exits at Lake Street/31st Street (northbound exit/southbound entrance only), 35th Street/36th Street, 46th Street, Diamond Lake Road, and 60th Street. For northbound travellers, the 31st/Lake exit will be useful for getting to Lyn-Lake and Uptown areas, just travel westbound on either street. Southbound I-35W travellers wanting to get to those two areas should exit onto westbound I-94 (see below).
  • Interstate 94 is to the northeast of the district. The Lyndale Avenue/Hennepin Avenue exit is useful for getting into the area. Follow Lyndale southbound to get to Lyn-Lake or Hennepin southbound to get to Uptown.
  • Interstate 394 is along the northern edge of the district.

Get around

Street layout

Streets run east/west and generally have numbers that increase as you go further south. Nicollet Avenue divides the streets. Append the direction at the end of streets such as W 27th Street to indicate west of Nicollet. Avenues run alphabetically west from Lyndale (Aldrich, Bryant, Colfax) far into the suburban surrounding communities. When the alphabet reaches Z, it simply starts again at A. Avenues are named in no particular order in a small half-mile band between Lyndale and Nicollet, then numbered east from Nicollet Avenue heading towards South Minneapolis, where the numbered avenues continue until you reach Saint Paul. The first part of addresses on the avenues are based on the nearest cross street. For example, 4000 France Avenue South is at the corner of France Avenue and 40th Street.

See

Museums

  • The Bakken Museum, 3537 Zenith Ave S (at 36th St, near W Calhoun Pkwy), +1 612 926-3878 (, fax: +1 612 927-7265), [12]. Tu-W 10AM-5PM, Th 10AM-8PM, F-Sa 10AM-5PM. The world's only museum devoted to medical electricity. $7 adults, $5 students and seniors, free admission for children under age 4.
  • Hennepin History Museum, 2303 3rd Ave S (between 22nd and 24th St), +1 612 870-1329 (, fax: +1 612 870-1320), [13]. Gallery: Tu 10AM-2PM, W 1PM-5PM, Th 1PM-8PM, F-Su 1PM-5PM; library and archives: Tu 10AM-2PM, W-Sa 1PM-5PM. $5 adults, $1 seniors and students under 18.
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave S (at 24th St), +1 612 870-3131 (toll free: +1-888-642-2787), [14]. Tu-W 10AM-5PM, Th 10AM-9PM, F-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-5PM. "The Minneapolis Institute of Arts houses more than 100,000 objects from diverse cultural traditions spanning 5,000 years of world history." Free.
  • The Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Ave (at Diamond Lake Rd, next to Interstate 35W), +1 612 821-9045 (fax: +1 612 821-4392), [15]. M-W 10AM-5PM, Th 10AM-8PM, F 10AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Museum showcases Russian art from the 20th century, including Soviet art. $5 adults, voluntary donations suggested for students.

Parks

  • Lakewood Cemetery, entrance along 36th Street at the foot of Hennepin Avenue, [16]. Daily: Summer 8AM-8PM, Labor Day to Fall Daylight Savings 8AM-7PM, Fall Daylight Savings to Spring Daylight Savings 8AM-5PM. (44.9364,-93.298395)
  • Lyndale Park, [17]. Home to an arboretum, rose gardens, perennial gardens, peace gardens, and a bird sanctuary.

Do

Film

Head to Uptown for some independent film:

  • Uptown Theatre, 2906 Hennepin Ave (at Lagoon), +1 612 825-6006, [18]. One screen. Films often run for a week or two. Afterwards they sometimes move down to the multi-screen Lagoon Cinema.
  • Lagoon Cinema, 1320 Lagoon Ave (at Girard), +1 612 825-6006, [19]. Five screens.

Lakes

  • Cedar Lake. Cedar Lake has a shady public swimming beach.
  • Lake of the Isles. Lake of the Isles has bird sanctuaries on its (officially off-limits) islands, and a public skating rink (with warming house) are groomed in the winter months. Check the newspaper; you may get lucky and catch a world-class speed-skating competition here. Its shores also feature some of the best climbing trees in the city, particularly for those who carry a short rope ladder in their pack.
  • Lake Calhoun. Lake Calhoun has a large public beach and boat rentals [20] (and lessons), and a snack bar that resembles a real restaurant more every summer.
  • Lake Harriet. Lake Harriet also has boat rentals near its bandshell [21].

Theater

  • Brave New Workshop, 2605 Hennepin Ave (at 26th St), +1 612 360-6620, [22].
  • Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave S (at Lake), +1 612 822-7063, [23].
  • Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W Lake St (at Bryant), +1 612 825-8949, [24].

Other

  • Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, W 42nd St and Queen Ave S, [25]. Sa-Su early May through late November, and M-F mid May though early September. Heritage streetcar line running along a one-mile track between Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun, which used to be part of a much longer streetcar line that ran all the way to Lake Como in Saint Paul, hence the name. Currently operated by the Minnesota Streetcar Museum, which also operates a heritage streetcar line in Excelsior, near Lake Minnetonka. Its fleet includes two streetcars from the 1900s built by the Twin City Rapid Transit Company and one PCC streetcar from the 1940s built by the St. Louis Car Company. Streetcars begin and end their journey at Linden Hills Station located at 42nd and Queen on the west side of Lake Harriet. There is also a second much less used stop on near the east side of Lake Calhoun at 36th Street and Richfield Road. $2 single ride or $5 day pass (also includes rides on the Excelsior streetcar).

Buy

Calhoun Square, Uptown

Asian markets

  • New Orient Market, 2800 1st Ave S (at 28th St), +1 612 871-7946.
  • Shuang Hur Supermarket, 2710 Nicollet Ave (at 27th St), +1 612 872-8606.
  • Truong Thanh Market, 2520 Nicollet Ave (between 25th St and 26th St), +1 612 879-0561.

Bookstores

  • Booksmart, 1300 W Lake St (at Fremont, basement level of Cheapo building), +1 612 823-5612 (). Used books in the basement of Cheapo.
  • College of Comic Book Knowledge, 3151 Hennepin Ave (at 32nd St), +1 612 822-2309, [26]. W-F noon-7PM, Sa-Tu noon-5PM. Shares the building with Nostalgia Zone. Great for newer and more mainstream comics.
  • Magers & Quinn, 3038 Hennepin Ave (between Lake and 31st), +1 612 822-4611 or toll-free +1 866 912-6657 (), [27]. Su-Th 10AM-10PM, Fr-Sa 10AM-11PM. New and used books.
  • Nostalgia Zone, 3151 Hennepin Ave (at 32nd St), +1 612 822-2806, [28]. W-F noon-7PM, Sa-Tu noon-5PM. Shares the building with College of Comic Book Knowledge. Best for hard to find old comics and independents. You can also sell comics here, and the dealers are great. The establishment is over 30 years old.
  • Once Upon A Crime, 604 W 26th St (between Garfield and Lyndale), +1 612 870-3785, [29]. M-Sa 11AM-5:30PM. Mystery bookstore. Ask about The Annex: two giant rooms full of rare first editions, out of print books, magazines, journals, and thousands of hard-to-get gently used volumes. Great for finding new titles and plenty of back-list books for hordes of mystery and thriller writers.

Clothes

  • Design Collective, 1311 W 26th St (at Hennepin), +1 612 377-1000 (), [30]. M,W-Sa 11AM-7PM, Su noon-6PM. A local boutique featuring handmade clothing and accessories from local designers.
  • Ragstock, 1433 W Lake St (bewteen Hennepin and Holmes), +1 612 823-6690, [31]. M-Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 11AM-6PM. A local chain of used clothing stores. Clothing is shipped in from thrift stores across the country and sorted through and either torn to rags for commercial use, or pulled aside to be sold in one of the stores. There are stores around the Twin Cities area in addition to the Uptown location listed above.

Record stores

  • Cheapo, 1300 W Lake St (at Fremont), +1 612 827-8238, [32]. 10AM-10PM daily. A huge location in the Uptown area. Specializing in all areas of music as well as DVDs and vinyl records. If you are looking for something that's hard to find, it's a good bet that they will have it. If not, they can order it for you. They also have a large collection of used CDs with huge inventories coming in everyday.
  • Electric Fetus, 2000 4th Ave S (at Franklin Ave), +1 612 870-9300, [33]. M-F 9AM-9PM, Sa 9AM-8PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Possibly the most complete selection of CDs in town across all genres. Hold on tight to your wallet when you walk in here. If there's an obscure CD you've been looking for, this place is likely to have it. Listening stations are posted throughout the store enticing all who enter to try out some new music. It's the place you would go if you had unlimited resources for buying new music. Be prepared to pay full price, although new releases are frequently on sale. Buy four CDs and get a discount. Tickets for local venues are on sale here too.
  • Extreme Noise Records, 407 W Lake St (at Grand Ave), +1 612 842-0100, [34]. Noon-8PM daily. Specializes in all punk and subgenres therein. A cooperative run for over ten years by local punks. Amazing selection of punk 'zines, CD's, LP's and 7-inches. The place in town for finding hard-to-find punk records, trading punk records, finding other punks, seeking out that basement show, etc. Don't let the punk rock moniker scare the less-than punk away. If you want to see what a truly independent local scene can produce and meet some of the most earnest members of said scene, you must check out Extreme Noise.
  • Fifth Element, 2411 Hennepin Ave (at 24th St), +1 612 377-0044, [35]. M-F 11AM-9PM, Sa 11AM-8PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Record store specializing in hip-hop. Established in 1999 by local record label Rhymesayers Entertainment.
  • Roadrunner Records, 4304 Nicollet Ave (at 43rd St), +1 612 822-0613, [36]. M-F 11AM-8PM, Sa 11AM-6PM, Su noon-5PM. Has a great selection of independent LP's, CD's and DVD's. Known for their international music section. Punk and alt-country genres don't suffer. A great independent record store with lots of local and independently produced product.
  • Treehouse Records, 2557 Lyndale Ave S (at 26th St), +1 612 872-7400. M-F 10AM-7PM, Sa 10AM-6PM, Su 11AM-5PM. A somewhat small but cozy record shop. New and used CDs and vinyl. Selection isn't large but leans towards the non-mainstream; you can find stuff here that isn't easily found at other Twin Cites record stores.
  • Yeti Records, 3506 Nicollet Ave (at 35th St), +1 612 822-0490, [37]. Tu-Sa noon-8PM, Su noon-6PM.

Eat

Eat Street

  • The Bad Waitress, 2 E 26th St (at Nicollet), +1 612 872-7575, [38]. M-F 7AM-midnight, Sa 8AM-midnight, Su 8AM-11PM. Hipster diner. You have to write your order on a ticket and give it to the cashier, hence the restaurant name.
  • Black Forest Inn, 1 E 26th St (at Nicollet), +1 612 872-0812 (, fax: +1 612 872-0423), [39]. Daily 9AM-midnight, kitchen closes at 10PM weekdays and 11PM weekends. The most renowned German restaurant in the Twin Cities.
  • Christos, 2632 Nicollet Ave (between 26th and 27th St), +1 612 871-2111 (, fax: +1 612 871-8129), [40]. Su-Th 11AM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM. Greek.
  • El Mariachi, 2750 Nicollet Ave (at 28th St), +1 612 871-5200. Su-Th 10AM-8PM, F-Sa 10AM-midnight. Mexican.
  • Evergreen Chinese Restaurant, 2424 Nicollet Ave (between 24th and 25th St), +1 612 871-6801, [41]. W-M 11AM-9PM. Taiwanese cuisine, very vegetarian and vegan friendly.
  • Harry Singh’s Original Caribbean Restaurant, 2653 Nicollet Ave (at 27th St), +1 612 729-6181, [42]. Tu-Sa noon-9PM, Su noon-5PM.
  • Jasmine 26, 8 E 26th St (at Nicollet), +1 612 870-3800, [43]. M-Th 11:30AM-12:30AM, F-Sa 11:30AM-2AM, Su 10:30AM-11:30PM. A fancier Vietnamese restaurant operated by the owners of Jasmine Deli. The salt and pepper tofu appetizer is to die for. Vegetarian and vegan friendly. (44.95557,-93.277287)
  • Jasmine Deli, 2532 Nicollet Ave (between 25th and 26th St), +1 612 870-4700. Tu-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 10AM-6PM. Ridiculously cheap but well-regarded Vietnamese food. Vegetarian and vegan friendly. No credit cards.
  • Little Tijuana Cafe, 17 E 26th St (at Nicollet), +1 612 872-0578. Totally inauthentic Mexican, but mindblowing food isn't what people really come here for. A quirky little hole-in-the-wall joint open very late and popular with the punks, drunks and other weirdos. Crayons and paper tablecloths are offered to keep its patrons from defacing the tables or walls; if they like your artwork they might even hang it up!
  • Pancho Villa, 2539 Nicollet Ave (between 25th and 26th St), +1 612 871-7014 (), [44]. Daily 10AM-1AM. Mexican. Two-for-one margaritas and selected beers on weekdays. Spanish language karaoke!
  • Peninsula, 2608 Nicollet Ave (at 26th St), +1 612 871-8282 (, fax: +1 612 871-2863), [45]. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. Malaysian cuisine. They make their own tofu, but vegans beware that it contains egg.
  • Pho 79, 2529 Nicollet Ave, +1 612 871-3226. M-Th 10AM-9PM, F-Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 10AM-8PM. Vietnamese.
  • Pho Tau Bay, 2837 Nicollet Ave (between 28th and 29th St), +1 612 874-6030, [46]. M-Tu9:30AM-8:30PM, Th-Sa 9:30AM-8:30PM, Su 9:30AM-8PM. Vietnamese.
  • Quang, 2719 Nicollet Ave (between 27th and 28th St), +1 612 870-4739, [47]. M 11AM-9PM, W-F 11AM-9PM, Sa 10AM-9PM, Su 10AM-8:30PM. Vietnamese.
  • Rainbow Chinese Restaurant, 2739 Nicollet Ave (between 27th and 28th St), +1 612 870-7084, [48]. M-Th 11AM-2PM and 4:30PM-9:30PM, F 11AM-2PM and 4:30PM-11PM, Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-9:30PM.
  • Seafood Palace, 2523 Nicollet Ave (between 25th and 26th St), +1 612 874-7721, [49]. Daily 11:30AM-11PM. Chinese.
  • Yummy, 2450 Nicollet Ave (at 25th St), +1 612 870-8000. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-midnight. Chinese.

Lyn-Lake

  • French Meadow Bakery & Cafe, 2610 Lyndale Ave S (at 26th St), +1 612 870-7855 (fax: +1 612 870-0907), [50]. Su-Th 6:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 6:30AM-11PM. Owner and founder of this excellent bakery and cafe, Lynn Gordon, has a passion for fabulous yeast free breads, and has been an artisan baker since before that term began to be applied to high-quality individual bakers. Virtually everything on the menu is delicious and original, and save room for the desserts and fair trade coffee. On weekends arrive early to avoid the brunch rush. Vegetarian and vegan options available. $4-$20, depending on the time of day. Cheapest in the morning.
  • Fuji-Ya, 600 W Lake St (at Garfield), +1 612 871-4055 (, fax: +1 612 871-4075), [51]. Tu-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-10:30PM, Su 5PM-9PM, cocktail lounge open until midnight. Popular sushi restaurant, a Lyn-Lake favorite.
  • Galactic Pizza, 2917 Lyndale Ave S (at Lake), +1 612 824-9100, [52]. Su-Th 11AM-midnight, F-Sa 11AM-1AM. The decor is kitschy. Their stand out feature is not only a little car run 100% by electric power but the delivery driver dons a funky costume while driving said vehicle. If you order the Second Harvest pizza (which is excellent) the business donates a dollar to the Second Harvest Food Bank (for every one ordered). Vegetarian friendly, vegan soy cheese and mockmeats available.
  • It's Greek to Me, 626 W Lake St (at Lyndale), +1 612 825-9922, [53]. Tu-F 4:30PM-11PM, Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-10PM. One of the best Greek restaurants in the Twin Cities.
  • Muddy Waters Bar and Eatery, 2933 Lyndale Ave S (at Lake), +1 612 872-2232, [54]. M-F 7AM-2AM, Sa-Su 8AM-2AM. Formerly a coffeehouse at 24th and Lyndale, Muddy Waters has moved down to Lyn-Lake and expanded into a full-service restaurant and bar.
  • Pizza Lucé, 3200 Lyndale Ave S (at 32nd St), +1 612 827-5978, [55]. Daily 11AM-2:30AM. Full bar, punk rock staff. You can get pizza by the slice or sit down and order a whole pie. Vegetarian friendly; vegan soy cheese, nut cheese, and mockmeats available. Also offers gluten-free pizzas.

Uptown

  • Cafe Barbette, 1600 W Lake St (at Irving), +1 612 827-5710 (), [56]. Su-Th 8AM-1AM, F-Sa 8AM-2AM. French-inspired cafe. $15-$30.
  • Chiang Mai Thai, 3001 Hennepin Ave (at Lake, inside Calhoun Square), +1 612 827-1606 (, fax: +1 612 827-1635), [57]. Daily 11AM-1AM. In Uptown, Chiang Mai Thai has a romantic and authentic ambiance and large servings. Try the Thai basil or ginger stir fry. Entrees are $9-$18. Like True Thai in Seward, Chiang Mai uses coconut milk instead of broth in its curries, and concentrating on the peanut and spice in the Pad Thai whereas True Thai is known for more delicate and subtle flavors. Both are excellent, the only question is what a person is in the mood for!
  • Davanni's, 1414 W Lake St (between Girard and Hennepin), +1 612 822-3111, [58]. M-Th 10:30AM-11PM, F 10:30AM-midnight, Sa 11AM-midnight, Su 11AM-11PM. Chicago-style pizza, beer on tap, good hoagies too.
  • Isles Bun and Coffee Company, 1424 W 28th St (between Hennepin and Humboldt), +1 612 870-4466, [59]. M-Sa 6:30AM-4PM, Su 7AM-3PM. A classic city bakery and coffee shop. Very limited seating inside, but with sidewalk tables and two blocks to Lake of the Isles it hardly matters. Bakers work in full view in a sunken work area behind the counter, putting out some of the best rolls, buns, and other delectables in the city. Check out the cinnammon roll and their savory breakfast items.

The Wedge

  • Ecopolitan, 2409 Lyndale Ave S (at 24th St), +1 612 874-7336, [60]. Su-Th 9AM-10PM, F-Sa 9AM-11PM. Raw vegan food. Very tasty, innovative and energizing.
  • Namaste Cafe, 2512 Hennepin Ave (at 25th St), +1 612 827-2496 (), [61]. Su-W 11AM-10PM, Th-Sa 11AM-1AM. Namaste is located in a duplex converted to a restaurant and gift shop (the restaurant next door is actually called Duplex), so try to keep your eye out when heading down Hennepin. The owners are Nepali and the food is very similar to Indian cuisine. The cooking is very homey and the prices are quite reasonable for such a prime location. Lunch will cost around $8. Try one of their amazing chai teas. They grind their own spices and mix up one heck of a good cup. There are 7 or 8 varieties. Voted best chai tea by City Pages. Vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Other areas

  • Broders Cucina Italiana, 2308 W 50th St (at Penn Ave), +1 612 925-3113 (fax: +1 612 925-9737), [62]. Su-F 11AM-9PM, Sa 10AM-9PM. Italian.
  • Broders Pasta Bar, 5000 Penn Ave S (at 50th St), +1 612 925-9202 (fax: +1 612 925-9737), [63]. Su-Th 5PM-9:30PM, F 5PM-10PM, Sa 4:30PM-10PM. Broder's is "pasta cooked the way it was meant to be." The menu features around 20 different past dishes, a mix of new and old favorites. Although reasonably small and often crowded (they don't take reservations), it is worth the wait!
  • Cafe Vin, 5555 Xerxes Ave S (at 56th St), +1 612 922-0100, [64]. Su-Th 5PM-10PM, F-Sa 5PM-11PM. Cafe Vin features a Mediterranean/French menu. Tons of charm, great food and wine.
  • Gigi's Cafe, 824 W 36th St (at Bryant), +1 612 825-0818 (), [65]. 7AM-10PM daily. Gigi's is a great little cafe: "coffee house by day, dinner joint by night." Free parking and WiFi. Gigi's has new management, Kim Bartmann, founder of the much celebrated Barbette, Bryant Lake Bowl, and Red Stag Supper Club.
  • Jack's, 818 W 46th St (at Bryant), +1 612 825-2183 (), [66]. Java Jack’s, a well-established East Harriet neighborhood coffee shop, has reinvented itself, now open as the full-service eatery renamed Jack’s. Owners Jerry and Pam Nelson, see the transition to casual dining, featuring wine and beer, as a perfect complement to the existing coffee business. Vegetarians will enjoy the Quinoa veggie burger with garlic aioli.
  • Pepito's Mexi-Go Deli, 4624 Nicollet Ave (between 46th St and 47th St), +1 612 825-6311, [67]. Su-Th 11AM–9PM, F-Sa 11AM–9PM. A deli-style fast food version of their sit-down restaurant on 48th and Chicago. Try the fish tacos, they're fantastic. No alcohol, but fast service and fantastic food for those on the go.
  • Punch Neapolitan Pizza, 3226 W Lake St (inside Calhoun Village Shopping Center, west of the Lake St/Excelsior Blvd interchange), +1 612 929-0006, [68]. 11AM-10PM daily. Neapolitan pizzeria in a strip mall on the the opposide side of the lakes from Uptown. Pizzas are baked in an 800F wood-burning oven for 90 seconds. Punch is one of the few restaurants that actually has certification from the official Napoli pizza organization. Pizza Luce is the crowd favorite but Punch is the critic's.

Drink

Alcohol

  • Cause Spirits and Soundbar (formerly Sauce), 3001 Lyndale Ave S (at Lake), +1 612 822-6000, [69]. 11:30AM-2AM daily. This bar was forced to cease using the name Sauce due to a lame national pizza chain with the same name moving into the Twin Cities suburbs, so they hilariously just switched the S and C around. Live music most nights; there may or may not be a cover charge depending on the show.
  • CC Club, 2600 Lyndale Ave S (at 26th St), +1 612 874-7226. M-Sa 8AM-2AM, Su 10AM-2AM. A cheap and popular punk/alternative hangout, a favorite of the Replacements and the setting for their song "Here Comes a Regular." (44.955466,-93.28812)
  • Red Dragon, 2116 Lyndale Ave S (between Franklin and 22nd St), +1 612 874-8877. M 5PM-2AM, Tu-F 11AM-2AM, Sa noon-2AM, Su 2PM-2AM. Famous for the Wondrous Punch.
  • Famous Dave's BBQ and Blues Club, 3001 Hennepin Ave (at Lake, inside Calhoun Square), +1 612 822-9900, [70]. M-Th 11AM-1AM, F-Sa 11AM-2AM, Su 10AM-midnight. Local and national blues acts.
  • Dulono's, 607 W Lake St (at Garfield), [71]. A pizzeria with live bluegrass and folk music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Coffee

  • Anodyne, 4301 Nicollet Ave (at 43rd St), +1 612 824-4300, [72]. M-F 6:30AM-10PM, Sa 7AM-8PM, Su 7:30AM-9PM. Some food served. Free wifi.
  • Bob's Java Hut, 2651 Lyndale Ave S (at 27th St), +1 612 871-4485 (), [73]. M-Th 7AM-11PM, F-Sa 8AM-midnight, Su 8AM-11PM. Free wifi. Frequently a day-time biker hang out. Nice staff.
  • Caffetto, 708 W 22nd St (between Lyndale and Aldrich), +1 612 872-0911, [74]. 6AM-1AM daily. Free wifi.
  • Plan B, 2717 Hennepin Ave (between 27th and 28th St), +1 612 872-1419. Su-Th 9AM-midnight, F-Sa 9AM-1AM. Free wifi.
  • Spyhouse Coffee, 2451 Nicollet Ave (at 25th St), +1 612 871-3177, [75]. M-F 6:30AM-midnight, Sa-Su 8AM-midnight. Free wifi.
  • Spyhouse Coffee, 2404 Hennepin Ave (at 24th St), +1 612 377-2278, [76]. M-F 6:30AM-midnight, Sa-Su 8AM-midnight. Free wifi.
  • Uncommon Grounds, 2809 Hennepin Ave (at 28th St), +1 612 872-4811, [77]. Su-Th 9AM-midnight, F-Sa 9AM-1AM. Located in a renovated Victorian house.

Sleep

There aren't many lodging options in Southwest Minneapolis, but the Downtown hotels aren't too far from the Uptown, Lyn-Lake, and Eat Street areas.

Budget

  • Minneapolis International Hostel, 2400 Stevens Ave (at 24th St), +1 612 522-5000, [78]. checkin: 1PM-10PM; checkout: 8AM-11AM. This is the only backpackers' hostel in the Twin Cities. Quick walking distance to the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Eat Street. A 15 minute walk or short bus ride to Downtown, and a short bus ride to Uptown. A credit card number is required to be on file for every party staying with them. Beds start at $27.90 per night.

Mid-range

Splurge

Contact

  • Hennepin County Library - Linden Hills Branch, 2900 W 43rd St (at Vincent), +1 612 543-6825, [79]. Tu,Th noon-8PM, W,F-Sa 10AM-6PM.
  • Hennepin County Library - Walker Branch, 2880 Hennepin Ave (at Lagoon), +1 612 543-8400, [80]. Tu,Th noon-8PM, W,F-Sa 10AM-6PM.
  • Hennepin County Library - Washburn Branch, 5244 Lyndale Ave S (between Minnehaha Pkwy and 53rd St), +1 612 543-8375, [81]. Tu,Th noon-8PM, W,F-Sa 10AM-6PM.

Get out

  • Much of the artist community that has been priced out of Uptown moved to Northeast.
  • If you're still hungry for more Southeast Asian food after eating your way through Eat Street, there's another large concentration in the Frogtown neighborhhod of Saint Paul.
  • If you keep heading north along the trails near Cedar Lake you'll eventually find yourself in Theodore Wirth Park.
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