Minneapolis Neighborhoods

Dinkytown
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Dinkytown

Theories abound about how this neighborhood got its name — was it because its dinky theater only had four rows of seats? Regardless, today the district thrives as the epicenter of college student life. The University of Minnesota boasts a top-rate meteorite collection in Pillsbury Hall, and the views of the Mississippi River from the Washington Avenue Bridge are worth the walk. In autumn, tailgate with the rest for a Minnesota Golden Gophers football game at TCF Bank Stadium. And when the snow piles high, stay warm inside at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, designed by Frank Gehry and home to an eclectic collection of modernist paintings, ceramics, Native American pottery and traditional Korean furniture.

Downtown Minneapolis
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Downtown Minneapolis

With three stadiums, several live music and theater venues and dozens of hotels, Downtown offers visitors endless entertainment. The theater district on Hennepin Avenue is home to the State, Orpheum and Pantages theaters, where Broadway productions and national touring performers make their stops in Minneapolis. Orchestra Hall, located at Peavey Plaza, houses the Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, which performs nearly 200 times each year. After taking in a performance, walk only a few blocks to Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis, a luxurious boutique hotel with modern architectural accents and updated classic American cuisine and cocktails at its Mercy Bar and Dining Room.

North Loop/Warehouse District
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North Loop/Warehouse District

Just north of Downtown is the city's hip, up-and-coming neighborhood, the North Loop. Where warehouses once mass-produced goods in the late 1800s, trendy restaurants and shops now offer residents artisanal cuisine and designer apparel. The district's history is made apparent in the exposed brick walls and open floor plan at D. NOLO, a co-op retail space housing womenswear and home furnishings from a rotating cast of local makers. Coveted restaurant Spoon and Stable makes its home in a horse stable built in 1906. Far from serving hay and oats, James Beard Award-winning chef Gavin Kaysen whips up French cuisine inspired by the Midwest's seasonal offerings.

Uptown
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Uptown

Prince once paid homage to this part of Minneapolis in his song "Uptown," and it's easy to see why. With movie theaters screening cult classics next to rooftop bars and restaurants just blocks from some of the largest, most ostentatious homes in the city, Uptown seamlessly blends the funky and the upscale. Take in an arthouse film screening at the Uptown Theatre on Hennepin Avenue and walk a couple of doors down to Chino Latino, where you can order street food from around the globe in glowing, gilded digs. During the summer months, take a stroll around Lake of Isles to watch the kayakers paddle, or turn your gaze outward to the magnificent homes bordering the lake.

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