Northeast Minneapolis

 

Northeast Minneapolis

Welcome to Northeast, Home of Beer, Art, and History!

Minneapolis is known for being a melting pot of cultures, hobbies, and people in one booming metropolis. It’s a city that overlays the modern while preserving the historic structures that built the bones of this great city.

You’ll see modern-day NFL stadiums blocks away from castle-esque stone towers like the Foshay. Historic mills have been salvaged from abandonment and turned into functional, trendy lofts with broad picture windows and walls clad in ship-lap. With time, this city shifted from a bustling logging hub to the modern-day megalopolis. The city has held tightly to Midwestern values with a grip even Babe the Blue Ox couldn’t pull apart.

Minneapolis would be naught, though, without the cozy neighborhoods that make up its varying complexion. Each sector of the city adds an individual flair—a personality all its own—and Northeast Minneapolis is no exception.

This community is bound by 13 smaller neighborhoods consisting of street addresses that end in the identifier “NE.” Located across the Mississippi River from Downtown Minneapolis and stretching to the University neighborhood and beyond, few niches encompass such a broad and inviting cauldron of community. Come explore Nordeast.

A Brief History

Northeast Minneapolis, originally established as the area of Saint Anthony, is dripping in historical context as it includes the oldest commercial settlement within the city. Minnesota’s first commercial mill was built at Saint Anthony Falls and, for some time, was the northernmost navigable point of the Mississippi River.

These are the very same falls that constitute the only true waterfall along the entire stretch of the Mississippi River, from Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico, making it an obvious place to settle for use of this resource alone. The first dam across the raging river was erected in 1848, rendering waterpower an invaluable source of energy.

Soon, sawmilling and flour milling became popular industries that caused mills to dot the city’s riversides. By 1890, it was hard to see past the two-dozen flour mills that had been built along the west bank of Saint Anthony Falls. Saint Anthony, as it was known, was absorbed by its neighboring city Minneapolis in 1872—ever heard of it?

The scenery of Saint Anthony Falls today is vastly different. Gone are the floods of lumber flowing downstream and the thick barrier of mills along the banks. Instead, you’ll find artist’s studios, local businesses and restaurants surrounding a few remaining skeletons of mills that have been converted for other uses.

Many of these businesses reflect the cultural impact made by Saint Anthony’s original population of Lebanese, Polish, Finnish, German, Slovak, and Russian immigrants—you’ll often hear this region affectionately referred to as “Nordeast” by locals preserving the language influence.  So, why not cozy in and explore Minneapolis’ most historic neighborhood.

With so many different cultures and rich history permeating the cobbled streets of Northeast Minneapolis, there is a wide variety of grub to dine on. If you’re in the mood for a classic helping of meat and potatoes or the staple pub sandwich, there is a bounty of restaurants to choose from. Neighborhood joints fit into pockets throughout Northeast’s niche neighborhoods.

Food from Afar

When you don’t feel like eating classic Midwestern food, NE Minneapolis has no shortage of restaurants that cover the world’s palate. Check out some of Northeast’s finest global grub.  

At Chimborazo you will find traditional Ecuadorian food with a brunch to die for. Make sure to try an empanada or their sweet plantains at least once before you kick the bucket. Check out Kramarczuk’s: the Nordeast’s own Polish deli and restaurant, stocked with handmade sausage, goulash, and piroshok for days.

Try Emily’s Lebanese for Greek coffee and Lebanese classics. Stop in for stuffed grape leaves, meat pies, and shish kabobs when you need your Lebanese fix. If you like German, look for Gasthof’s: Super German. Super delicious. Come with an empty stomach.

Sen Yai Sen Lek is known for its modern twists on Bangkok street food. Heaps of noodles and rice in everything delicious—don’t pass this one up. Masu Sushi has sushi and robata, steamed buns and more.  Or try El Taco Riendo for authentic Mexican staples in an unassuming place.

Holy Land Deli is the best of Middle Eastern cuisine right in the guts of NE Minneapolis. Falafel, naan, and meat spinning on spits—what more could you ask for? Ginger Hop is an Asian-fusion eatery with a chill vibe serving a variety of curry and some of the best wontons this side of the Mississippi.

Classic Fare

These are the joints where you’ll find fat pub sandwiches, homemade meatloaf, gobs of fries and tots, cheese plates, pizza pies, and decadent takes on classic Minnesota staples. Each one here is listed for great service and greater food. Take a stab at any of them, you won’t be disappointed (especially for the diners on this list)

Ideal Diner is a small, classic diner with hardly more than 10 stools. Saddle up to the counter, order one of the best pancakes, and watch it all get cooked right before your eyes. Hazel’s Northeast is famous for serving up excellent classic fares such as chili, eggs benedict, and reubens; this is also where the turkeys that roam Northeast like to hang out on weekends.  

At Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge you’ll have to try at least one tacky tiki drink (or at least the sprawling Bloody Mary bar on Sundays). There are many other fabulous places to grab a delicious bite. A few more local favorites are The Sample Room, Whitey’s Saloon, Modern Times Cafe, and Draft Horse. Whichever of these places you choose, come with an appetite because you will leave full and happy.

Coffee

Minneapolis is brimming with cozy coffee shops, each sporting their own take on coffee as we know it. Many of these shops are the perfect setting to settle in and get work done, while others are a great place to grab a cup o’ joe and a locally baked pastry.

 

When you are choosing a coffee shop, there is a wide variety to tempt and tease. A local favorite with many locations is Spyhouse Coffee. Anelace Coffee offers delicious coffee and tea, among other treats. Sip Coffeebar, Maeve’s, and The Matchbox Coffeeshop are all sure to satisfy, as well.

 

Wilde Cafe and Spirits, formerly Wilde Roast Cafe, serves up breakfast, brunch, drinks, and coffee that get rave reviews in the neighborhood and throughout the city. You won’t go wrong whatever you order, and you will love the ambiance. Grab some gelato or coffee right on historic Main St. and head out for a walk across the famous Stone Arch Bridge.

Breweries

In the past decade, Minnesota’s craft brewery scene has grown from five to more than 110—most of them seemingly “setting up hop in Nordeast Minneapolis”. This list includes some of the greatest local brews you can find along with a cider shop and our very own distillery. Most days and nights of the week, you can find a food truck parked outside serving great mobile food from a small window.

A few local brewery favorites include Dangerous Man. Three words: Peanut. Butter. Porter. Seriously tastes like candy, so be careful. Indeed and 612 Brew will quench your thirst while satisfying your taste buds. Able, Bauhaus, Fair State, 56 Brewing, and Fulton —the list could go on.

Check out Sociable Cider werks with cider, cider, everywhere! The Norseman Distillery has vodka, gin, rum, even some aperitif. Whether you prefer beer, cider, or spirits, there is something for everyone in the Northeast.

Fun and Events

Although small, NE Minneapolis has a lot going on. This is just the tip of the iceberg for festivals and events that roll through the region each year. These events typically highlight the glory of all things Northeast from cultural heritage to rich artistic endeavors.

The arts here are serious business, which is why Art-a-Whirl is the nation’s biggest art studio tour (you read that correctly) and mediums cover everything from paint to wood to furniture to film. Art-a-whirl is put on by NEMAA, or The Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association, which is a nonprofit aimed making the Northeast area a destination for rich cultural history and supporting artists of all walks of life.

Among other events are the St. Anthony Main Theater & Film Festivals and Polish Fest. For twenty years, Theatre Latte Da has been showcasing original and re-imagined musicals.

For a fun and unique experience, check out The Soap Factory, a place to explore artistic innovation. Oktoberfest at Gasthof’s in September and October is something you don’t want to miss. Authentic and fun, you will get a little taste of Bavaria here in Minneapolis.

Art, Art and More Art

With so many shells of mills past hanging around Northeast, they presented the perfect opportunity for artists to move in. Large buildings with open spaces like the Northrup King Building and the Casket Arts and Carriage House building are prime places to peruse many artist’s studios in one zen place.

To dig into the art scene in Northeast, check out the Northrup King Building, 389 Studio, Danish Teak Classics, Blue Sky Galleries, California Building, Casket Arts and Carriage House, Grain Belt Studios, Keg House, and Thorp Building.

Local Shops in Northeast

While Northeast Minneapolis sports a variety of convenient chain stores (like Minnesota’s beloved Target), it’s packed to the gills with local shops selling specialty and handmade goods. Think of them as goods co-ops where the community comes together to sell their own crafts, specialty items, antiques, pottery and more.

You won’t want to miss I Like You, Gumball Boutique, Behind Bars Bike Shop, Two 12 Pottery, Grey Fox Pottery, or Surdyk's Wine and Cheese Shop.

Call North East Home

With no shortage of delicious food, incredible drinks, and entertainment to fill your days and nights, it’s no wonder people love living in Northeast Minneapolis. There are some incredible condos to rent in Northeast. Whether you want a classic brick brownstone or a more modern home with a view of the river, Roost can help you find the perfect place to call home.

 

While there are some incredible condos available, there is also a significant number of single-family homes. Whether you want a stand-alone house, or want to live in a duplex in a cozy neighborhood, you will find a fantastic house for yourself and your family. Check out Northeast if you want to be near downtown Minneapolis, but still want a little space and a yard.

 

Traditionally a blue-collar region of the city, Northeast is growing in popularity and attracting people from all walks of life. What’s not to love about an area with incredible views of downtown, all the conveniences a large city can offer, and one of the greatest atmospheres of any region in the country?

 

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