Uptown Minneapolis is a community located under 5 minutes southwest of Downtown Minneapolis near Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles. With its epic-center considered at the intersection of Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street, Uptown also includes the districts of the Wedge, South Hennepin, West Calhoun, and Lyn-Lake.
Uptown is known for its mix of older single family homes, duplexes, and apartment buildings, bustling commercial districts and streets, and an incredible array of parks and trails. The area’s diversity of housing types, housing affordability, people, businesses, and amenities, Uptown attracts a wide range of visitors and residents to come enjoy all that Uptown has to offer.
Hennepin-Lake: The epic-center
The intersection of Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street on the northeast corner of Lake Calhoun is a bustling district with award-winning restaurants and retailers. With stores selling kitchen ware, gently used wedding gowns, used or new books, CDs or vinyl, games, and all sorts of clothing, Uptown has the bases covered. Retailers include both local independents like Kitchen Window, Magers & Quinn Booksellers, Drama, Covered, Brides of France, and Cal Surf, as well as national tenants Apple, The North Face, Columbia, American Apparel and Victoria’s Secret.
Hennepin-Lake also boasts popular restaurants and night spots, like Chino Latino, Il Gatto, Stella’s Fish Cafe, Famous Daves BBQ and Blues, ComedySportz and more. Numerous outdoor patios and rooftop decks allow for easy enjoyment of great weather.
Lyn-Lake: Funky and independent
The oldest business district in Uptown, Lyn-Lake grew up around the intersection of Lyndale Avenue and Lake Street. Dating back to the late 1880s, Lyn-Lake features beautiful architecture along with lots of art-related tenants and independent businesses.
For those interested in art, High Point Center for Printmaking, the Jungle Theater, Intermedia Arts, and many more art-related organizations and businesses call the area home. Live music and theater is held at the Bryant Lake Bowl, Cause Spirits and Soundbar, and Dulono’s.
The area is also home to numerous retailers and restaurants that specialize in everything from quality tailoring, selling and fixing bikes, vintage clothes, and even a Saki brewpub.
The Wedge: A Bustling Neighborhood
Consisting of both the mostly commercial streets of Hennepin Avenue and Lyndale Avenue between I-94 and 28th Street, the Wedge is a dense mix of homes from the late 1800s and dense apartment buildings.
Hennepin Avenue connects Uptown’s Hennepin-Lake district to Loring Park and features restaurants, retailers, business service providers, and several community institutions. The street is a major artery with major transit service running along it. Area tenants include FirstTech, a highly regarded Apple reseller and repair facility, a Kowalski’s grocery store, Walgreen’s, Corner Balloon, the Brave New Workshop comedy club, Patina, Uptown Diner, and many more.
Lyndale Avenue connects Lyn-Lake to Loring Park and has many businesses located mostly at intersections along the way. A wide range of businesses call the area home, such as Flanders Cycle, the Wedge Co-op, Rudolph’s BBQ, Leaning Tower of Pizza, Muddy Waters cafe, CC Club, and many more.
West Calhoun: A busy retail center
Located on the northwest corner of Lake Calhoun where Excelsior Boulevard and Lake Street merge, West Calhoun is home to two large shopping strip centers, numerous medium-rise apartment and condo buildings, and several larger office buildings. The area is located within a five minute walk of Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, and Cedar Lake and is on the convergence of the Midtown Greenway, Kenilworth, and Southwest LRT bike trails.
The business community is home to Whole Foods, Walgreen’s, Burger Jone’s, Barnes & Nobles, the View restaurant, and many additional restaurants and retailers.