Minneapolis is always an exciting destination for travelers to explore but in the North Loop, there’s even more to look forward to. Located on the north-western outskirts of downtown, the North Loop neighborhood encompasses everything north and west of 1st Avenue North. It’s a place where you can find innovative shops and delicious dining options paired up with historic architecture and great nightlife as well. No matter what you’re looking to enjoy, the North Loop has you covered.   

Your Guide to The North Loop of Minneapolis

History of North Loop

Before the North Loop was the vibrant and walkable neighborhood it is today, this warehouse and manufacturing district beholds a mechanical past. The North Loop established itself as the primary distribution center in the U.S., beginning in the late 1800s, thanks to the ever-expanding rail system and prime location.

Its accessibility brought in renowned industries throughout much of the 1880s through the early 1930s, including:

  • Harness, wagon, and buggy manufacturing by the Lindsay Brothers from Wisconsin in 1895.
  • Manufacturing plant home to the John Deere Company and International Harvester.

By 1919, the neighborhood became known for its vast agricultural implements production that out-generated revenue from the city’s flour and grain mills combined. Now, the innovative North Loop neighborhood proudly offers innovative fashion, flavor, and fun for all who visit or live here.

What it’s Known for Today

The North Loop is a story of successful restoration leading to a thriving city neighborhood scene. Travelers will notice the original manufacturing buildings as they meander down the streets and notice the budding business and tech firm scene filling the previously industrial past. This thriving, modern area has truly been repurposed with success for cultural flair, as well, including:

  • Family-friendly living communities.
  • Parks.
  • Restaurants.
  • Shops, and more!

Local tip: Take advantage of the Mississippi Riverfront pathways throughout the North Loop and join the fellow joggers, cyclists, and walkers alike for an authentic experience.  

The Best Things to Do in the North Loop & Must-Do Activities

1. Explore the Dining Scene

When cravings call, the North Loop is the perfect place to dine in style. Places like Spoon and Stable offer up award-winning modern cuisine adorned with its rich history as a previous horse stable. Or, enjoy a European experience at the Maison Margaux for exceptional French fare or Bar La Grassa for Italian flavors. Not sure what to order? We recommend: 

  • Spoon and Stable: 8oz Wagyu Tri-Trip paired with an Old Fashioned.
  • Maison Margaux: Espresso Martini and Scallops St. Jacques.
  • Bar La Grassa: Prosciutto Di Parma and order a bottle of wine.

With the area’s increase popularity, reservations are encouraged to ensure you have the best table in the house!

2. Attend a Twins Game

Are a long-time Twins’ fan or is your team playing them? Head over to Target Field, which is housed in the North Loop for an unforgettable experience. 

3. Hear the Sounds

Do you have tickets to see a concert in the area? Chances are you’re heading your Target Center that is right across the way from the Field! Looking for other alternative venues? The Fine Line Music Café is a great place to enjoy live music in the area while the Acme Comedy Company is a sure stop for laughs. Here, you can also spend time shopping designer boutiques with locales like PARC showcasing top-of-the-line accessories and clothing.  

4. Explore the Brewery Scene

If it’s time well spent in breweries you’re after, the North Loop is full of them with stops at places like the Modist Brewing sure to satisfy.  

Book Your North Loop Stay in Minneapolis Today 

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