Welcome to the North Loop
There is park along the Mississippi teeming with hawks and bald eagles. If you spend any time here, you notice the character of the river changes daily. A vibrant neighborhood is right out the front door, and it’s a short walk to Target Field, the Guthrie Theater, and downtown Minneapolis.
Whole Foods, the dry cleaner, the local liquor store, and the Minneapolis Farmers Market are part of your neighborhood shopping experience. Boutiques and brewpubs are liberally sprinkled around the city streets beg you to explore and savor. In the evening, catch a movie at St. Anthony Main, followed by dinner and fresh gelato at the Wilde Café. This is the North Loop.
The North Loop is Minneapolis’s Hippest Neighborhood
The North Loop is about converted warehouse lofts, (it’s also called the Warehouse District) 5-star restaurants, hip bars, and gay nightspots. You’ll find great design shops where you can buy indie fashions. The Minneapolis Farmer’s Market is the place for local produce and products. You can catch a Twins game at Target Field.
Trendy, innovative, cool, vibrant, and hip are all words you can use to describe the North Loop. In keeping with what was old is new again, it is also one of the oldest areas of the city, with its roots in the industry made up of a railroad yard, factories, and warehouses. The Minneapolis Warehouse Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The North Loop Vibe
The North Loop, a blended neighborhood of past and present, is much more than the sum of its parts. In the 1960s and ’70s, the warehouse district was falling into decay. It was resurrected in the1980s to become the center of the Minneapolis art community. The transformation is ongoing. The future of the Warehouse District is now “the” area to live, work and play in the Twin Cities.
A Neighborhood of Distinction
The North Loop is the fastest growing neighborhood in Minneapolis. That is not surprising considering the accolades it has received from both local and national sources. It was distinguished as “Best Neighborhood” by Mpls/St. Paul Magazine and CityPages, 12th Hippest Neighborhood by Forbes, Favorite Neighborhood by Fast Company, “Coolest Neighborhood in American” by Thrillist and Go List 2016 (Fodors).
Historic Warehouse Conversions
It does not surprise that the majority of The North Loop population is between the ages of 25 and 34 (37%), but in addition to millennials, the area is also populated by Gen X and Baby Boomers. There are also families with kids moving into the area opting for the urban delights over the suburbs. Many of them are also attracted to living in the converted warehouse lofts.
The warehouses are six to eight stories high, and there are about 62 structures on seven square blocks of the district. You can find Condos for sale and rentals as well. One of my personal favorites is the Itasca being one block from the riverfront and directly over Basset Creek. The renovation is a splendid achievement in architecture and the designers The Cuningham Group was awarded the prestigious AIA Minnesota 25-Year Award in 2009.
North Loop Eateries
112 Eatery is the James Beard award-winning chef Isacc Becker’s first restaurant. The Bachelor Farmer features delicious cuisine in a modern Scandi setting. Craving Italian? Try Bar La Grassa’s pasta bar. If Pizza is what you are craving, Black Sheep Pizza’s coal-fired oven offerings might be just the thing. Although we can’t name them all, no list of North Loop Restaurants would be complete without Gavin Kaysen’s Spoon and Stable. It’s the hottest new restaurant in Minneapolis’s hottest neighborhood.
The North Loop is clean, safe and friendly. It’s a great neighborhood to live, to visit and to meet people. Put this one on your bucket list if you have not explored this great neighborhood as yet.