Wondering What to Do in Northeast Minneapolis?
Northeast Minneapolis is one of my favorite neighborhoods in all of Minnesota. It’s lively and vibrant and it’s one of the best places to go on a Friday night or Sunday morning. Read on for some of the most unique things to do in Northeast Minneapolis, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods.
There are Many Great Options for Exploring
Two of my favorite places to walk around and explore are Boom Island, which has a cool lighthouse, and Nicollet Island, which has adorable and brightly colored homes. That area has a ton of cool bridges, including the Hennepin Ave bridge with the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign. A little further south, and technically a few blocks outside of Northeast Minneapolis is the Stone Arch Bridge. I love that beautiful bridge so much that my husband and I took our engagement photos there. It offers a breathtaking view of the downtown Minneapolis skyline and the Mississippi River. Check out the beautiful Minneapolis skyline in the photo above with my dog Ole.
Pro tip: The parking in this area is really easy. It is rarely difficult to find a spot unless there is something unique happening like a Vikings game. To save yourself a little time when parking, download the MPLS Parking app ahead of time. You can get your credit card and vehicle information on file before you even leave home. Then you can pay for parking and add more time directly through the app without having to rush back to the meter to add more time.
Take Pictures at a Popular Graffiti Wall
I Like You is a cute gift shop in Northeast Minneapolis and I Like You Too is their sister store in St. Paul. These two small shops give space to more than 200 artists. They offer jewelry, clothing, cards, kitchen items and more. It’s a super cute place with a strong Minnesota vibe.
The exterior of the building has awesome graffiti, which has become a hotspot for grabbing an Instagrammable photo. We had some difficulty getting Ole to cooperate but it made for some funny pictures with him! Their address is 501 1st Ave NE #1, Minneapolis. Remember to bring your mask if you plan to go inside.
Sip Coffee and Snack on Cookies
Who doesn’t love a good coffee shop? Honour Cafe is located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis at 451 NE Stinson Boulevard. They have an awesome selection of coffee, lattes, juice and much more. We ordered a variety of their cookies, which did not disappoint! I loved the chocolate cookie with salted caramel drizzled on top. You can bring a book or your computer to work inside the cafe, or grab your treats to go.
Get Incredible Meat and Cheese at Surdyk’s and Kramarczuk’s
Surdyk’s and Kramarczuk’s are technically just outside Northeast Minneapolis, but only by one or two blocks, so they’re easy to include in your Northeast Minneapolis visit. My father-in-law grew up in Northeast Minneapolis so he knows all the best kept secrets of the area. I learned about these two places from him.
Surdyk’s first opened in 1934. They have an incredible cheese shop with high quality cheese, meat, olive oil, chocolates, sandwiches, coffee and more. They also have a massive selection of wine, beer and liquor. My husband and I love to stop by and grab a variety of cheese along with their freshly baked breads so we can make our own charcuterie board at home.
Pro tip: Go early. If you wait too long in the day they will run out of bread, which we learned the hard way.
Another place with high quality food is Kramarczuk’s. My in-laws always stop there for incredible meat for the holidays. Their sausages are unreal! They also have baked goods, a delicatessen and a restaurant. It’s a tiny little place that you might not notice if you’re just walking by, but it’s absolutely worth going inside.
Splurge on an Unforgettable Meal at Spoon and Stable
One of our favorite restaurants in this part of Minneapolis is Spoon and Stable. Self described as hip and french-inspired, it’s a rustic-chic restaurant in a former horse stable dating back to 1906. We visited Spoon and Stable in February and it ended up being the last restaurant we went to before COVID. We were recently back during the last weekend in October for my husband’s birthday. It was our first time eating indoors again and it took a little getting used to. They made a lot of changes since we were last there to keep everyone safe and distanced. Many tables have been removed, every table has hand sanitizer and masks are required when walking around or when their staff are at your table. After we settled in, we felt safe and enjoyed our time.
The food at Spoon and Stable is a whole different level. Owner and chef Gavin Kaysen is a James Beard award-winning chef. The food is focused on the seasonality of the Midwest with French inspiration. We’ve been to Spoon and Stable a few times and the food always blows us away. On this particular visit I had the pot roast, which was so tender I only needed a fork to pull the meat apart. My husband had pheasant, which was also incredible. My husband almost never wants dessert and at Spoon and Stable he wanted to order two desserts, so that tells you how good it is! We had a rich raspberry and chocolate mousse dessert along with an incredibly light and refreshing carrot cake.
Ride a Ferris Wheel and Play Mini Golf
One of the best places to visit in Northeast Minneapolis is Betty Dangers Country Club, which is an eccentric restaurant. They have a giant ferris wheel, which overlooks downtown Minneapolis as well as a miniature golf course. It’s also a pretty spectacular place to visit around the holidays when just about every inch of the interior space is covered in Christmas lights and ornaments.
Several Other Notable Northeast Restaurants
There are so many great spots to eat in Northeast! Here are a few more worth checking out:
- Sikora’s Polish Market and Deli
- Emily’s Lebanese Deli
- Jax Cafe, an upscale spot best known for steak and seafood
- Gastof’s, known for their German food and beer
- Northeast Yacht Club, a casual atmosphere with comfort food
- Elsie’s, an American food spot with a bowling center
- 1029 Bar, a seafood-centric pub with karaoke and cocktails
- Psycho Suzi’s, a lively, Polynesian-themed lounge with tiki decor, cocktails, American food, cocktails and a huge riverfront patio
There are Three Gorgeous Churches in Northeast
For the architecture alone, these three spots and worth looking at:
- The St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral has a stunning interior painted ceiling. My in-laws were married in this church in 1976, pictured above. Notice the crowns being placed on their heads in the left photo.
- The St. Constantine Ukrainian Catholic Church has a gorgeous blue tiled dome.
- And the St. Maron’s Catholic Church has an impressive gold dome.