Unique entertainment options like the Uptown Art Fair and Jungle Theater ensure there’s always something going on.
The name may sound familiar—Prince’s hit “Uptown” is about this area of Minneapolis as an artists’ hangout in the ’80s. Despite what its name suggests, Uptown is actually situated to the west of downtown Minneapolis, bordering scenic Lake Calhoun. There is plenty of outdoor fun to be had in the Chain of Lakes, an incomparable urban series of lakes with 13 miles of paved biking, blading, jogging and walking trails.
Lucia’s has been a local favorite for 31 years for good food and a cozy atmosphere, offering a different menu weekly. A quiet afternoon with a chai tea doesn’t get any better than at a charming Victorian house like Namaste Cafe, and be sure to check out their savory dinner menus while you’re there. Galactic Pizza may become your new standby pizza joint with its specialty, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options available for eat-in or takeout. Late night snacks can be found at Muddy Waters, along with some distinctive drinks. Libertine, Stella’s Fish Cafe & Prestige Oyster Bar and LynLake Brewery all offer rooftop dining, but in the summer months, be warned that competition for rooftop seating is fierce.
One of the best aspects of living in Uptown is the myriad entertainment options available. Theatrical and musical productions are popular options at the Jungle Theater. Catch an indie flick or a cult classic movie at the Uptown Theater or Lagoon Cinema. Restaurants like Famous Dave’s and Icehouse offer live music on the weekends. HUGE Improv Theater is known for its hilarious long-form comedy improv, and there are acts almost every day of the week.
Nearly 400,000 visitors flock to the Uptown Art Fair annually in August, earning it many top accolades among collectors and fair-goers alike. Residences, too, are in high demand in Uptown, with families flocking to the beautiful 20th century homes. There are plenty of classic apartments and new rentals that can place you right in the center of this mini-city.
In 1928, the Lagoon Theater, now the Uptown Theater, opened on the corner of Hennepin Avenue and Lagoon Avenue. With a storied past, the area is the quintessential community of choice for young professionals and college students.