A lot to love in Lyn-Lake

Neighborhood Spotlight: Lyn-Lake

Editor’s note: We’re kicking of our new Neighborhood Spotlight series with this special feature on Lyn-Lake. Stay tuned for more neighborhood guides throughout 2016.


Lyn-Lake is one of the most colorful places in Minneapolis.

Take a stroll down Lyndale and you’ll be struck by building’s bright facades — there are many shades of orange, green and bright blue spicing up the corridor.

The area earned the title of best neighborhood in the 2011 City Pages Best of the Twin Cities guides for its special blend of “neighborhood funk.”

Lyn-Lake has an eclectic mix of restaurants and bars, including the sake brewpub moto-i, the Uptown VFW — a karaoke hotspot undergoing a renovation to add another bar and live music room — and Galactic Pizza, which has delivery people clad in superhero outfits.

New high-end apartment buildings, a strong mix of independent retailers, the Jungle Theater and the Midtown Greenway, which cuts through the neighborhood, are also major neighborhood assets.

Plus, the neighborhood is set to get the city’s first woonerf — a Dutch term for a living street.

Two blocks of West 29th Street between Bryant and Lyndale avenues will be reconstructed later this year to make way for a new shared-used street much more inviting for pedestrians and bicyclists. The roughly $900,000 project is expected to start this spring. It will feature a pedestrian zone, metered parking and new green space.

Neighborhood rundown

Boundaries: The Lyn-Lake commercial district is bordered by Harriet Avenue on the east, West 28th on the North, Dupont Avenue on the west and West 31st on the south.

How to get involved: The LynLake Business Association provides a forum for businesses and residents interested in keeping the area thriving. For more information, go to lyn-lake.org

Special attractions: The Midtown Greenway cuts through the heart of Lyn-Lake — a 5.5 mile stretch of biking and walking trails along a former railroad corridor. The Jungle Theater is another major draw — a 150-seat performing arts venue at 2951 Lyndale Ave. S. Sarah Rasmussen is the theater’s new artistic director.