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Neighborhood Series: Bryn Mawr, Minneapolis

Posted by VIBE Realty on Friday, September 17th, 2021 at 9:33am.

Bryn Mawr is located directly west of downtown Minneapolis within the Calhoun-Isles community. The neighborhood is surrounded by nature and bound by parkland: Theodore Wirth Park to the north and west, Bassett Creek to the north, Bryn Mawr Meadows to the east, and Cedar Lake Park to the south. Bryn Mawr has a unique character with much to love (and gardens everywhere!). Predominantly residential, this area boasts a variety of home styles along with plenty of recreational activities. Not to mention, it is hard to get a location more convenient to downtown Minneapolis. The Penn Avenue entrance to I-394 gives easy access to the whole metro area. 


Theodore Wirth Parkway

Theodore Wirth Parkway on the west side of Bryn Mawr is a beautiful travel route, but the park itself is the real treasure. Coming in as  the largest in the Minneapolis park system, Theodore Wirth Park includes extensive trails, a 3700-year-old quaking bog, a wildflower and bird sanctuary, a swimming beach, a golf course, ski trails, tubing hill, and more.

Photo Courtesy of Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board

Bassett Creek Trail

Hop on your bike and enjoy this five-mile, paved trail that hooks up with French Regional Park in Plymouth and Luce Line Regional Trail to the south. This is an ideal route offering many recreational and commuting options. Along the way, you can access local parks, trails and amenities in the cities of Plymouth, New Hope, Crystal and Golden Valley, all outside of Bryn Mawr.

Photo Courtesy of Three Rivers Parks

Bryn Mawr Meadows

A gathering spot at its core, Bryn Mawr Community park is an excellent area to explore. Between athletic fields, courts and rinks, a wading pool, a playground, and a biking path, you’ll be set for an afternoon of outdoor activities no matter the season. Also worth noting, the views of the Minneapolis skyline just can’t be beat.

Photo Courtesy of World Arts Museum


Cedar Lake Park

Tree-lined shores, sandy beaches, and connection to the Minneapolis bike trails - could you ask for anything more within city limits?! As part of the Chain of Lakes Regional Park, Cedar Lake Park is easily accessible to bicyclists and walkers and the trails are maintained during the winter. Enjoy the three beaches situated on the west, south, and east shores during the warmer months!

Photo Courtesy of Family Fun Twin Cities

La Mesa

There’s nothing like a neighborhood spot like La Mesa. Offering fresh, hand-crafted, Ecuadorian- and Latin-inspired cuisine in a warm and inviting atmosphere. They also offer local and regional craft beer, select spirits, and a thoughtful wine list that features regional South American selections. This spot has such a great local feel to it. Pop over for a little Latin culture in the middle of Bryn Mawr!

Photo Courtesy of @lamesa_mpls


Cuppa Java

Cuppa Java is a quaint corner coffee joint that serves traditional coffee beverages along with sandwiches, malts, beer and wine. Whether you stop by for a quick coffee to go, or stay for a good classic lunch-time meal, you’ll feel welcomed and right at home. They offer limited indoor seating plus outdoor seating and take-out.

Photo courtesy of Cuppa Java


Utepils Brewing

Welcome to this awesome Minnesota Taproom and Brewery. This idyllic spot brews up excellent beer using the highest quality water from the historic Glenwood Inglewood wells in Minneapolis to produce beer that is classic yet uniquely distinct. Their motto is “Good brewing starts with honoring the traditions of brewers who came before us.” A true nod to the Minnesota spirit.

Photo Courtesy of @utepilsbrewing


Bryn Mawr Pizza & Deli

A neighborhood just doesn’t feel like a neighborhood without a spot to pick up a delicious slice. Quaint and family-owned - Bryn Mawr Pizza & Deli offers a range of classic pizzas along with hoagies, salads and soups. You really can’t go wrong!

Photo Courtesy of USA Restaurants 

REVĪV Boutique

REVĪV Boutique is centrally located in Bryn Mawr and is all about style. They sell a beautiful curation of select upscale furnishings and decor. This is the place for anyone who loves thoughtful spaces and interiors. They are affiliated with the full-service interior design and architecture firm, VIVID located next door.

Photo courtesy of VIVID Interior Design


Cockadoodledoo Gifts of Bryn Mawr

If you’re looking for a quirky spot to shop for gifts, here’s a tip - Cockadoodledoo Gifts. A wonderful assortment of the fun and edgy  as well as unique jewelry pieces and vintage goods. This is where nostalgia meets whimsy, and we’re here for it.

Photo Courtesy of BusinessYab

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