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Neighborhood Series: Nokomis, Minneapolis

Posted by VIBE Realty on Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 at 11:56am.

Agent contribution: Cara Quinn, Mariah Hamm, Meghan Howard

What's not to love about the Nokomis neighborhood of Minneapolis? It comprises eleven smaller neighborhoods, and you get some of the best aspects of the entire city in one pocket! It is chock full of local restaurants and coffee shops, is home to fantastic neighborhood shopping districts, and boasts some of the city’s most beautiful parks and outdoor activities. Minnehaha Creek cuts through the entire area providing miles of shoreline, AND you have Lake Nokomis taking center stage smack in the middle of it all. Read up on our guide to this cherished neighborhood.

The Heart of Nokomis

For a full day of outdoor adventures, start at Lake Nokomis—the heart of the area—and branch out from there. In the spring/summer, canoeing, kayaking and paddle-boarding are popular activities here, so hit up Wheel Fun Rentals and you’ll have your afternoon cut out for you. And in the winter, well, it's a beautiful view.

“With Lake Hiawatha, Lake Nokomis, the Minnehaha Creek and the Minnehaha Falls, Nokomis is unparalleled for its natural beauty, and one of my favorite places for a swim, bike ride or run.”- Cara Quinn

Photo Courtesy of MPR News 


The Museum of Russian Art

Explorers of culture and art lovers unite, The Museum of Russian Art showcases rotating exhibitions in addition to live music and dance performances. The museum specifically promotes understanding of the art, people and history of Russia. They have virtual tours as well if you want to embark on a cultural journey from your own sofa. ;) 

Photo Courtesy of The Museum of Russian Art 

Town Hall Lanes

For those who love the retro vibe, this spot is a must. Retro ‘50s décor meets contemporary comforts at this hole-in-the-wall bowling alley/craft brewery/restaurant. Nothing beats an evening gathering with beer, bowling, and good company.

 Photo Courtesy of MSP Mag


People watching at it’s finest. Family lounging is common on the beach, and you’ll find Sandcastle a welcomed stop for tasty bites including shrimp tacos and fried cheese curds. Hit up their counter service, enjoy some beer and wine, and lay low.
Suggested by VIBE agents Meghan Howard & Cara Quinn

“Eating outdoors at Sandcastle is wonderful - especially when there is live music playing. It has a perfect friendly, neighborhood vibe.” - Meghan Howard

Photo Courtesy of Sandcastle


Italian Eatery (IE)

If you’re always looking for spots with a stylish atmosphere (like we are), then you’ll need to check out Italian Eatery. You can’t go wrong with delicious Italian food paired with wine and cocktails in an aesthetically driven space. Worth noting is their cozy seasonal patio and pergola bar during the warmer seasons.
Suggested by VIBE agent Cara Quinn

Photo Courtesy of @italianeatery

Sea Salt Eatery

This eatery will make you feel like you’re on a harbor on the East Coast (something rarely experienced here in the Midwest). Located just a stone’s throw from the Minnehaha Falls, savor extraordinary fresh seafood and eclectic bites. *Open April - October and closed during winter months.
Suggested by VIBE agent Cara Quinn

Photo Courtesy of @bauhausbrewlabs


Sassy Spoon 

Gluten free or vegan your forte? Sassy Spoon is a food-truck gone brick-and-mortar and features a menu of wholesome, locally-sourced cuisine with a myriad of options. You won’t be disappointed with these homestyle cooked hearty meals.
Suggested by VIBE agents Mariah Hamm & Cara Quinn

Photo Courtesy of @sassyspoonmpls

Grande Sunrise

Formerly El Buen Sabor Mexican Restaurant, now known as Grande Sunrise, this low-key spot serves traditional Mexican cuisine and amazing seafood to enjoy in a simple and colorful setting.
Suggested by VIBE agent Cara Quinn

Photo Courtesy of Grande Sunrise

Nokomis Beach Coffee

Nokomis Beach Coffee is the perfect AM stop. Regulars rave about their mochas and almond croissants, and it’s totally acceptable to make a return trip in the afternoon for dessert We won’t judge.
Suggested by VIBE agent Cara Quinn

”This spot is my tried and true coffee house when I need an afternoon pick-me-up or just a place to stop and get some work done.” - Cara Quinn

Photo Courtesy of Trip Advisor

Home Search in Nokomis 

The housing market, like all of South Minneapolis right now, is extremely competitive and is a popular area for homebuyers looking to live in the cities. But, don't let it discourage you! With the right agent backing you, anything is possible. Get in touch with us by calling 651-808-VIBE or emailing

 “It's a great area to live, and honestly the Nokomis and Seward neighborhoods of South Minneapolis are my favorite (shhh, don't tell the others).” - Mariah Hamm

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