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  • Writer's pictureSarah McKee

Neighborhood Guide: University

The University neighborhoods represent an eclectic community that spans the historic charm of Marcy-Holmes and Nicolette Island to the hip young hangs and college bars of Dinkytown. Hugging the Mississippi River and enveloping the University of Minnesota campus, there is always plenty to do. You can spend your day browsing the Weisman Art Museum, taking in a college game, or getting outside to explore Nicolette Island, the Stone Arch Bridge, or the cobblestone streets of St. Anthony Main.

Homes in the Neighborhood

The median sales price for a home in University last month (June 2022) was $325,876 and was on the market for a median length of 38 days.

Neighborhoods within the University community include Cedar-Riverside, Como, Marcy-Holmes/Dinkytown, Nicollet Island/East Bank, Prospect Park, and University.

University Dining

The charming cafe, restaurant & boutique hotel at Alma offers fantastic food & hospitality in a cozy historic building.

Serving Cantonese favorites and Chinese-American hits, Shuang Cheng has been a Dinkytown staple for over 30 years.

The Market at Malcolm Yards is a food hall with something for everyone featuring 9 chef concepts, a full-service bar & a self-pour tap wall.

The Red Sea is a Cedar-Riverside neighborhood fixture known for tasty Ethiopian cuisine and live music.

Squeeze into one of the 14 stools at Al’s Breakfast counter for classic breakfast fare with an old-school diner feel.

Norseman Distillery is an airy, industrial cocktail spot with a creative menu crafted from their own portfolio of spirits.

University Shops

The exposed brick and warm, cozy vibes of Foundry Home Goods perfectly reflect their collection of classically stylish tableware, home goods, and gifts.

For an “old-fashioned book store experience” head to The Book House to browse their collection of used books and vinyl records.

Hazel & Rose is a clothing, accessories, & skincare boutique with a focus on sustainable & ethical brands.

Midwest Mountaineering provides equipment and supplies for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds and the adjacent Thrifty Outfitters offers repair services for outdoor gear and clothing.


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