The Whittier Neighborhood Guide

Welcome to Whittier. A Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood home to Eat Street, two museums, a future futsal field, and one of the largest renter populations in the city. Enjoy this guide of things to eat and drink, places to shop, and places to explore–created entirely by our readers.

What should someone do with a free day in Whittier?

Tour MIA, have lunch at Colonial Market, check out the back patio at Pimento, play pinball at Tilt, then get dinner and drinks from Little Tijuana.

Lake Wine and Cheese makes the absolute best sandwiches to-go. Pick up some wine or other beverage of your choice at the liquor store while your sandwich is freshly made and find a green patch of grass to enjoy your sandwich and beverages.

Explore  Karmel Mall and Lyndale Avenue.

Start the day at Glam Doll or Spyhouse, then shop the vintage stores and stop for bubble tea.

Go to Mia and/or Hennepin History Museum, grab food on Eat Street, pick an avenue or two and walk the entire neighborhood north to south from Franklin to Lake.

Check out a show at the Children's Theatre.

What are the best coffee shops, bars, and restaurants in Whittier?


SK Coffee, Specialty coffee roaster in a new, bright space. 2401 Lyndale Ave S

Spyhouse Coffee, Cafe serving up house-roasted coffee & baked goods. 2451 Nicollet Ave S

Dine (with a few good drinks)

Black Forest Inn, German restaurant & beer garden. 1 E 26th St.

Christos, Authentic Greek restaurant featuring specialities from the island of Cyprus. 2632 Nicollet Ave S

Eat Street Social, Neighborhood fixture with bistro fare, craft cocktails, live music & a seasonal patio. 18 W 26th St

Galactic Pizza, Locally sourced pizza with vegan & gluten-free options and delivery drivers in superhero costumes. 2917 Lyndale Ave S

Glam Doll Donuts, Coffee & artisan donuts with quirky flavors in retro digs. 2605 Nicollet Ave S.

Iconos Gastro Cantina, Latino cuisine, margaritas, and cocktails, with a modern flair. 2937 Lyndale Ave S

Jasmine Deli, Classic Vietnamese dishes and a fresh, simple, and delicious Vietnamese menu. 2532 Nicollet Ave S

Khun Nai Thai, Fresh, authentic Thai food that’s open for lunch and dinner. 2523 Nicollet Ave S.

Kyoto Sushi, Low-key all-you-can-eat Japanese restaurant offering sushi, tempura & other popular Japanese dishes. 2841 Lyndale Ave S

Lu’s Sandwiches, Local Sandwich shop with focuses on traditional Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwiches and Salad Bowls. 2624 Nicollet Ave S

My Huong Kitchen, Vietnamese restaurant featuring pho, banh mi, French crepes, and boba tea. 2718 Nicollet Ave S

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen, Colorful restaurant with traditional Jamaican cuisine such as jerk chicken & braised oxtail, rum bar, and backyard patio. 2524 Nicollet Ave S

Quang, an Eat Street mainstay with quality, fresh, and great-tasting Vietnamese food. 2719 Nicollet Ave S

Rainbow Chinese, Classic & contemporary Chinese dishes presented in an upscale environment with a nightly happy hour. 2739 Nicollet Ave S

Trio Plant Based, A 100% plant-based restaurant that makes and serves delicious plant-based comfort food. 610 W Lake St

Drinks (with a few good bites)

Little Tijuana, Neighborhood craft cocktail bar and lounge with tasty snacks. 17 E 26th St

Prodigal Public House, A pub where everyone is welcome to come to have their spirit fed, along with good food and drink. 25 E 26th St

What are the best stores to shop at in Whittier?

Clothing & home goods

b. Resale, ​​A casual secondhand men's & women's clothing shop. 2613 Nicollet Ave S

Karmel Mall, A shopping center featuring stores for African clothing, books, home furnishings & more, plus dining. 2910 Pleasant Ave S.

Proper, Women's clothing store. 2743 Lyndale Ave S

Zizi Boutique, A fashion-forward boutique specializing in modest & trendy collections founded by a Somali-American and self taught fashion designer. 315 W Lake St


Colonial Market and Restaurant, Un mercado que ofrece una amplia variedad de productos frescos, carnes de calidad, charcuterías, dulces, piñatas y un valor excepcional en todos los productos vendidos. 2750 Nicollet Ave S

Shuang Hur, A supermarket with fresh produce, poultry, meat, snacks, noodles, and exotic drink. 2710 Nicollet Ave

TT Market, A supermarket featuring a variety of delicious and unique Asian goods. 2520 Nicollet Ave S

Wedge Community Co-op, A natural foods grocery store connecting people to local growers, suppliers, farmers. 2105 Lyndale Ave S


Cheapo Records, Used and new CDs, vinyl, Cassettes, DVDs, Blu Rays, posters, shirts, headphones and hardware to help you listen to and share the music you love. 2600 Nicollet Ave S

Electric Fetus, Minnesota's record store and purveyor of unique gifts for 54 years. 000 S 4th Ave

What are your favorite free things to do in Whittier?

Bike the wonderful bike lanes on Blaisdell and 1st Ave

Explore Karmel Mall

Mia (Minneapolis Institute of Art) and MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) are gorgeous spots to have lunch and read a book.

Visiting Washburn Fair Oaks Park

What are the best neighborhood events in Whittier?

Spring Fling Arts Fest (June)

Somali Independence Day Celebration (July)

Lyn Lake Street Art Series (July)

City of Lakes Waldorf School Autumn Festival (September)

Halloween Walk (October)

Eat Street Fall Arts Fest (October)

Winter Craft Fair (December)

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