Neighborhood Profile: West Bank

The fourth and final stop on our University of Minnesota neighborhood tour is West Bank. This part of campus is chock-full of unrivaled restaurants and fun things to do. Bored? Swing by Cedar Riverside and spend an afternoon in this area. When it comes to West Bank, there’s no such thing as wasted time, there’s only time well spent!

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Hard Times Café


This Twin Cities café is truly one of a kind. For starters, it’s open 22 hours a day (closed from 4 to 6 am), only accepts cash payments, and has an all vegan menu. The food is cheap and tasty, and this eatery serves breakfast throughout the day. Moreover, you can get access to their free Wi-Fi and complimentary street parking. Oh and know that no one will come to your table to take your order! Instead, grab a pen and a piece of paper and write it down yourself. Simply record your order, write the price in front of each item, and then total the numbers up at the end. When your food is ready, the chef will yell out your name and you best go fetch it… fast. You won’t be waited on hand and foot here, you’ll get a sense of what life was like back in the “hard times”.

Acadia Café


This café and music venue is located in the heart of West Bank and they serve up some of the most delicious grub. You can order anything from hummus & pita chips to a tex mex burger at this food joint. Acadia even has a scenic outdoor seating area draped with lights and flowers. Additionally, this café strives to provide entertainment for the Minneapolis area seven days a week and they host karaoke night every Thursday. To see an all-inclusive list of upcoming events at Acadia Café, visit today!

Mapps Coffee & Tea


This picturesque coffee shop helps to bring a worldly ambiance to our college campus. Located on the lively corner of Cedar and Riverside Avenue, Mapps Coffee is a family owned business providing elite customer service. Stop on in to enjoy their cozy atmosphere and to sip on one of their delicious drinks. You’ll find everything from mint frappes to green tea smoothies on their menu. Oh and don’t forget to test out their Turkish coffee that’s brewed to perfection! For a full list of menu options, click here.

Afro Deli

Afro Deli

This delightful deli offers everything from coffee and tea to lunch, dinner, and dessert. The venture manages to weave together a sense of community and culture. Afro Deli provides a variety of foods at affordable prices and better yet, the cuisine is served quickly. You can find newly made Mediterranean, African and American food here that showcases a wonderful blend and balance of flavors as well as indoor and outdoor dining to accommodate your seasonal seating desires.

Fun fact: In 2013, the Afro Deli won a Minnesota Daily Grapevine Award for “best campus restaurant”. Want to see their rockstar menu? It’s right here waiting for you!

The Wienery

The Wienery

Yep you guessed it, The Wienery specializes in making hot dogs. Diners can customize their dogs by choosing from a range of different styles and toppings. Also, any dog can be made Mexican style (wrapped in bacon!) for a mere $1.50 surcharge. This restaurant serves everything from breakfast to dessert and offers foodies a diverse selection of grub. Whether you’re in the mood for a veggie melt or a rootbeer float, this restaurant is sure to satisfy your cravings. And here’s some noteworthy news- this family owned and operated restaurant was featured on the Food Network’s TV show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! Pretty cool, huh? Click to view the short video segment.



This well-known restaurant opened its doors to the Cedar Riverside community in 1977. Today, it’s Davanni’s #2 shop, cooking up quality calzones, hot hoagies, zesty pizzas, flavorful pastas, succulent salads, delicious desserts, sharable dishes, and a plethora of vegetarian options. Oh and another thing, Davanni’s delivers! To place an order for delivery, simply visit

The Lucky Dragon Restaurant


The Lucky Dragon has a vast menu consisting of many classic Vietnamese and Chinese dishes. This diner’s portions are massive and their prices are unbelievably low. You basically receive two meals for the price of one, making this an ideal spot for college kids. Swing by the Lucky Dragon Restaurant sometime to receive exceptional customer service and savory soft serve ice cream cones.


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Thrifty Outfitters 

Thrifty Outfitters

If you’re an outdoors enthusiast living on a little budget, you’re sure to love Thrifty Outfitters! This locally owned outdoor gear store vends quality products at discount prices and always has a wide-ranging selection of equipment in stock.

Plus ++

  • There’s a repair shop with experts on staff
  • New bargains are constantly arriving (so shop here regularly!)
  • Thrifty Outfitters offers free yoga classes on Saturday mornings from 8:15- 9:00 am


Theatre in the Round

Theatre in the Round

This matchless theatre is host to a year-round schedule of performances produced by professional artistic directors. Here, more than 300 volunteer actors, designers, and technicians bring shows to life and the stage sits directly in the middle of the venue. The way these comfy seats surround the stage creates an intimate feel for the audience members, a memorable experience for the artists, and a cozy atmosphere for all. At Theatre in the Round, the spectators are physically closer to the action, making productions all the more thrilling. If you’re looking to see one heck of a show, check out this venue on a Friday or Sunday. On Fridays and Sundays only, students with a valid school ID pay just $15 for entry. Oh and don’t forget to arrive fashionably early (that’s a thing!) because Theatre in the Round has a lovely lounge where snacks, drinks, and conversation can all be enjoyed before showtime.

Cedar Cultural Center

Cedar Cultural Center

The Cedar Cultural Center is a unique, non-profit performing arts organization celebrated for hosting an array of productions. Come here to see indie, folk, experimental, jazz, and blues artists play, or to catch comedy acts, dance routines, fascinating films, spoken word performances, and community events. This center presents the best of local, national, and transnational music and puts on more than 250 events each year- attend one of them! For a comprehensive list of events, visit

Photo Cred: Food ClipartAfro Deli,  The Wienery, Davanni’s, Retail ClipartThrifty Outfitters, Entertainment ClipartTheatre in the Round,  and Cedar Cultural Center

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