Explore the Vibrant “Lyn Lake” Lyndale & Lake Neighborhood

Bicycles parked in a bike shop

Not far from Valley Creek Apartments is the most walkable neighborhood in Minneapolis. We’re talking about Lyndale & Lake, or “Lyn Lake”, and it’s home to a unique array of independent shops, enticing restaurants, and entertainment destinations. Here are a few highlights of this special neighborhood:

Penn Cycle

A local institution since 1957, Penn Cycle is a family-owned bike shop dedicated to offering unparalleled service. Established by Elmer Sorensen, the store began from humble beginnings in a basement. Today, it’s the top “Trek shop” in the state, and the owners believe in giving back to the local cycling community. The selection includes both fitness and mountain bikes as well as helmets, jerseys, and car racks.

The Herkimer Pub & Brewery

Since 1999, The Herkimer Pub & Brewery has served award-winning meals and brewed small-batch craft beer. Visitors always enjoy friendly service along with a lively atmosphere featuring shuffleboard, cornhole, and several televisions for viewing the big game. The menu includes short rib shepherd’s pie and old school mac & cheese, both of which pair well with the Wagglewater Belgian Pale Ale.

Jungle Theater

The Jungle Theater produces imaginative works in an intimate setting. Its mission is to be a neighborhood theater with a national impact, and since opening, it has earned top production awards from critics. The 2019 season will include The Children, Small Mouth Sounds, and Stinkers.

Bryant-Lake Bowl

The Bryant-Lake Bowl features a bowling alley, diner, and live theater, all under one roof. It’s a fun place to meet friends, and up to six people can bowl on one lane. The theater offers shows most nights, and you can have drinks and dinner while watching a show. The chefs make the meals using locally sourced ingredients, and the fun menu includes lobster rolls, pad thai, and deviled eggs.


Lyndale & Lake is just one of the neighborhoods you can explore if you call our apartment community home. Please contact us to arrange a tour. Our leasing agents would love to show you firsthand all we have to offer.

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