Welcome to Downtown Northfield, MN

A classic American river town

"A classic American river town"

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A little about Northfield

Northfield, Minnesota, is located along the shores of the Cannon River, just south of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and northwest of Rochester, MN. For generations, visitors to this college town have found a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere with so much to do. Both Saint Olaf and Carleton liberal arts colleges are based here, and their presence creates an active open atmosphere few other small communities can offer. Whether you enjoy the arts, history or nature, you'll find multiple outlets for your educational curiosities. And when you are ready relax, you'll find one-of-a-kind restaurants, live music and theater, and a variety of comfortable lodging options in Northfield, Minnesota.

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The history of Northfield

In January 1855, John Wesley North set out from St. Anthony Falls, MN, to settle land recently ceded by the Dakota tribe. North chose the Cannon River valley because of the great potential for hydrologic power and abundant natural resources. He arrived at the site that would become Northfield with a few people, including his brother-in-law George Loomis. Loomis and North built a sawmill, then a gristmill and a bridge. When plotting Northfield, they ignored the river’s natural curvature and platted the town in 95 ridged blocks.

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Businesses in Northfield, Minnesota

Here is a collection of downtown Northfield, Minnesota businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.


Art on Water


Fine art gallery


Eclectic Goat


The hip, handmade and antique




A place to find usable art


Archer House River Inn


Serving guests since 1877


Froggy Bottoms River Pub & Suites


Comfortable suite/apartments


The Historic Hutchinson House


A prime example of artistry and quality craftsmanship


The Magic Door Bed & Breakfast


A stately, three story Victorian


Bittersweet Cafe


A better way to get your day started or continue it


Chapati - A Taste of India


Indulge in a taste of India


Goodbye Blue Monday Coffeehouse


The best place to sip and collect your thoughts


HideAway Coffeehouse and Wine Bar


Family owned and operated and it shows


Hogan Brothers Acoustic Cafe


Hogan Brothers specializes in hot hoagie sandwiches,


J. Grundy's Rueb-N-Stein


A complete menu of pub grub, dinner and lighter fare


Marie's Underground Grill and Tap House


Home-made Menu and Red Wings Best 14 Craft-Beer selection!


The Ole Store Restaurant


Designed to showcase local ingredients, fresh produce,


The Quarterback Club Family Restaurant


God food, served fast


Antiques of Northfield


Worlds Largest Collection of TV Lamps




Unique fashion pieces and fun affordable accessories


The Measuring Cup


We help you make your kitchen dreams come true


The Rare Pair


Comfortable men's and women's clothing


The Sketchy Artist


art materials : japanese culture : curious finds