Unique Eats and ShoppingDowntown Elk River Experience

Whether you're looking to try a new eatery that is a long-standing staple of Elk River, or simply explore some of the local businesses that offer experiences you won't find elsewhere - Elk River has no shortage of options when it comes to dining, drinks and shopping.

Shop Local

From amazing specialty shops, unique boutiques, to destination shopping experiences, Elk River has it all.

Antiques Downtown - 309 Jackson Avenue
Three-level, multi-dealer antique mall located in historic downtown Elk River.

Minne Made and more - 707 Main Street 
Locally sourced handmade goods from soaps and candles, home décor, clothing, and more.

Motherland African Market - 582 Dodge Avenue
Convenience store serving fresh, authentic and organic foods directly from the Motherland. 

The Occasional Fling - 717 Main Street
Boutique experience with repurposed and refreshed furniture, handmade signs, clothing, vintage collectibles, and more.

The Noble Quilter - 19570 Holt Street
The shop carries over 3500+ bolts of fabric as well as notions, books, and patterns. Classes and special events are also offered. The Noble Quilter is a part of the Quilts of Valor effort, which provides quilts to soldiers, and the Home of the Brave Quilt Project, which presents quilts to the families of fallen soldiers.

Eats and Drinks

AEGIR Brewing Company - 19050 Industrial Boulevard
Two brothers and a friend got together and decided they needed to make/drink more beer... coincidently the city of Elk River needed better beer and a fun place to go enjoy said beer. So, in March of 2018 everyone rejoiced with the opening of AEGIR Brewing Co. Featuring online ordering, taproom, events and more!

Amore Ice Cream Shoppe - 260 Carson Street
Family owned business serving Chocolate Shoppe super premium ice cream. 

Chow Grill - 14043 Business Center Drive
The Serrano family and Serrano Brothers Catering have been serving fantastic food and offering great service in the Elk River area for a decade, and after many requests the family took a leap and entered the restaurant world with the creation of Chow Grill. 

They offer a wide range of variety from authentic artisan wood-fired pizza to award-winning BBQ to homemade pasta and everything in between. People love the ambiance in the amazing dining room, the atmosphere on the two fabulous patios, not to mention the fantastic bar. 

McCoy's Irish Pub - 651 Main Street
McCoy's Irish Pub is a family-friendly bar and grill in historic downtown Elk River. Enjoy daily drink specials, sandwiches, burgers, wraps and a rotating tap beer selection. 

"There are no strangers at McCoy's, only friends we haven't met."

Olde Main Eatery - 313 Jackson Avenue
You'll have a major decision to make here - breakfast or lunch? An all-day breakfast menu of omelets and biscuits and gravy pits itself against a slate of light wraps and hearty patty melts. This 150-year-old diner exudes an air of small-town Americana, right in the heart of downtown Elk River.

Tipsy Chicken Kitchen & Cocktails - 13479 Business Center Drive
Tipsy Chicken is a locally owned and operated scratch kitchen restaurant and bar in Elk River. 

With a strong passion towards providing organically and humanely raised and harvested ingredients, Tipsy Chicken strives to make customers happy and leave a positive impact on the Earth. The team provides a fun new twist on farm style dishes, as well as cocktails.

Daddy-O's Café - 709 Main Street 
A 56-year staple of downtown Elk River, this 50's themed eatery is best known for its burgers, shakes, tacos and more!

Sammy's Pizza - 19232 Evans Street
Fourth generation pizza makers, have gained an almost cult-like following with 70+ years of special touches combine with traditional family recipes. 

Mucho Loco - 19112 Freeport Avenue
Authentic Mexican cuisine with some American options as well.

Hajime Restaurant & Lounge Bar - 18850 Dodge Street
Japanese sushi restaurant.

China Dragon - 18157 Carson Court

New Hong Kong Buffet - 600 Dodge AvenueElk River Liquor logo

Elk River Municipal Liquor Stores
Northbound Liquor - 19348 Evans Street
Westbound Liquor - 13484 185th Avenue

As municipal liquor stores operated by the City of Elk River, profits from the liquor operations go directly back into community projects which would otherwise have to be paid for with increased property taxes. Stop by, browse the large selections, get advice from knowledgeable and friendly staff, and help us in pouring profits back into the community!

Blue Egg Bakery - 71Blue Egg Bakery 13 Main Street
Award-winning hometown bakery offering homemade artisan breads, cookies, doughnuts, and pastries. 

All products made from scratch, and baked fresh every morning! Psst - local tip, be sure to try the lady finger!

Diamond City Bread - 315 Jackson Avenue (Suite A)
Food entrepreneur Frank Galli, thought up Diamond City Bread in 1996, specializing in authentic sourdough, baked fresh daily without any additives or preservatives, risen naturally overnight without the aid of yeast. The bakery has since sold, but Galli didn't go far geographically.

Best MN Town - Elk River, Diamond City Bread

Pompeii Pizzeria - 315 Jackson Avenue
Located above Diamond City Bread on Jackson Avenue, Frank Galli took his love of food further than bread and pastries when he opened Pompeii Pizzeria in 2010.

Voted Midwest Living's Midwest Living’s "12 best pizzerias in the Midwest" and Star Tribune's "BEST OF MN Restaurant on Highway 10" this destination pizzeria is a must-see...or a must-eat!

Sunshine Depot - 701 Main Street
Elk River's oldest sports bar with a plethora of local history on the walls, and the best deck views overlooking the Mississippi in all of Elk River!
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Please note, this is not an all inclusive list of retail and dining options in Elk River. These businesses have been selected for highlighting on this webpage based on their longevity in the community, media recognition, and uniqueness in goods/services provided, among other things. 

Any business in Elk River is invited add themselves to the city's Economic Development Authority Business Directory available here.