Linden Hills

Known for its tree-lined streets and family appeal, Linden Hills is a charming neighborhood adjacent to two of Minneapolis’ largest lakes. It features craftsman-style homes, walkable commercial districts, and a bike path connecting residents to Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet. From leisurely activities and events to restaurants and shops, there is a little bit of everything in this beautiful lakeside village.

Linden Hills Neighborhood Boundaries

Linden Hills is an affluent community nestled in Southwest Minneapolis. It is bordered by Lake Calhoun and West 36th Street to the north; Lake Harriet and William Berry Parkway to the east; West 47th Street to the south; France Avenue and the city of Edina to the west.

Linden Hills Neighborhood History

Linden Hills was aptly named after its beautiful linden trees and gentle hills. Lakeside cottages were the first housing developments to go up in this area. This “cottage city” was intended to draw homeowners away from Downtown Minneapolis and to this new urban oasis. Towards the late 19th century, however, most of these early cabins were torn down and replaced with single-family homes. The neighborhood features a range of architectural styles, including many pre-WWII designs.

Linden Hills Neighborhood Landmarks

Linden Hills is home to two very distinct landmarks. Built in the 1920s, the Como-Harriet Streetcar Line was once a main mode of transportation for commuters heading to work, school or shopping. Today, it is operated by the Minnesota Streetcar Museum. During summer months, residents can go for an old school trolley ride along the surviving section of this historic line, which runs between Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun.

The Lake Harriet Bandshell is located on the edge of the lake’s picturesque shoreline. It has a rather interesting backstory—the building is now in its fifth generation. The first three bandshell buildings were destroyed by the elements (twice by fire, then by wind). The fourth was demolished and reconstructed by the city in 1985. On summer evenings, residents can head to the main platform and enjoy live music during the Minneapolis Music in the Parks outdoor concert series.

Linden Hills Neighborhood Activities

There is much to do and see in this active lakeside community. Linden Hills’ commercial corridor offers plenty of specialty shops and restaurants for urban villagers to choose from, including Wild Rumpus Bookstore, Creative Kidstuff Toy Store, Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream Café, The Zumbro Café and Tilia.

The neighborhood’s proximity to two major lakes provides lots of recreational opportunities, including running, biking, swimming, windsurfing, canoeing and parasailing. Seasonal events include outdoor concerts, Sunday farmer’s markets, movies in the park, and an annual block party.

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Top Five Picks

     
  1. Owl Optical 4318 Upton Ave S 55410 High-fashion eyewear
  2. Wild Rumpus Bookstore 2720 W 43rd St, MPLS 55410 Books for young readers.
  3. The Harriet Brasserie 2724 W 43rd St, MPLS 55410 Brazilian & French influences.
  4. Talia 2726 W 43rd St, MPLS 55410 An award winning restaurant.
  5. Zumbro Cafe 2803 W 43rd St, MPLS 55410 Best eggs benedict around.

Linden Hills

Linden Hills Top Picks

Coffee & Bakery

  • Turtle Bread 3421 W 44th St, MPLS 55410 (612) 924-6013
  • Great Harvest Bakery 4314 Upton Ave S, MPLS 55410 (612) 929-2899
  • Zumbro Cafe 2803 W 43rd St, MPLS 55410 (612) 920-3606 Open 7am - 2:30pm

Happy Hours

  • Chatterbox Pub Linden Hills 4501 France Ave S, MPLS 55410 (612) 920-3221
  • Famous Dave's 4264 Upton Ave S, MPLS 55410 (612) 929-1200

Restaurants

  • The Harriet Brasserie 2724 W 43rd St, MPLS 55410 (612) 354-2197
  • Talia 2726 W 43rd St, MPLS 55410 (612) 354-2806
  • Zumbro Cafe 2803 W 43rd St, MPLS 55410 (612) 920-3606 Open 7am - 2:30pm

Parks & Recreation

  • William Berry Park 3810 Richfield Rd, MPLS 55410 (612) 230-6400
  • Linden Hills Park 3100 W 43rd St MPLS (612) 370-4913
  • The Linden Hills Festival Linden Hills Park May 19th - 11am-5pm

Education & Childcare

  • Lake Harriet Lower Elementary School 4030 S Chowen Ave, MPLS 55410 (612) 668-3210
  • Southwest KinerCare 3708 West 44th Street MPLS 55410 (612) 922-6727
  • Carondelet Catholic School 2900 West 44th Street MPLS 55410 (612) 920-9075

Shops & Businesses

  • Sebastian Joe's Ice Creamery 4321 Upton Ave S, MPLS 55410 (612) 926-7916
  • Owl Optical 4318 Upton Ave S 55410 (612) 367-4106
  • Wild Rumpus Bookstore 2720 W 43rd St, MPLS 55410 (612) 920-5005

Arts & Entertainment

  • Minnesota Streetcar Museum Car Barn 4291 Queen Ave S, MPLS 55410 (952) 925-3543
  • Lake Harriet Bandshell 4135 W Lake Harriet Pkwy, MPLS 55419 (612) 230-6400
  • I Heart Kids' Art 2822 W 43rd St, MPLS 55410 (612) 202-3989

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