East Isles

East Isles is a flourishing and prosperous district rich with history. Part of the larger community of Calhoun-Isles, it’s comprised of tree-lined streets, large single-family homes, and plenty of restaurants, shops and parks. Given its hip urban vibe, it’s no surprise that most residents are young families and working professionals.

East Isles Neighborhood Boundaries

East Isles is located on the eastern side of the picturesque Lake of the Isles, part of the greater Chain of Lakes. The neighborhood extends from West 22nd Street in the north to West Lake Street to the south, with Hennepin Avenue to the east, Knox Avenue bordering to the southwest, and the lake shores to the west. All along the community’s eastern border are myriad shops, restaurants and retailers, such as Roat Osha, The Soho Café, and the well-known Uptown Diner.

East Isles Neighborhood History

As its name implies, the community was named after its location on the Lake of the Isles, which was engineered early in the 20th Century. Once a shallow lake and marsh, it was dredged to create a much larger lake that houses several small islands. The removed materials were used to transform the shoreline into the scenic green spaces and recreational state park that Minneapolitans enjoy today.

East Isles Neighborhood Landmarks

Built in 1913, the Purcell-Cutts home is a reflection of the Prairie-style design that’s synonymous with the Midwest. The home was originally constructed for architect William Gray Purcell and his family, who referred to it as Lake Place. It was later renamed after its first and second owners. Recognizing its architectural significance, the Cutts family bequeathed the home to the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, which restored the estate and opened it to the public in 1990.

Once an active railroad line, The Midtown Greenway is a converted into a 5.5 mile long trail that winds through the city. Owned by the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority, it’s a popular corridor through the city for cyclists and walkers alike. The trail connects with other paths around the city, from the Chain of Lakes to the Mississippi River.

East Isles Neighborhood Activities

The Chain of Lakes one of the most popular recreational destinations in Minneapolis, and many community activities revolve around the lakes.

In winter, the East Isles Residents Association hosts an annual skating party for Kenwood, Lowry Hill, and East Isles neighborhoods at the Lake of the Isles outdoor rink. The City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival takes place in East Isles, attracting cross-country skiers from around the country who partake in various races, a sculpture contest and relax in the vendor village.

In summer, annual events include ice cream socials and the Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting Fundraiser. Outdoor recreation abounds in warmer months, from hiking and biking to swimming and boating. Levin Triangle Park and the Midtown Greenway provide day-to-day recreation.

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Top Five Picks

  1. Namaste Cafe 2512 Hennepin Ave Awesome South-Asian cuisine.
  2. Soho Cafe 2532 Hennepin Ave Pizza, pasta, gyros & calzones.
  3. Uptown Dinner 2548 Hennepin Ave Try the Tex Mex & Biscuits & Gravy.
  4. The Lowry 2112 Hennepin Ave Burger, Whiskey, Oysters, Eggs
  5. Roat Osha 2650 Hennepin Ave Fresh ingredients & local flavors.

East Isles

East Isles Top Picks

Coffee & Bakery

  • Isles Bun & Coffee 1424 W 28th St, MPLS 55408 (612) 870-4466
  • Spyhouse Coffee 2404 Hennepin Ave S, MPLS 55405 (612) 377-2278
  • Uptown Dinner 2548 Hennepin Ave (612) 874-0481

Happy Hours

  • Bone Yard Kitchen & Bar 2841 Hennepin Ave South, MPLS 55408 (612) 455-6688
  • Roat Osha 2650 Hennepin Ave, MPLS 55408 (612) 377-4418
  • Roat Osha 2650 Hennepin Ave (612) 377-4418


  • Namaste Cafe 2512 Hennepin Ave (612) 827-2496
  • Soho Cafe 2532 Hennepin Ave (612) 377-7996
  • Uptown Dinner 2548 Hennepin Ave (612) 874-0481

Parks & Recreation

  • Lake of the Isles Park 2500 Lake of the Isles Pkwy E, MPLS 55405 (612) 230-6400
  • Levin Park 1600 26th St. W, MPLS 55405 (612) 230-6400

Education & Childcare

  • Grace Neighborhood Nursery 1430 W 28th St #M, MPLS 55408 (612) 872-8131
  • Lake Calhoun Sailing School 3010 East Calhoun Pkwy, MPLS 55408 (612) 822-8328
  • Brave New Workshop Student Union 2605 Hennepin Ave, MPLS 55408 (612) 377-2582

Shops & Businesses

  • Kowalski’s Uptown Market & Wine Shop 2440 Hennepin Ave., MPLS 55405 (612) 377-3448
  • Via's Vintage 2408 Hennepin Ave, MPLS 55405 (612) 374-3649
  • Soho Cafe 2532 Hennepin Ave (612) 377-7996

Arts & Entertainment

  • Tilopa Tai Chi Qigong Center 2736 Hennepin Ave #104, MPLS 55408 (612) 825-6824
  • Uptown Theatre 2906 Hennepin Ave, MPLS 55408 (612) 259-0160

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