Longfellow Neighborhood

An Insider Look at the Longfellow Neighborhood

November 6, 2020 by DRG

The Greater Longfellow community is made up of four individual neighborhoods: Cooper, Hiawatha, Howe, and Longfellow. Located along the breathtaking Mississippi River Gorge, the Longfellow community is rich in nature and recreation with scenic expanses including the fabled Minnehaha Falls and miles of parkland, biking, and hiking trails, an abundance of antique and vintage shops as well as great eats.

We connected with Urban Realtor and longtime resident of the Longfellow neighborhood, Nikki Watson, to find out her top picks and insight on the area.


Top Coffee Shops:

Fireroast Café

Situated at the corner of 37th Avenue and 38th Street in the middle of the Longfellow neighborhood, Fireroast is a gathering place for everyone.  Stop in and you’ll be greeted warmly and by name after a couple of visits. Fireroast Coffee and Wine Bar specializes in direct-trade organic coffee, breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, all local beer, and an approachable wine list.

Riverview Cafe

While they may not be offering in-person service at the moment, you can still order takeout at this Longfellow staple.

Seward Cafe

The Seward Community Café is a collectively owned and operated restaurant in the Seward neighborhood of Longfellow Minneapolis. They have been serving the neighborhood since 1974, offering a full menu with vegan and wheat-free options.


Top Restaurants:

The Howe

The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar a full restaurant and bar featuring lunch/dinner, year-round dog-friendly patio, dog menu, crafted cocktails, brunch weekends, and 40 beers on tap. Located in the Howe neighborhood of Longfellow Minneapolis.

Turtle Bread

Since November of 1994, Turtle Bread has been taking their time to hand-craft flavorful artisan breads, pastries, soups, cookies and pies. They’ve also branched out along the way – expanding to include a woodfire pizza restaurant, a French bistro, and a rustic Italian café – all the while maintaining their dedication to fresh, flavorful food served in a welcoming neighborhood environment.

All Square

All Square is a nonprofit social enterprise centered around a craft grilled cheese restaurant and professional development institute that invests in the minds and lives of formerly incarcerated individuals.

Parkway Pizza

Be sure to swing by Parkway Pizza for a great slice and Thursday Trivia!

Longfellow Grill

Longfellow Grill is an American Restaurant that boasts a flavorful menu featuring comfort food with a twist with a full bar and a great view of the Minneapolis River.


Top Trails and Parks:  

Wabun Park

Located in the Minnehaha Regional Park, Wabun Park offers a frisbee golf course as well as ample covered picnic space, perfect for a socially distant picnic park

West River Parkway

The West River Parkway Trail, also known as the Mississippi River Gorge Regional Trail, extends between Plymouth Avenue North opposite Boom Island and Ford Parkway in Minnehaha Regional Park, where you can join the Minnehaha Trail.

Lock and Dam #1 

There is a public observation deck available for landbound visitors, which is opened on a seasonal basis. The high walls of the gorge in which the lock and dam sits hosts much birdlife, including bald eagles, peregrine falcons, vultures, hawks, and smaller migratory birds.


Longfellow neighborhood has seen a lot in this last year. From the death of George Floyd to the destructive protests that left much of the area damaged or destroyed. But this is a resilient neighborhood full of locals looking to welcome in visitors and new residents alike.

If you would like to explore more about the Longfellow Neighborhood, please reach out to Urban Realtor, Nikki Watson at Nikki@DRGMpls.com


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