An Insider Look at the Longfellow NeighborhoodNovember 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:
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.
While they may not be offering in-person service at the moment, you can still order takeout at this Longfellow staple.
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.
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.
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 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.
Be sure to swing by Parkway Pizza for a great slice and Thursday Trivia!
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:
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
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.
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.