Get to Know Linden Hills

March 17, 2021 by Amanda Hammond

The Linden Hills neighborhood, named for the abundance of linden trees and the area’s gentle hills, today represents the ideal in urban living with small-town charm. It was originally a popular suburb of a younger Minneapolis, made possible by the trolley route linking it with downtown.

 

Today, Linden Hills offers historic character, local shops and restaurants, Lake Harriet, and beautiful parks. Our Linden Hills neighborhood expert, Amanda Hammond, put together her list of the top shops, restaurants, and activities to try out this spring.

 

Coffee:

 

Turtle Bread Company – This is a great place for delicious pastries and quiche to grab with coffee. They have yummy breads and soups to pick up for your dinner table as well.

 

Zumbro Café – Located in the heart of the Linden Hills business district at 43rd and Upton, the Zumbro has been a fixture in the Southwest Minneapolis dining scene for almost 20 years.

 

Food & Treats:

 

Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream – The Linden Hills location of this Minneapolis staple has the cutest garden patio full of greenery. It’s the perfect place to swing by after a walk around Lake Harriet.

 

Martina – This place is hands down one of the best restaurants in Linden Hills. Their brunch menu is (chef’s kiss) amazing!

 

Harriet Brasserie – The Hill Burger with sautéed mushrooms and truffle oil is a must-try.

 

France 44 Wine & Cheese –  Come here for a cut-to-order cheese counter, whole-animal butcher, curated artisanal grocery, and a scratch deli that offers made-to-order sandwiches, salads, cheese boards, and beer and wine by the glass.

 

Shops:

 

Wild Rumpus – The cutest bookstore on earth! Pre-COVID they had chickens, cats, and all sorts of creatures for people to pet or just admire. They’re currently offering virtual storytimes on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Back in 2014 when I first visited Wild Rumpus!

Hunt & Gather – This is one of the coolest vintage shops in the neighborhood. You can honestly get lost in their two-level store! It was also voted a 2020 winner of the City Pages “Best of the Twin Cities.”

 

Good Things – This is a charming gift shop with a ton of Minnesota-themed gifts and trinkets. You’ll find some of the most creative and one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list.

 

Things to Do:

 

Farmers Market – Founded in 2012, The Linden Hills Farmers Market’s mission is to support and strengthen the connection between the local community, local growers, local artisans, and musicians by creating opportunities for education about the environment, nutritional values, and the importance of buying and consuming locally produced goods. It’s stationed on West 43rd surrounded by terrific restaurants and shops.

 

Paddleboard or Kayak Rental on Lake Harriet – Located near the Lake Harriet Bandshell, Wheel Fun Rentals offers rentals for bikes, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and more.

 

Outdoor Movies & Music at the Bandshell – The 2021 schedule is not out yet, but hopes are high for in-person concerts and events to be back this summer.

Linden Hills Library – The library is officially re-opened! Stop by for limited-capacity browsing, hold pick-up, and public computer access (up to one hour).

 

Want to Call Linden Hills Home?

 

If you’d like to start calling the Linden Hills neighborhood home, DRG and Amanda Hammond are here to help. Learn more about this beloved urban neighborhood by scheduling an appointment with Amanda and begin your Minneapolis home journey today!

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