Named after its abundant Linden Trees and mild hills, this neighborhood was once considered a suburb of adolescent Minneapolis, connected to downtown via street cars. Now a bustling pocket of the city, locals come here for good eats, the farmer’s market, and walks/ rides around Lake Harriet.
Small Town Look, Urban Lifestyle
A walk around the Linden Hills neighborhood makes you feel like you’ve teleported to another century, which is no surprise, since most of the homes were built in the late 1800s to early 1900s.
Each home is unique in color, shape, and size. There are a few modern, newly reconstructed homes that are sprinkled about the neighborhood, but for the most part you can’t walk around without wondering what the families must have been like that used to live here.
Today, the neighborhood is still characterized by wealthier families, who much like the folks that lived here a century ago, want to live in a place with a small town feel with a strong sense of community but close to the hustle and bustle of urban living.
The intersection of 43rd Street and Upton Avenue is known to locals at 'The Village'. Here you’ll find a handful of family-owned small businesses ranging from retail to restaurants. Great Harvest Bakery is a one stop shop for anything with gluten in it.
A summertime favorite of anyone who lives here is is Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream. And if you happen to be under the age of 10, Wild Rumpus is the place for you - not only are they a fabulous children’s bookstore, they happen to have a little petting zoo inside their shop.
At any moment while you’re perusing through the books, you may run into a chicken walking down your aisle, or a tabby cat. They have chinchillas and rabbits at the back of their store as well, that you can watch snuggle together in their hutches.
But the one place that keeps me coming to Linden Hills regularly is Tilia. With a great selection of craft beers, great food, and a pot de cream to die for - this is one place I always recommend to people if they’ve never been before.
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- Colleen -