Cooler by the Lakes.
Bordered by two of the city’s most popular lakes (Bde Maka Ska and Lake Harriet), Linden Hills residents know how to have a good time on and off the water. There’s plenty of rich history here, too, as the neighborhood started buzzing when the Como-Harriet streetcar line began rolling through in the 1920s (you can still take a nostalgic ride today). Just steps away from the line, the commercial hub of the neighborhood thrives with fabulous cafes and a vast array of indie shops.
• The activities surrounding the City Lakes
• Multiple little parks and locally owned stores
• Walkable to boutique shopping & dining
• A mix of historic homes along with contemporary design and green technology
On the western edge of the neighborhood at France Avenue and 44th Street, get your wine and cheese fix at the aptly named France 44. This family-run destination has specialized in a worldly selection of wines, beers and spirits—plus ethically sourced cheeses—for 60 years. You don’t have to travel far from Lake Harriet to get a taste of the fine eats in Linden Hills. Plenty of options await where Sheridan and Upton avenues converge at West 43rd Street. Find some of the freshest meat and seafood in town at Clancey’s, where roast beef and turkey gets piled high atop bread. For sophisticated takes on American faves (think a cheeseburger with wagyu beef and smoked cheese fondue), come hungry to Tilia, and don’t miss their brussels sprouts with ham and walnuts. Naviya’s Thai Brasserie dishes gorgeous hot plates and stir-fries, and their curries are killer. Cool off with a scoop—or two—of signature raspberry chocolate chip ice cream at family-run Sebastian Joe’s.
The parking lot of Settergren’s Hardware is the place to be every Sunday morning from May through December, because that’s the home of the Linden Hills Farmers Market. Snatch some of the finest fruits, herbs and veggies from more than 50 vendors. Just a couple blocks down the street, Wild Rumpus features a magical land of books targeted at younger readers, plus live critters including Caldecott the chinchilla and a tarantula named Rubeus Hagrid.
There are countless ways to play at Lake Harriet, part of the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Regional Park. Nearly 3 miles of pedestrian and bike trails circle the perimeter and pass some of the city’s most stunning homes. Rent bikes—in addition to canoes, kayaks and paddle boats—through Wheel Fun Rentals. No matter where you’re at on the lake, it’s hard to miss the castle-like Band Shell, complete with turrets. Here, you’ll find a full lineup of free concerts and movies through the summer. Harriet stays colorful in the winter months, with the annual Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival drawing kites of all shapes and sizes. You’re also likely to spot ice fishing and snowshoeing enthusiasts during the deep-freeze months.
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