Independent shops shine in Kingfield, where eateries, coffeehouses and gift stores provide anchors for the major corners and hidden gems among the homes. Kingfield has seen a mini restaurant boom in recent years, with popular restaurants landing at 43rd & Nicollet and 38th & Nicollet.
Boundaries: 36th Street on the north, 46th Street on the south, I-35W on the east and Lyndale Avenue on the west.
How to get involved: Kingfield enjoys an active neighborhood association that is constantly rolling out creative neighborhood projects. Recent projects include construction of a community bread and pizza oven, mosaic tiling of public art on Nicollet, installation of rooftop beehives, the creation of hundreds of ceramic bowls for a fundraiser focused on hunger, and the event Porchfest that draws musicians out to their front porches (the next one is June 16). The Kingfield Neighborhood Association generally meets the second Wednesday of the month at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave. To sign up for the neighborhood email list, visit kingfield.org.
Special attractions: The Kingfield Farmers Market runs every Sunday from 8:30-1 p.m. at 4310 Nicollet Ave. between May 22 and Oct. 30. The neighborhood is also home to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, which hosts indoor and outdoor activities year-round, as well as InnerCity tennis, which draws hundreds of kids for free lessons under the dome.