A village in the city

A Lake Harriet historical marker. File photo

Linden Hills enjoys close proximity to the lakes, neighborhood shops, a weekly farmers market, a vintage streetcar line and a mix of historic and modern architecture. Homes in this neighborhood are among the most valuable in the city. Residents often remark that Linden Hills has the small town feel of a “village.”

Neighborhood overview

Boundaries: Linden Hills sits between West 36th Street, Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, William Berry Drive, West 47th Street and France Avenue


How to get involved: The Linden Hills Neighborhood Council organizes community events, evaluates new development projects and provides a voice for neighbors on civic affairs.

The Linden Hills History Study Group is currently planning a July 7 walking tour on “Linden Hills Personalities,” and a Sept. 15 discussion about Linden Hills Co-op and its place in the food co-op movement.

Linden Hills Power & Light is interested in expanding the curbside composting program, and future ideas include community shredding events and a recycled fabric bag co-op.

The Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary organizes events to pull invasive species at the nearby sanctuary.

The Linden Hills Neighborhood group Facebook page has become a community billboard for debate, event posts and lakeside sunrise photos.


Special attractions: Linden Hills’ walkable downtown is a destination with something for everyone.

Shops include Wild Rumpus Books (currently named best children’s bookstore in the country), Heartfelt, Creative Kidstuff, the colorful Poppy featuring SHU shoes on the corner, Great Harvest Bread, Sebastian Joe’s and Clancey’s Meats & Fish.

Ever-popular restaurants like Tilia and Zumbro Café stand alongside buzzworthy newbies like Upton 43 and its grab-and-go counterpart Dirty Bird, as well as Kata Café and Rose Street Patisserie.

Visitors congregate on the scenic lakeside paths and the Lake Harriet Bandshell, where concerts run Monday thru Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 5:30 p.m.