The Longfellow neighborhood in Minneapolis is actually comprised of several neighborhoods including Seward, Cooper, Howe, Longfellow and Hiawatha the location of the famed Minnehaha Falls in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha.
Taking their name from the poet, the neighborhoods collectively are referred to as Longfellow but each has a distinctive feel and retail and commercial options mixed in with a high percentage of Craftsman style Bungalows built in the 1920’s and a mixture of other homes built anywhere from the early 1900’s through the present day. Although there are some new construction and renovations in the neighborhoods, they are more in keeping with the visual esthetics of the neighborhood and blend in well with the existing homes.
Bordered by I-94 on the North, the Mississippi River on the East and the Hiawatha – Hwy 55 – Blue Line corridor on the West, the neighborhoods house little restaurants and businesses beloved by the local residents. The East Lake Street Corridor and Hiawatha and Minnehaha Avenues as well as 42nd Ave South and 38th Street offer easy access throughout the neighborhood as well as many small businesses and shops.
Foodies can choose from a large list of potential dining including the Birchwood Café, The Longfellow Grill, Craftsman, The Blue Door Pub, Turtle Bread, Le Town Talk Diner, Sonora Grill and many smaller places and coffee shops. Some of these are pet friendly with water dishes and treats for dogs who are welcomed at outdoor seating.
The Riverview Theater is a mainstay offering a variety of films throughout the day. The nearby Mother Earth gardens is a mainstay to local gardeners and those who want to discover a green thumb. The Riverview Café and Wine Bar, Peace Coffee, Blue Moon and FireRoast Mountain Coffee house along with Turtle Bread Café offer all residents a handy walking distance experience for relaxing.
Along the northern area the Midtown Greenway trail runs nearby the business district of East Lake Street with unique shops and restaurants. Longfellow grocery and the Seward Co-op are quieter options for grocery shopping than the big chains but Highland Park neighborhood across the river provides ample shopping if you are looking for more retail.
The Western Hiawatha border, once the site of milling processing and industrial agriculture center serviced by the Northern Pacific Railway, is gradually making way for newer residential condos, apartments and a greenway connection between Minnehaha Falls and the Midtown Greenway. This is the current location of the Minnehaha Mile, a biking street containing more vintage, antique, retro and second hand shops than any other commercial corridor in the state. This offers residents easy access to Downtown Minneapolis or the Airport and the Mall of America.
The nearby River Parkway system, the Minnehaha Park and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area all offer plenty of walk, run, biking, hiking and learning opportunities for residents and visitors alike. The old snack house at the Minnehaha Pavilion is home to the much acclaimed Sea Salt restaurant during the summer months where people wait in long lines to enjoy delicious seafood and fish.
Whatever your tastes, Longfellow offers something for everyone within the confines of a well established neighborhood enjoying great parks, great elementary and middle schools and easy access to more amenities nearby. Let us know if you’d like to see more of Longfellow.