Linden Hills is one of the best shopping districts in Minneapolis. A quiet little neighborhood nestled in the chain of lakes full of great boutiques and fun shopping opportunities.
Linden Hills is one of the best shopping districts in Minneapolis. A quiet little neighborhood nestled in the chain of lakes full of great boutiques and fun shopping opportunities. Linden Hills is an ideal place to spend a summer afternoon window shopping, and popping in and out of cute places, as you enjoy the cooling air blowing off the lakes. There is something for everyone in the eclectic and diverse shops throughout the neighborhood.
Start out your walk at Katy Noun (4250 Upton Ave.), where you can pick up the artist’s super cool prints and greetings cards. Katy Noun’s really exemplifies the independent and artistic nature of this neighborhood and will help you get in the right mood for your shopping day. Next, make your way to Black Eyed Susan (4300 Upton Ave.). Here you can find lovely flowers and other gifts. Find something to surprise someone with! Right across the street is the charming, Garden Sampler (4301 Upton Ave.) where you can just relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere as you browse for gifts or beautiful items for your home or garden. Next if you have any little ones who need presents, stop by Wonderment (4306 Upton Ave.). Wonderment offers natural, simple toys that encourage imaginative play. Wonderment also offers craft classes for both children and their parents!
If you are still in the mood for more kid craft shopping, swing into Creative Kidstuff (4313 Upton Ave.). Next door is the lovely Bibelot shop (4315 Upton Ave.). Bibelot sells all sorts of delightful and unique goods. From fair trade baby clothes, to imported jewelry collections, to delightful stationary, Bibelot ranges far and wide. Next door is Uniquely Yours Custom Jewelry (4317 Upton Avenue), where you can have expert jewelry designer and platinum smith, Gregory Brassil, design and create a custom piece of jewelry just for you! If you are in the mood for something sweet, swing into Sebastian Joe’s at 4321 Upton, for the Twin Cities best ice cream.
When you reach 44th street take a right (heading west). A few blocks down at the corner of 44th street and Abbott Avenue, you will find the Rick Rack (3413 W 44th St.). The Rick Rack offers fun and unique home furnishings. You will find retro and modern items at the Rick Rack that are unattainable anywhere else in the state! Just a hop down street is the delectable Turtle Bread Company (3421 44th street). Stop in for lunch or take something along with you for later. With all their delicious made-from-scratch offerings you can’t go wrong! Among their many offerings Turtle Bread Company’s lineup includes: breads, cakes, pies, tarts, breakfast pastries, cookies, wedding cakes, soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees, snacks, coffee, espresso, and more!
Next at the corner of 44th street and Beard Avenue, is Browne and Greene Floral (4400 Beard Avenue). Browne and Greene is an attractive flower shop housed in a 100 year old building! Continue along 44th to Victory (3505 W 44th St.) Victory is an charming little store carrying a mixture of antiques and new items. A few lots down is Wimmers Yardware (3545 W 44 St.). If you need something to do with your newly procured yardware, swing into Sunnyside Gardens (3723 W 44 St.) where you will find a huge selection of plants and flowers!
Continue west on 44th street. At the corner of Drew and 44th street, shortly depart from 44th St, to check out a few shops on Drew. Take a left onto Drew and visit Needlework Unlimited, Turn Style (both at 4420 Drew Ave.) and Tuesday Morning (4440 Drew Ave.). Needlework Unlimited offers needlework and knitting supplies, as well as classes in both needlework and knitting. Turn Style is a large clothing consignment store, part of a national chain. Tuesday Morning is a gift shop.
Head back to 44th street and continue westward. At the intersection of 44th street and France Avenue, you’ll find Karagheusian Oriental Rug Gallery (4405 France Avenue). Stop in Karagheusian to bask in its decadent beauty. A true Linden Hills gem. From W 44th street, take a right onto France Avenue (heading north). Make your next stop at France 44 (4351 France Avenue). France 44 has a huge selection of wines, beers, and spirits. Pick up a wonderful gift for your favorite host/hostess here. There are always plenty of friendly and knowledgeable staff members about to assist you in picking out the perfect bottle. They also offer regular tastings and classes, so be sure to check their website or stop in to see what they have going on! France 44 is also has one of the best selections of kegs in the Twin Cities, so if you have been searching for the perfect keg for your event, be sure to check with France 44.
Take your next right at Glendale Terrace, and then a left at Drew Avenue. Follow Drew up to the intersection of Drew and Chowen Avenue South. Go through the intersection and Drew has become W 43rd Street, the other main shopping street of Linden Hills. W 43rd Street is also a hub for restaurants and cafes. Café 28, Rice Paper, and Zumbro Café all call it home (see below for more info about restaurants and cafes). Walk east for a few blocks until you reach Linden Hills Natural Home (2822 W 43rd Street). Linden Hills Natural Home carries a variety of organic, non-toxic, fair trade and local household items. The next stop is Ensemble (2812 W 43rd St.), an ultra-cute boutique with a lot of unique and stylish items (plus a great jewelry selection!). If all this shopping is getting you drowsy, pop into Coffee and Tea Ltd. (2730 43rd St.), for a ground-breaking cup of tea and coffee. Don’t miss this chance to take a pound home with you too, because this stuff is the best of the best! Your last stop lands you at Wild Rumpus Books for Young Readers and Linden Hills Yarns (both at 2720 43rd Avenue). Wild Rumpus is an independent bookstore featuring a great selection of children’s books as well as hosting a number of fun events. Linden Hills Yarn features a variety of yarn and knitting supplies in a social environment.
Now, you are super close to where you started your walk/parked your car. From 43rd just head back to the Upton intersection, take a right (heading north). Making sure to stay to the left when the road splits into Upton and S Sheridan (stay on Upton), will bring you back to Katy Noun (4250 Upton Ave.)
Recommended Restaurants/Cafés to Stop at along the Way:
- Café 28 – a casual homey café at 2724 West 43rd Street
- Rice Paper – asian fusion restaurant at 2726 West 43rd Street
- Sebastian Joe’s – best ice cream in the Twin Cities at 4321 Upton Avenue South
- Zumbro Café – very popular neighborhood café, with lots of vegetarian options at 2803 West 43rd Street, 612-920-3606