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Neighborhood Series: Longfellow, Minneapolis

Posted by VIBE Realty on Thursday, October 8th, 2020 at 4:08pm.

Located along the breathtaking Mississippi River Gorge, Longfellow is a welcoming neighborhood centrally located in the Twin Cities. This community is rich in nature and recreation with scenic areas including Minnehaha Falls and miles of parkland, biking and hiking trails. Here, you can enjoy urban city living while still being in close proximity to the river for some gorgeous views. Enjoy a happenin’ retail boulevard that is home to an abundance of antique, vintage, retro and secondhand shops, along with great eating and entertainment establishments.

Longfellow is home to unique Craftsman-style and newer, custom-architect residential housing along with the Minnehaha Mile. The classic older homes juxtaposed with the newer contemporary buildings makes for a unique backdrop that reflects the true spirit of Minneapolis. Although we've seen home values rise in Longfellow, housing is relatively affordable compared to other South Minneapolis neighborhoods making it a great place for first-time home buyers to start their search. Click here for Longfellow listings, and check out our guide to the area below.

Minnehaha Regional Park

No trip to Longfellow would be complete without exploring the many attractions of Minnehaha Regional Park, naturally, including the Falls themselves, and the historic Longfellow House and Pergola Garden. You can also do some cycling, running, hiking or walking along the Mississippi River’s scenic East River Road that forms Longfellow’s eastern border.

Photo Courtesy @jolizie

Birchwood Cafe

An all-day cafe for American fare with thoughtfully sourced ingredients. From savory waffles to delicious flatbreads, this spot is a true local gem that you’ll definitely want to add to your list of places to eat in the Longfellow / Seward area.
Suggested by VIBE Agent Cara Quinn

Photo Courtesy of @birchwoodcafe


Riverview Wine Bar

Just the spot for an evening out! Check out this wine bar where you can lounge in front of a cozy fireplace or hang out on the patio and sip on wine from around the world with carefully sourced bites. Yum!
Suggested by VIBE Agent Cara Quinn

Photo Courtesy of @riverviewcafeandwinebar



Milkweed is a sweet neighborhood coffee shop that spotlights and elevates delicious, beneficial, and medicinal plants to nourish the community. Gluten-free friendly with unique, herb-inspired coffee that is worthy of posting on your Instagram feed.
Suggested by VIBE agent Mariah Hamm

Photo Courtesy of @milkweedmpls


Riverview Theater

We never fail to include an old-time theater in our neighborhood series when we can! These historic spots show the cherished past of our neighborhoods and Riverview Theater is not to be overlooked! This cinema was built in 1948 but showcases 21st Century Cinema Technology. A movie here is a treat for sure.
Suggested by VIBE agent Dan Schneider

Photo Courtesy of @riverviewtheater


Time Bomb Vintage

Any antique lovers out there? This vintage shop located in Longfellow has over 20+ vendors and 2,500 square feet of mid-century antiques, kitsch home decor and more! A perfect stop for those looking for a treasured vintage find.
Suggested by VIBE agent Mariah Hamm

Photo Courtesy of @time_bomb_vintage


The Dripping Root

A new addition to Longfellow in the midst of the pandemic, The Dripping Root is the city's first Black-owned juice bar. These hand-made, freshly-squeezed juices are packing some super ingredients with a focus on promoting healthier alternatives. In addition to cold-pressed juices, ginger shots, and smoothie bowls, they plan to expand the menu with tea and tap kombucha-- along with other items in the near future.
Suggested by VIBE Agent Cara Quinn
Learn more about the journey to bring this juice bar to life during the pandemic and how the owner, Catiesha Pierson is working to unite her community.

Photo Courtesy of @thedrippingroot


The Howe Daily Kitchen and Bar

The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar is a convivial tavern and grill that offers lunch/dinner, year-round dog-friendly patio, a dog menu, crafted cocktails, weekend brunch, and 40 beers on tap. Talk about elevated American pub grub! And did we mention they refer to their dog-friendly patio as a Pawtio (the future of dining, right?!).
Suggested by VIBE Agent Cara Quinn

Photo Courtesy of @howempls


Moon Palace Books

The epitome of Minneapolis’ well-regarded indie bookstores, Moon Palace offers a highly curated selection of national and international titles, plus a masterful section by local authors on local topics. There is a café with coffee and incredible take-out pizza (local-tip: get the breakfast pizza on weekends), and nighttime events with readings, music and theater in an intimate setting.

Photo Courtesy of @moonpalacebooks


Home Search In Longfellow

Glance at Longfellow listings here. This area in Minneapolis is an ultra competitive market right now so here are a few tips we recommend: Work with a realtor you click with, be prepared to move fast, have a strategy in place, and make sure you feel comfortable with the whole process before you hit the ground running (it'll help ensure you can move quick when needed). If you're searching for the right neighborhood for you, get in touch with us by calling 651-808-VIBE or emailing We'd love to help you with your home search.

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