A thriving mainstreet surrounded by peaceful neighborhoods
Hopkins is a thriving city surrounded by peaceful neighborhoods located 15 minutes from the Twin Cities. In the late 1800’s, the construction of three rail railroads brought industry and growth to this once bustling farming community. At the end of World War II, the population and economy of Hopkins grew quickly, and its downtown became a major shopping and business district. Over the years, Hopkins Mainstreet has grown and changed but remains the center of this community.
Hopkins’ neighborhoods are characterized by the neat and orderly grid-style streets that are lined with large trees. These streets feature many post-World War II cookie-cutter homes that retain much of their vintage charm and character. Mainstreet has experienced a housing boom over the past few decades as well with new modern, condo buildings and townhomes for the residents of Hopkins.
Hopkins is a diverse city that is rich in history and has always been on the forefront when it comes to providing for the needs of its residents. Residents enjoy easy access to businesses and services, many of which are just minutes from their front doors. Hopkins is a community-oriented city and celebrates this connection with many events throughout the year.
Hopkins Mainstreet is the lively center of this community with a diverse selection of dining options. Pub 819 is a friendly neighborhood restaurant and bar serving over 90 whiskeys, craft cocktails, and a menu offering unique burgers and American pub fare. As you move down the street you will find LDT Brewing, a great, laid-back spot to grab a beer with friends. This brewery hosts weekly live music events, trivia and an annual Oktoberfest party. If you are looking for something sweet, look no further than Amy’s Cupcake Shoppe. This local favorite whips up gourmet cupcakes, French macarons and custom cakes from scratch. If you venture off Mainstreet, you will also find a wide array of locally owned and chain restaurants. Hopkins Mainstreet is home to numerous vintage and antique shops specializing in jewelry, collectibles and hidden treasures. The Hopkins Center for the Arts has become an integral part of the neighborhood bringing together the Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins School District and the artistic community. The center features performances, classes, exhibitions and events.
No matter the time of year, Hopkins has an exciting lineup of community events. Hopkins Raspberry Festival is its most notable. Started during the Great Depression by community leaders, the event was designed to boost the community and its businesses. The event still brings the community together to celebrate with a parade, vendors, live entertainment and fireworks. During summer evenings, residents enjoy live music and entrainment performed by local favorites and up-and-coming new artists at The Sunset Series in Downtown Park. If you are looking for something playful and quirky, check out the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Every year, this parade travels the four short blocks from the Elks Lodge to the American Legion delighting locals and visitors. Hopkins is home to the Oak Ridge Country Club, a championship course and beautiful club house and the Meadow Brook Golf Course which is owned and operated by the City of Minneapolis Park Board.
The Hopkins School District is nationally recognized. Highlights Include:
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