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HOPKINS

Located southwest of Minneapolis, Hopkins offers one-of-a-kind entertainment, dining and attractions

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Located only a handful of miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis, Hopkins is a charming suburban community with all the amenities of a large city and all the charm of a quaint Minnesota town. Hopkins boasts a picturesque downtown with shops and dining along its main thoroughfare, Mainstreet.

Mainstreet is one of several points of interest in downtown Hopkins. Visit the historic railroad-station-turned-coffee-shop The Depot Coffee House, which features live music on its intimate stage. Downtown Park hosts the annual Hopkins Summerfest celebration that takes place every Thursday night June through August. The ongoing event features live concerts, outdoor family friendly movie screenings and much more.

Downtown Hopkins is also home to an abundance of dining and shopping just waiting to be explored. Pop into Hoagies Family Restaurant on Mainstreet for a comfort food-inspired menu that keeps bringing locals back for more. Pub 819 offers delicious burgers alongside a long list of beers on tap—not to mention over 90 types of whiskey.

The Numbers:

Population: 18,105
Households: 8,298
Median household income: $50,252
Persons per household: 2
Median housing value: $215,000

The Hopkins Center for the Arts hosts traveling exhibitions and admission is free and open to the public.

Their menu even features seven whiskey flights in addition to a full bar’s worth of libations. And you won’t want to miss Hopkins’ beloved micro-brewery, LTD Brewing Co. Crafting small batch beers in a fun atmosphere, the brewery hosts weekly trivia nights during the week and live music on the weekends.

Get your shopping fix at local shops like Hopkins Antique Mall, Kiddywampus—a fun store for the kids with toys, games and special events—and Mill City Sound, a purveyor of vintage and contemporary records. The entertainment never stops at Hopkins’ downtown retro cinema, and across the street you’ll find Stages Theatre Company, which has been producing exciting shows for younger audiences for 25 years.

And during the summer months, visit the Hopkins Farmers’ Market for truly farm-fresh produce and a wide variety of free-range meat, poultry and eggs. The market takes over a parking lot off Ninth Avenue in downtown Hopkins and is open, rain or shine, from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays mid-June through October.

The city of Hopkins covers about 4 square miles, surrounded by the southwest suburbs of Minnetonka, St. Louis Park and Edina. Getting around is easy with access to major highways and ample bus routes courtesy of the Twin Cities’ public transportation authority, Metro Transit. Additionally, Hopkins is only a short 20-minute drive from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. And when it comes to finding a place to live, the list of options is consistently growing.

Bloomington-based Doran Companies recently constructed a 241-unit, luxurious apartment building within walking distance of downtown Hopkins. The Moline is offering new leases starting in August 2017, and you can choose from several floor plan options. Leasing for this fall, Marketplace & Main offers luxury one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in a beautiful building overlooking Mainstreet.

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