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“St. Paul's trendiest street”
Review of Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue
Ranked #8 of 119 things to do in Saint Paul
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Owner description: Rich in local history and charm, this long avenue spans 25 blocks filled with old homes, small shops and restaurants.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“St. Paul's trendiest street”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

Lots of shopping and people watching. Grand is St. Paul's "eat street."

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Minnesota
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82 reviews
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“Pricey entertainment”
Reviewed November 2, 2011

Curiosity Shops.... they're cute but VERY expensive.
Definately a 30-ish crowd. Be careful crossing the streets, even at a stoplight..... drivers are not very curteous.
The Retail Clerks are upper-class snobbish types. If you like that kind of thing, you'll enjoy shopping in the Grand Avenue Area.
Most of the restaurants cater to very loud, Sportsbar enthusiasts.

Visited September 2011
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Big disappointment”
Reviewed August 26, 2011

I was expecting a very walk friendly area. This shopping area on Grand is a very long street that you have to have acar to get around. Nothing special about the shops or restaurants.

Visited August 2011
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Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
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“Cute street”
Reviewed March 25, 2011

Very cute street with many local eateries and coffee shops. There are also cute local shops. A nice place to walk around if its sunny and warm out.

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Wisconsin
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5 reviews
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“You can find it on Grand Avenue”
Reviewed December 31, 2010

Adding to the list of things to do on Grand Avenue.

Creative Kids Stuff has always been the best Toy store in town, My kids drag Granny there every time we visit. Their wrapping job for gifts is really cool and colorful. Best place a kid's birthday present.
Wuollet bakery has very good donuts. Their Princess cake-a beautiful green dome is the best. They are closed on Sundays so plan ahead. This place is the best bakery around and they are usually busy.
India House restaurant has mango shakes, tasty Tandoori and delicious naan. Service is always good. Never disappointed there. My kids love the red Tandori chicken served on the bone, sizzling like fajitas. I love the chicken Biryani with rice and spices. Samosas are also great.
Punch Pizza is newer. Has a brick oven which makes the best chewy toasty crust. The pizzas are all individual sized and tasty. I love the one with artichoke, parma ham, olives. You can get buffalo mozzarella if you like-creamy and delicious. They have kids pizza there too.
The Lexington Restaurant is a throwback to the good old days. Get a seat in the bar and enjoy their steaks, lamp chops and a cocktail. Check out the patron photos in the back hall-many local celebs and national figures have been here,
Irish on Grand is good for a chat, catching up on the local Irish scene and getting some supplies from "home". Try the Irish chocolates, get some jewelry or music. They carry Irish sausages, soda bread mix and tea for a traditional Irish breakfast.
For groceries got to Kowalskis. Check out the deli, produce section, bakery and get stuff to bring back to the hotel. They carry Chunky Monkey popcorn mix with white and dark chocolate and different mix ins. It's addictive.
The closest hotel to the Avenue is The St Paul Hotel, downtown. They have a great grill there, make their own fries. The house specialty steak sandwich have filet mignon, carmelized oinion and bearnaise sauce and come in a pair so you can share and fill up on fries. We can't afford to stay there and the kids like a pool. Instead we hop on the freeway 35E south to 494W and then to Pilot Knob road. There are 3 midrange hotels out in Eagan which is less than 10 minutes by car from Grand. The freeway entrance is at the bottom of the hill on the east end closest to down town.
Don't forget to check out the Mansions of Summit Avenue, just 1 block North.
I grew up in St Paul and when I return Grand avenue remains the center of our visits. I hope you enjoy it too.

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