Grand Avenue runs from the Irvine Park area, up the Ramsey Hill, and straight west to the Mississippi River. It's historic and eclectic - restaurants, coffee shops, retail shops, colleges, supermarkets (Kowalski's and Whole Foods), and residential segments with houses and apartments with 19th and early 20th century charm. Most of the retail lies between Dale Street on the east and Fairview Avenue on the west; easy to walk any of the retail blocks; parking can sometimes be hard to find, especially around Victoria and Grand. Several styles of restaurants - American, Asian, sports bar - none of the national fast food chains, but plenty of places to buy a sandwich, piece of pizza, or some ice cream or yogurt. Unique specialty clothing and gift shops. Some of my favorites, for eating: The Lexington (for a taste of old world Saint Paul; the restaurant is more elegant, the bar informal, but casual attire is fine in both); Axel's on Grand; Green Mill (the original); and Pad Thai.
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