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“One of Saint Paul's Most Distinctive Quarters”
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 5 Contributor
61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“One of Saint Paul's Most Distinctive Quarters”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

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.

Visited March 2013
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24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Fun ecclectic shoping and dining”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

Something for everyone, from high-end shopping and dining to unique local offerings. Definitely check out 10,000 Villages - a fair-trade, non-profit store selling imported art, crafts, jewelry, textiles etc. that benefit the people who make them.

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Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Love It!”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

Grand Avenue has great shopping and dining! It is a fun area to spend a day/evening! The best is Grand Old Day the first weekend of June when the street is closed and there is live music and lots of great people watching.

Visited February 2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Quirky and special”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Grand Ave is the most interesting shopping and eating area in all of the Twin Cities (even Minneapolitans come over). Almost entirely one of a kind stores and restaurants (very few chains). It goes on for many blocks, but the heart is Victoria and Grand. Parking can be an issue. Four colleges in the area (Macalester, St. Thomas, St. Catherine and William Mitchell Law), help to keep the vibe interesting and current. Loads of food choices from Tibetan to Mexican to Dixie and more near by. Current fave: Las Brasas. Clothing shops are great, but don't miss all the specialty shops selling beads, yarns, spices, chocolates, etc. Shopping and eating seem to be leisurely here and all the historic homes and beautiful gardens (summertime), make the visit a treat.

Visited December 2012
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Eau Claire, WI
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Best place to shop in St. Paul”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

A long avenue of mostly small, quaint shops make this a fun place to shop or just enjoy an afternoon.

Visited December 2012
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