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Minnesota State Capitol

Saint Paul (or St. Paul) is the capital city and the second-largest city of the US state of Minnesota. Along with its sister city Minneapolis it forms the urban core of the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

Understand[edit]

Geography[edit]

Saint Paul is in the Upper Midwest along the Mississippi River, just east and downstream of Minneapolis.

Climate[edit]

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 24 30 42 59 72 80 85 82 73 61 43 28
Nightly lows (°F) 6 12 24 37 48 58 63 61 52 41 28 12
Precipitation (in) 0.9 0.9 1.9 2.6 3.6 4.7 3.9 3.8 3.2 2.5 1.7 1.1

Check Saint Paul's 7 day forecast at NOAA

Winters in Saint Paul can be very cold; summer is often warm to hot and frequently humid. Snowfall is common in the winter, and thunderstorms with heavy rainfall occur during the spring, summer, and autumn. If you are not fond of the cold, May–October would be the best time to visit Saint Paul. Downtown Saint Paul has a skyway system to allow you to escape the elements in bad weather, although it isn't nearly as extensive as the one in downtown Minneapolis.

Visitor information[edit]

  • Saint Paul Visitor Information Center, 75 W 5th St (inside the Landmark Center between Washington and Market), +1 651 292-3225, [1]. M-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su noon-4PM.  edit

Get in[edit]

See the Twin Cities page for more information.

By train[edit]

  • Union Depot – Amtrak, 214 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55101, [2]. Station hours: Daily 6AM-12:30AM. Ticketing hours: Daily 6:30AM-11:30PM. Amtrak's Empire Builder stops daily from Chicago, Seattle, or Portland.  edit

Get around[edit]

PLEASE NOTE: Construction related to the Central Corridor light rail project has resulted in some lane closures along University Avenue plus full street closures and public bus reroutes in downtown Saint Paul. Bus passengers using routes traveling along University Avenue (routes 16 and 50) should expect serious delays. Up to date information on bus reroutes can be found on Metro Transit's Rail Construction page [3].

By car[edit]

Interstate 35E and Interstate 94 travel through Saint Paul. US 52 also is a freeway connecting Saint Paul to the southern suburbs.

By public transit[edit]

Bus service in Saint Paul is not quite as reliable as it is in Minneapolis, with a few exceptions. The 54 runs fairly often between downtown Saint Paul and the airport via West 7th Street. The 16 also runs regularly along University Avenue, connecting the downtown areas of both cities. The 84 runs frequently along Snelling Avenue.

See[edit][add listing]

Cathedral of Saint Paul
Landmark Center
Exterior of the Wabasha Street Caves
  • Minnesota Children's Museum, 10 W 7th St (between Wabasha and St Peter), +1 651 225-6001, [4]. M 9AM-4PM (Memorial Day to Labor Day), Tu-Th 9AM-4PM, F-Sa 9AM-8PM, Su 9AM-5PM. At Minnesota Children's Museum, kids will have a blast discovering an exciting, immersive world that arouses their curiosity, increases their understanding, and ignites an appreciation for learning. Each of the Museum's seven galleries is uniquely designed to provide a hands-on, stimulating environment for children six months to 10 years old. Roving "funstigators" engage kids in fun and interactive smart play as they blow bubbles, toss balls, play with finger puppets, and provide a variety of stimulating play experiences for children of all ages. $8.95, children under 1 are free. Free for everyone on the third Su of the month.  edit
  • Minnesota Museum of American Art, 408 St Peter St, Suite 419 (at 6th St, inside the Hamm Building), +1 651-797-4057, [5]. The address listed above is their office; the museum lost their exhibition space in 2009 and they currently have no permanent galleries. Activities right now are limited to temporary exhibitions staged around the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. The MMAA is committed to representing the great cultural, racial, socioeconomic and regional diversity of American art and artists – past, present, and emerging. Free.  edit
  • Summit Avenue. Noted for its historic mansions. This neighborhood is also remarkable in its connection to the writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, who was born in Saint Paul.  edit
    • James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave (near the Saint Paul Cathedral), +1 651 297-2555, [6]. The house is open W-Sa 10AM-3:30PM, Su 1PM-3:30PM. The art gallery is open W-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su 1PM-4PM. Tour the 1891 mansion of the famous railroad tycoon. $8 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children 6-17, free for children under 6 years. If you just want to visit the art gallery, admission is only $2.  edit
  • Grand Avenue. Runs parallel to Summit one block to the south. Noted for its multitudes of shops, although chain stores are increasing their presence at an alarming rate.  edit
  • Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, +1 651 296-2881 (), [7]. M-F 9AM-4PM, Sa 10AM-3PM, Su 1PM-4PM. Groups of ten or more need to reserve tours two weeks in advance. General tours are free.  edit
  • Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr, +1 651 487-8200, [8]. Oct-Mar 10AM-4PM daily, Apr-Sep 10AM-6PM daily. The zoo may occasionally close earlier. Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory are free, but the zoo asks that visitors consider making a voluntary donation of $2 for an adult and $1 for a child.  edit
  • Wabasha Street Caves, 215 S Wabasha St (south of Plato Blvd), +1 651 224-1191, [9]. Cave tours start at Th 5PM, Sa-Su 11AM; they take 45 minutes. Special tours start at other times. Tour these sandstone caves, which had been home to gangsters and speakeasies in the 1920s. $6 adults and free for children 5 and under for the basic cave tour. Special tours cost extra.  edit
  • Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St (between Market and Washington, across from Rice Park), +1 651 292-3233, [10]. M-W 8AM-5PM, Th 8AM-8PM, F 8AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su noon-5PM. Originally built as a post office and a federal courthouse, this historical building now houses galleries and exhibits.  edit
  • Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd (at Washington), +1 651 221-9444, [11]. M-Sa 9:30AM-9PM, Su 9:30AM-7PM. The Science Museum overlooks the Mississippi River and has a permanent exhibit devoted to the river. The museum also has a dinosaur fossils gallery and an experiment gallery with various hands-on activities. The collections gallery includes several quack medical devices from the now-defunct Museum of Questionable Medical Devices. $13 adults, $10 children 4-12 and seniors 60+. Access to omnitheater and special exhibitions will cost extra.  edit
  • Minnesota History Center, 345 W Kellogg Blvd (at John Ireland), +1 651 296-6126, [12]. (44.949173335065595,-93.10460329055786) edit
  • Jackson Street Roundhouse, 193 Pennsylvania Ave E (between Jackson and Interstate 35E), +1 651 228-0263, [13]. W 10AM-4PM, Sa 10AM-4PM. An old railroad roundhouse where historic locomotives and rolling stock come for restoration and maintenance. Also offers train rides.  edit
  • Cathedral of Saint Paul, 239 Selby Ave (at Summit/John Ireland), +1 651 228-1766, [14]. Su-F 7AM-7PM, Sa 7AM-9PM (Guided tours M-F at 1PM, self-guided tours anytime masses and other holy services aren't being held). Serves as co-cathedral for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis along with the Basilica of Saint Mary. (44.94681940731857,-93.10859441757202) edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Music and performing arts[edit]

  • A Prairie Home Companion Radio Show, 10 E Exchange St (Fitzgerald Theater), +1 651 290-1200 (, fax: +1 651 290-1195), [15]. A dedicated piece of Americana A Prairie Home Companion is the brainchild of American humorist Garrison Keillor. The radio show calls the Fitzgerald Theater [16] home, but the show can often be found on the road too. Contact information is for the Fitzgerald Theater.  edit
  • The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, [17].  edit
  • Wabasha Street Caves, 215 S Wabasha St, +1 651 224-1191. Hosts a swing night every Thursday complete with big band and crowded dance floor. Every Thursday from 7PM-10PM, lessons begin at 6:15PM. $7 at the door, cash only.  edit

Festivals[edit]

Fairchild, the Minnesota State Fair mascot
  • Saint Paul Winter Carnival, +1 651 223-4700 (), [18]. Takes place in January. Events take place in Downtown and Como Park. Noted for the annual Ice Palace.  edit
  • Grand Old Day, Grand Avenue, [19]. Takes place along Grand Avenue on the first Sunday in June. Free parking is available at the University of St. Thomas north and south lots located on Summit and Cretin or Grand and Cretin. Free shuttle buses are available to event visitors.  edit
  • Irish Fair of Minnesota, (Harriet Island, Cross over Wabasha Street bridge and you’ll see the park on your right), (), [20]. Takes place in August at Harriet Island, just south of Downtown. Free. (44.937929,-93.096533) edit
  • Minnesota State Fair, +1 651 288-4400, [21]. Takes place from mid-August through Labor Day and is the second largest state fair in the United States, just behind the State Fair of Texas. Known for its artery-clogging foods on a stick. The main entrance to the State Fairgrounds is located at 1265 Snelling Ave N, but you will first have to drive to one of the lots outside of the fairgrounds. As an alternative, you could take a bus. Metro Transit routes 3 and 84 stop near the fairgrounds, and they also operate shuttles during the fair that offer non-stop service to the fairgrounds from various park-and-ride lots located throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area. $9 adults (13-64), $8 seniors (65 & over) and children (5-12), free for children under 5. Parking costs $9.  edit
  • Taste of Minnesota, (Harriet Island). Takes place every year over the 4th of July (July 2-5, 2010) at Harriet Island, just south of Downtown. Features numerous stages for musical performances. (44.937929,-93.096533) edit

Learn[edit]

Private[edit]

  • College of Visual Arts, [22].
  • Macalester College, [23].
  • University of St. Thomas, [24].
  • Hamline University, [25].
  • St. Catherine University, [26].
  • Concordia University, [27].
  • McNally Smith College of Music, [28].

Public[edit]

  • Metropolitan State University, [29]
  • Saint Paul College, [30]
  • University of Minnesota's St Paul campus, [31]

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Cheapo, 80 Snelling Ave N (between Ashland and Portland, one block north of Summit), +1 651 644-8981, [32]. 10AM-10PM daily. Warehouse of used CDs and records.  edit
  • Common Good Books, 38 Snelling Ave S (at Snelling), +1 651 225-8989, [33]. M-Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 10AM-8PM. Excellent book store owned by Garrison Keillor, the host of the NPR radio show A Prairie Home Companion.  edit
  • Eclipse Records, 381 N Wabasha St (between 5th and 6th Sts), +1 651 224-2500, [34]. M-Sa 11AM-7PM, Su noon-5PM. Independent record store.  edit
  • First Grand Avenue Liquors, 918 Grand Ave (at Milton, one block west of Victoria), +1 651 227-7039, [35]. M-Th 9AM-8PM, F-Sa 9AM-10PM. Small family-owned liquor store that has a walk in cooler, tons of great micro/indie brews, 80+ types of scotch, and an excellent wine selection. Good deals as well as hard-to-find liqueurs.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Babani's Kurdish Restaurant, 544 St Peter St (at 11th St), +1 651 602-9964 (), [36]. M-Th 11AM-2:30PM and 5PM-9PM, F 11AM-2:30PM and 5PM-9:30PM, Sa 5PM-9:30PM. The first Kurdish restaurant in the US.  edit
  • Black Sea Restaurant, 737 Snelling Ave N (between Minnehaha and Englewood), +1 651 917-8832, [37]. M-Th 11AM-9:30PM, F-Sa 11AM-10PM. Cheap Turkish food. It's about one block south of nearby Hamline University. $6-$11.  edit
  • Cafe Latte, 850 Grand Ave (at Victoria), +1 651 224-5687, [38]. 9AM-midnight daily. Cafeteria style restaurant with a great selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Don't leave without trying one of their decadent desserts, especially the turtle cake.  edit
  • El Burrito Mercado, 175 Cesar Chavez St (at State), +1 651 227-2192, [39]. Cafeteria: 7AM-8PM daily. Restaurant: M 10AM-6:30PM, Tu-F 10AM-8PM, Sa-Su 8AM-8PM. Mexican supermarket, deli, restaurant, and cafeteria on the West Side.  edit
  • Fasika Restaurant, 510 Snelling Ave N (at Sherburne), +1 651 646-4747, [40]. 11AM-midnight daily. This is an Ethiopian wonder. You can get spicy lentil or lamb dishes served without utensils on top of a very edible sponge bread. A sure destination for an adventurous, spice-friendly diner. $6-$11.  edit
  • Great Waters Brewery, 426 St Peter St (located in the Hamm Building), +1 651 224-BREW, [41]. Casual dining and hand-crafted beers in the heart of downtown.  edit
  • Green Mill Restaurant & Bar, 57 Hamline Ave S (at Grand), +1 651 698-0353, [42]. M-Sa 11AM-1AM, Su 11AM-midnight. There are many locations in the Twin Cities as well as some throughout Minnesota and surrounding states, but it all started here. They tout themselves as "Minnesota's most awarded pizza". Order your deep-dish Il Primo with the Walleye Strips and a pitcher of fresh beer right when you sit down because the pizza takes 30+ minutes to cook. Family-friendly. $7-$17.  edit
  • Khyber Pass, 1571 Grand Ave (at Snelling), +1 651 690-0505, [43]. M-Th 11AM-2PM and 5PM-9PM, F-Sa 11AM-2PM and 5PM-10PM. Afghani cuisine.  edit
  • Mai Village, 394 University Ave W (at Western), +1 651 290-2585, [44]. M-Th 11AM-9PM, F 11AM-10PM, Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 10AM-8PM. Great ambiance (bridge over koi fish pond), good food, fair price, dim sum on the weekends, service can be slow sometimes.  edit
  • The Nook, 492 Hamline Ave S (at Randolph), +1 651 698-4347, [45]. Su-Th 11AM-10PM, F-Sa 11AM-11PM. One of the Twin Cities' favorite burger joints.  edit
  • On's Thai Kitchen, 1613 University Ave W (between Snelling and Fry), +1 651 644-1444, [46]. 9AM-9PM daily. $7-$15.  edit
  • Pizza Lucé, 1183 Selby Ave (between Griggs and Dunlap), +1 651 288-0816, [47]. 11AM-1AM daily. The famed Minneapolis pizza mini-chain has now come to the capital city.  edit
  • Red's Savoy Pizza, 421 7th St E (at Lafayette Rd/US Hwy 52), +1 651 227-1437, [48]. The best pizza in Minnesota. There are other locations, but the original location just east of downtown is the best. If you go past dinner time on a Friday or Saturday night, expect to wait 30+ minutes to sit down at 1-2 hours for your pizza, and the parking lot will almost certainly be full. If however you come on a weekday or during the non-rush times, you can sit right down and have your pizza in 30 minutes or less. The pizza is a thicker "midwesterner" version of a thin crust, the sauce is spicy, and the cheese is plentiful. The three best pizzas are the plain ol' cheese, which is cheap, and delicious, the sausage adds more spice to the pizza, and the special comes loaded an inch thick with toppings. $10-20 per pizza.  edit
  • Saigon, 704 University Ave W (between Grotto and St Albans), +1 651 225-8751, [49]. Tu-Sa 10AM-8PM, Su 10AM-7PM. Best Vietnamese food in the Twin Cities, among the best pho and banh mi you'll find outside Vietnam. A favorite destination not just for locals but for Food Network hosts and more. Quick, cheap, and delicious. $5-10; $3 for banh mi (sandwiches).  edit
  • Tanpopo Noodle Shop, 308 Prince St (at Broadway), +1 651 209-6527, [50]. M-Th 5PM-9PM, F-Sa 5PM-10PM. Japanese noodle shop in Lowertown.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Amsterdam Bar and Hall, 6 W 6th St (at Wabasha), +1 651 222-3990, [51]. Bar and music venue in downtown.  edit
  • The Artists' Quarter, 408 Saint Peter St (at 7th Place, inside the Hamm Building), +1 651 292-1359, [52]. A nice jazz place in downtown.  edit
  • Barrio, 235 E 6th St (at Wacouta, near the north side of Mears Park), +1 651 222-3250, [53]. Tequila bar that also offers Mexican bar food.  edit
  • Big V's, 1567 University Ave W (at Snelling), +1 651 645-8472, [54]. Big V's is a dive bar in the Midway. Attracts many of the same local bands that play at the somewhat less-divey Turf Club (see below).  edit
  • Bin, 400 Sibley St (at 6th St), +1 651 224-9463, [55]. Tu-Sa 3PM-2AM. A newly opened wine bar in Lowertown offering wine by the taste, glass, or bottle. They also offer wine flights and light appetizers.  edit
  • The Bulldog, 237 E 6th St (at Wacouta, near the north side of Mears Park), +1 651 221-0750, [56]. 11AM-2AM daily. The Bulldog offers over 100 kinds of beer and an assortment of food options, including vegetarian entrees. Also features shuffleboard, darts, and a shuttle to the Xcel Center on game nights.  edit
  • Turf Club, 1601 University Ave W (at Snelling), +1 651 647-0486, [57]. 5PM-2AM daily. The Turf is one of the better venues in the Twin Cities to see local bands, and sometimes the occasional touring band. Cover charges on live music nights are usually between $5-10.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  • Embassy Suites St. Paul Downtown, 175 E 10th St (at Jackson), +1 651 224-5400, [58]. Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast in an open air atrium. All-suite accommodations, indoor pool, fitness center and whirlpool. Onsite American restaurant: Cork's Pub.  edit
  • Hilton Garden Inn St Paul City Center, 411 Minnesota St (at 6th), +1 651 291-8800, [59]. The Hilton Garden Inn St. Paul hotel offers 8,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.  edit
  • Holiday Inn, 175 W 7th St (at Kellogg), +1 651 225-1515, [60]. (44.946614,-93.105451) edit
  • Holiday Inn, 2201 Burns Ave (at McKnight, adjacent to Interstate 94), +1 651 731-2220, [61].  edit
  • Holiday Inn Express, 1010 Bandana Blvd W (at Energy Park Dr, midway between Snelling and Lexington), +1 651 647-1637, [62].  edit
  • Super 8 Saint Paul, 1739 Old Hudson Rd, +1 651 771-5566, [63]. Newly renovated 97 unit property. Complimentary breakfast, business center, fitness center, meeting room facility and whirlpool suites available. Restaurants located just minutes away from the property.  edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, 11 E Kellogg Blvd (between Wabasha and Cedar), +1 651 292-1900, [64].  edit
  • Saint Paul Hotel, 350 Market St (at 5th), +1 651 292-9292 (toll free: +1-800-292-9292), [65].  edit
  • Hotel 340, 6 W 5th St #900, [66].  edit

Contact[edit]

Telephones[edit]

Saint Paul and the eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities are in the 651 area code. From 651, it is not necessary to dial a 1 before the area code when calling numbers in the 612 (Minneapolis, Richfield, St. Anthony, the airport, and the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities campus), 763 (northwest suburbs), or 952 (southwest suburbs) area codes.

Internet[edit]

There are no Internet cafes in Saint Paul. Most coffeehouses offer free WiFi to paying customers, but very few will have Internet terminals.

  • St. Paul Public Library, 90 W 4th St, +1 651 266-7000, [67]. M noon-8PM, Tu-Sa 9:30AM-5:30PM, Su 1PM-5PM. Unlimited free WiFi if you have your own computer. Unfortunately, the Internet workstations can only be accessed by St. Paul library cardholders.  edit

Get out[edit]

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