The second stop on our University of Minnesota neighborhood tour is is St. Paul. While some may think of St. Paul as the cows-filled counterpart of Minneapolis, its actually filled with its own set of unique shops, cozy cafés, and a multitude of new ways to spend an afternoon. So hop on a campus connector or catch a 3 bus and head over to our next UMN neighborhood.
Colossal Café is located on Como Avenue and serves up breakfast classics like pancakes, omelets, and pastries, in addition to a lunch menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, and Mac n’ Cheese– all made from scratch!
Finnish Bistro offers European dishes like quiche, lefse, and pasties; live music performances; and cakes that look too good to eat (not that we wouldn’t.)
Mim’s Cafe is across the road from St. Paul campus and the perfect place to fill up on Middle Eastern favorites like hummus, kabob, falafel, and shawarma between classes. Lori’s Coffee House shares a building with Mim’s and is a favorite study spot of students who want a quiet place to get their caffeine fix.
Tim and Tom’s Speedy Market is a grocery store slash treasure hunt with tons of unique local and international products, including a meat counter, grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, and more ice cream and soda options that you’ll know what to do with!
Bibelot is the perfect place to find unique home goods, jewelry and accessories, and Minnesota-themed gifts. Step upstairs and explore a clothing shop with new and resale items.
Micawber’s Books is a local shop that’s provided bestsellers, fiction and nonfiction finds, poetry, and more to the St. Paul community for over 40 years.
St. Paul Dairy Salesroom sells ice cream, meat (Juicy Lucy’s anyone?!), cheese, and a variety of other items that CFANS students produce in the UMN dairy lab. Try one of the shop’s popular ice cream flavors like Gopher Gold when the salesroom is open to the public Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m.
Things to Do
St. Anthony Park Library is a great alternative for when you just don’t feel like studying on campus.
College Park is the perfect place for a picnic, game of pickup basketball, or relaxing walk.
- Model Railroad and Hobby Show (May 9)
- St. Paul Craftstravaganza (May 9)
- MSRA Back to the 50’s Car Show (June 19-21)
- Pet A Palooza (June 27)
- Scrapbook Expo (July 24-25)
- State 4-H Dog Show (Sep. 26-27)
- MN Comic Book Association’s Fallcon (Oct. 10)
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