The 17 St. Paul Neighborhoods to Explore

Here's a list of St. Paul's official neighborhoods.

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Battle Creek/Highwood

Battle Creek Regional Park
Courtesy of District 1 Community Council

This neighborhood is on the southeast corner of St. Paul, bordering the Greater East Side Neighborhood to the north, the city of Maplewood to the east, and the Mississippi River on much of the western border. Battle Creek Lake is a popular fishing and recreation spot.

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Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
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Not to be confused with the Como neighborhood in Minneapolis, this part of St. Paul is a pretty, quiet residential neighborhood surrounding Como Park, and its attractions, Lake Como and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. The State Fairgrounds are on the western border of this neighborhood, so being friends with someone with a large driveway is very handy during the State Fair.

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Crocus Hill/Grand Avenue

Wild Onion Bar
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Crocus Hill surrounds the eastern end of Grand Avenue, in between Macalester-Groveland to the west and downtown St. Paul to the east. The main attractions of this residential neighborhood are the shopping, American and international restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, bars, and galleries on Grand Avenue.

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Dayton's Bluff

Indian Mounds Park (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
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Dayton’s Bluff is an early residential neighborhood with many attractive older houses. It is located just east of downtown St. Paul. The Mississippi River runs along the south side of the neighborhood, creating high bluffs with attractive views of the river and downtown. The previous inhabitants of this area had great respect for the river too, as this is home to Indian Mounds Park, a 2,000-year-old Native American burial ground overlooking the river.

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Downtown St. Paul MN
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Downtown St. Paul, on the east bank of the Mississippi, is smaller than Downtown Minneapolis but still has plenty of skyscrapers. Local companies Ecolab and Travelers have their headquarters here.

Attractions include the State Capitol, historic Rice Park and Mears Park, and the weekend Farmer's Market.

There are several notable notable museums in downtown, including the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, and the Minnesota Children's Museum.

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Greater East Side

The Greater East Side occupies the north-east corner of St. Paul, with the city of Maplewood to the north and east.

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Hamline Midway Coalition
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Hamline-Midway is, as the name suggests, in the middle of the city. It's partly residential, with some light industry and business parks.

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Highland Park

Highland theatre St Paul, Minnesota
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Highland Park is St. Paul's south-western neighborhood. It is bound by the Mississippi River on the west, south, and east, and Macalester-Groveland to the north. Highland Park tower is a local landmark. Highland Park was once the site of a large Ford Motor Company plant, and plans are currently in the works to redevelop the old industrial site.

A retail area with a mix of big box and independent store and restaurants is centered around Ford Parkway and Snelling Avenue. Highland Park itself is a large open space with wooded areas and resident deer.

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Macalester-Groveland, or Mac-Groveland/Macgrove as the locals call it, is a residential neighborhood just to the south of Merriam Park. Macalester College and The University of St. Thomas are both in this neighborhood so many students live here and many stay and settle as young families. Professionals also like this neighborhood for the attractive housing, nightlife, and proximity to both St. Paul and Minneapolis. As such, house prices here are higher than average for the city.

The western half of Grand Avenue runs through Mac-Groveland providing an array of shopping and dining opportunities.

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Merriam Park

Tillie's Farmhouse
Courtesy of Tillie's Farmhouse

Merriam Park is an affluent residential neighborhood on the west side of St. Paul. It is bordered by the Mississippi River, and over the river, by the city of Minneapolis. The river bank is especially pretty here in summer and fall. It is surrounded by parkland in several places, and it's a popular place for a walk or a picnic. Beloved local businesses like Izzy's Ice Cream, Tillie's Farmhouse (formerly Trotter's Cafe), and Choo Choo Bob's train store are in Merriam Park.

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North End

The North End neighborhood is between the Como neighborhood and Interstate 35E. It is a residential neighborhood, homes here have lower than the St. Paul average household income.

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Phalen Park Falls
Courtesy of Visit St. Paul

Payne-Phalen is a residential neighborhood to the east of Interstate 35E. The neighborhood is named for Phalen Park, a pretty park surrounding Lake Phalen, and Payne Boulevard, the main north-south street.

Payne-Phalen is a very varied neighborhood. It has some of the highest levels of crime in St. Paul, but also has many safe residential streets and quiet parks.

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St. Anthony Park

St. Anthony Park Community Council
Courtesy of St. Anthony Park Community Council

St. Anthony Park is in the northwest corner of St. Paul, on the border of the city of Minneapolis. This neighborhood is part residential and part industrial.

The University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus is located just northeast of St. Anthony Park.

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Summit Hill

Summit Hill Association
Courtesy of Summit Hill Association

Summit Hill surrounds the eastern end of Grand Avenue, between Macalester-Groveland to the west and Downtown to the east. It's an upscale neighborhood, home to many students who attend the nearby colleges.

Many stores, restaurants and galleries call this part of Grand Avenue home.

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Cathedral of St. Paul in Minnesota
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Summit-University is St. Paul's oldest residential neighborhood. The high river bluffs give the area and main thoroughfare, Summit Avenue, its name. Summit Avenue has impressive Victorian mansions, several independent restaurants and shops along Selby Avenue, and the magnificent Cathedral of St. Paul.

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Thomas-Dale is also called Frogtown, for reasons lost to time. It is a small working-class neighborhood between University Avenue and the railroad.

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West Seventh/Fort Road

Patrick McGovern's Pub
Courtesy of Patrick McGovern's Pub

This diagonal neighborhood is named for the main thoroughfare, Fort Road, which begins life as restaurant- and bar-lined West Seventh Street in downtown St. Paul, and runs in between the Mississippi and Interstate 35E, turning into Fort Road on the way. Both names for this part of the road are used interchangeably.

The area north of Fort Road is primarily residential. South of Fort Road are several factories and a power station on the banks of the river.

Much redevelopment is happening here, taking advantage of the river and the proximity to downtown St. Paul. with old factories being turned into housing and new executive condominiums being built.

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