Five Spots You Should Know About in St. Paul

1 Jun

  1. Newell Park: Nestled in a quiet, adorable neighborhood up Fairview off of Univeristy, this park is my absolute favorite in the Twin Cities. If you’re in search of the perfect place to run around, picnic with friends, or indulge in a variety of unmentionables, this is the park for you. (See image)
  2. Como Conservatory: Yes, you probably know about Como, but when’s the last time you spent a day lollygagging among tropical flowers, trees, and bright orange and white carp? Bypass the depressing zoo scene, grab an old school sandwich up the street at Nelson Cheese & Deli and walk one of the park’s many paths or take a stroll around the lake (yeah—there’s a lake!). Como Park Map
  3. Mall of St. Paul: Unfortunately (but fortunately for us) this place often gets bypassed because its exterior doesn’t exactly do the orgasmic qualities of its interior, which is chalk-full of cloistered explosions of antiques and oddities, justice. The selection is expansive, the eras vary, and the prices are typically reasonable. Stop in for a new-to-you pair of vintage sunglasses, some hillbilly boots, a handkerchief, dress, necklace, or even vinyl. I once bought a friend a bolo tie that blew a few minds.
  4. Mancini’s: The legend of the Mancini family stretches back to the days when St. Paul’s Italian neighborhood was still thriving (along with its alleged gangsters). The steak, pickled vegetables, and garlic bread are good, but the real meat and potatoes of Mancini’s is actually found in the adjoining lounge, which is reminiscent of old Las Vegas and rife with people watching set to the tune of a live schmoozy band with accordion. Visit yelp.com to read how one particularly amusing patron likens the lounge’s characters to a game of bingo.
  5. The Blue Door: There’s been a lot of buzz around the cities as of late concerning Matt’s rather recent (and rather serious) Juicy Lucy contender. The blue door may not be the biggest cat on the block, but they sure know how to make a damn fine burger. So fine, in fact, that it’s worth driving to St. Paul to experience the atmosphere and killer menu for yourself—pop in to the Mall of St. Paul after lunch (it’s just down the street) to make a day of it.

Other possibilities:

The St. Paul Farmer’s Market (“Mears Park and a hot dog cart, hot dog cart” yum)

Nina’s Coffee Cafe (if you haven’t gotten to know the cathedral hill area yet, you’re in for a treat)

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