A great way to experience St. Paul is to explore the city as a shopper. Start the fun at Union Depot where you’ll find convenient light rail and bus service plus covered parking and even a bike shop. A wide range of shopping experiences are available within walking distance of Union Depot, and more noteworthy shops and restaurants are easy bus rides away.
Four short videos produced by Visit Saint Paul introduce you to an eclectic mix of stores, restaurants, galleries and more. Ready to begin? Start in the vibrant Lowertown Neighborhood, then catch a bus to explore Grand Avenue followed by a transfer to the picturesque Highland Park neighborhood.
Walk & Shop
Take it from Justin Sutherland, executive chef at the Handsome Hog. Some of the best fresh produce in the Twin Cities is at the St. Paul Farmers’ Market along with baked goods, meat, cheeses, flowers and more. While you’re in the area, take a cue from Robyne Robinson, the Director of Arts at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and visit AZ Gallery and Legacy Chocolates.
Bus & Shop
Metro Transit bus route 63 provides easy access to Grand Avenue from the corner of Broadway Street and Kellogg Boulevard near Union Depot. Jahna Peloquin, style editor for Minnesota Monthly magazine and co-founder of Fashion Week MN, loves the variety at fashion house Atelier957 on Grand Avenue and is a regular at the hair salon The Wow Bar. Other noteworthy shopping destinations on Grand Avenue include the Red Balloon Bookshop for children’s books, Grand Ole Creamery for homemade premium ice cream and The Grand Hand Gallery, a gallery with a focus on regional American craft and fine art.
Transfer & Shop
From Grand Avenue (at Snelling), transfer from route 63 to the A Line for a quick trip to Highland Park. St. Paul resident Lora Horgen is the store manager at Stephanie’s Shop, where you’ll find fine women’s clothing and accessories. A short walk away is Pacifier, an urban baby + kid boutique. Distinctive restaurants, nearby parks and an art fair make Highland Park a prime destination. When you’re ready to leave Highland Park, take the A Line to the METRO Green Line station at Snelling & University, where you can catch the eastbound train to return to Union Depot.