Saint Paul’s Lowertown Arts District is a vibrant community. Recently cited as “hippest zipcode” in the nation, and the most romantic city in North America, Saint Paul — and our Lowertown neighborhood in particular — has a great balance of urban sophistication and down-to-earth charm for working artists and their families.
The newest features of our neighborhood include the Metro Transit Green Line light rail train service and CHS Field, home of the Saint Paul Saints minor league baseball team. We’re right next door to the Green Line’s first transit station (which helps get people to our building), and a few blocks from CHS Field.
But there’s so much more! Here’s a sampling.
General Community • Arts & Culture Information
Saint Paul Skyway System — One block from our alley entrance!
Bars and Restaurants
Within a few blocks walking distance:
Barrio — Mexican
Big River Pizza — Most excellent pizza
Bin — Wine bar, great food
Black Dog — Coffee Shop/Restaurant with live music most evenings, gluten-free-friendly
Bulldog — Sports bar
Buttered Tin — Breakfast/Lunch
The Java Express — Union Depot coffee shop and cafe
Kelly’s Depot Bar — Pub food
Per•ke•lat — Very close, Skyway coffee shop, open business weekdays, M-F
Saint Dinette — Creative cocktails, excellent menu, and a bright, comfortable space
Urban Wok — Fast, casual Asian
We also have some great delivery options for when we feel sedentary:
Pizza Lucé — Fabulous pizza, free delivery, gluten-free options
Sawatee — Voted “Best Thai of 2012”, downtown location, free delivery, gluten-free options
Bite Squad — FABulous food delivery service partnering with dozens of restaurants that don't normally deliver. Fee for delivery based on distance.
More options are listed at the Lowertown Landing website.
Saint Paul Farmer’s Market — Right next to us! Open Saturdays and Sundays in season and some Saturdays in winter
Lunds & Byerlys — About ten blocks away
Target —Three locations 10-15 minutes away by car: Midway (University and Hamline); West Saint Paul (Robert Street), Woodbury East (off 94)
Trader Joe’s — About 15 minutes away, off 35E just south of downtown at Randolf and Lexington
Nautilus Music Theater — Run by Co-op member Ben Krywosz, just a couple blocks away
Ordway Theater — Major 1400 seat theater, home of the Saint Paul Orchestra
Xcel Energy Center — Entertainment and sports venue
Parks & Recreation
Mears Park — Our Lowertown park, home to many music & art events
River Walk — Great for walking/biking/rollerblading
Saint Paul Saints Baseball Park — Just a few blocks away
YMCA Downtown — Just three blocks away
Transportation & Parking
Nice-ride Minnesota — Bike sharing service
Saint Paul Smart Trips — Fabulous downtown parking info, interactive and printable
The Twin Cities is a “magnet” school system where you can apply to go to any school in the district. More about Saint Paul Public School System.
Middle & High
College, University & Continuing Education