1. Local

A List of the 17 Neighborhoods in St Paul

By

St. Paul is divided into 17 neighborhoods. Here's a list of St. Paul's official neighborhoods.

Map of St. Paul's Neighborhoods

Battle Creek/Highwood

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

Como

Giraffes at Como Zoo, St. Paul
Clara James
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 it's attractions, Lake Como, Como Zoo and the Marjorie McNeely 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!

Crocus Hill/Grand Avenue

Clara James
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 attraction of this residential neighborhood is the shopping, American and international restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, bars, and galleries on Grand Avenue.

Dayton's Bluff

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 2000-year-old Native American burial ground overlooking the river.

Downtown

First National Bank Building, Downtown St. Paul
Clara James

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.

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.

Hamline-Midway

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

Highland Park

Mississippi River, seen from the east bank in St. Paul
Clara James

Highland Park is St. Paul's south-western neighborhood. It is bounded by the Mississipi 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 re-develop 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.

Macalester-Groveland

Macalester-Groveland, or Mac-Groveland 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 and many students live here, and many seem to 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.

Merriam Park

Trotter's Cafe and Bakery, Merriam Park, St. Paul
Clara James
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, 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. Belloved local businesses like Izzy's Ice Cream, Trotter's Cafe, and Choo Choo Bob's train store are in Merriam Park.
Related Video
NY Neighborhoods: Crown Heights Brooklyn Tour

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.