St. Paul's Lowertown Arts District is a vibrant community. Recently cited as "hip-est" zip code in the nation, and the most romantic city in North America, St. 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 and the Saint Paul Saints Ballpark. The good news is that we are right next door to the Green Line's first transit station (which will likely help get people to our building), and several blocks from the Saints Ballpark (just in case it's loud and unwieldy).
But there's so much more! Here's a quick sampling.
General Community & Arts Information
Saint Paul Skyway System - One block from our alley entrance!
Bars and Restaurants
Within a couple blocks walking distance:
Black Dog - Coffee Shop/Restaurant with live music most evenings, gluten-free-friendly
Kelly's Depot Bar - Pub food
Barrio - Mexican
Bin - Wine bar, great food
Bulldog - Sports bar
Buttered Tin - Breakfast/Lunch
Cristos - Greek
Tratoria Da Vinci - Italian
Heartland - Gormet local, upscale
Faces at Mears Park - Moroccan, upscale
More options are listed at the Lowertown Landing website.
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.
Saint Paul Farmer's Market - Open Saturdays and Sundays in season and some Saturdays in winter
Heartland Market - Upscale ($$$) market, produce, eggs, milk, bread, meat & cheese
New Lunds Grocery - Opening spring 2014 about 10 blocks
Trader Joes - About 15 minutes away, off 35E just south of downtown at Randolf and Lexington
Nautilus Music Theater - Run by member Ben Krywosz just a couple blocks away
Bedlam Theater - Music and entertainment venue, couple blocks away
Orway Theater - Major 1400 seat theater, home of St. Paul Orchestra
Xcel Energy Center - entertainment and sports venue
Fitgerald Theater - Home of the Prairie Home Companion
Parks & Recreation
Mears Park - Live music every Thursday in summer (only 2 blocks away!)
River Walk - Great for walking/biking/rollerblading
YMCA Downtown - just 3 blocks away
Lowertown Dog Park - 5 blocks, small fenced in dog park
Battle Creek Dog Park - Large forested dog park, 15 mins in car out hwy 94 east
Saint Paul Saints Baseball Park - coming spring 2015
Other Saint Paul parks
Transportation & Parking
Metro Transit - Excellent online trip planner and mobile apps
Metro Transit Green Line - Light rail right next door opening in June 2014
Metro Mobility - Transportation for disabled riders
Hour Car - Car share service, closest cars two-three blocks away
Zipcar - Car share service, closet cars 4 blocks away
Nice-ride Minnesota - Bike sharing service
The twin cities is a "magnet" school system where you can apply to go to any school in the district. More about St. Paul Public School System.
Elementary: John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary
Middle & High: Humboldt Middle and High School
Charter Elementary: Urban Academy Charter School
Charter High School: St Paul Conservatory of Performing Arts
Charter High School: River's Edge Academy (environmental ed focus)