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St. Paul


Minnesota

Saint Paul's one-of-a-kind shopping

Saint Paul’s one-of-a-kind shopping is second to none! From the charming street-level shops of Grand and Selby avenues to the world famous Mall of America, the Saint Paul area has a wide variety of unique shop- ping to experience. High fashion complexes and popular new outlet centers contrast to enchanting 19th Century warehouses and great antique shopping. Most neighborhoods also offer shopping centers or malls.

Grand Avenue might be your best bet if you want to steer clear of shopping malls and plazas.
Close to the heart of downtown Saint Paul, Grand Avenue offers visitors a rare assortment of shops and restaurants. This Victorian-style strolling street is lined with turn-of-the-century residences and storefronts. Shoppers, resembling a parade line, search out book- stores, specialty shops, coffee shops and ethnic restaurants. Downtown Saint Paul is full of shopping gems.

The Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota History Center and Minnesota Children’s Museum each house distinctive gift shops and are perfect for hunting for Minnesota souvenirs for all ages.
Wabasha and St. Peter streets are dotted with specialty shops from Macy’s department store to Heimie’s Haberdashery, a quality men’s cloth- ing store providing new fashioned apparel with old fashioned customer service. Much of downtown is connected by one of North America’s longest publicly owned skyway systems- just more than five miles of glass-enclosed, climate-controlled pedestrian thoroughfares, making shopping comfortable in all types of weather.

For a small town atmosphere, shoppers will love Stillwater. Located 20 minutes east of Saint Paul, this St. Croix River town is loaded with antique and specialty shops, several riverfront restaurants an historic train depot and museum and even a local winery.

Each year with the first rays of spring sunshine, anxious shoppers flock to the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market in Lowertown to choose from row upon row of vegetables and flowering plants. There’s a festive spirit at the market and there’s always time for a homemade donut or muffin dispensed from vendor carts. Perhaps our most famous indoor attraction is the incredible Mall of America.

Mall of America

The largest shopping and entertainment complex in the United States is just a short 15-minute drive from downtown Saint Paul. Don’t have a car available? Metro Transit express buses depart every half hour for the Mall. Anchored by Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Sears, Mall of America also includes more than 520 other stores.
The Mall is so large that if it was on one level, it would cover 35 city blocks! In its 4.2 million square feet, it also features more than 50 restaurants and a 14-movie screen AMC complex.

Mall of America also features Underwater Adventures, a 1.2 million gallon walk-through aquarium with 8,000 fish, reptiles and amphibians, bringing you face-to-face with real sharks and stingrays.

NASCAR Silicon MotorSpeedway is an indoor entertainment complex featuring realistic stock car simulators. In the spring of 2008, Nickelodeon Universe opened at the Mall of America and features several new rides in addition to the incredibly popular Nickelodeon characters such as SpongeBob Square Pants and Dora the Explorer.

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