Walk Through Mears Park
This Lowertown oasis might be the best place to start a trip in St Paul’s downtown. Grab a coffee and ponder the trip ahead in Mears Park, a portion of the land St Paul’s original founders found too difficult to develop on. Sit by the stream and enjoy the beautiful white birch trees in this Lowertown enclave of calm.
Mears Park, 221 5th St E, St Paul MN, USA, +1 651-632-5111
Visit the Saint Paul Farmers Market
In addition to the 18 other neighborhood markets in the Twin Cities, the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market is the best place to come for fresh produce, baked goods and meats and cheeses in the Lowertown area. Since its inception in 1902, this market has provided downtown residents access to delicious regional products, ranging from grass-fed bison to delicious farm-harvested maple syrup.
Saint Paul Farmers’ Market, 290 5th St E, St Paul MN, USA, +1 651-227-8101
Do the Saint Paul Art Crawl
Events like the Saint Paul Art Crawl maintain Lowertown’s status as an artist hub. This annual event dates back to 1977, and consists of touring participating galleries to see the finest in local works and creativity. See what all the buzz is about and attend this event, being testament to the strength and longevity of the Saint Paul artistic community.
Attend a Game at CHS Field
As the newly constructed home of the Saint Paul Saints, St. Paul’s minor league baseball team, CHS Field is a the perfect venue to start an evening in Lowertown. As the reincarnation of former Midway Stadium, this 7,000-seat ballpark was designed with Lowertown’s signature style in mind, with its blackened steel, timber and load-bearing masonry. In a day and age of outlandish stadium amenities that favor investors rather than community, CHS Field is a notable, and respected exception.
CHS Field, 360 N Broadway St, St Paul MN, USA, +1 651-644-6659
Attend the Concrete and Grass Music Festival
Set in beautiful Mears Park, the annual Concrete and Grass Music Festival provides festivalgoers with every genre of music imaginable. For three days out of the year, this free event offers the best of the Twin Cities’s vibrant music scene. So, if stopping through St. Paul at the beginning of September, be sure to check this festival out!
Eat at PUBLIC Kitchen + Bar
Situated in the historic Noyes Brothers and Cutler Building, PUBLIC Kitchen + Bar provides one of the most worthwhile dining experiences in Lowertown. The building it operates in is one of the most elegant in the neighborhood, and provides picturesque views of Mears Park from above. The food and drink at PUBLIC Kitchen + Bar is some of the best in town too, with a new American-inspired menu, and a creative list of seasonal cocktails to boot.
PUBLIC Kitchen + Bar, 229 6th St E, St Paul MN, USA, +1 651-348-6456
Catch a Train at the St Paul Union Depot
Since its construction in the early 20th century and even more so after its renovation, Union Depot has provided Lowertown with an invaluable transportation service with a fully restored, elegant style. Be sure to visit this multimodal transportation hub to capture this piece of must-see Lowertown history.
Union Depot, 214 4th St E, St Paul MN, USA, +1 651-202-2700
Visit the Back Alley Gallery
A visit to Lowertown wouldn’t be complete without visiting an art gallery. The Back Alley Gallery is a great gallery to visit, offering a variety of ceramics, sculptures, workshops and live music. This gallery features the works of Tom Abel, a unique sculptor whose raw, seemingly decaying creations are a must for art lovers everywhere.
Back Alley Gallery, 262 4th St E #2, St Paul MN, USA, +1 612-719-7748
Relax at the Lower Landing Park
Lower Landing Park makes its home on the second major bend of the Mississippi River within the Twin Cities area. An historic part of the city in its own right, this park used to get a lot of boat traffic during its peak, and its dock is still used quite often today. The several picnic tables in the park make for a perfect place to enjoy a lunch outside.
Lower Landing Park, 200 Warner Rd, St Paul MN, USA, +1 651-632-5111
Spend an evening at Amsterdam Bar & Hall
A weekend in Lowertown means music shows galore, and Amsterdam Bar & Hall is assuredly the best place to do just that. With a wide selection of Belgian and craft beers, and with classic Dutch comfort food to satisfy its late night patrons, come here for a lively venue that hosts a wide variety of acts in a trendy atmosphere.
Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W 6th St, St Paul MN, USA, +1 612-285-3112