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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

“We love our natural food co-ops here in the twin cities and Mississippi Market has 3 St Paul locations. Helpful, friendly staff. Great deli/coffee bar. I love their turkey pesto sandwich and the tropical sunrise smoothie. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
“Great little state park to check out - great for hiking, snowshoeing, and nature”
  • 12 locals recommend
“Classic comfort dishes & cocktails are the draw at this bustling mainstay with an upbeat atmosphere”
  • 10 locals recommend
“Located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, Ft. Snelling is a must see spot. The visitor center has tons of information, but I really like walking the grounds of the fort, going into the buildings and interacting with historic interpreters. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
“Located right in Highland Park in St. Paul and dangerously close—across the street—to Patina and Half Price Books, Quixotic Coffee is small, cozy and aesthetic. In fact, the actual definition of “quixotic” is “exceedingly idealistic.” The definition continues with “unrealistic” and “impractical,” but that just isn’t true of Quixotic Coffee. Their roomy wooden booths make for good studying or productivity spots, and their salads are almost as good as their lattes. And who said coffee shops couldn’t sell beer and wine, too? If its later in the evening and coffee is out of the picture, order a beer on tap instead.”
  • 9 locals recommend
“One of the original craft breweries in the state, and arguably the most famous. They offer free tours in addition to their tap room. A must visit! ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Historic Fort from 1800's on the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Minnesota River. ”
  • 1 local recommends
“A classic old theater, with historic charm. Tickets are at a discounted price $2-4 each, with great concessions. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
“Cute little gift shop. Perfect if you need to pick up a gift for someone before heading out of town. The shop is full of gift items, jewelry, home decor, fun cooking/kitchen supplies, living room throws, pillows, etc...”
  • 6 locals recommend
“Nice place to view the Mississippi and go for a bike ride. Don't try to find the falls though, they are hidden really well ;-)”
  • 6 locals recommend
“This is a cute, classic bar with a great sports scene. Fantastic gastropub fare, 2 for 1 Happy Hours, and a fun night light. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
“Walk, run, bike or drive up and down the river, either side. Historic neighborhoods, parks, and venues abound.”
  • 6 locals recommend
“With about 6.7 miles of paved trails, the park provides a beautiful setting for an afternoon's walk, run, or ride. Trails run along shady, wooded bottom lands next to the Mississippi River, along the marshes of Crosby Lake, past scenic picnic areas, and connects to the Mississippi River Boulevard parkway. Also available are the following: drinking fountain Watergate Marina, fishing in Upper lake, Crosby Lake and the Mississippi River. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
“Has a great bar and grill upstairs and a speakeasy downstairs with live music ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Half mile from home. Part of the city park system. Frisbee golf course, playground, picnic area, outdoor pool. Groomed trails for skiing and sledding hills in the winter”
  • 4 locals recommend