St. Paul is divided into 17 neighborhoods.
Here’s a list of St. Paul’s official neighborhoods in alphabetical order
1. 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.
2. ComoNot 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!
3. Crocus Hill/Grand AvenueCrocus 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.
4. Dayton’s BluffDayton’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.
5. DowntownDowntown 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.
6. Greater East SideThe Greater East Side occupies the north-east corner of St. Paul, with the city of Maplewood to the north and east.
7. Hamline-MidwayHamline-Midway is, as the name suggests, in the middle of the city. It’s partly residential, with some light industry and business parks.
8. Highland Park
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.
9. Macalester-GrovelandMacalester-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.
10. Merriam Park
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.
11. North EndThe North End neighborhood is between the Como neighborhood, and Interstate 35E. It is residential neighborhood, homes here have lower than the St. Paul average household income.
Payne-Phalen is a residential neighborhood to the east of Interstate 35E. The neighborhood is named for Phalen Park, a pretty park surrounding Lake Phalen, and Payne Boulevard, the main north-south street.
Payne-Phalen is a very varied neighborhood. It has some of the highest levels of crime in St. Paul, and also has many safe residential streets and quiet parks.
13. St. Anthony ParkSt. Anthony Park is in the north-west corner of St. Paul, on the border of the city of Minneapolis. This neighborhood is part residential, and part industrial.The Universtity of Minnesota’s St Paul campus is located just to the north-east of St. Anthony Park.
14. Summit HillSummit Hill surrounds the eastern end of Grand Avenue, between Macalester-Groveland to the west and Downtown to the east. It’s an upscale neighborhood, and home to many students who attend the nearby colleges.
Many stores, restaurants and galleries call this part of Grand Avenue home.
Summit-University is St. Paul’s oldest residential neighborh ood. The high river bluffs give the area, and main thoroughfare, Summit Avenue, it’s name. Summit Avenue has impressive Victorian mansions, several independent restaurants and shops along Selby Avenue, and the magnificent Cathedral of St. Paul.
16. Thomas-DaleThomas-Dale is also called Frogtown, for reasons lost to time. It is a small working-class neighborhood between University Avenue and the railroad.
17. West Seventh/Fort Road
This diagonal neighborhood is named for the main thoroughfare, Fort Road, which begins life as restaurant and bar lined West Seventh Street in downtown St. Paul, and runs in between the Missi ssippi and Interstate 35E, turning into Fort Road on the way. Both names for this part of the road are used interchangeably.The area north of Fort Road is primarily residential, and south of Fort Road is several factories and a power station on the banks of the river.Much redevelopment is happening here, taking advantage of the river and the proximity to downtown St. Paul. with old factories being turned into housing and new executive condominiums being built.