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Downtown St. Paul

Our capital city blends classic architecture and history. The walkable city has really come into its own recently, adding fresh restaurants, new attractions and special events. Not a huge hotbed for shopping (leave that to Grand Avenue), downtown St. Paul does house 90-year-old Heimie’s Haberdashery (www.heimies.com), a specialty shop offering men tailored clothing, business gear, cigars and hats. For those looking to nosh, the St. Paul Farmers’ Market (www.stpaulfarmersmarket.com) vendors provide 100 percent locally grown products. Relax with a good book or snap your photo with a peanuts character statue in Rice Park. Catch a movie at the omnitheater, explore the Real Pirates exhibit or play mini golf at the Science Museum of Minnesota (www.smm.org). Kids up to age 12 will fall in love with the Minnesota Children’s Museum (www.mcm.org). For a high-class, adult meal of steaks, chops, wine or whiskey, look no further than The St. Paul Grill inside the Saint Paul Hotel (www.stpaulgrill.com). Enjoy everything from crepes (four days a week outside) to oysters at Meritage (www.meritage-stpaul.com), which marries the best tastes of France and America. For the latest addition of deliciousness to downtown, head to the Food Truck Court (located at Kellogg and Wabasha) for several options like mac and cheese, chicken sliders, egg salad sandwiches and more.

Fun Fact: The American Planning Association named Rice Park one of America’s Top Great Places.