Spend a Day at 50th and France in St. Paul

This quaint and enchanting shopping neighborhood boasts more than 150 retailers and professional services

The upscale, yet quaint shopping neighborhood of 50th & France, located a few minutes west of the metro, is where a collection of unique shops and stops collide to create a charming cobblestone stretch to explore. This lively intersection and the surrounding blocks boast more than 175 retailers and professional services, overflowing with one-of-a-kind boutiques and shops and dotted with delicious restaurants and quaint ice cream parlors, making it easy to get lost in the enchantment of 50th and France.

Grab your morning pick me up at Breadsmith, where fresh scones, muffins and breads are handmade daily. What’s better than the freshest of morning baked breakfast goods paired with a freshly brewed cup of java? Possibly the Edina Grill’s roasted veggie hash drizzled in hollandaise, or Salut’s indulgent crepes stuffed with Nutella, bananas and roasted hazelnuts. Once you’re energized with whichever delicious food you chose to dabble, it is time to shop. The avenue offers shops for the trendier, label-conscious set like Bumbershute and Fashion Avenue, or those seeking quality, bohemian-chic apparel at Bluebird Boutique, Bellesons and Anthropologie.

Mozza Mia
Mozza Mia (©Todd Buchanan)

A wood-fired, handcrafted mozzarella pie is waiting for you tucked behind the cobblestone walks in a quaint pizzeria and mozzarella bar, Mozza Mia. Or maybe it’s a panini from Arezzo Ristorante, stuffed with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and other deliciously Italian ingredients. Can’t decide? Choose any two to create your favorite D'Amico & Son’s combination. After lunch, I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream at Edina Creamery. With 1950s black and white checkered floors dotted with red and silver booths and high tops, walking into the neighborhood parlor is like walking into a scene from Grease, starring more than 50 freshly homemade ice creams, frozen yogurts and dairy free options. Check out Sweet Retreat—a shop dedicated to the most beautiful and mouth-watering cupcakes you’ve ever seen... or tasted.


Sweet Retreat
Sweet Retreat (©Todd Buchanan)

Snag a seat in the Landmark Cinema for an evening flick. After that your palate might be ready for Cocina del Barrio’s mouthwatering chicken and black bean tostado, which you can pair with perfect tequila infused beverages. 

Hammer Made
Hammer Made (©Todd Buchanan)

Also consider: Galleria
Not far south of 50th and France is the distinct shops of the Galleria. Pop into Len Druskin to try the earthy-chic garb, peruse the beautiful home décor and gifts at Ampersand, buy shirts for him at Hammer Made, or stock up on iconic accessory brands at Melly. Distinct doesn’t end at shops; enjoy a fresh, local organic meal from the scratch-kitchen of Peoples Organic, a fresh sushi roll from Crave, or a steak meal at the innovative Pittsburgh Blue.