Welcome to Payne-Phalen

Payne-Phalen is the largest of 17 designated neighborhoods of St. Paul and is very close to Downtown. It is a historic neighborhood, rich with diversity and a communal atmosphere. They have plenty to offer cuisine-wise, ranging from Mexican to Chinese, and everything in between. They are known for the beauty of Lake Phalen and the serene outdoorsy nature of Swede Hollow, which has been made famous in song. There is plenty to attract a nature lover in Payne-Phalen, including parks and trails.

The people range from working class to middle class, and they are dedicated to the community. They are eager to welcome anyone and everyone to their neighborhood and to show them what makes Payne-Phalen special.

Then and Now

Historically, Payne-Phalen has been the home to new immigrants. When the Irish, Germans, Swedes, and Italians came to Minnesota, many of them made the East Side their home. In fact, Swede Hollow was a valley so named because of the Swedish immigrants who settled there.

During the industrial age, this neighborhood became a locus for several important industrial companies such as Hamm's brewery, Whirlpool, 3M, and Seeger Refrigerator Company. The local economy was bolstered by the presence of such companies as they employed thousands of residents. However, they all closed their doors in Payne-Phalen in the 1970s,  symbolizing the ups and downs that this neighborhood has experienced since it was established.

Today, due to much renovation and overhaul, the Payne-Phalen has now added gastropubs, arts, and organic farming to the mix, and they have become a much stronger community as a result. They are still welcoming to immigrants, however, and they never forget their roots as they continue to show off their East Side pride.


Larpenteur Avenue to the north, Bruce Vento Regional Trail to the east, Grove Street/Phalen Boulevard to the south, and 35E to the west.

Bordering Neighborhoods

Lowertown, Parkway-Greenbrier, Frost Lake, Prosperity Heights, Gloster, North of Maryland, South of Maryland, and Mt. Airy.

Crime Stats

Here are some crime statistics for Payne-Phalen.

Trulia Crime Stats


Ames Lake Park (1380 Magnolia Ave. E, 651-266-6400) is a small neighborhood park built around Ames Lake. There is a walking pier designed for the lake, and there are benches if you want a moment of respite from your daily life.

Arlington Arkwright Park (400 Arlington Ave. E, 651-632-5111) is known for its roughly 5-acre off-leash dog park. The other 15 acres include a skate park, a baseball field, an outdoor basketball court, two tennis courts, a soccer field, and a picnic area. It's one of the few parks where dogs can truly run free in an open area or under the plentiful trees.

Phalen Regional Park (1600 Phalen Dr., 651-266-6400) is a popular community spot cram-packed with activities for everyone to enjoy. They have an 18-hole golf course, beaches/Lake Phalen for swimming, fishing, and boating, picnic areas including an amphitheater, and so much more. They have sporting fields such as a beach volleyball court, a hockey rink, a skating rink, a softball field, and a soccer field. They have cross-country ski trails, sailing lessons, and participate in Fitness in the Parks. No matter what your outdoor interest, you will find it here.


Licensed in Minnesota. Disclaimer: Each office independently owned and operated. Privacy Policy