Welcome to St. Anthony Park
St. Anthony Park
St. Anthony Park was originally planned as a suburb for wealthy Minnesotans in the late 19th century, but the elite had other plans and did not flock to St. Anthony Park as expected. Now, it is a diverse and thriving community, and it's one of the more successful St. Paul suburbs. It is a small community with more than a few notable attractions, such as the St. Anthony Park Branch Library, which is a Carnegie library that was built in 1917. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Langford Park is the biggest park in the neighborhood, and it's named after Nathaniel P. Langford, a St. Anthony Park resident who helped design Yellowstone National Park. More famous people from St. Anthony Park are Saul Bellow and B.F. Skinner.
Then and Now
The planning for St. Anthony Park started in the late 1800s by Horace W.S. Cleveland who envisioned a lush, picturesque suburbs for the elite through a very romantic lens. It was a popular belief at the time, and he really focused on how it would all look--and he wanted it as organic as possible. This plan did not succeed, and the next developer, Charles Pratt, introduced a more practical, middle-class plan that was implemented.
There has always been a strong sense of community in St. Anthony Park. They've had a neighborhood organization since the beginning, and it's worked hard to do what's best for the neighborhood. The city has been committed to reinvestment, and it shows.
Today, St. Anthony Park is a stable, middle-class neighborhood with a slight decrease in the number of families versus singles. In addition, there are more renters than there used to be, but it hasn't affected the overall prosperity of the neighborhood. The demographics are highly educated in general and very involved in academia. This makes sense as it's next to the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus, which is in neighboring Falcon Heights.
Hoyt Ave. W to the north, Cleveland Ave. N/Snelling Ave. to the east, 94E to the south, and Emerald St. SE to the west.
Como, Falcon Heights, Merriam Park, Midway, Falcon Heights.
Here are some crime statistics for St. Anthony Park.
Alden Square Park (1169 Gibbs Ave., 651-266-6400), despite its name, is triangular, but it is, indeed, a park. It's a great place for a picnic or just to have a bit of fun. The main attraction is the gazebo where you can have a sit, relax, and enjoy a quiet moment.
College Park (2223 Carter Ave., 651-266-6400) is a nice place to go if you want a bit of respite in your hectic day. It has a basketball court, two tennis courts, and a playground. It also has 4+ acres in which you can play tag or just take a nice stroll.
Hendon Triangles (2260 Hendon Ave., 651-632-5111) is a unique park in that it's bisected into two triangles by Hendon Ave. The southern part has a slide, a dome climber, and a swing-set. The northern part is open for more spontaneous play.
Langford Park (30 Langford Park, 651-298-5765) is a fun place for the whole family. It offers an opportunity to use a slackline or to ice skate, depending on the season and the weather. It has baseball courts and tennis courts, swings, and plenty of other amenities to keep even the fussiest child occupied. It's a great community gathering place.
South Saint Anthony Park (890 Cromwell Ave., 651-266-6400) has many amenities that make it an attractive place to visit. It has a basketball half-court, a playground, two softball fields, and two tennis courts with plenty of open space, too. The South Saint Recreation Center is now partnered with Joy of the People Soccer Club, and you can contact them at 651-298-5770 to make reservations of space in the rec center or of one of the fields.
Caffe Biaggio (2356 University Ave. W, 651-917-7997, 651-917-9899) is a casually elegant neighborhood trattoria that is committed to serving traditional Italian fare. It opened in 2002, and they have been serving up seasonal fare such as goat cheese torta, ravioli di San Giovanni, and the seafood saffron risotto ever since. They have outdoor seating in the summer, and they serve family style, so make sure you bring plenty of people with you when you visit.
Colossal Cafe (2315 Como Ave., 651-797-4027) is an inviting and cozy eatery that serves traditional American fare. They have an extensive breakfast menu, including biscuits & gravy, pancakes, and sides such as hash browns and sausage patties. They also serve breakfast sandwiches and breakfast plates, so if breakfast is your thing, be sure to check them out. They also have take-home dishes, either pot pies or ribs.
Dogwood Coffee Co (825 Carleton St., 651-340-9248) is a quiet and contemplative coffee shop that is focused on quality, both in their coffee (and food, such as croissants and cookies) and in their business relationships. They also have an online store if you would like to purchase their beans or some Dogwood Coffee gear.
Egg and I East (Big Egg) (2550 University Ave. W, 651-647-1292) is a warm and inviting diner that has been serving breakfast to their customers for over 30 years. As you probably can guess, egg is their name, and egg is their game. Omelets, eggs any way you want them, Eggs Benedict, Eggs Commodore, Eggs Florentine, breakfast sandwiches with eggs, skillet breakfasts, and so much more. They also offer other fare such as pancakes, burgers, waffles & French toast, and plenty more.
Finnish Bistro (2264 Como Ave., 651-645-9181) is a woodsy and open restaurant that has a contemporary feel to it. The staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is comfortable. They serve authentic European cuisine such as Finnish oatcakes, Finnish traditional breakfast "Perinteiset", and homemade "Keitto" soups. They also have quiches, omelets, and soup & sandwiches. They have gluten-free options as well.
Foxy Falafel (791 Raymond Ave., 651-888-2255) is a casual Mediterranean eatery that has tasty falafel (of course) and other Mediterranean fare. But, it's all about the falafel here, and you can have it in any way you can possibly imagine. They are proud to offer plenty of organic ingredients, and they have many vegetarian and gluten-free options as well. Their sides include marinated beets, cheese curds, and baba ganoush.
Karta Thai Restaurant (2295 Como Ave., 651-330-6281) is a cozy and comfortable restaurant that serves all your Thai favorites, along with a few dishes you may never have heard of. Try the crispy Thai lobster rolls as a starter, the gang ped duck as an entry, or if you want something familiar, there's always the pad Thai, and finish up with the Thai custard or the mango with sticky rice.
Lady Elegant's Tea Room & Gift Shoppe (2230 Carter Ave. S, Suites 7 & 8, 651-645-6676, 952-393-7890) have bees serving tea in the British fashion for over fifteen years in a genteel and cozy manner. You can sit in the English cottage-style front room as you sip your tea and nibble on a four-course tea. It starts with a salad/soup, continues with sandwiches/savories, scones, and finishes with assorted petite desserts. They have gluten-free options as well. They also have tea and tea accessories for sale in their online shop.
Mim's Cafe (1435 Cleveland Ave. N, 651-646-0456) is a cheerful and cozy cafe that serves Mediterranean and American fare--mostly focusing on the Mediterranean side. They have shawarma and falafel, of course, but they also have kabob and chicken muraf. On the American side, they have cheese burgers and fries, and they have Philly cheese steaks as well--which they make with shawarma, so you can have a little of both sides.
Pho 79 (2233 Energy Park Dr., 651-644-2327) is an informal Vietnamese restaurant that serves all your favorites, such as banh mi, fried rice, and, of course, pho. No matter how you like the beef in your pho--lean, meatballs, brisket, tendons, tripe, and/or tendons, you will find it here. They also have chicken pho and seafood pho as well.
Workhorse Coffee Bar (2399 University Ave. W, 651-348-7561) is a contemporary coffee shop that is proud to brew locally-roasted coffee from UP Coffee Roasters and Bootstrap Coffee Roasters. They sell vegan and non-vegan baked breads from Maha Muffin Company, and their baker makes quiches, cookies, and granola that is made in-house.
Bang Brewing Company (2320 Capp Rd., 651-243-2264) is an industrial-looking and quiet place where you can enjoy a glass of beer and, at times, live music. They are active in their community, and they are committed to providing quality brews to said community. They have a patio and beer garden so you can enjoy your beer in the great outdoors when you visit.
Lake Monster Brewing (550 Vandalia St., #160, 612-964-6288) like their namesake, likes to look beneath the depths of the lake, er, beer to see the mystery. They brew traditional beers with subtle nuances, and they have a beer that is sure to please the palate of any imbiber, be it simple or more complex. If you get hungry as you sip at your beer, they have a different food truck every day, and you can check the schedule on their website.
Urban Growler Brewing Company (2325 Endicott St., 651-340-5793) is proud to be the first microbrewery owned by women in Minnesota. They are dedicated to crafting excellent beer and to giving back to their community, and they are excited when they can do both at the same time. They have beers whimsically named such as Wake Up Taste Buds, and they really know their, ahem, craft.
Bergin Fruit and Nut Company (2000 Energy Park Dr., 651-642-1234) was founded in 1951 and has always been a family-owned and operated business. At the time, their primary customers were restaurants, hotels, and clubs, and they quickly expanded to southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Over the decades, they expanded their customer base to include grocery chains, co-ops, and manufacturers, and they now have a presence in North Dakota and Michigan as well. They have a variety of products that include bulk dairy and nut butters.
Bibelot Shops (2276 Como Ave., 651-646-5651) is a charming gift store that is a great place to browse if you're looking for a gift--for someone else or yourself. They have women's clothing, jewelry, and accessories as well as toys that will make you nostalgic for your childhood. They also have housewares and mugs.
Bob Mitchell's Fly Shop (550 Vandalia St., Unit 119, 651-770-5854) was opened in 1978 and has been providing people who fish with the products they need ever since. They have been at this location since 2016. They sell rods, reels, lines, leaders, flies, waders, and more. In addition, they provide the community with fly fishing information and is the place to gather if fly fishing is your passion. They also provide guided trips that can include bass & BBQ if you so like.
Carter Ave. Frame Shop (2186 Como Ave., 651-645-7862) has a staff of dedicated and friendly professionals who are committed to providing your art with the perfect frame. They have competitive prices and a quick turnaround, and they are committed to their community and the environment. They do all of their framing onsite, so you can be assured that your art is in good hands.
Knoke's Chocolate & Nuts (2305 Como Ave., 651-219-5322) has been serving delicious chocolates and nuts (and much more) since 2014, and its parent company, Knoke's Chocolate Shop, has been in operation since 2000. They have truffles, cakes, pies, barks, pops, popcorn, and so much more. If you love the cacao bean, this is the perfect place for you to visit. They also have an online shop as well.
Scarborough Fair Boutique (2238 Carter Ave., 651-224-4182) is a women's clothing store that handpicks their selections for women of all sizes and ages, tastes and styles. Tops, bottoms, tunics, intimates, and plus sizes--they have something for everyone. They also have accessories, jewelry, wedding options, and online only items. They have both vintage and designer clothing.
Twin Cities Reptiles (2363 University Ave. W, 651-647-4479) was opened in 1980 by one person with a passion for reptiles. It was a tiny shop, but they eventually grew over time, and now they are the largest and the premier reptile specialty store in Minnesota. They have many kinds of snakes and lizards as well as turtles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Plus, much, much more. If you have a softness in your heart for our reptilian friends, then you definitely need to check out this store.
We Are Nuts (890 Vandalia St., 651-646-3688) has been cheerfully selling their nuts for nearly 29 years, learning and growing along the way. In the beginning, they outsourced the roasting, but after the first year, they decided to learn how to do it themselves. In addition to roasted nuts and 'just' nuts, they also sell chocolate-covered nuts, and things that aren't nut-related at all. They have dried fruits, glazed fruits, and trail mixes as well. They also have gift tins in case you want to share your love of nuts with your friends and family.