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Neighborhood Series: Summit Hill

Posted by VIBE Realty on Thursday, October 14th, 2021 at 12:20pm.

Perhaps one of the most known neighborhoods in Saint Paul (are we too bold to say in the Twin Cities?) Summit Hill is a truly classic neighborhood famous for its regal Summit Avenue, a boulevard boasting the best preserved collection of Victorian mansions in the country, yes, country. With such historical and impressive mansions, are we wrong to assume that some might even be...haunted? (Check out the Summit Ave Haunted Walking Tour section below.) From the opulent Governor's Residence to the prior home of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Summit Hill is a prized jewel. Just one block over, you’ll find miles of great shops and local restaurants lining Grand Avenue. We’ve noted a few worth checking out below.

Summit Ave Haunted Walking Tours in October

Feeling like embracing some spooky Halloween vibes? Join in on ghost stories along Saint Paul’s most elegant streets. This stroll looks back on a neighborhood’s history that will surely give you a tingle, a laugh and perhaps a shiver. The next tour is Friday October 29th. Sign up with the link below.
Haunted Walking Tour

Photo Courtesy of Visit Saint Paul

Summit Overlook Park

This park perched at the top of the crazy-steep Ramsey Street Hill is a great spot for stunning Saint Paul views. Bring a blanket and a bottle of wine for a relaxing evening in the park.

Photo Courtesy of Streets.MN

The Lexington

Rich in history and design, The Lexington is a Saint Paul classic. A traditional upscale fine dining restaurant with a 75+ year presence in the city of Saint Paul. It’s known to be a refined spot for upscale American steakhouse fare and cocktails, including its famous chicken pot pie. For a night out that captures the Saint Paul spirit, head to The Lexington.

Photo courtesy of @thelexmn


Grand Ole Creamery & Pizzeria

Pop by this popular place for counter service pizza, hoagies, and calzones in the colder months, and ice cream during the warmer months. Going at it since 1984, they are known for their unique flavors of ice cream by the scoop, and they serve excellent shakes and malts. Fun fact, it was once visited by President Obama!

Photo Courtesy of Visit Saint Paul

Punch Pizza

On the hunt for more pizza joints? Punch Pizza is a Minnesota classic known for wood-fired Neapolitan pies and some of the best crust around! A cool vibe and great eats makes it definitely worth the stop.

Photo Courtesy of Punch Pizza


Brasa Premium Rotisserie

A unique fusion of Southern U.S., Caribbean and Mexican, Brasa is a legendary restaurant in the Twin Cities known for its smoked rotisserie chicken. If you’re looking for some comfort food, their menu will do the trick.

Photo Courtesy of @brasa_rotisserie


Red Rabbit

More pizza on Grand Avenue, and we’re not complaining. Red Rabbit is another classic Minnesota choice and is a highly regarded spot for their pasta. Stop here to enjoy some authentic Italian favorites in a cozy rustic atmosphere.

Photo Courtesy of @redrabbitmn


Northern Brewer Home Brew Supplies

Beer lovers unite. This shop is all about the home brew! They carry all the equipment needed to brew your own beer at home (wishing you knew about this place during quarantine, huh?) From beer starter kits to kegging and bottling, a haul over to Northern Brewer will equip you with everything you need to stay busy all winter long.

Photo Courtesy of Urban Growler 


Cafe Latte

Did someone say cake? Here’s where you can find some of the best in the Twin Cities. Cafe Latte also serves soups, sandwiches, and salads, cafeteria style. A no-frills, casual hang, you can’t go wrong.

Photo Courtesy of Cafe Latte


Salut Bar Americain

Everyone needs a neighborhood French joint. Salut Bar Americain is Summit Hill’s only French restaurant and just as you’d expect, has great patio seating with delicious craft cocktails. The onion soup or sliders on happy hour are also worth writing home about.

Photo Courtesy of @salutgrand


The Uptowner Cafe

A hole in the wall that the locals love. The Uptowner Cafe is a longtime Grand Ave diner that has been whipping up breakfast and lunch staples in a classic, tiny, and quirky atmosphere.

Photo Courtesy of Business Yab 


First Grand Avenue Liquor Store

An awesome locally owned liquor shop with a great selection of craft beers, great wines, and one of the largest walk-in refrigerators around. Yes, that means options!

Photo Courtesy of First Grand Avenue Liquors


Good Things

The perfect place to shop if you’re in the market for some gift-giving (also a good spot to know about with the holidays coming up!) Good Things is one of the largest gift shops on Grand Avenue, and carries a wide, yet carefully curated collection of every type of gift. Happy shopping!

Photo Courtesy of @goodthingsmn


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