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Neighborhood Series: West Side, Saint Paul

Posted by VIBE Realty on Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at 9:18pm.

Welcome to West Side Saint Paul, located across the Mississippi River just south of downtown. The name tends to throw people off, but it comes from its location on the west bank of the Mississippi River. We love this long-established neighborhood for its historical context, exuberant culture and vibrant Mexican eateries. Also worth noting, the annual Cinco de Mayo celebrations is one of the ten largest in the United States. Sightseeing cruises depart from riverside Harriet Island Regional Park, the site of regular summer events. At nearby Wabasha Street Caves, visitors can tour limestone caverns used by Prohibition-era gangsters. With excellent river views and much to see, we’ve highlighted some known local hangs below.


Catrinas Cerveza & Mexican Grill

“From Mexico to Minnesota” as they say. Founders Lorenzo Tejeda and Paul Marshall focus on offering everything fresh, authentic, and locally sourced. Their Mexican cuisine is made in house by the owners and chefs on a daily basis and served in a fast-casual taqueria setting.

Photo Courtesy of Trip Advisor


El Burrito Mercado

With raving reviews, this Mexican market and cafe serves authentic classic eats, such as tacos, enchiladas, tamales and handcrafted margaritas in a laid-back cafeteria-style. You can also shop grocery items if you’re looking to stock up.

Photo Courtesy of El Burrito Mercado


Boca Chica Restaurante Mexicano & Cantina

This family-owned mainstay is another excellent option for margaritas and hearty plates of Mexican fare. This spot is a casual hacienda-style atmosphere offering the ‘true Mexican experience’ as noted on their website!

Photo Courtesy of @bocachicamn

Bootstrap Coffee Roasters

This Saint Paul roasting company was born out of a passion for quality coffee - we can appreciate that! Bootstrap whips up seasonal brews all year long. Pop in on your early morning coffee run, or take their beans to-go. Our hot take, their latte game is strong!

Photo Courtesy of @bootstrapcofffee


Wabasha Brewing Co.

Say hello to Saint Paul’s first craft brewery on the west side of Saint Paul, just a stone's-throw from the Wabasha Caves. Enjoy a pint and take a growler of your favorite brew home with you. With live music, trivia nights, and a happening atmosphere, you’ve got yourself a nice night out in West Side. And did we mention their creamsicle beer? Orange vanilla cream ale for the win.

Photo Courtesy of @wabashabrewing


Saint Paul Yacht Club

The Saint Paul Yacht Club was established in 1912 and operates two harbor facilities in Saint Paul's Harriet Island Regional Park with 180 boat slips. They have a floating clubhouse permanently moored in the upper harbor for meetings and social gatherings. The Clubhouse can be used for individual slip holder events as well as club functions. The Yacht Club is a historic and much loved member of this area.

Photo Courtesy of Visit Saint Paul


Holman’s Table

Holman's Table is a dining experience that celebrates the spirit of travel. They offer new American cuisine, craft beer and cocktails in a restored air terminal with vintage-chic decor. The space captures the beau monde essence of jet set travel, lending guests the luxurious sense of finding themselves at the center of the world. Eat, drink, and embark as they say!

Photo Courtesy of @holmanstable


Joseph's Grill

A bloody mary and country fried steak for breakfast, can you really go wrong? This large upbeat bar and grill offers a wide range of burgers and American comfort food. With an outdoor patio and a free shuttle to Wild Games, they have the setup on lockdown.

Photo Courtesy of Josephs’ Grill

Omaha Swing Bridge

Omaha Road Bridge Number 15 is a swing bridge that spans the Mississippi River in this neighborhood. It was built in 1915 by the Chicago, Saint Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway. It is unusually shaped, because the swing span is asymmetrical. According to local legend, the original bridge design had equal length spans on either side. Once the bridge was completed, the owner of the property on the south side of the river did not want the swing span crossing his land. In response, the owner removed most of the south end of the swing span and added a concrete counterweight to compensate for the lost material.

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Wabasha Street Caves

Once a speakeasy during Prohibition, the caves were transformed into an underground nightclub called the 'Castle Royal’ and are now a restored gangster-era sight. They give tours for people to experience history with a touch of mystery. Who’s up for a little adventure?!

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