Grand Avenue

From local sweets to far-away finds, this St. Paul neighborhood just keeps getting better

Danish Bohemia

Contrary to popular belief, Danish design isn’t all modern and minimalist. It can be shabby-chic vases and tableware, whimsical children’s clothing and accessories, and bright yellow clogs for the whole family. Owner, designer, and Dane, Lisbet Franc is adding women’s fashions to the mix this spring. 1144 Grand Ave., 651-222-8383

Sunny Sky

Shopping at this antiques and home-décor shop is a cultural experience. Qing Huang works with her brother in China to import traditional art, accessories, and furniture—from rustic tables to red-lacquered cabinets. Huang has a story for every piece, and a cup of jasmine tea for every customer. 760 Grand Ave., 651-224-9988

Bread & Chocolate

A smaller, spunkier version of Cafe Latté, this coffee bar and bakery serves up breakfast paninis on crusty, tangy sourdough (say yes to the red-pepper sauce), scones to snack on, a simple, yet satisfying, salad-sandwich combo, and frosted oatmeal-raisin cookies. 867 Grand Ave., 651-228-1017

Golden Fig

After 12 years of selling herb blends and infused vinegars at the St. Paul Farmers’ Market, Laurie Crowell opened this sweet shop and filled it with mostly-local, homemade edibles, like bread, brittle, butters, cheese, caramels, chocolate, honey, jam, marshmallows, and pickles—just to name a few. 790 Grand Ave., 651-602-0144

Photo by David J. Turner


It’s style for all at this clothing boutique, where owner Jada Breuer combines her eye for global trends with a Minnesota sensibility. Karma’s modern-classic mix of jewelry, tunics, dresses, and premium denim befit mothers and daughters, hipsters and prepsters, lazy days and evenings out. 841 Grand Ave., 651-291-1997

Picky Girl

Like an ultra-trendy friend’s closet, this bright and tiny shop is filled with funky clothing and shoes. And you can return here often, thanks to the constantly changing merchandise. 1326A Grand Ave., 651-698-4107

Siji Kids

When Kyle and Macy Lee-Johnson couldn’t find hip clothes for their kids, they opened this urban boutique. From modern styles for boys and girls to a kids photo studio downstairs, this mom and dad thought of everything. 1326B Grand Ave., 651-699-5290

While in the neighborhood, don’t miss these tried-and-true favorites:


for an enormous and eclectic collection of cards, gifts, home décor, and jewelry. 1082 Grand Ave., 651-222-0321
Cooks of Crocus Hill for gourmet ingredients, gadgets, and inspiration. 877 Grand Ave., 651-228-1333
Creative Kidstuff
for interactive toys, educational games, and fun projects. 1074 Grand Ave., 651-222-2472
Garden of Eden for aromatherapy essential oils, candles, and bath products. 867 Grand Ave., 651-293-1300
The Grand Hand Gallery
for an ever-changing collection of fine, contemporary crafts. 619 Grand Ave., 651-312-1122
The Red Balloon Bookshop
for little readers and local authors. 891 Grand Ave., 651-224-8320
Cafe Latte for the pizza and the legendary turtle cake. 850 Grand Ave., 651-224-5687