Bike Saint Paul: Macalester-Groveland
Smart, Sweet, and Cycleable. Bike to the pleasant, picturesque, and delicious Mac Groveland neighborhood.
Head into fairest Mac Groveland, taking part of its nickname from prestigious Macalester College. Equal parts posh and friendly, you’ll get an instant feel for how sophisticated yet affable St. Paul can be, particularly when the academic year is nigh, and the crispiness of autumn is on the horizon.
- First, begin on the Minneapolis side of the Lake Street-Marshall Bridge and cross into St. Paul
- Continue onto Marshall Avenue
- Turn right onto Cleveland Avenue
- Turn left onto Summit Ave
- Turn right toward Cambridge Street
- You will arrive on the Macalester College Campus in 13 minutes (about 2 miles)
A few standout places worth breaking a final seasonal sweat for:
Shish Mediterranean Kitchen
A boxer-turned-chef has made this wee storefront the Middle Eastern institution of your dreams, with high-octane Turkish coffee guaranteed to keep you going all day, grilled kebabs served with garlic sauce that will keep you talking about it for years, and hummus and pita to keep you coming back. Shish even has burgers and chicken sandwiches, if you must.
This newcomer to the neighborhood has been inspiring major chatter among people who love to eat and drink, and do it in a space with all the charm of a favorite neighbor who loves to share and cook. With Estelle's coastal European menu with St. Paul-level pretension (read: none) you’ll not just eat well (arancini, salt cod fritters, handmade pastas) you can feel good and relaxed while doing it (a record player in the corner, easygoing chef’s counter, $7 glasses of Cava).
St. Paul Cheese Shop
If you’re on the move, get the sandwich of your grab-and-go dreams at this amiable little cheese counter, where they build the sandwich with world-class cheeses, made-to-order, excellent for stashing in your bike bag and enjoying at the riverfront. After a sammie plied with real imported Raclette or Comte at St. Paul Cheese Shop, you won’t be able to face a cellophane-wrapped, soggy mess again.
Haven’t you heard? The Tennessee Hot Chicken craze (founded by the one and only, Black-owned Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville) is a bonafide, legit craze, inspiring potato chip flavors to ramen. Get St. Paul’s version, Nashville Coop (yes, including “MN Nice: No Heat”) available in strips, sammich, or on Texas Toast. Don’t forget slaw to tamp down the burn.
More to Explore
St. Paul Cheese Shop
1573 Grand Avenue Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105 (651) 698-3391 Grand/Summit Avenue Website >