We don’t have to tell you Lowertown is the place to be. But we can tell you why we love it. The Star tribune calls Lowertown “a stew of restaurants, art, new development and the farmers market.” The place where dogs take precedence over people. The place where your neighbor painted every piece in your apartment. The place where the city park is busier than the DMV.
Recently named one of the top up and coming neighborhoods in the nation by USA Today, the Lowertown neighborhood boasts historic architecture, warehouses converted into living and business spaces, popular restaurants, and restored regional attractions. Home to some of the Twin Cities’ hottest restaurants and one of the liveliest art’s communities in the midwest, the historic Lowertown neighborhood has it all!
Below are some of Rayette’s closest community amenities that we love:
For over 150 years the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market has served the community and brought many to the Lowertown neighborhood looking to enjoy locally grown produce, music, and family friendly activities. The Saint Paul Farmers’ Market features open-air stalls and is open Saturdays and Sundays, 6am – 1pm, May through November and Saturdays, 9am – 1 pm, December through April.
The highly anticipated Lowertown Ballpark, CHS Field, is situated at the intersection of 5th Street and Broadway, just 2 blocks away from Rayette Lofts. Home of the St. Paul Saints, CHS Field is the perfect place to catch a game and enjoy the fun, yet sometimes crazy, entertainment.
Looking for a calm oasis in the middle of the city? Mears Park is the perfect place to have a picnic, take a stroll, bird watch and smell the flowers. Big events in Mears Park include the Twin Cities Jazz Fest, Concrete and Grass Music Festival, and the Music in Mears weekly concert series in the summer.
Rich in history, Union Depot is one of America’s great rail stations from the early 20th century. Union Depot is a major transportation center, as well as an event center for concerts, festivals, free yoga, and more. Did you know Union Depot also has five rooftop beehives?
Next to the Farmer’s Market, Golden’s Deli features a walk-up lunch window, earth-friendly business practices, monthly art installations, live music, an espresso bar and delicious local food.
Black Dog Café and Wine Bar is an unpretentious, all-day gathering spot serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, beer, wine, cocktails and espresso. Known for their live music, don’t miss Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog featuring the best Jazz musicians in the Twin Cities.
The newly opened Ox Cart Ale House aims to connect with and support the Lowertown Neighborhood with hints of Chicago. Featuring Lowertown’s only rooftop patio, enjoy lunch or dinner with beautiful views of Saint Paul including CHS field, the Mississippi River Bluffs and the State Capitol.
Saint Dinette is located on the first floor of Rayette Lofts. France made them famous — the neighborhood place with better food than you’d get at home, but not unlike the food you’d get at home.
Looking for fantastic pizza? Big River Pizza has wood-fired “Minne-politan” style pizza, beer, wine and small plates. Enjoy traditional ingredients brought in from local vendors allowing for fresh and exciting flavors.
The Buttered Tin highlights American breakfast classics, perfect for your daily coffee, brunch or breakfast meetings. Featuring comforting farm food, you’ll find real food that is fresh, local, and simple. Also known for their delicious bakery, stop by The Buttered Tin for one of their daily cupcakes, coffee cake, sunflower bread, milk balls and more.
Do you love beer? Make sure you stop by World of Beer to try one of their 50 beers on tap or one of the 500 beers in their cooler. Hungry? World of Beer also offers a menu full of tasty meals crafted to go along with your beer.