The Hamline-Midway Neighborhood

Two students walking outside Groundswell

Your Hamline home in Saint Paul

Hamline University sits just north of Saint Paul’s University Avenue. This bustling center of the Hamline-Midway neighborhood is named for its spot midway between Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Whether you’re looking for someplace within a short walk of campus or want to venture farther out on the nearby Green Line train that runs between the two downtowns, you’ll find it all:

  • Restaurants representing cuisines from around the world.
  • Shopping opportunities with businesses both large and small.
  • A wide range of activities loved by locals and visitors alike.

Neighborhood eats


Groundswell offers students delicious gluten-free and vegan dining options. Boasting a bakery, a cafe-style restaurant, as well as a small Minnesota-themed gift shop, Groundswell often hosts local artists and musicians.

Walk time from Anderson Center: About 17 minutes.

Black Sea

Black Sea is a favorite among Hamline students, with their generous portions of Turkish cuisine—served fresh and fast—at affordable prices.

Walk time from Anderson Center: About 2 minutes.

Pho Pasteur

Eat your fill of Vietnamese comfort food at this casual nearby restaurant known for its pho, spring rolls, and more.

Walk time from Anderson Center: About 3 minutes.

Local fun

Can Can Wonderland

Test your mini-golf skills at this year-round, artist-designed course! You’ll also find vintage arcade games, ping-pong, and pinball machines, along with pizza and other food and drink options.

Walk time from Anderson Center: About 18 minutes.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Como Park Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is the perfect setting for an outdoor adventure. The free zoo hosts a wide variety of animals and exhibits, that is matched only in diversity by the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, a place to enjoy a tropical environment year-round.

Walk time from Anderson Center: About one hour (15-minute bus ride).

Allianz Field

Catch a Minnesota United FC (major league soccer) game at the Twin Cities’ newest stadium. The stadium's architecture is inspired by Minnesota’s waterways and the Northern Lights, and boasts full food service and incredible game day views.

Walk time from Anderson Center: About 20 minutes.

Minnesota State Fair

Celebrate the final days of summer at the Great Minnesota Get-Together! Enjoy the walk or hop on a quick bus ride to explore the classic state fair with live entertainment, shopping, baby animals, carnival rides, and all the food on a stick you could ever want. The fair begins 12 days before Labor Day each year.

Walk time from Anderson Center: About 70 minutes (5-minute bus ride).

Nearby amenities

If you need to pick up some groceries, toiletries, or other supplies, Lloyd’s Pharmacy is a go-to staple in the community.

Just south of campus along University Avenue, you’ll find Target, Cub Foods, CVS, Goodwill, and other mass retailers within a 25-minute walk or quick bus ride from campus.

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