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A Tourist in Our Own City – B&C, Cathedral, Padelford Tour

For others like me, who have been raised in Minnesota yet have spent very little time in St. Paul, it’s time to try out all the wonderful benefits of living in the capitol city! After living in the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities for almost three decades, I recently moved to St. Paul in September of 2016.This amazing, urban area has so many “hot spots” to visit, but nothing near the excessive crowding and busyness I had envisioned of living in a capitol city.

My husband and I decided to take a day to play tourist in our own city:


Bread and Chocolate Bakery, off Grand Ave, is a convenient take-out or eat-in (or on the patio) shop serving breakfast, lunch, bakery items, and has an espresso bar. B&C is the sister company to Café Latte, and in addition to its wonderful quick serving restaurant menu, they also provide a catering service. You can purchase boxed lunches for your office or bakery trays for events!

I had the ham, egg, and cheese breakfast panini with house made roasted red pepper sauce. It was SO delicious!

And this original, house made roasted red pepper sauce is completely heavenly, you will want to eat every last drop!

We will definitely be returning to this gem of a restaurant for breakfast/brunch/lunch!


We then headed over to the St Paul Cathedral, one of St. Paul’s most historical structures and icons of the city.


The location of the current building was formerly a neglected Victorian home. Two local businessmen in 1903 offered to purchase the home for the archiepiscopal to live. The archiepiscopal asked them to instead purchase it as the sight for the great cathedral in 1904. This was the 4th catholic church in this city to bear the name St. Paul Cathedral, each of the three preceding churches was out grown by its attendees.

Emmanuel Louis Masquery designed the great cathedral and commencement on construction began in 1906 and the cornerstone was laid 6/2/1907 in a ceremony attended by 60,000 people. The architecture was inspired by French cathedrals and churches. Whitney Waren, who designed Grand Central Station, was commissioned to design the grand alter of the St. Paul Cathedral.

According to the Cathedral website: “The dome’s seven stained glass windows each represent a sacrament: Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick.”

For the lovers of architecture, historians, local or visiting Catholics, and anyone interested, public tours of this gorgeous building are held Monday-Friday at 1pm. If you would like to go a different time, there are self-guided tour guides for purchase of $2.


Located at Harriet Island, Padelford Landing Sightseeing Riverboat Tour was our last stop. Founded in 1969, this river boat tour was a wonderful, relaxing end to our day. We learned about Mark Twain’s love for the Mississippi River, the Native American heritage of Pike Island, the fascinating details of St. Paul’s draw of 1920 gangsters, and so much more!

We spent an hour traveling upstream, enjoying the beautiful weather, food and drinks, and hearing about various parts of St. Paul’s history.

The bridge conductor took the opportunity to brighten the day of all the kids on the tour with his Oscar the Grouch puppet!

We then were taken back downstream to our starting point at Harriet Island’s west bank, which only took thirty mins.



We had such a blast playing tourist and are looking forward to our next tourist-in-our-own-city day!


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