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An oasis of beautiful gardens and beautiful views, Swede Hollow, the coffee shop, sits on a hill on the east side of St. Paul and offers many, many joys to those who venture into this undeservedly overlooked part of town. First among the joys is the view: Seen from the eastern slopes, St. Paul looks imposing and regal, like Boston made lonesome by the back-lighting of the west-setting sun. Second are the well-planted gardens that surround the stepped brick patios. Third among the pleasures, but not last, are the excellent house-made desserts, the gratifying caramel rolls, the good sandwiches, and lovely soups.
St. Paul's Swede Hollow Cafe, best known for its cinnamon rolls and verdant patio, has a new man in the kitchen. Ali Koroglu, most recently the sous chef at Cafe Barbette in Minneapolis, took over th... More »
Great sandwiches. Look out for the specials. Anything from Cuban sandwiches to blt's. Just awesome. The depth charges are great. You can get up to 5 shots of espresso in your coffee. They have kept me going during the 12 hour days I occasionally have to do. I highly recommend going there. Almost forgot, great desserts too.
For an outdoor, sit-down dinner, you can't beat the elegantly ensconced patios of W.A. Frost or the Black Forest Inn. But for a casual, sunny breakfast or lunch, consider this small St. Paul spot with the giant view. Perched atop a hill rising above Swede Hollow--now a park, but from the 1850s to the 1950s a busy immigrant community where some families simply found empty houses and moved in--this cozy eatery offers an unexpected outdoor-dining experience. Located in a historic... More »
"The message today is internal sunshine," beams the man behind the counter at the Swede Hollow Café on a bitterly cold, desolate February morning. And he says it with such sunny conviction that you can't help but smile at the cornpone sentiment. Swede Hollow is that kind of place: It oozes shiny, happy feelings. There's none of the smoky, dour, more-sullen-than-thou artifice that plagues too many coffee shops in this caffeine-fueled metropolis. This cozy establishment, situated in a... More »
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