Hmongtown Marketplace: Shopping

On Tuesday I posted a brief writeup of our recent lunch at Hmongtown Marketplace in St. Paul. Lunch was only part of our visit. We spent as much time after the meal walking around the market and buying vegetables etc. If you’ve never been to Hmongtown Marketplace, you should know that the market sections are by far the largest part of the space. The larger part of the market is indoors, in two large warehouses/sheds that sit on either side of a central outdoor space. This outdoor space has stalls selling clothes and cds/dvds and also a large green market. During the height of the growing season, this green market is filled with produce sellers (there’s also live poultry available); currently, it is filled with vendors selling vegetable and plant starters—and if you’re a home gardener, you should go check them out this weekend. There’s also a green market indoors all year around, and this part of the market is already on the go. In other words, you don’t need to wait another month to go vegetable/fruit shopping here. Go now. 

Given how much time it’s taken me to resize all these pictures, I’m not going to do much here beyond two slideshow walkthroughs of the market. First up, the outdoor area.

Outdoor and Green Market

Indoor Markets

And now for the indoor market. The building with the larger food court (the one in which we ate) has a lot of shops in it, but there may be even more in the other building, which also has a few eateries as well as a butcher counter.

That’s not actually it for this visit to Hmongtown Marketplace. I saw on this trip a store I’d never noticed before (perhaps it is new) and I’ll report on it separately in a few weeks. I don’t mean to be mysterious: it’s a Nepali store and one of the few places in St. Paul for South Asian groceries.

Coming up next week on the food front: a fine dining report from Minneapolis.


3 thoughts on “Hmongtown Marketplace: Shopping

  1. Stopped by over the weekend and I can confirm the prices were very good. Actually can’t believe it is at all profitable for the sellers. I’ve tried to do seed starters in the past and it’s a labor-intensive process. But I paid barely more than I would have for a packet of seeds. Anyway I’m glad I strayed from my Hmong Village standby, the two are much more different than I’d assumed. Thanks for the post.


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