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St. Paul park

Como Park is a St. Paul landmark. It’s been a gathering place for friends and family ever since it became a public park in 1873. Today Como Park receives more than 2.5 million visitors annually. There’s tons to see and do within this St. Paul park, but let’s start with our top five!

Take a picture with the bear
You can’t leave the park at Black Bear Crossings without getting a picture with the bear! Remember to say “cheese!”

St. Paul park

Paddle boat rentals
You can rent paddle boats and canoes for $20/hour Memorial Day through Labor Day. Stop in to Black Bear Crossings (located inside the pavilion) to rent a boat and take a leisurely tour around the lake!

Enjoy some homemade pastries at the Black Bear Crossings Café
All of the pastries at the Black Bear Crossings Café in St. Paul are made fresh daily. Enjoy muffins, pie, scones, cookies and bars – the assortment changes daily so stop back often! The café also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner if you’re hungry for a full meal.

St. Paul cafe

Music in the park
During the month of August, enjoy live music in the park! Join friends and family at the pavilion for some of the best jazz, swing and orchestra music you’ll find in St. Paul.

Shop the selection of Native Arts & Crafts
Black Bear Crossings café proudly displays the painting of local Native American artist Behon LaPrairie on the walls of the first floor cafe. The wood panels of the café counter depict the seven clans, in both Ojibwe (upper) and Potawatomi (lower) languages. Even our lattes are named after the 11 reservations in Minnesota. The Black Bear Crossings café also stocks a display case with mostly local, native artist to include a variety of jewelry, moccasins, birch bark crafts, wild rice (hand-harvested & wood-parched) etc. Our selection changes frequently, so check back often!

native arts and crafts St. Paul

Located in the historic Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul, Minnesota, Black Bear Crossings manages one of the best coffee shops and gourmet cafés in St. Paul. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Black Bear Crossings also hosts music and events in the park, community meetings and is the ideal historic wedding venue in St. Paul.