An Asian Street Market in St. Paul, Minnesota

Hmong Dresses Hanging in the Hmongtown Marketplace

Hmong Dresses Hanging in the Hmongtown Marketplace

What a wonderful experience!

Where can you get the best-looking green beans, onions, peppers, papaya, sugar cane, lemongrass, and ginger root … and chicken feet … and brightly colored embroidered dresses … handmade knives, rakes, and hoes … and rent a DVD … and do it all in one stop? Only at the Hmongtown Marketplace, in Frogtown.

The marketplace is in a collection of warehouse buildings, a converted lumberyard. We huddled under our umbrella, trying not to let the 40-degree wind blow the cold St. Paul rain in our faces. When we stepped through the double glass doors, however, and heard the Oriental music blasting from a karaoke machine, we thought we had been transported magically to a southeast Asian street market …


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