Grand Avenue is home to 46 restaurants, two bookstores, three bakeries, two grocery stores, and two art galleries as well as a variety of shops and services.

The winding, tree-lined streets of Macalester's immediate neighborhood have earned it the nickname "Tangletown," and it is one of St. Paul's most popular neighborhoods.

Stretching for four miles through the neighborhood and meandering from the campus to the Mississippi River, Summit Avenue was named one of 10 "great streets" nationally by the American Planning Association in 2008. The boulevard is a favorite for walkers, joggers, and cross-country skiers.