XIA Gallery & Café is a coffee shop, and the first and only exhibition space in Little Mekong cultural and business district dedicated to showcasing Asian American creative work & designs.

XIA provides a space and other resources to support Asian American artists and makers to connect and celebrate Minnesota Asian communities. A project of Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA), XIA Gallery and Café continues AEDA's anti-displacement initiative to preserve culture and small businesses in Little Mekong. Located on University Avenue in Frogtown and Rondo, Little Mekong emerged in the 1980s and 90s when Southeast Asian Vietnam War refugees were placed in St. Paul.

What's in the Space?

Gift Shop
of XIA Gallery

A space to share creative work & designs created by Asian & BIPOC artists and makers who are inspired by the richness of their culture and heritage to develop products that speak to who they are.

A Solo Exhibit Space

A gallery space featuring various artists and their beautiful collections. From October to December 2022, Kao Lee Thao is featuring her collection of Dragon's Blood  which captures the superstitious belief of how water dragons fragment Hmong souls and our lifeblood is altered. It explores the folklore and superstitions about what happens to the soul when crossing the Mekong River.

Coffee, Tea, and Boba Tea! 

XIA's café serves coffee beans based from Southeast Asia and bought from Uprooted Coffee, a local MN vendor. XIA also sells baked goods and pastries from local MN Asian bakeries. Stop by for a yummy treat and relax in our cozy lobby! 

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© 2023 by XIA Gallery & Cafe

422 University Ave W Suite 14

St Paul, MN 55103

Tel: (651) 222-7798