Shop Around Town
Whether you want to meander aimlessly or spend a day power shopping, you’ll find what you need in the Twin Cities. From Uptown to Downtown and all around, the Twin Cities are the source of the latest trends and one-of-a-kind goods in every category.
Made famous for the nation’s first enclosed shopping mall—Southdale Center—and the massive Mall of America, the Twin Cities offer
something for all shoppers, from home goods and apparel, to electronics, beauty, hobby shopping and even grocery shopping. Independently owned boutiques, quaint shops, national retailers, outlet centers and a range of malls tempt pocketbooks, and with no sales tax on clothes and shoes, Minnesotans will stop at nothing to get the best steals on the best deals.
Located 15 minutes south of Minneapolis in Bloomington, Mall of America features 520 stores, 50 restaurants and attractions galore; it is a must-visit for any retail addict or avid people watcher. Anchored by Macy’s, Nordstrom, Sears and a flagship L.L. Bean, the mall is a one-stop paradise where you can shop for upscale brands like Burberry, Michael Kors and Stuart Weitzman in the mall’s South Avenue; check out new stores like Zara, Tom’s and Fabletics; and find pretty much anything else you desire across the mall’s four floors. A recent $325 million expansion includes a beautifully updated front entrance, the 342-room JW Marriott, a new food court on Level 3 and more.
Discover hidden treasures tucked away in smaller neighborhoods as well. On Lake Street, the Midtown Global Market offers a year-round farmer’s market with vibrant multicultural shops and goods, while Hymie’s Vintage Records is your one-stop-shop for timeless tunes. Be inspired, create crafts and play at Heartfelt in Linden Hills. At the intersection of Selby and Snelling avenues in St. Paul, you can find home and garden items, stationery, apothecary and goofy gifts at Patina or historic antique pieces at Drawbridge.
Head to downtown Minneapolis for a mix of name brand and independent shops, from rare and used books at James and Mary Laurie Booksellers to high-quality menswear at Hubert White, fashionable women’s pieces at Banana Republic and treatments at Juut Salonspa. Over nine miles of skyways connect much of the downtown retail, so you can shop ’til you drop without worrying about the cold temperatures in the winter months.
Uptown, located just minutes from downtown Minneapolis, is known for its laid-back atmosphere and the fashion-forward hipsters and young professionals that frequent its streets. Found at the intersection of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue sits Calhoun Square, home to retailers like CB2, H&M, Timberland and Kitchen Window. Just outside the square’s doors, you’ll find nationally recognized retailers such as Apple, The North Face, Goorin Brothers Hat Shop and John Fluevog Shoes. Locally owned shops can also be found along the streets—there’s Proper & Prim, which sells unique, on-trend youthful women’s pieces; Phenom, a sneakers, streetwear and lifestyle shop; Magers and Quinn, a bookstore selling hard-to-find editions as well as current titles; and Knight’s Chamber for the modern man.
Thirty blocks of shops line Grand Avenue from the Mississippi River to downtown St. Paul, making for a relaxed, outdoor shopping experience. Let the kids run wild at Creative Kidstuff while you go crazy over culinary products at Cooks of Crocus Hill. Get lost in the stacks and find a good read at Garrison Keillor’s shop, Common Good Books, or reads for kids at Red Balloon Bookshop. Find functional and wearable art at The Grand Hand Gallery. For something to wear, women can look to Evereve, which sells contemporary apparel made by and for women; or Bombshell, a boutique for plus-sized shoppers. And if you need something more comfortable to wear while strolling the avenue, pop into The North Face or Patagonia for active and outdoor wear.
With more than 175 retailers and services, it’s easy to see why 50th & France is one of the Twin Cities’ best boutique shopping districts. Located a few minutes southwest of Minneapolis, this upscale yet quaint shopping neighborhood boasts a smattering of boutiques and unique shops to explore. Stop in at Grethen House for upscale women’s apparel; update your workout wardrobe at Title Nine, which carries women’s yoga clothing, sports bras and other sportswear items; or find a new piece for your jewelry box at R.F. Moeller Jeweler. Belleson’s Clothier provides the best in men’s fashion with suits, pants and casual wear.
Located in St. Louis Park, just minutes from downtown Minneapolis, the Shops at West End feature some of the most unique shops in the Twin Cities. From locally owned boutiques such as Primp to nationally known brands like Anthropologie and Lululemon Athletica, you’ll find what you’re looking for. To cap off the perfect shopping spree, grab a bite at Punch Bowl Social, Rojo Mexican Grill or Bonefish Grill and then unwind while taking in a movie at Showplace Icon Theater or create your very own artistic masterpiece at Brush Studio.
The shopping doesn’t stop there. The Twin Cities are also home to three great outlet malls: Twin Cities Premium Outlets in Eagan, Albertville Premium Outlets and Woodbury Lakes, all of which offer top brands at savings of 25 to 65 percent. And just south of the Twin Cities is the nation’s first enclosed mall, Southdale Center in Edina, as well as the nearby upscale shopping center, Galleria. Travel a little further and you will find the Eden Prairie Center, Rosedale Shopping Center, The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove and the recently renovated Ridgedale Center in Minnetonka.
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