Style in the Cities

With streets lined with innovative and eclectic restaurants, Minneapolis Saint Paul owns a spot on the national food scene. So, what to try first?

50th & France
50th & France

Not only is there tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes, but at the metro’s variety of local boutiques and department stores, you will find unexpected treasures and gifts that reflect the culture of the area.

With 40 million annual visitors, Mall of America is America’s Most Visited Mall, according to Travel & Leisure. There are more than 4.3 miles of total storefront footage, including an entire wing for teenagers, an upscale South Avenue, brand-new openings year round, and destinations like the Lego store and American Girl.

We not only have the largest mall in America, we also have the oldest. Southdale, the first indoor mall in the U.S., was built more than 50 years ago in Edina. Located across from Southdale Center, the Galleria is a posh mall filled with many stores exclusive to Minnesota. Just down France Avenue are stores at 50th & France, an upscale, yet quaint shopping neighborhood with more than 175 retailers and professional services.

Jonathan Adler
Jonathan Adler, Uptown

If you’re looking to get top brands at an affordable price, head to Albertville Premium Outlets where you’ll find names like Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and Coach. At North Branch Outlets, save up to 65 percent off retail prices at more than 30 shops, including Gap Outlet, Old Navy, Wilson’s Leather and OshKosh B’gosh.

Within Minneapolis, don’t miss the shopping in Uptown at Calhoun Square, a hip urban mall that houses a mix of retail stores and hip kiosks, and along Hennepin Avenue, which is lined with local vintage and gift shops. Nearby is the Linden Hills neighborhood where you will find more locally owned boutiques.

Head to downtown Minneapolis for a real city shopping experience. Home to three million square feet of retail space, including an eight-floor Macy’s and two-story Target store, you’ll barely have time for a break at one of the many downtown restaurants. Nicollet Mall also hosts a farmers’ market on Thursdays, May to mid-November.

Blackblue, Selby & Snelling

For a funky and trendy, yet sophisticated kind of neighborhood with shops that reflect its personality, visit the North Loop, located on the edge of downtown Minneapolis. And in Northeast Minneapolis you’ll find a mix of old and new with artists’ work on consignment at i like you and other local gift shops.

In Saint Paul, you’ll want to visit the historic and beautiful Grand Avenue. Named one of Forbes’ Prettiest Neighborhoods in America, you’ll love walking along the avenue as you discover local and national shops and restaurants from Dale Street to Fairview Parkway. Just north of Grand lies the Selby and Snelling intersection, which is packed with unique boutiques and specialty gift shops.

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