Minneapolis is a world-class shopping destination. People from around the globe come to shop the city’s chic boutiques, stellar malls and diverse retail districts. Mall of America is a big reason shoppers flock here, but there are many others, including a red-hot downtown shopping zone and no sales tax on clothes and shoes.
Shopping comes easy in downtown Minneapolis, where you’ll find scores of popular merchants within steps of hotels and hip eateries. The retail beat sounds loudest along Nicollet Mall, the pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare where Mary Tyler Moore tossed her cap. Neiman Marcus, Macy’s and Minneapolis-based Target’s flagship store anchor this thriving corridor. Virtually every building offers a climate-controlled skyway connection, while convenient light-rail transit speeds power shoppers on a quick 35 minute trip to Mall of America.
MALL OF AMERICA
Shoppers hungry for the best selection in the nation feed their cravings at Mall of America, the country’s largest shopping and entertainment complex. Home to more than 520 stores, retail giants Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sears anchor this merchant-packed monolith. Unique shops, national flagship stores and emerging retail concepts mean something for everyone, while other attractions include Nickelodeon Universe, the nation’s largest fully enclosed theme park; a giant walk-through aquarium called Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium; an appetizing range of restaurants and bars; and a 14-screen movie theater.
UPTOWN AND BEYOND
Original boutiques and signature retailers add charm and entice shoppers into the city’s many distinct neighborhoods. Hipsters prowl for high-voltage clothing and trendy home furnishings in Uptown, while sophisticates ponder elite labels and lux housewares in the nearby 50th & France area. Packed with locally owned gift shops, bakeries and bookstores, Linden Hills in southwest Minneapolis personifies the independent spirit of the city’s neighborhoods, where ethnic flavors and lifestyles vary.
Minneapolis made retail history in 1956 when Southdale Center in suburban Edina opened as the world’s first enclosed mall. This bright, airy location continually delights with myriad stores, energetic restaurants and a movie theater. Nearby Galleria refined the mall concept to further applause, showcasing high-end retailers, casually elegant dining and spa services. On the other end of the spectrum, Albertville Premium Outlets, west of Minneapolis, discount designer duds for those who crave a range of shopping experiences.
DISCOUNTS & BARGAINS
>>> Retail therapy comes cheap in Minneapolis. Neiman Marcus and Saks Off Fifth operate discount outlets downtown, where locally based Target sells affordable, stylish wares inside its flagship store. Albertville Premium Outlets offer 100 stores, including Banana Republic and Polo Ralph Lauren. And the bargains inside Mall of America’s discount stores are surpassed only by its mammoth interiors, which guests can gawk at for free.
>>> In Minnesota, there's no sales tax on clothing or shoes!