A shopping excursion need to start swanky. You've got to be in that fabulous frame of mind, and there's no better place to get that train of thought going than at the Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown. Not only is this one of the newest hotels in all of Minneapolis, but you'll be right in the thick of things downtown. They've got spacious, smartly designed rooms featuring plush bedding, large desks, ergonomic chairs and free Wi-Fi, for work or relaxation. Plus, The Bistro (their own restaurant) serves an energizing breakfast and mouthwatering evening fare.
Start your day hitting up the great shopping Minneapolis has to offer at Gaviidae Common and Macy’s on Nicollet. Macy’s has this cool Visitors Shopping Pass that gives you a killer discount, and Gaviidae Commons has stores that offer high-class merchandise for great prices. While you’re out there, make sure to stop and take your picture with the Mary Tyler Moore statue! If you don’t have a hat, then just go buy one; it’s a shopping excursion, after all.
Also, at this point we should mention…NO SALES TAX ON APPAREL! Take advantage of that.
Listen, you’re on a shopping mission. You’re going to need to stop and refuel at some point. After checking out the shops at the IDS Crystal Court stop into Mission American Kitchen. Floor to ceiling windows, intimate plush seating, exceptional service and an extensive wine collection make Mission the perfect dining locale. But don't just take our word for it - the New York Times said Mission is, "Top choice for contemporary American comfort food, as well as the power lunch capital of Downtown Minneapolis.“
Let’s be real. No shopping excursion to Minneapolis would be complete without a trip to the Mecca of malls. Hop on the Metro Transitlight rail downtown for a quick 15 minute ride to the Mall of America. This place is so big that seven Yankee Stadiums can fit inside the mall. Peruse the 520+ stores in the mall and count how many Lids there are (lots). If you’re bringing kids, make sure you check out Lego Land, Nickelodeon Universe and Sealife Adventures.
You know what the cool part about a mall this big is? There are full-sized restaurants aplenty. High-class downtown Minneapolis cuisine comes to the mall in the form of Crave, so you can get that unforgettable signature food experience while still staying in the mall.