If you’re around during summertime on a Saturday you’ll be lucky enough to catch the Mill City Farmers Market in this area as well. Get lunch here from the many local vendors and check out activities like cooking classes, yoga, demonstrations, story tellings, tastings and live music.
Another great lunch option in the area is Zen Box Izakaya. Keep your tummy and your wallet happy at this affordable Japanese comfort food eatery. Get yourself a hearty bowl of ramen and a couple pieces of sashimi on the side. Afterwards stroll down to the Stone Arch Bridge and walk near the Mississippi River. One of Minneapolis' more popular areas for tourists and locals alike, you'll find plenty of reasons to stop and admire the city views here.
Prefer to get your steps in while shopping? Then you’ll need to make time for one of the city’s most concentrated shopping destinations, the North Loop Neighborhood. Get in on the local boutique action with places like D.NOLO (fashion-forward women’s clothing and more), Cooks | Bellacour (cooking store, offering cookware and classes - don't forget to grab a pastry at the in-store bakery, Bellecour), MartinPatrick 3 (sophisticated men’s and women’s apparel, furniture, and a stylish selection of gifts), James & Mary Laurie Booksellers (collection of used and out of print books), and more.
Or maybe you want to eat while you shop. Then head over to the Lake Street neighborhood. Both the Midtown Global Market and Mercado Central have a substantial amount of shopping options in and around their food courts, including apparel, jewelry, art, groceries, books, alcohol, and a wide variety of home goods. Lake Plaza is another food court and bazaar catering to the Hispanic community, with 84 food and retail vendors.