Popular Shopping Districts in Minneapolis
Minneapolis is just the place for a little retail therapy. Whether you're looking for reading material, an outfit for this weekend or some new pieces to spruce up your home décor, we know a few spots you can spend some time browsing. (And, no tax on clothing or shoes means you can take a little more home.)
*Please Note: the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily closed some of the following places or limited their hours and availability. Please visit their website or social media channels for up-to-the date information and to find out how you can still support these local businesses during this time.
New or used, retro or modern, Minneapolis has an abundance of shopping districts—each with a store that's bound to be perfect for your retail needs. Whether it's clothes, plants, books, antiques, art or furniture, you'll find everything you're looking for in Minneapolis. And while you're at it, you might as well fill up and re-energize with a pit stop at local eateries nearby.
North Loop is known for its hipster and trendy shopping scene. Located in the Warehouse District, these historic buildings feature many upscale boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. For women’s clothing, D. NOLO (Destination North Loop), PARC, and Grethen House offer upscale, stylish apparel, footwear and accessories.
Statement Boutique has both designer and local brands and carries clothing, accessories and jewelry. For jewelry, Larissa Loden is a woman-owned, Midwest-made, community-driven boutique offering earrings, necklaces, and accessories.
Askov Finlayson features outdoor apparel, gear, and accessories. This brand does more than embrace cold Minnesota winters, it also gives back 110% of its carbon impact to organizations fighting climate change.
Men, we haven’t forgotten about you. MartinPatrick3 has high-end menswear and personalized service to help you look your best. Atmosfere offers everything from wedding attire to business casual to formal-wear. Lululemon has athletic menswear and womenswear. Love Your Melon features beanies, apparel and accessories with the mission of donating 50% of its profits to charitable programming initiatives for children and families battling cancer.
For a caffeine pick-me-up, there are plenty of coffee shops in the area—Dunn Brothers, Fairgrounds and Corner Coffee just to name a few. In need of a quick bite to eat? Rise Bagel makes artisanal bagels daily using fresh ingredients. After a full day of shopping, give your feet a break and enjoy one of the many restaurants in North Loop.
Downtown is a fast-paced, lively spot with department stores, boutiques, and restaurants everywhere you look. With 9.5 miles of skyways connecting 80 city blocks, shopping here is a breeze. The number of shopping options can be overwhelming, so we’ll keep the descriptions short. Large department stores include Nordstrom Rack, Target, and Marshalls. For high-end fashion, head to Brooks Brothers, Hubert White (menswear). In addition to clothing stores, there’s Cocoa & Fig (boutique bake shop), Open Book (bookstore and cafe) and JB Hudson Jewelers. There are numerous restaurants located in the skyways and many outside of the skyways as well, such as The Local, and Brit’s Pub which can be found on Nicollet.
Uptown is a hipster-haven. Plenty of one-of-a-kind clothing items can be found at thrift shops such as Buffalo Exchange, My Sister’s Closet and Corner Store Vintage. If thrifting isn’t your thing, don’t worry. Urban Outfitters and H&M offer affordable, trendy menswear and womenswear.
For clothing that will help you weather the elements, Fjällräven has functional, sustainable outdoor products. Unique shoes can be found at John Fluevog, which is located in the historic Uptown Minneapolis Theater. Covered features designer brands for women and has a group of "lifestylists" to help you find the perfect outfit. Along with clothing stores, there is Kitchen Window (kitchen supply store), Magers & Quinn (bookstore), Magnetic Originals (magnetic art), CB2 (home decor), Sephora (makeup), and Timberland (shoes).
In addition to a hipster-haven, Uptown is also a foodie-haven, with most of its restaurants doubling as ideal spots for nightlife. Amazing Thailand, Stella’s, and Chino Latino are great for big groups. Barbette and Darbar offer authentic cuisine at a reasonable price. For plant-based cuisine, check out Trio, and Vegan East. And if you need something quick, Peoples Organic and Agra Culture are your go-tos.
Lake Street is known for its culture, history and shopping—it’s also commonly known as the place to find the most authentic cuisine from all over the world. Midtown Global Market is home to over 50 vendors including specialty produce and grocery items, and locally made jewelry and crafts. It also has a wide array of restaurants featuring gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, and kid friendly options. Be sure to check out Eastlake Craft Brewery while you’re there too.
Mercado Central is the place for a number of great authentic taco, burrito, pupusas, tortas, juices and Hispanic grocery/bakery options. With 35 businesses featuring apparel, jewelry, art, groceries, books, alcohol, and a wide variety of home goods, it’s easy to spend the entire day here.
The Karmel Mall is one of the largest collections of Somali-owned businesses in the United States. The shopping center features stores with traditional clothing, food, books, home decor, and dining. Located near the mall, Zizi Boutique combines modernity and modesty clothing for women.
Hymie’s Vintage Records, has been operating on Lake Street since 1988. Here you’ll find a selection of affordable records from every type of genre. Forage Modern Workshop sells trendy and vintage home décor and furniture, like rugs, baskets, pillows, lighting and art. Nostalgia Zone Comic Books has a wide collection of comic books, toys, and pop culture items.
Mall of America
If we are going to talk about shopping we can’t forget about the Mall of America. With over 520 stores, be sure to dedicate a full day (maybe two) for your shopping excursion here. We won’t list every store here, but we will offer some tips. The Mall of America, commonly referred to as the MOA, consists of four floors. Levels one and two are primarily stores and Nickelodeon Universe; level three has two food courts, plenty of restaurants, and stores; and lastly level four features a few restaurants and a movie theatre. There are virtual directories, a MOA app, and always friendly Minnesotans more than happy to answer your questions if you ever get lost.
The fun doesn’t stop here, with attractions such as Crayola Experience, FlyOver America, Sea Life, and the Amazing Mirror Maze. We suggest buying your tickets for these experiences ahead of time online.
The Minnehaha Mile is located in the Longfellow neighborhood in Minneapolis. Commonly referred to as the MinneMile, this strip is composed of locally owned retail stores perfect for finding unique gifts, vintage clothing, and one-of-a-kind antiques. There are more than a dozen shops and organizations, from north to south they are Better Futures Minnesota, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Restore, The Hub Bike Coop, Glass Endeavors, Moon Palace Books, Paris Antiques and Gifts, Turquoise Vintage, E’s Emporium, Heroic Goods & Games, Time Bomb Vintage, Junket: Tossed and Found, and SolSta Records/Solid State Vinyl. Hours for these stores may vary so be sure to plan ahead!
Linden Hills is a small, walkable neighborhood located near Lake Harriet. There is plenty of street parking making this the ideal location to park your car and browse the various charming, historic shops. GoodThings has home decor, kitchen gadgets, jewelry and much more. Heartfelt is a cozy, unique shop offering not only crafts but also craft lessons. For antiques, be sure to visit Victory Vintage. The well-known bookstore Wild Rumpus doubles as a home to books and also to multiple furry friends such Caldecott the chinchilla and Neil DeGrasse Tyson the chicken.
For a quick bite and a crafted cup of coffee, check out Penny’s, Coffee & Tea Limited, and Rose Street Patisserie. Located in the Lake Harriet Bandshell, Bread & Pickle features locally farmed and sustainable picnic foods, local craft beer and wine, and ice cream. For a sit-down meal, Great Harvest Bread Company, The Turtle Bread Company, and Zumbro are a must. Want to complete with your meal with a crafted cocktail? Martina, Tilia, and Lake Harriett Brasserie offer delicious meals and impressive drink menus.
48th and Chicago
The 48th and Chicago area is a charming district featuring historic shops and restaurants. 14 Hill is the ideal gift shop for unique, personalized gifts. Rock Paper Scissors Goods is your one-stop-shop for all things creative. This trendy store has new and used vinyl, a wide selection of jewelry, and even offers art classes, workshops and birthday parties.
Central Ave & Lowry
Central Ave & Lowry is a hodgepodge of bookstores, shops and markets. Magus Books & Herbs is more than a bookstore, it also has a healing center that offers a variety of complementary healing treatments. The Cat and the Cobra is a thrifter’s dream featuring a unique selection of vintage clothing items at affordable prices. Modern Age District sells antique furniture, home decor, art, and glassware. Be sure to check their hours ahead of time, they tend to vary. The Thorp Building for Local Artists features art galleries, coffee shops, photographers, and Tattersall Distillery. Little India International Market is one of the oldest and most established Indian grocery stores in the Twin Cities. This grocer offers everything from frozen meals to an in-store butcher shop. Holy Land is the other popular grocery/restaurant in the area. Browse through the aisles of authentic Middle Eastern foods and home decor, then grab a shawarma sandwich topped with some Holy Land brand hummus.