It’s the biggest mall in the country and attracts 40 million visitors annually, and is one of the largest tourist attractions in America. But it’s so vast that it never seems too crowded. As well as over 520 stores, there’s the Nickelodeon Universe theme park, an aquarium and several other permanent and temporary attractions. The Hiawatha Light Rail goes to the Mall of America, assuming that you think you’ll be able to manage all your purchases on the train.
Best known for local, independent stores and cafes selling produce, baked goods and groceries from around the world, the Midtown Global Market also has several stores selling art, jewelry and clothing from Norway, India, Kenya and more.
Downtown Minneapolis’ shopping is centered on the Nicollet Mall. A varied selection of independent and chain stores, mainly lifestyle and fashion stores, inhabit the lower levels of the skyscrapers, and with many luxury retailers gathered inside art deco mall Gaviidae Common.
The flagship Macy’s store is at 700 Nicollet Mall. (Note to visitors: many locals still refer to this store as Dayton’s, after Macy’s long-gone predecessor.)
Just north of St. Paul in the city of Roseville, the Rosedale Center has plenty of stores to keep mall rats happy for hours. Parking is usually easier than at Mall of America and it has many of the same stores, so it’s my choice when I need to go to a chain store.
The Edina Galleria is an indoor mall with many designer and luxury stores and boutiques.
Another convenient option for St. Paulites and the eastern suburbs, the Maplewood Mall is one of the Twin Cities larger malls with plenty of department stores and chain stores.
Shoppers in the southern suburbs do their mall shopping at the Burnsville Center. This mall has lots of programs for shoppers like free mom-and-baby exercise classes, and military discounts at several stores.