Thanks in part to the presence of the nation's largest indoor shopping center, Mall of America, Minneapolis doesn't charge sales tax on apparel purchases. Cue the shopping spree. Beyond the mall, assorted boutiques, thrift stores and charming independent bookstores are worth seeking out and maybe (definitely) splurging at.
Mall of America
Thanks to this gargantuan, 96.4-acre indoor shopping experience, Minneapolis is a hub for casual consumerism. An aquarium, wedding chapel and amusement-park rides are just a few attractions, but serious shoppers will want to plan their route, and perhaps even a shopping list, in advance.
2131 Lindau Ln., Bloomington, MN; mallofamerica.com
Mall of St. Paul and the St. Paul Retro Loop
Vintage shoppers, thrifters and antique lovers can browse historic and gently used housewares, clothes and more in several shops in St. Paul's walkable Retro Loop. Look for deals and prepare to splurge on one-of-a-kind treasures. Follow many of these shops on Etsy so you can continue to browse long after leaving the Twin Cities.
1817 Selby Ave., St. Paul, MN; themallofstpaul.weebly.com
Midtown Global Market
The Minnesota State Fair is only a brief summer affair, but this festive, food-filled market is a year-round destination. Shop for art sourced from around the world, speciality ingredients and wellness products while snacking on tortas, tamales and other international dishes.
920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis; MN; midtownglobalmarket.org
Also known as the North Loop, this hip neighborhood is defined by trendy indie shops, restaurants and bars. Stop by Askov Finlayson, the famed outdoor apparel company based in Minneapolis; Russell + Hazel for luxe paper goods; and D. Nolo for women's apparel and accessories.
Minneapolis, MN; minneapolis.org
Eat My Words
An independent bookstore that's a destination in itself, this charming shop specializes in used and rare books, poetry, fiction, mysteries, zines and other works by local authors. Locally crafted pottery, candles, cards and a curated selection of fair-trade goods are also available. Check the calendar for readings, performances and artsy events.
214 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis, MN; eatmywordsbooks.com