Shopping Malls in Minneapolis and St. Paul include the largest mall in the country and the oldest mall in the country. There's some great shopping malls and districts in Minneapolis and St. Paul - here's where the shopping malls are in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Twin Cities metro area.
The Mall of America, Bloomington
The Mall of America is 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.
The Midtown Global Market also hosts art and craft fairs, such as the December No Coast Craft-o-Rama, which packs out the market with local vendors selling high-quality handmade goods, perfect for Christmas gifts.
Downtown Minneapolis' shopping is centered on the pedestrianized 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.)
Lovers of designer wares will be delighted to find Neiman Marcus on Nicollet Avenue, and lovers of designer bargains will be delighted to find Off 5th Avenue right next door, selling discounted merchandise from Saks Fifth Avenue.
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.
The Edina Galleria is an indoor mall with many designer and luxury stores and boutiques.
The Southdale Mall is perhaps interesting as it was the nation's first indoor mall, but the shopping is not any more interesting than other local malls: the mall offers all the usual chain stores.
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.
The northern suburbs' mall is the Northtown Mall in Blaine. All malls get into the Holiday spirit, but the Northtown Center is really, really into Christmas. The Northtown Mall has Santa, holiday pet photos and Christmas trees, and also has a December-long series of free holiday concerts to entertain shoppers.
Shopping Malls in Woodbury
To the east of the Twin Cities metro area, the suburb of Woodbury has the densest concentration of big-box stores. Tamarack Village, at the intersection of Radio Drive and Tamarack Road has electronics, food and department stores. Woodbury Lakes has clothing and lifestyle stores.