1. EdinaEdina, a city bordering southwest Minneapolis, is a shopper's paradise. Dedicated shoppers could happily spend a whole day in Edina.
The attractive 50th and France shopping district, centered on the intersection of 50th Street and France Avenue, is packed with upscale independent stores, restaurants and bars.
The Edina Galleria is an indoor mall with many designer stores and boutiques, mostly independent or small chains.
3. StillwaterDowntown Stillwater is the place to go for antiquing in the Twin Cities. As well as antique and collectibles stores, there are also many interesting stores, galleries, fashion boutiques and curious little shops make Stillwater home.
Stillwater is in the beautiful St. Croix valley, so if you drive out, leave some time to enjoy the scenery as well as the shops.
The Mall of St. Paul is a group of antique stores at the intersection of Selby Avenue and Fairview Avenue.
Close by are three vintage clothing stores in the Retro Loop. Lula's, Go Vintage, and Up Six are at the intersection of Snelling Avenue and Selby Avenue.
Hop in your car to visit the other Retro Loop stores. Vintage and retro homewares are for sale at Swank, Classic Retro and Succotash, all on or near University Avenue.
Calhoun Square, an indoor mall, is at the heart of Uptown's shopping at Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street. More stores, bars and reataurants line Hennepin Avenue, Lake Street, and Lyndale Avenue.
Many artists live, work and exhibit their work in Northeast Minneapolis. The Northeast Arts District holds regular gallery and studio tours.
8. Linden HillsThe southwest Minneapolis neighborhood of Linden Hills has a collection of stores around Upton Avenue and 43rd Street. More boutiques, mainly antiques and homewares, line 43rd Street.
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.
10. More Interesting Stores in the Twin CitiesHere's some interesting stores that don't fit neatly into a shopping district.
- The Walker Art Center Shop has a vast array of beautiful, and interesting gifts, books and housewares.
- Ax-Man Surplus in St. Paul has the most random and ever changing collection of objects, like traffic signals, baby doll limbs, electric motors, a dream store for crafters and inventors. And it's worth a visit for the very funny signs describing their merchandise.
- Artists Mercantile in downtown St. Paul sells works by Minnesotan and Midwestern artists.