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Shopping Minneapolis and Shopping St. Paul: Shopping Districts and Streets


Want to go shopping in Minneapolis? Or go shopping in St. Paul? Here's the shopping streets and and avenues, and shopping districts in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Twin Cities metro area for fashion stores, independent stores, antiques, vintage stores and more.

1. Edina

Edina, 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.

2. Grand Avenue, St. Paul

Grand Avenue has many unique independent shops. Classic and high fashion stores, plus housewares and lifestyle stores line the avenue, with the most concentrated shopping area in the mile between Dale Street and Lexington Avenue.

3. Stillwater

Downtown 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.

4. White Bear Lake

White Bear Lake has a quaint little downtown with several independent stores.

5. Mall of St. Paul/St. Paul Retro Loop

For antiques, collectibles, vintage and retro, head to St. Paul. The St. Paul Retro Loop of vintage and retro stores intertwines with the Mall of St. Paul, a cluster of antique stores.

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.

6. Uptown Minneapolis

The Twin Cities' coolest shopping destination. Once a edgy neighborhood of independent stores, chain stores have recently been opening in Uptown. But Uptown Minneapolis is still one of the best places to take your credit card.

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.

7. St. Anthony/Northeast

Across the Mississippi River from downtown Minneapolis is St. Anthony, part of Northeast Minneapolis. This is one of the oldest parts of Minneapolis with attractive architecture and historical buildings. Several independent stores are clustered around East Hennepin Avenue and 3rd Street NE, plus several coffee shops and restaurants.

Many artists live, work and exhibit their work in Northeast Minneapolis. The Northeast Arts District holds regular gallery and studio tours.

8. Linden Hills

The 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.

9. Midtown Global Market

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.

10. More Interesting Stores in the Twin Cities

Here'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.

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