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With no sales tax on clothing in Minnesota, there's no better place to shop 'til you drop than the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. From outlets to charming downtowns to regional centers and Mall of America, shoppers will find just what they're looking for.

 

Mall of America

 There's no place quite like MOA. At the country's largest entertainment and shopping complex, you'll find more than 520 stores, twists and turns at Nickelodeon Universe indoor amusement park, Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, movie theaters, and an array of restaurants and nightclubs. You may need to take an extra day to take it all in! MOA also hosts celebrity appearances, book signings and other special events.

Twin Cities Premium Outlets

Eagan is home to the area's newest outlet, with more than 100 shops and boasting brands like Cole Haan, Coach and Michael Kors. Here you can outfit your young athlete at Nike, Under Armour, Puma or Adidas and find the  latest men's and women's fashions at stores like Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.

Regional Shopping Centers

 No matter where you are in the Twin Cities, you can be sure to find a shopping center close by filled with brands you'll love. Southdale Center in Edina opened in 1956 and is the nation's first enclosed, climate-controlled mall, changing the landscape of shopping. Edina is also the home Galleria, a center with discerning local boutiques and upscale retailers   like Tiffany, Louis Vuitton and Kate Spade.

Burnsville Center features four major department stores, more than 140 stores, 20 delicious eateries, four restaurants,  and offers fashion, fun and food for everyone. Conveniently located between St. Paul and Minneapolis, Rosedale Shopping Center in Roseville offers more than 160 specialty shops and restaurants. Whether you need a new pair of jeans, a unique gift,   or an electronic device, you'll find it here!

Experience Main Street

Character-driven shopping experiences are some of the best, and can be found in downtowns and on main streets  all over the Twin Cities. In Minneapolis, Nicollet Mall is a not-to-be-missed area that stretches for 12 blocks, and  the trendy Uptown area near the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes has boutiques, big stores and bars galore.

Charming Grand Avenue in St. Paul has a mile of on-trend shops as well as family-owned businesses that have  been around for decades. Eateries, salons and spas for refueling and relaxing can also be found here.

50th & France in Edina is a quaint downtown area where upscale retailers display apparel for men, women and children. Jewelers and many specialty and gift boutiques can be found as well. Pamper yourself at one of the spas and salons, or see an independent film at the art-house movie theater. Afterward, find one of the many outdoor patios to relax and enjoy a cocktail.

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Whether you're looking for the latest fashions, incredible home furnishings or the perfect gift, you'll find The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove  a truly unique experience. Here you can stroll, shop, dine and relax along paths of rich landscaping and seasonal blooms, leading into the Main Street area of the community.

The classic and historic riverfront town of Anoka is just 20 minutes north of Minneapolis and St. Paul on highway 10 or 169. Downtown, you'll find a selection of diverse local merchants including antique shops, clothing and gift boutiques, furniture and home decor.

 
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The Stillwater Main Street area beckons the antique enthusiast, but you'll also discover fashion-forward boutiques, pampering services, art galleries and vintage furniture shops. Located on the beautiful St. Croix River, you can also take a cruise after you shop.

Up and down Holyoke Avenue in Lakeville, there's a wide array of unique and specialty shops that make up the historic downtown area. A taste of Mayberry with friendly service and attention to detail, browsing here or wandering into the Lakeville Area Arts Center will be a treat for any visitor.

In downtown Waconia, visitors will discover small town charm with uptown pizzazz. From classic clothing with a twist to jewelry and furniture, there are treasures to uncover, all surrounded by a beautiful lake setting.

If you're in Inver Grove Heights and you have an interest in gardening, then Gertens is a must-see! With the widest selection of annuals, perennials and nursery stock in the Twin Cities, Gertens is only one of a handful of garden centers that grows the majority of the goods its sells, making your entire experience unlike any other. In addition, there's a colorful retail area to shop, special events, and rows of helpful items for your landscape and home.

Main Street in Shakopee is a Minnesota Main Street Community designated by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. Encounter unique gift boutiques, a well-known local jeweler and high-quality menswear. A trip to Eagle Creek Quilt Shop is sure to please and inspire any sewing or quilting enthusiast and is located in an old railroad depot (built in 1909).

Finally, The Shops at West End in St. Louis Park should be on your list if it's a friendly, comfortable shopping experience you seek. From locally owned boutiques, such as Primp and Evereve, to nationally known brands like Anthropologie and lululemon athletica, you'll enjoy the diversity of shops and restaurants and the convenience of indoor parking.

There's so much to do in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, you'll have to stay an extra day.
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