Twin Cities Shopping Itinerary

By Explore Minnesota

Friends shopping at Mall of America

Get ready to shop till you drop! The Minneapolis-St. Paul area is home to the country’s most famous mall, several outlet malls, posh shopping centers and unique boutiques. And there’s no tax on clothes or shoes in Minnesota, so you'll get a big bang for your buck!

DAY 1: Mall of America, Bloomington

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Mall of America, Bloomington

Mall of America, the country's largest entertainment and shopping complex, is located in suburban Bloomington just five minutes from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Devote a full day to your adventure at the big mall. This retail mecca has more than 520 stores, plus the indoor amusement park Nickelodeon Universe, Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, restaurants, nightclubs, a movie theater, and special events such as celebrity book signings, performances and fashion shows all under one roof.

You'll need a whole day (or more!) to experience it all. Make a weekend of it and stay overnight at one of the two connecting hotels (JW Marriott and Radisson Blu).

DAY 2: Metro Area Outlets

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Twin Cities Premium Outlets, Eagan

Set a course for outlet shops that offer savings of 25 to 65 percent. Twin Cities Premium Outlets in Eagan is the area's newest and biggest outlet mall, home to more than 100 shops including designer brands Cole Haan and Vera Bradley. Albertville Premium Outlets, located on I-94 between Minneapolis and St. Cloud, focuses on designer fashions and sportswear. Brands include Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Puma and Columbia.

Less than an hour south of Minneapolis-St. Paul near Owatonna, Medford Outlet Center houses around 20 stores including Bath & Body Works, Eddie Bauer, Old Navy and Nike.

DAY 3: Southdale and Galleria, Edina

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Galleria in Edina / Emily J. Davis

Southdale Shopping Center, in the suburb of Edina, was America’s first indoor shopping center when it opened in 1956. Updated with numerous renovations over the decades, Southdale remains a vital shopping destination. With three levels and 150 stores, shoppers will find Ann Taylor, Michael Kors, Banana Republic, Gap and J. Crew, as well as anchors Macy’s and AMC Theaters. Specialty shops include Aveda, Coach and The Apple Store.

Next to Southdale is Galleria, featuring unique specialty stores and distinct dining destinations in a sophisticated, relaxed atmosphere. Browse iconic jewelry at Tiffany and Co. Find classic and sophisticated attire at Tory Burch and Eileen Fisher. Peruse luxury leathers at Louis Vuitton and Coach. Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and a two-story Crate and Barrel have fabulous home accessories.

Shoppers will find the Westin and Homewood Suites a perfect home base for shopping at Edina's two malls as well as the charming 50th & France shopping district.

DAY 4: Nicollet Mall & Uptown (Minneapolis) / Grand Avenue (St. Paul)

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Mary Tyler Moore greets visitors to Nicollet Mall / @mnbucketlist

Downtown Minneapolis features the newly renovated Nicollet Mall, where both sides of Nicollet Avenue are lined with hotels, restaurants, and retail and commercial businesses. Mall travel is restricted to buses and pedestrians. Clusters of shops are located in the IDS Center, Minneapolis City Center and Gaviidae Common. A flagship Target store is on Nicollet. On Thursdays in the summer, Nicollet Mall hosts a farmers market. A statue on the mall marks where TV icon Mary Richards tossed her hat on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

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Grand Avenue in St. Paul / Micah Kvidt

Tucked into a residential neighborhood near the Minneapolis chain of lakes, Uptown is trendy and fun. The intersection of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue has big stores and boutiques, bars and restaurants, and stylish home decor shops. At Calhoun Square, find gourmet cooking supplies at Kitchen Window and affordable housewares at CB2. H&M, Urban Outfitters, Arc’teryx and The North Face are just a few Uptown clothing stores. Have a meal at Chino Latino or on the rooftop of Stella’s.

St. Paul's charming Grand Avenue has one-of-a-kind boutiques running for a mile between Dale Street and Lexington Avenue. Some of these family-owned businesses have been on the Avenue for decades, and others are recent, on-trend arrivals. Outfit your house at Mama's Happy, Cooks of Crocus Hill or Pier 1. Several shops cater to wee ones, including Red Balloon Bookshop and Mischief Toy Store. Refuel and relax during your outing at one of the many restaurants, cafes and bars. Or indulge at a salon or spa.

While in the area, check out Summit Avenue, one block north of Grand. Take a guided tour offered by the Minnesota Historical Society or drive the 5-mile stretch of Summit from the Cathedral of St. Paul to the Mississippi River and see historic homes built between 1856 and 1880.

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