My sister and I are going to be in Minneapolis for a weekend and want to shop! Would love to find cute boutiques for clothes/jewelry, but are also open to great malls. Where are the best areas or stores for this? Thanks!
Hi Aerin! Welcome, and I hope you enjoy my city! :) I'll give you a little run down, covering Minneapolis, St. Paul and some of the closer suburbs.
Parc Boutique has affordable and chic women's apparel.
Mille is one of the prettiest boutiques in the city and is filled with things I want to buy, from Ace & Jig tops to Astier de Villatte incense.
Primp has a number of locations throughout the city and is worth a visit for cute clothes and accessories.
Spruce Flowers and Home combines both florals and home goods in a very stylish way—there's also a location in Edina.
IDUN is very much where the It Girls shop.
BlackBlue is the place for great denim. They started out as a men's shop, but they now carry women's goods from brands like Barbour and APC.
Askov Finlayson is a men's boutique, but they have plenty in here to interest ladies too. Really well edited and very much captures the current Minneapolis zeitgeist.
The Foundry Home Goods might be the most Instagrammed boutique in the cities. Gorgeous stuff and really friend people.
Martin Patrick 3 is a maze/wonderland of chic homegoods, menswear and personal care goodies.
D.NOLO has ultra-stylish women's clothing.
Wilson & Willy's is one of the newer kids on the block and carries home goods and apparel.
Russell & Hazel Flagship Store has gorgeous stationery and other fun little accessories.
I also really love Khazana, which is filled to the brim with gorgeous textiles, art and jewelry from India (and a couple of other places). The perfect place to get a one-of-a-kind wearable piece of art. Cliche Minneapolis is walkable from there and is also worth popping into.
Forage Modern Workshop and Corazon - Lake Street are two great places to stop on East Lake Street. Corazon is a more cheap and cheerful gift shop that has home goods and a small selection of clothing. Forage is all about well-designed home goods and accessories.
As for malls? The big Kahuna is, of course, the Mall of America. Ready yourself for crowds, because they'll be there. Southdale Shopping Center is the first indoor mall in the United States, but the designation is probably the most noteworthy thing about it. Otherwise, it's got a lot of the same stores you can also find in the MOA. However, just across the street from Southdale is Galleria Edina, which has a mix of chain stores and some local boutiques, including Ampersand Shops (home goods and luxury personal care) and Len Druskin and dugo (women's apparel).
I'll add more if things pop to mind!
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Mall of America if you want a large option of department stores. My aunt lives close by to a few shops, I think it was BlackBlue (I got my favorite pair of jeans here) and Bibelot was a good place to find little unique things to bring back to friends and family. I got one of my favorite cook books from here. It's awesome for home goods.
I love Hunt & Gather, super vintage stuff here. There's tons to browse through and it's fun looking through. I always find the quirkiest things here.
Patina is a good store for unique gifts to give to people. I always come here for candles and birthday cards.
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