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Shopping in Minneapolis-St Paul

When it comes to shopping in the Twin Cities, visitors are spoilt for choice. After all, this is home to US's largest shopping mall: Mall of America.

Key areas

Nicollet Mall is a pedestrian thoroughfare covering a 12-block stretch of Nicollet Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. There are more than 400 retail outlets in this area. Gaviidae Common, an upmarket shopping complex with department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as designer boutiques, and other complexes, such as the IDS Center Crystal Court are also in the area.
The Hispanic area called District Del Sol is located just across the river from downtown Saint Paul. It features a variety of traditional Latino shops, speciality food items, charming Mexican restaurants and colourful public artwork.
The Uptown area around Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street contains more than 200 primarily trendy, one-off shops such as those at Calhoun Square selling import and gift items, fashions, arts and crafts and jewellery. Grand Avenue between Fairview Avenue and Dale Street also contains attractive independent shops.


Midtown Global Market, on Lake and Tenth Avenue, is housed in the old Sears Roebuck building where tantalizing scents float through the air. The aromas emanate from ethnic restaurants and stalls that sell fresh baked goods, espresso, specialty groceries, flowers and plants. Other vendors sell gifts, crafts and clothing which come from places like Somalia, Mexico, Kenya and Sweden. The market is open daily.
From May to September there are farmers' markets on Thursdays and Saturdays at the Nicollet Mall, with fruit and vegetables, flowers, clothing and crafts. There is also a farmer's market in St Paul, at 290 East Fifth Street, on Saturdays and Sundays between May and November.

Shopping centres

Southdale Mall in Edina opened in 1956, as the world's first enclosed shopping mall. Adjacent this is the more upmarket Galleria shopping centre. The mother of them all, however, is the Mall of America, the country's largest shopping and entertainment complex, with more than 520 stores, theatres, cinemas and an indoor theme park with rides. It is located in the southern suburb of Bloomington.

Opening hours

Shop opening hours are generally Monday to Friday 0800-2100 or 0900-2200, Saturday 0930-1800 and Sunday 1200-1700.
There is no sales tax on clothing. Tax on other goods is 7.15%. Some shops that cater for tourists will not charge tax if goods are shipped out of the state.

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Featured Hotels


Graves 601

A sophisticated modern luxury hotel, Graves 601 is located in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis, on top of the Block E complex. Rising 22 stories above street level, the hotel's stylish rooms include large plasma screen TVs, high-speed Internet and other high-tech amenities. Bathrooms have five-head power showers. The hotel has two restaurants--the acclaimed Cosmos, and the pre-prohibition-styled Bradstreet Crafthouse Restaurant.

W Minneapolis-The Foshay

W Hotels took a 1929 art deco structure and whipped it into a hip hotel with a roaring 1920s theme. The lobby's original arcade ceiling has been restored as has the 27th floor boardroom - the Prohibition Bar. Rooms are stylishly modern with the signature W bed, W pillow menu, plus a state-of-the-art entertainment system, high speed internet access and weekday newspaper delivery. Other amenities include in-room spa services and a fitness centre.

Hilton Minneapolis

Housed in an elegant, 25-storey Victorian brick building, the Hilton Minneapolis is located in the centre of Downtown with convenient skyway connections to the nearby business, shopping and entertainment areas. Guest rooms are well appointed with rich colours, oak furnishings, a 'Serenity Bed' with down comforter, large HDTV, MP3 connection and high speed wireless internet. The health club includes an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. For regional and international cuisine, the hotel offers the Skywater restaurant.

Saint Paul Hotel

A St Paul landmark saturated with old-world charm, this sophisticated hotel offers newly renovated rooms with comfortable mattresses, lighting with dimmers, high speed internet, mini bar and a finely appointed bathroom. Dining options include The St Paul Grill featuring an American dinner menu and M ST. Café for breakfast and lunch. The Lobby Bar, a popular meeting place, serves lighter fare as well as cocktails. A rooftop fitness centre, business centre and free internet in the lobby are nice touches.

Holiday Inn River Centre

This comfortable hotel is conveniently located near Downtown St Paul's attractions. There are 194 spacious guest rooms. The hotel also offers free high-speed Wi-Fi internet, fitness centre with indoor pool and Jacuzzi. The hotel includes an authentic Irish pub, The Liffey, with several other restaurants within walking distance.

Hilton Garden Inn

The Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Cleveland is a business hotel located near Jacobs Field and Playhouse Square. The hotel has 240 guest rooms (eight of which are two-room suites), and among its amenities are complimentary high-speed internet access and indoor pool with whirlpool and a fitness centre. The hotel also offers two 24-hour business centres.