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Minneapolis has quickly risen to one of the best city escapes in the country. Known for its arts and culture, and amazing James Beard-awarded restaurants, there has never been a better time to plan a trip to Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

When it comes to how you’ll spend your time in Minneapolis, there are a few ways to do so. One thing you can’t miss out on is the incredible local shops. The greater Twin Cities area is home to some beautifully curated boutiques, local designers, and shops. Trust me when I say to skip the big box stores and support locally-owned businesses on your trip.

Whether you’re in for a weekend escape or even road-tripping across America (Minneapolis is a wonderful addition to your itinerary!), bookmark these areas in and around Minneapolis. I’ve pulled together some of my favorite stores that I visited on my weekend trip. I also pulled in some others that I had scoped out and saved for my next visit.

This is your handy guide to the best local shops in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and beyond. Read on to see where you should go.

*This post is done in partnership with Explore Minnesota. As always all opinions are my own. Please visit www.exploreminnesota.com for more information.

The Best Local Shops in The Twin Cities Area


Travel Tip: In Minnesota, clothing and shoes are tax-free! A great perk for visiting travelers, and do be sure to leave room in your suitcase.

Minneapolis

Minneapolis Shopping

When it comes to planning your time in Minneapolis for shopping, the North Loop neighborhood is the place to start. It’s home to many locally-owned boutiques and shops that have everything from women’s fashion to home goods. I’d block out a few hours to spend in this part of Minneapolis. From there, head over the Mississippi River to the warehouses where you’ll find other small shops like the Foundry. 

The Foundry Home Goods 

With a space as beautiful as this, it’s worth a pop-in for inspiration alone. Thoughtful home goods are designed for slow living, and I love that they even have imported goods from Japan. From time to time, there are pop-up shops for local designers as well. 

Best For: Home and lifestyle goods. 

Parc Shop 

For those who love clothing that is ethically and sustainably created, Parc Shop has the best curation of women’s clothing and jewelry. It’s a small shop in the North Loop with great designers like Paloma Wool, Donni, and Intentionally Blank. 

Best For: Women’s fashion and accessories. 

Milkweed Books

Milkweed Books is a charming, independent bookstore located on the first floor of Open Book, the nation’s largest literary arts center. In addition to books from their imprint, Milkweed Edition, Milkweed is known for its carefully curated selection of books and a cozy atmosphere that welcomes book enthusiasts. With a commitment to promoting diverse voices and thought-provoking literature, Milkweed Books has become a beloved neighborhood shop in the East Town Neighborhood.

Best For: Books.

Handsome Cycles

Set in the Thorp Building, Handsome Cycles is a specialty bike store. I heard about it from a friend who lives here, and they’re known for custom bikes. It’s by appointment only and they do have a small store still. 

Best For: Luxury bicycles. 

Hazel & Rose

A primarily women’s clothing store that focuses on elevated wardrobe essentials, their selection of basics to specialty jewelry is amazing. Most of the brands are independent with some locally made.

Best For: Women’s fashion and accessories. 

Jaxen Grey

For men’s clothing, look no further than Jaxen Gray in the North Loop. They first opened their doors in 2019 and have continued to be a thoughtful store for elevated menswear. 

Best For: Men’s fashion and accessories. 

Pacifier Kids

For all things baby and children, you’ll love Pacifier Kids. There are several global brands and some local designers, all curated in this store with four locations in the Twin Cities (North Loop, Edina, Highland Park in St. Paul, and Wayzata). 

Best For: Children’s toys, fashion, and accessories. 

Martin Patrick 3

Minneapolis Shopping

A curated store for men’s wear in the North Loop, this is a luxury global brand-forward store. You’ll find everything from Aesop to Brunello Cucinelli. There are a few sections now for interiors and furniture, and even a small section for women’s with brands like Isabel Marant. 

Best For: Men’s fashion and accessories. 


St. Paul

Minneapolis Shopping: Where to Find The Best Local Shops

Don’t skip an afternoon on St. Paul’s Selby Avenue. It’s full of local gems, cafes, and restaurants. You can plan to spend your time on this avenue hopping from boutique to boutique. While there, if you need a sweet treat, do stop into Marc Heu Patisserie — it was so good, and it’s always fun to see what their seasonal treats are.

Idun

This women’s boutique is a total hit. I love that it’s more than just women’s fashion, but also amazing art, objects, and home goods. I saw a handful of well-known designers, and even some of Rachel Comey’s earrings available.

Best For: Women’s fashion and accessories. 

Henri Home

Minneapolis Shopping

It’s the kind of home store you want to take everything back with you. It’s a cozy space, with everything from throws to candleholders. Their eye for design is amazing. 

Best For: Home and lifestyle goods. 

BlackBlue

For high-end men’s wear, BlackBlue brings in everything from imported Japanese denim to outwear. Styles available range from traditional to fashion-forward. 

Best For: Men’s fashion and accessories. 

Golden Fig Fine Foods

I saw this nearby and made a mental note to share. It’s a high-end, locally-owned specialty food store. Their owner Laurie McCann Crowell apprenticed for many of the country’s top prepared and fancy food creators, including Ina Garten in East Hampton, New York. All items are blended and bottled in small batches on a weekly basis and available for sale in the store in addition to other goods. 

Best For: Epicurean goods. 


Excelsior

Minneapolis Shopping

No trip to Minneapolis is complete without time in the quaint town of Excelsior, a small suburb 25 minutes west of downtown Minneapolis. It’s right on Lake Minnetonka and has a charming downtown on Water Street. There are several well-known boutiques here that you can’t miss. 

Golden Rule

Minneapolis Shopping

You have it all in this two-story home in Excelsior. This thoughtfully curated boutique has artwork, women’s fashion, jewelry, candles, vases, and many other fun finds. A great place to start your boutique perusing downtown. 

Best For: Women’s fashion and accessories. 

Gray Home & Lifestyle

A selection of well-known brands (think The Great and Cleobella), elevated home goods, and apothecaries can be found here. I would have taken everything home from this store if I could have. 

Best For: Women’s fashion and accessories. 

Ace General Store

Minneapolis Shopping

It’s so cute from the outside, and inside, a selection of goods for men. They had a wide range of men’s fashion and accessories, even things like cocktail kits and apothecary. 

Best For: Men’s fashion and accessories. 

LILIA Flower Boutique

While you may not be able to bring home a bouquet while traveling, you still have to pop into LILIA Flower Boutique to admire the beauty. Plant People will enjoy a wonderful selection of vases and other trinkets in the store from designers. 

Best For: Home goods. 


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