Uptown Minneapolis urban living is an interesting hybrid of lifestyles, an eclectic mix of young professionals, singles, couples, families with kids and empty nesters. There is never a shortage of culture and entertainment for people for every single one of these demographics. Surrounded by a bounty of lakes and the walking area along the Bde Mka Ska (Lake Calhoun), Lake of the Isles, Lake Harriet, Uptown Minneapolis earns a walk score of 85. It also offers a Nice Ride bicycle sharing program with more than 60 stands throughout the city.
Like its population, Uptown shopping options fuse eclectic with traditional. There are locally designed clothing and indie choices interspersed with conventional stores, such as H&M and Timberland. At the center of it all is Calhoun Square, a larger shopping center, and other retailers on surrounding streets.
Because you never know when you’ll need the Genius Bar, it’s good to know there’s an Apple store nearby. This is the only Apple store outside a mall in the Twin Cities, and we love the soaring ceilings and huge windows. 3018 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 952-229-1460, apple.com
When it feels like even the independent gift shops are becoming similar or over-produced, Belle Weather is a sunny alternative. Owner Crystal Zavada gravitates toward vintage and crafty-cool from retro aprons and affordable jewelry to a large assortment of greeting cards. The books on the back wall aren't for sale; just take one—and leave another—it's a book exchange. 3404 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-825-2909
Award-winning author Louise Erdrich's full-line bookstore specializes in Native American titles and art, plus you'll find crafts and jewelry. There's a great selection of children's books, literary fiction, and poetry. 2115 W. 21st St., Minneapolis, 612-374-4023, birchbarkbooks.com
This longtime shop is just up the street from Lake Calhoun, where you won’t catch any major waves. But this is the place for anything you want to know about snowboarding or skateboarding apparel, gear, and culture in town. 1715 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-822-6840, cal-surf.com
For a taste of the local fashion scene, visit this indie boutique, which stocks a wide selection of clothes and accessories from up and coming designers, including many of the Twin Cities’ finest. 2403 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-870-0420, clicheMinneapoliscom
Cowboy meets rocker at this unintentionally cool vintage store, which stocks leather, cowboy boots, vintage clothing for men and women, accessories and jewelry, and apparel from the 1930s through the early '70s. (Unfortunately, the shop isn’t oblivious to its appeal—some of the used jeans are $60 or more.) 900 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-823-1270
A reliable resource for contemporary women’s fashion—especially denim. If you’re on the hunt for that perfect going out top or a great bag to complete the outfit, you’ll likely find it here. 1201 Lagoon Ave., Minneapolis, 612-825-1610, shopcovered.com
Known by all the pros, this skateboarding shop boasts a rad selection of sneakers and street wear for men. 2833 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-353-6930, familiaskateshop.com
Best known for its colorful lightweight backpacks, Fjällräven is a complete outdoors brand specializing in technical jackets and apparel. The store features camping gear from complimentary brands (many Scandinavian), such as Gransfors Bruks axes and Hanwag boots. 2912 Hennepin Ave., 612-252-4704, fjallraven.us
From berets to fedoras, this cozy little shop offers top-notch headwear, both classic and trendy. 2906 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-827-1895, goorin.com
Bringing some of the finest consignment furniture, art, antiques, jewelry, and home accessories to the Upper Midwest for decades, this is where decorating pros shop. 2730 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-874-6436, handbgallery.com
Known for her modern makeovers of vintage silver, Julia Moss also stocks gifts and home décor. 2508 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, juliamossdesigns.com
Women’s designer clothing, shoes, and accessories in a setting so chic, you won’t believe it’s resale. Owner Daune Stinson is extremely selective and knowledgeable. She find the gems from Alexander McQueen, Isabel Marant, Prada, and the like, so you don’t have to dig. 3406 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-354-3970, juneresale.com
Shop the full collection of funky shoes for men and women from a brand that does not believe in basic. 2900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, fluevog.com
The largest cooking source in the Midwest with more than 8,500 square feet of retail space divided into several mini-departments, including cookware, gadgets, cutlery, grilling, bakeware, electrics, barware, and coffee and tea. Calhoun Square, Minneapolis, 612-824-4417, kitchenwindow.com
Long before shopping local had a hashtag, this indie store specialized in local and independent fashion design and continues to offer some of the best. 2813 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-871-8436, localmotionMinneapoliscom
A bookstore with soul, in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis. The independent shop offers new and used books—from current best sellers to hard-to-find editions. 3038 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-822-4611, magersandquinn.com
Shop the full collection of girl power shirts worn by Chelsea Handler, Amber Tamblyn, Amy Poehler, and others. My Sister launched in 2015 with a goal of fighting sex trafficking through ethically sourced, statement making apparel. A portion of every purchase is donated to the cause. The store, in a quaint house tucked back from the street, serves as headquarters for the brand and showcases jewelry and small gifts from like-minded brands. 1616 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-400-1194, mysister.org
The popular hometown chain of gift boutiques, with eight locations around the metro, is always ahead of the trend and filled with inspiration, from stationery to kitchen to apothecary, baby goods, Minnesota themed items, and much much more. Expert merchandising brings it all together. 1009 Franklin Ave. W., Minneapolis, 612-872-0880, patinastores.com
Prescribed shopping for the home, this sunny corner shop is filled with design objects large and small, from vintage Herman Miller chairs to colorful travel accessories, cool canvas bags, and apothecary items, plus apparel for men. Go in the afternoon—you’ll probably be invited to stick around for happy hour. 2743 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-200-9633, pharmacieMinneapoliscom
Boutique shopping for women on a Forever 21 budget. Great for little party dresses and trendy tops. 2743 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-345-5486, properprim.com
Sleek, and locally owned. This high-end furniture retailer sells Blu Dot (another Minneapolis original) as well as Alessi, Tom Dixon, and many other furniture and accessories lines. 2914 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-377-6465, roaminteriors.com
This Lyn-Lake boutique spotlights independent fashion, jewelry, and accessories from some of the most promising local designers. Even the furniture is locally designed, as well as the art on display. 615 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-345-7391, showroomMinneapoliscom
You won't find a broader assortment of Air Jordans in the Twin Cities, including vintage styles from owner Moh Habib's personal collection. Also find streetwear from brands such as WeSC, Staple, Obey, Converse, LRG, and Freshjive. as well as revolving art displays.
If you only have time to hit one vintage store while in Uptown Minneapolis, this would be a good choice. A longtime trusted resource, Via’s specializes in women’s clothing and accessories from the 1920s to the 1970s. 2408 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-374-3649, viasvintage.com
Uptown Minneapolis is the Twin Cities' coolest shopping destination. It is an edgy neighborhood filled with independent stores combined with some newly opened chain store outlets. Uptown Minneapolis is still one of the best places to give your credit card a workout.
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