Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Mall

Mall of America

If it seems like the obvious choice, it's only because it's clearly the best mall. It doesn't really matter what you're in the market for, if you need instant gratification and can't wait for next-day shipping, you're probably on your way to MOA already. In fact, now that the mall is nearing its 20th birthday (would we even bother to figure the age of any other shopping center?), it's been around long enough that you have your game plan already figured out: Park in the Arizona lot, distract your boyfriend with a trip to Best Buy, and nab that pair of shoes at Nordstrom Rack before dropping by Macy's for a sale. Whether you're on a no-browsing mission for something very specific or you just want to meander while you clutch a cup of gelato, going to any other mall feels like shorting yourself. You can deny that feeling, get sick of the crowds, and damn the weekend traffic to the deepest layer of Hades...but you always come back. Because, hey, you need new sheets. And a cake pan. And a camera.

Best Adult Store The Smitten Kitten

Best Antiquing Stillwater

Best Art Supply Store Penco Artists' Supply Warehouse

Best Bookstore (New) Common Good Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Magers & Quinn

Best Boutique Cliché

Best Car Repair Great Brakes

Best Clothing Store (Men) Mills Fleet Farm

Best Clothing Store (Women) Nordstrom Rack

Best Designer Deals Opitz Outlet

Best Dog Training The Canine Coach

Best Furniture Repair Miller Upholstering

Best Garden Center Tangletown Gardens

Best Gift Shop Goodthings

Best Haircut Salon Stella

Best Home Brewing Supplies Midwest Supplies

Best Liquor Store Zipp's Liquors

Best Meat Shop Everett's Food & Meats

Best Natural Foods Grocery Seward Co-op Grocery and Deli

Best Neighborhood for Shopping Selby and Snelling

Best Outlet Store Len Mall of America

Best Place to Buy Vinyl Yeti Records

Best Salon Hairpolice

Best Shoe Repair Lee's Shoe & Leather Repair

Best Sporting Goods Midwest Mountaineering

Best Surplus Store Ax-Man Surplus

Best Thrift Store Arc's Value Village

Best Toy Store Creative Kidstuff

Best Used Clothing Store b. (a resale shop)

Best Wine Store The Wine Thief