Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Gift Store

Paper Hat

Paper Hat, a newish gift shop in the Lake Harriet area, is so very Minnesotan. Its inventory is mostly locally made, and if you want to show off neighborhood pride, there's a T-shirt here for you. The store features a range of goods both practical and whimsical, cute and sophisticated: adorable coin purses made from old cassette tapes, gorgeous knit hats and scarves, colorful pottery and glassware, jewelry to fit any style, prints and maps for the wall. Charming dish towels are printed with useful information such as cooking techniques, measurement conversion tables, and drink recipes; near these and other kitchen implements, a sign implores the reader to "Make Lefse, Not War." Also in stock are the classiest Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox items we've ever seen.

Best Clothing Store (Vintage) Via's Vintage

Best Place to Buy Furniture FindFurnish

Best Lingerie Flirt Boutique

Best Boutique Proper & Prim

Best Clothing Store (Men) Atmosfere

Best Clothing Store (Women) Nordstrom Rack

Best Clothing Store (Children) Nu Look Consignment

Best Mall Southdale Center

Best Thrift Store Steeple People

Best Place to Buy Jewelry Jewelry Artist Mart at Walker Art Center

Best Haircut Moxie Hair Salon

Best Salon Honeycomb Salon

Best Massage Sanctuary Salonspa

Best Place to Buy Makeup Sigma Beauty

Best Bookstore (New) Common Good Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Uncle Hugo's and Uncle Edgar's Bookstores

Best Comic Book Shop The Source Comics & Games

Best Gaming Shop Fantasy Flight Games Center

Best Toy Store Creative Kidstuff

Best Place to Buy Vinyl Treehouse Records

Best Art Supplies MCAD Art Cellar

Best Smoke Shop Golden Leaf Tobacco

Best Head Shop The Hideaway

Best Adult Store The Smitten Kitten

Best Place to Buy Local Midtown Global Market

Best Hotel Hotel 340

Best Garden Center Leitner's

Best Pet Store Urban Tails Pet Supply

Best Outdoors Store Midwest Mountaineering

Best Dog Daycare Metro Dogs Daycare and Boarding