Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Mall

Southdale Center

Back in the dark ages, visiting multiple stores required a shopper to navigate (shudder) the outdoors. Here in the frozen tundra, that just wouldn't do. Luckily, Minnesota is a state of innovators, a land where brilliant minds can spitball ideas like "how about a giant building filled with different retailers and surrounded by acres of free parking" and not get laughed out of town. Of course we are the home of the country's first enclosed shopping mall, Southdale, which opened in 1956 and still stands today. It has three department store anchors (Macy's, Herberger's, JC Penney). It landed Minnesota's first Madewell store (now one of two). There's Coach, Apple, even a shoe repair place and a tailor. Renovations in 2012 brought Southdale's look into the modern era and added new tenants including a Smashburger (which is part of the mall's Dining Pavilion, no mere Food Court here). As you walk its temperature-controlled environs, thank your hardy Minnesotan forbears for their inventiveness.

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