Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Mall

Rosedale Center

Sure, we're well aware of that tourist-drawing behemoth out in Bloomington. But after nearly two decades, it's hard not to appreciate the MOA's predecessors, the shopping centers that have not only survived but thrived and expanded since the colossal megalith opened its doors back in '92. Rosedale is the old-school shopping mall retrofitted for modern times, opening back in 1969 and weathering the fall of Donaldson's, Montgomery Ward, and Carson Pirie Scott while remaining a major shopping destination. Sure, there's the requisite Spencer's Gifts and Forever 21, but Rosedale also features some longstanding local family businesses and a restaurant selection, including Green Mill and Flame, that transcend the average food court. And while its 2006 renovation updated its profile—out with a featureless, windowless big-box anchor; in with the deluxe movie theater and Main Street-style retail facades—there's enough of Rosedale's vintage character left to fire up the nostalgia circuits of a couple of generations' worth of former teenagers. Best of all, it's close enough to St. Paul's urban core that it doesn't have the detached, middle-of-nowhere isolation that leaves most other suburban shopping centers feeling like satellite outposts. Does it have an aquarium and a roller coaster? No. It's just the ideal mall for people who want to shop, eat, and catch a movie without getting overwhelmed by the scale of it all.

Best Plus-Size Shopping (2009) Rosedale Center

Best Mall (2020) Rosedale Center

Best Adult Store Lickety Split

Best Animal Hospital Blue Cross Animal Hospital

Best Art Supplies Wet Paint

Best Bike Shop One on One Bicycle Studio

Best Bookstore (New) Common Good Books

Best Bookstore (Used) Midway Books

Best Boutique Cliché

Best CD Store (New) Electric Fetus

Best CD Store (Used) Cheapo

Best Cheese Shop St. Paul Cheese Shop

Best Clothing Store (Men) Heimie's Haberdashery

Best Clothing Store (Women) Opitz Outlet

Best Craft Beer Store Blue Max Liquors

Best Discount Liquor Store Morelli's

Best Farmers' Market Kingfield Farmers Market

Best Garden Center Gertens

Best Gift Shop Patina

Best Haircut The Chair

Best Head Shop The Hideaway

Best Liquor Store Chicago Lake Liquors

Best Maternity Store Bellies to Babies

Best Mexican Grocery Store Marissa's Supermarket

Best Natural Foods Grocery Store The Wedge Community Co-Op

Best Pet Store Urbanimal

Best Place to Buy Vinyl Hymie's Vintage Records

Best Store for Sex Toys Smitten Kitten

Best Sunday Beer Run Cassanova Liquor

Best Tattoo Parlor Leviticus Tattoo

Best Tobacconist Perfect Ash

Best Toy Store Peapods

Best Used Clothing Store Everyday People

Best Vintage Hair Styling Schmidty's Barbers

Best Vintage Jewelry Mall of St. Paul

Best Vintage Store Blacklist Vintage

Best Wine Store Lake Wine and Spirits