In Uptown, just south of downtown
Minneapolis, you’ll find young hipsters
tapping away on laptops in coffee shops
like Spyhouse (www.spyhousecoffee.
com), or indulging in a sweet treat at Isles
Bun and Coffee ( www.isles.com). Of
course, the unconventional vibe wouldn’t
be complete without a colorful array of
independent shops brimming with unique
styles. Be sure to hit up Cliché (www.
clichempls.com), a tiny boutique with a
lot of character that houses both local and
national brands sure to add an eclectic
vibe to your every day wardrobe. For
better-known chains, a recent renovation
of Calhoun Square ( www.calhounsquare.
com) brought in CB2, H&M, Francesca’s
Collection and Timberland, which sit
across the street from The North Face
( www.thenorthface.com), Columbia
( www.columbia.com), Urban Outfitters
( www.urbanoutfitters.com) and more.
Tucked away in neighborhoods like
Linden Hills you’ll find treasures like
Wild Rumpus (www.wildrumpusbooks.
com), a one-of-a-kind children’s bookshop where you can browse for books
alongside the store’s pets. Other neighborhoods that offer unique, independently
owned shops include Lake Street (be
sure to peruse the multicultural offerings
at Midtown Global Market or stop by
Ingebretsen’s ( www.ingebretsens.com)
for Scandinavian gifts), Franklin Avenue,
Selby and Snelling avenues in St. Paul and
Northeast Central Avenue.
Of course, no description of Twin Cities
shopping is complete without mentioning
Mall of America ( www.mallofamerica.
com) in Bloomington. With more than
520 stores, 4. 2 million square feet of space
and even its own ZIP code, it’s a necessary
addition to any hardcore shoppers to-do
list. And the mall is set to get even bigger,
with an expansion in the works that will
add retail space, an event area, food hall
and hotel, among other things, by the end
Minnesota could actually be credited
with inventing the mall concept, as it’s
home to Southdale Center ( www.south- SU
1.Surly Brewing Company: What started as a man in a garage with a
home brewing kit led to this wildly successful brewery, stationed in Brooklyn
Park and anchored by five delicious
year-round concoctions. Surly’s taproom,
open Wednesdays through Saturdays,
dishes out favorite blends as well as
whatever seasonal and specialty beer is
on tap for the night. Participate in a tour,
grab a bite at a food truck and get Surly.
2.Summit Brewing Company: A storied staple of St. Paul, Summit
Brewery has been creating tasty hops
combinations since 1986. The brewery
boasts a large taproom open Fridays
and Saturdays, complete with a rotating
food truck for grub. Check out a tour
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, but
be sure to make a reservation—you’re
not alone in having your interest piqued.
3.Fulton Brewery: This Minneapolis- based brewery with four friends at
its helm opened its taproom in 2012.
For the last couple of years, locals and
tourists alike gather in this space to taste
the latest brews. Stop by the taproom
Wednesdays through Saturdays to sip on
traditional favorites and a few others. A
different food truck will be on site each
day the taproom is open, making a food
and beer pairing necessary.
4.Indeed Brewing Company: This upbeat brewery prides itself on
positivity, hence the name, Indeed. With
a taproom open Thursdays through
Saturdays and beers ranging from pale
to black ales, taste buds are easily awak-
ened here. Tours are held every Saturday,
taking you through the history of the
brewery while offering samples of the
product. Come hungry, as Indeed doesn’t
skimp on food either; trucks park outside
for easy access.
5.Sociable Cider Werks: If you find yourself fancying a bit of a different
brewery experience, try Sociable Cider
Werks, a new taproom whose drinks
are of the hard cider variety. Here they
use a specific selection of Minnesota’s
sweet and sharp apples, including
Haralson, Honeycrisp and Swee Tango.
Open Thursdays and Fridays, as well as
Saturdays when you can catch a complimentary tour. Although new, they know
the routine, with food trucks available for
BreWIng a tradItIon