Last week I went to Minneapolis for work and although I was super busy each day with work, I was able to take a few hours to see the Mall of America. I could have spent days here checking out all the stores, enjoying all of the activities, eating lots of food, but instead I took the limited time I had and made the very best of it. And boy did I have fun!
Being at the Mall of America was like being a kid in Disney World! My first minutes spent there consisted of me looking all around, eyes glistening and jaw dropped at how big it was and how much there was to see and do! It was like on mall on steroids and I was into it. After walking around and getting familiar with the lay of the land I took some time to pass by a few of the cool attractions including the many rides (a Ferris Wheel and roller coaster- WOW!) and snuck a quick peek at the aquarium.
The mall had 4 floors and over 500 shops (thanks Google for that stat). The first and second floors were all about shopping and snacking. There was everything from clothes, shoes, candles, home goods, accessories, EVERYTHING and more! I spent most of my time shopping at H&M and Zara- two of my faves- both which had great selections. I loved that there were electronic directories all of over the mall which gave you walking directions to each destination- allowing me to do maximal shopping in the limited hours I had.
I also indulged in some sweet treats including an absolutely delicious cookie/ frosting sandwich from the Nestle Toll House Cafe and a make your own candy bag (my fave sweet treat) from iCandy sugar shoppe. The mall had all of your classic treat vendors and so much more like Cinnabon, Auntie Anne's, Fresh Cookie Dough selections, Doc Popcorn, Ice Cream (Dairy Queen, Cold Stone, Haagen Dazs).
I was also so impressed by the food offerings. They had your typical mall food court if you wanted something quick and easy, casual sit down restaurants and then a few options if you wanted a fun vibe or even higher quality food. There was every type of cuisine you could image and being an indecisive person this part was a little stressful, yet so exciting. Places that caught my eye were Cantina Laredo, Margaritaville and Dick’s Last resort for a cool, fun dining experience. If you’re looking for a nicer food selection I thought Cedar Stone, Urban Table and CRAVE sounded interesting. I went to Masu Sushi & Robata and really enjoyed it.
In addition to the shopping and eating (which was awesome but is also common to malls) I was very impressed with the activity selection on the fourth floor. I am a total kid at heart and love playing games- whether it’s a game of ski ball or some mini golf I think it’s so fun to just be a kid every once and awhile and straight up PLAY! Mall of America had so. many. activities. Arcades, Mini Golf, Go Karts, virtual reality games, comedy club, movie theater (with very comfortable seats by the way,) laser tag and more. Like I said, this was not your average mall!
If you’re looking to go to Mall of America you can stay at a nearby hotel which may offer a shuttle service there and back. Also the mall is super close to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport for those flying in for a quick trip, this is super convenient. Also, another tip is although Minneapolis is super cold during the winter I opted out of wearing my winter jacket to the mall so I wouldn’t have to carry it all around. They had heating lamps at the shuttle stop right outside the mall so I was able to keep semi-warm waiting for my ride. Something to consider…
My 6 or so hours at the mall (split up into two separate nights) were epic. The food, shopping and activities were all so fun. Also, I was there alone and still had such a blast so I can only imagine how much fun I would have had with others. If you’ve been or are planning to go let me know in the comments! Would love to hear what you thought or help you plan your own mall experience. Mall of America: I am your new biggest fan!!