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920 East Lake St.

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Free
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m. | Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Free, Shopping Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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If you're looking for a more unique and local shopping experience, skip the Mall of America and head to the Midtown Global Market, where nearly 50 vendors sell food and trinkets ranging from local produce to Moroccan cuisine, Mexican pastries and Asian spices. There are also cultural events  from musical performances to Irish step-dancing lessons. 

Past visitors said the market is a great place to stop if you're traveling with a group thanks to the variety of options. Others warned that peak meal times (specifically lunch) can get quite crowded.

Located about 3 miles south of downtown Minneapolis on East Lake Street, the Midtown Global Market is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can pay to park in a lot located on the west side of the market, or in the Midtown Exchange Ramp on the east side of the market. For information on upcoming events and vendors, check out the Midtown Global Market website.

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Sheltering more than 90,000 works of art that span more than 5,000 years, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is the place to go if you're an art aficionado. Whether you're interested in ancient Egyptian artifacts or European masterpieces by artists such as Titian and Monet, this museum has what you need to get your fix. Recent visitors attest the museum is well-suited for all ages, thanks to the kids scavenger hunt offerered by the museum. Along with the impressive collection of art, travelers are also complimentary of the museum's other offerings, including the Agra Culture Coffee Shop and Cafe.

Located south of the downtown area, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays) and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is free; special exhibits cost extra. Past visitors advised setting aside at least 90 minutes for your visit, though some recommended breaking up your museum tour into two days. Off-street parking is available in a parking ramp south of the museum. There are also surface lots on the northeast and southeast corners of the museum. If you're coming by bus, the museum is located on Route No. 11. For more information about current and upcoming exhibitions, visit the Mia's website.

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