Midtown Global Market/combined tip: ""Many Tastes. One Place."" Top 5 Page for this destination Minneapolis Restaurant Tip by goodfish

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This colorful, indoor market opened in 2006 and is located on the ground floor of the former Sears building. Built in 1928, the enormous structure once employed 2000 workers as both a retail store and catalog center. The architectural style is Moderne/Art Deco, reflects the sleek lines and ornamentation of the period and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The store closed in 1994 but the building was rescued by an enterprising development company that not only beautifully restored it but made it a unique multi-use complex of office space, condos, lofts and shopping called Midtown Exchange.

Midtown Global Market's mission is to celebrate the diversity of the community and bring different cultures together to experience and appreciate the food and arts of their many heritages. It also serves as an enthusiastic supporter of the small businesses that are transforming a formerly struggling area into a safe, fun community showplace.

And so on to the fun! The market offers nearly 50 "shops" for produce, fresh meats and fish, bakery and deli items, crafts, clothing, flowers and prepared food plus lots of special events ranging from tastings to live music. Hungry? Not for long. Fill your tummy with tastes of Vietnam, Italy, the Middle East, Scandinavia, Mexico, East Africa, Thailand, Cambodia and, oh yes, the USA. Thirsty? One of the restaurants has bar service. There are lots of corners, big and small, for chowing down your noodles or chicken curry.

The market is open 7 days a week with most special events happening on the weekends. See the excellent website for directions, hours, a complete list of businesses, event calendar, parking and lots more. This is a good one for a rainy or winter's day, and DO bring the kids!

I'm covering the grocery and non-food markets in separate reviews so check those out for more details.

Oh, and if all that falafel you ate has you ready for a snooze, waddle over to the Sheraton Midtown - it's right next door.

Favorite Dish: I'm a sucker for the bakery sweets.

Address: 920 E Lake St
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: South of downtown, between Chicago Avenue and 10th Avenue S. Look for the distinctive 16-story tower.
Phone: 612-872-4041
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 4
Theme: Eclectic/International
Website: http://www.midtownglobalmarket.org/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 31, 2012
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