It’s so much fun to visit exotic markets, and Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis is no exception. Designed with rows of shops and restaurants around a central dining space (with live music), the Midtown Global Market is a place to wander and graze, tasting a little bit from every culture along the way.
With diverse cultures well represented, a walking tour of the Midtown Global Market is definitely in order. Shops carry hand made goods from around the world, and they are filled with sculpture, pottery, textiles, clothing and more. Be sure to visit El Burrito Mercado, which sells Mexican pottery, spices and grocery items.
Pham’s Deli was another highlight, serving a fusion menu of Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Pan-Asian treats. With deep-fried eggrolls and bubble tea on the menu, no one will go home hungry.
At Holy Land Grocery Butcher Shop and Deli, expect to enjoy classic (and award-winning) Middle Eastern fare. The hummous is creamy and flavorful, while the schwarma sandwich is really tasty. Be forewarned – portions at Holy Land are HUGE. I ordered the falafel platter as well, and had enough left over for several meals.
And if you are looking to cook up a dish of goat kidneys or chicken hearts, you’re in luck. The grocery sells these along with fresh-cut feta cheese, specialty candies, and all varieties of flat breads and pita.
After gathering at the Market’s center to taste and share with friends, enjoy a stroll through the aisles so you can find room to enjoy breads and desserts from Salty Tart Bakery, one of the best bakeries – and pastry chefs – in the country. And be sure to stop at Grass Roots Gourmet to take home an assortment of gourmet cheeses, meats, eggs, and baked goods that are artisan made and locally sourced.
And, of course, if you’re looking for fresh and crispy Minnesota apples and other produce, check out the well-stocked Produce Exchange.
Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407