Remove the stresses of holiday shopping by visiting one of North Dakota’s excellent shopping centers, malls, and outlets. It can be challenging trying to find everything you need—toys for your child, the latest gadget for your spouse, and a little something nice for yourself—but we’re here to help you out. Here are the 10 best holiday shopping destinations in North Dakota!
Fargo’s largest shopping center, West Acres is home to over 100 stores, restaurants, and businesses. Whether you are interested in perusing a traditional chain like JC Penney, Macy’s, Sears, or Herberger’s or would like to check out a specialty shop like Justice, Hollister, Gap, or Finish Line, West Acres has something for you. After a long day of shopping, stop by their vast food court featuring such favorites as Panera Bread, Leeann Chin, and Qdoba Mexican Grill.
If you are looking for one-of-a-kind shopping, Downtown Fargo is the place to go. Amongst various art galleries, antique stores, and boutiques are such mainstays as Zandbroz Variety Store, O’Day Cache, and Unglued. In need of a break? Stop by Teaberry, 20 Below Coffee, Drekker Brewing Company, or Babb’s Coffee House. Dining options? Yes, Downtown Fargo has those too in the form of Blackbird Woodfire, Café Aladdin, Drunken Noodle, King House Buffet, and much more.
The 25th Street Market is home to 13 specialty shops and restaurants, including the Vintage Point Gift Shop, Dalbol Flowers & Gifts, LeeLa Thai Cuisine, Himalayan Yak, and Caribou Coffee. The adjacent professional building has everything you need to pamper yourself or your furry loved ones, including Sweet Banana Spa, Gentle Groomers Pet Salon, and the New Outlook Hair Salon.
Columbia Mall encompasses more than 70 retailers, specialty shops, restaurants, and services, including JC Penney, Macy’s, Scheels, Maurices, and Sears. Specialty stores include Yankee Candle, Book World, Lids, and Ragstock. If you are looking to fill your tummies in addition to your shopping bags, check out Magic Chop Stix, Hana Famous Chicken, Subway, or Bully Brew Coffee House.
Sometimes considered the forgotten mall in Grand Forks, the Grand Cities Mall has enjoyed a rejuvenation in recent years. The mall has the distinction of being the first mall constructed in North Dakota and is currently home to such pillars as Kmart, Family Dollar, Poppler's Music, and Ace Hardware. The Grand Cities Mall includes over 40 retail shops, personal services, and restaurants, including many unique shops that will harken back to days gone by.
Dakota Square Mall is a must-see when visiting Minot. A conglomeration of over 80 stores, the mall is a quaint mix of department stores, includes Herberger’s, JC Penny, Sears, and Target, specialty stores like Bamboo Pillows, Chicos, Jax & Henley, and Northwood’s Candy Emporium, and restaurants, including Olive Garden, Leeann Chin, Grizzly’s Wood-Fired Grill, and Cold Stone Creamery.
Downtown Minot can give you an exceptional shopping experience unlike that you may find in larger shopping centers. With stores like Main Street Books, Lula Lane, Oliver’s Attic, Koo Koo’s Nest, Original Comics & Collectibles, and Gourmet Chef, you will have the opportunity to cross off everyone on your shopping list. Celebrate your imitable shopping experience with lunch at Big Time Bistro, the Ice Box, Starving Rooster, or Off the Vine.
Southwest North Dakota’s largest mall, Kirkwood includes a variety of national chains, specialty stores, and restaurants. Chains include Bath & Body Works, Foot Locker, Herberger’s, Scheels, and Target. Looking for unique gifts? Try Auntie Anne’s, Blue Hawk, See’s Candies, or Zumiez. Need to satisfy your hunger cravings? Check out Einstein Bros Bagels, Ginna’s Café, Los Molcajetes Mexican Food Truck, or Panera Bread.
For a shopping experience in a smaller environment, check out Pinehurst Square. Built in 2005, the mall is a quieter alternative to Bismarck’s larger shopping center. Anchored by such notable stores as Best Buy, TJ Maxx, Old Navy, and Kohls, Pinehurst Square is also home to Dollar Tree, Shoe Carnival, Texas Roadhouse, Pancheros, Carino’s, and Five Guys.