COVID-19 Safety Update by Explore Minnesota

Blog: Locals Love It- Arbor Lakes Shopping & Dining

You’ve probably heard of The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. The first life-style shopping center in the state of Minnesota, The Shoppes is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Why? Because Arbor Lakes is much more than a shopping mall.

Arbor Lakes Locals Love It

Want the lowdown from locals on the best places to go while you’re in the area? We went out into the community and asked residents to share their favorite spots in Minneapolis Northwest. Now we’re letting you in on the secret!

We’ve made it our mission in 2015 to check out these lesser known gems and share the experience with you in our  Locals Love It blog segment. Check back each month for a new blog!

You’ve probably heard of The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. The first life-style shopping center in the state of Minnesota, The Shoppes is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Why? Because Arbor Lakes is much more than a shopping mall.

Extending well beyond the Shoppes, the Arbor Lakes shopping & dining district is made up of three distinct shopping areas plus the surrounding retail & restaurants, Town Green Park, Maple Grove Community Center, and more. With exquisite shopping, some of the best dining outside of downtown Minneapolis, four hotels, a waterpark, unique entertainment options for the whole family, a year-round events calendar, and beautiful outdoor space, Arbor Lakes is truly a gathering place for the community.


The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes Locals Love It

Start at Main Street,the original Arbor Lakes experience, to explore shops and eateries in a classic downtown main street atmosphere. Stroll through the park-like streets of The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, and take a break in theircourtyard, where you might even catch a live performance! In fact, there is likely to be a fun and free event going on while you’re here. Finally, head to The Fountains at Arbor Lakes, the newest addition to the area, where you’ll find even more shopping and dining.

With no tax on clothing & shoes, indulge in high-end lifestyle brands such as Antrhopologie, Ethan Allen, and Williams Sonoma; independent boutiques such as Edelweiss Baby, Juniper, and Goodthings; and all of your favorite national brands.

What's new at Arbor Lakes?


With over 50 restaurants, bars, and specialty shops you’ll never go hungry in Arbor Lakes! Some of our favorites include:

Don't forget dessert! Nadia Cakes in the Fountains at Arbor Lakes is a TLC Cupcake War winner!



With the only place you can play Whirlyball in Minnesota, the state’s largest laser tag arena, Dave & Busters, fantastic arts venues, bars, and more, Arbor Lakes is a playground for kids and adults alike.

2015 Arbor Lakes Events

Town Green 

Town Green Maple Grove Locals Love It

Just up the road from Main Street Arbor Lakes is Town Green. With an emphasis on creative arts performances, Town Green’s centerpiece is a fantastic outdoor stage overlooking the lake. The Sounds of Summer performance series begins each June and features a wide variety of entertainment for all ages throughout the summer. July-September, Movies by Moonlight take place every Friday evening at sunset. All events are FREE and open to the public.

Sounds of Summer Performance Schedule

Maple Grove Community Center 

Located near Main Street is the Maple Grove Community Center, home to the Maple Grove Farmers Market, Maple Grove Ice Arena, Grove Cove Aquatic Center, and Maple Maze Indoor Playground. The Farmers market takes place outside every Thursday, June- October, and features a wide array of vendor grown produce, specialty items, live entertainment, and special programming for all ages. The Community Center offers affordable guest passes for all of their facilities.

Visit Arbor Lakes and share your experience using our hashtag, #MinneapolisNW!

Other blogs you may like:

Non-Chain Restaurants in Minneapolis Northwest 5 Happy Hour Picks in Minneapolis Northwest
About the Author
Minneapolis Northwest
  • Becca Schaar

Minneapolis Northwest native and freelance blogger 

Blogs By Category