• A Global Experience.
    Close to Home.
    Midtown Global Market is an internationally-themed public market with groceries, great food and unique gifts. There is no better place in the Twin Cities to satisfy your senses.
  • Many Tastes. One Place.. The sights…the sounds…THE SHOPPING! THE FOOD! The experience of VIBRANT SHOPS and FARMERS’ MARKETS year-round right here in the Twin Cities. The freshest produce, fish and meats in town. Tamales and tabouli, bread and chocolate, produce, art and more.
  • Fun. Education. Entertainment.. As one of the largest indoor public markets in the Twin Cities, Midtown Global Market offers free weekly education and entertainment programs, is host to dozens of cultural school field trips, and has a nonprofit meeting place and children's play space, inviting people to share experiences with each other.
  • Local. Quality. Convenience Over 50 vendors offer the finest selection of produce, delicacies, prepared foods, grocery items, and unique gifts from around the globe at Midtown Global Market.

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  • FAQ


Midtown Global Market shoppers may park at the Midtown Exchange Parking ramp for up 1.5 hours with validation with any purchase.

Convenient parking is available in the metered surface parking lot on the West side of the Market and in the Midtown Exchange Ramp to the East of the Market. Please note that customers parking at the metered lot location cannot get their tickets validated.

From the East on I-94:
Follow 94 heading west, to the Cedar Ave. S. exit 234C. Turn left on Cedar Ave. S. and proceed south crossing Minnehaha. Turn right at E. Lake St and drive about one mile to Lake Street and Chicago. MGM is located on the right hand side.

From the West on I-94:
Follow 94 heading east, take exit 234A (MN-55), traveling on Hiawatha Blvd. momentarily, take the Cedar Ave. Ramp, and go right on Cedar heading south. Follow Cedar to Lake Street, turn right on Lake, and travel approximately one mile to Lake and Chicago Ave. MGM is located on the right hand side.

From the North on I-35W:
Head south on 35W until the 17B exit for 94 West. Follow 94 West several miles then bear right onto the 11th Ave. S. ramp. Continue on 17th St E about a half mile then turn left at Portland Ave. S. Take Portland about a mile and turn left on Lake St. Proceed to Chicago Ave. and Lake Street. MGM is on the left hand side.

From the South on I35W:
Follow 35W north. Take Exit 15 (31st St.) along 2nd Ave. to Lake St. turn right on Lake and continue about half a mile to Lake and Chicago Ave. MGM is on the left hand side.

From the North on I-35E:
Follow 35E south to exit 111B on MN-36 West. Continue on 36 until exit 17B on 94 West. Then bear right onto the 11th Ave. S. ramp. Continue on 17th St. E. about a half mile then turn left at Portland Ave. S. Take Portland about a mile and turn left on Lake Street, proceed to Chicago Ave. and Lake. MGM is on the left hand side.

General Market Hours:
Monday - Saturday 10:00am - 8:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm

Early Openings:
7 a.m. Early Openings for the EARLY BIRDS! Monday-Sunday for breakfast and coffee (see Early Openings tab for list of Merchants).

Restaurant with full bar is open Sunday through Thursday until 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays until 11 p.m.

Q: What kind of business is the Midtown Global Market?  What do you sell there?
A: We are a public market with over 40 businesses-restaurants, groceries and gift items- jewelry, clothing and accessories- from many countries around the world.

Q: How can I rent a space at the market (temporary or permanent)?
A: Please refer to the Opportunity Page on our website for more information.

Q: Do you rent apartments or have condos for sale?
A: No, please contact Sherman & Associates at 612-823-1104 for questions about rental apartments and condos.

Q: Can I get my license or tabs over there?
A: You can call Hennepin County at 612-596-0970 for those items.

Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: Our general market hours are Mon – Sat 10 am -8 pm and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm. Check the Early Openings for a list of businesses open by 7 a.m.

Q: Where is Lost and Found?
A: Please call Security at 612-872-4376.

Q: Do you have free parking? Or, where do I park?
A: You can park in the West Lot (paid parking) or in the Ramp (up to 1.5 free hours with validation).  For specific parking questions please contact Dennison Parking at 612-871-2063 or Ryan Management at 612-492-4226 or 612-492-4439.

Q: How do I get to Midtown Global Market?
A: Please see directions on our website Home Page on the Directions section.

Q: What are your upcoming events?
A: Please refer to our events calendar on our website Events Calendar Page.

Q: What activities do you have for students?
A: We can help you craft an experience for your group-food demos, salsa dancing lessons, tours of the Market and an opportunity to interact with the business owners.  If your group is interested in setting up a tour please fill out the inquiry form and someone will contact you about the details..

Q: What’s new at the market?
A: Hot Indian Foods opened mid May-check out their "Indurritos"!


  • Our Mission
  • Our Story
  • Our Goals
  • History
  • MGM Board
  • Awards
  • Partners
  • Funders


We exist to develop and maintain a public market that builds upon the economic, social and cultural assets within the surrounding communities and welcomes the diverse peoples of this community to share and celebrate together the healthy foods, arts, crafts and other aspects of their heritage.

Midtown Global Market gives new and emerging entrepreneurs, many of them low income and recent immigrants, a prime location and support to build a business and a future – for themselves, their families, and their employees. At the same time, it is making the surrounding neighborhood safer and healthier. It’s win-win all the way. As their enterprises grow, new business owners employ others, serve as role models, and inspire other up and coming entrepreneurs.  The commercial viability of this public market will give its tenants the foothold they need to build their businesses and economic future, and to put other people to work as well. Thus, the increased cost related to the market’s social mission will provide a return many times greater than the initial investment.

Midtown Global Market will:
Offer a broad selection of fresh prepared food products from around the world that showcases and appeals to the diverse communities of South Minneapolis.

Be comprised of locally-owned, independent businesses that represent the spirit of entrepreneurship present in our communities.

Provide a nurturing environment that facilitates small business growth and the creation of job opportunities.

Provide a true public market experience by encouraging customers to meet and develop relationships with the food producers, artisans, and business owners.

Feature tenants who provide high quality products and customer service and design their stores to attract a diverse clientele.

Provide a safe community gathering place that is welcoming and respectful to people of all cultures.

Offer healthy food alternatives that contribute to community wellness.

In the summer of 2003, the City of Minneapolis was searching for a use for the long vacant Sears building on Lake Street. Latino business owners and neighborhood groups from the Phillips, Central and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods helped convince City officials that the historic building should be saved and, ultimately,  reflect the ethnic diversity of the neighborhood and the entrepreneurial energy of the businesses on Lake Street.

The Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC) along with a group of Latino business owners interested in opening a large Latino grocery store in the building began to meet with the Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) about ideas for the  space. From these discussions the “global market” concept emerged. As the concept evolved, LEDC and NDC approached Ryan Companies about becoming a part of a mixed-use redevelopment plan it was preparing for the site.

In 2004, LEDC and NDC asked the African Development Center (ADC) and the Powderhorn Phillips Cultural Wellness Center (PPCWC) to join the team. Together, these four non-profits formed the “MGM Development Team” and worked closely on every aspect of the project, from the vision and layout to individual leasing decisions, with NDC as lead developer. In late 2004, the City accepted Ryan’s bid to redevelop the building, and construction began on Midtown Global Market.

Midtown Global Market subsequently took shape through the extraordinary efforts of a wide range of people. Entrepreneurs, the City of Minneapolis, under visionary leadership from Mayor Rybak, countless donors, lenders and tax credit investors and Ryan Companies’ all that worked tirelessly to make the project a success. Midtown Global Market opened for business on May 15, 2006.

Today, business owners within the market meet continuously as the Midtown Global Market Merchant's Association to participate in decisions about how the market operates. NDC manages the market under direction from the Market's Board and the Merchant's Association.

Sibbon Johnson, Cafe Finspang (merchant representative)

Atum Azzahir, Powderhorn Phillips Cultural Wellness Center (Co Chair)

Lorenzo Ariza, Latino Economic Development Center

Mike Goze, American Indian Community Development Corporation

Craig Hassel, University of Minnesota

Shirley Heyer, Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association

David Kanihan, Allina Health

Enrique Garcia Salazar, Latino Economic Development Center

Thomas Kim, The Rabbit Hole (Merchant Representative)

Josh Resnik, Wedge Co-op

Gordy Sprenger, Allina Health (Retired)

Mihailo Temali, Neighborhood Development Center (Co Chair)

Noya Woodrich, Minneapolis Council of Churches, Division of Indian Work

Advisor, Rebecca Parrell, City of Minneapolis

Midtown Global Market vendors have consistently received accolades and awards in local and national media outlets!

2012 Awards and Recognition

Salty Tart was awarded the 2012 Charlie Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef. The Charlie Awards recognizes the exceptional contributions of the Twin Cities metro area food and restaurant industry. Individuals and businesses are honored by their peers and recognized by the public and industry leaders.

2010 Awards and Recognition

"Best Place to Hang Out With the Kids" by City Pages-August 21, 2010 Best of Twin Cities

2010 Awards and Recognition

Michelle Gayer (Salty Tart) named "#1 of 52 People, Places and Plates that Make the Twin Cities a Tasty Place" in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine

Michelle Gayer (Salty Tart) - James Beard Foundation "Best Pastry Chef" Award Finalist

2009 Awards and Recognition

"Best In-Store Dining Option"
- Bon Appetit Magazine, December 2009

"30 Things We Love About the Twin Cities: Midtown Global Market"
- Where Twin Cities, June 2009

"Best of the Twin Cities" City Pages, April 2009
- Best Bakery: Salty Tart

- Best Candy Store: Fiesta in America

- Best Mexican Restaurant: Taqueria Los Ocampo

- Best Middle Eastern Grocery: Holy Land Deli

- Best Taco: La Sirena Gorda

- Best Soul Food: West Indies Soul Food

- Best Take Out Options: Jakeeno's Trattoria, Manny's Tortas, A la Salsa, Salty Tart - Minnesota Monthly, March 2009

The Press Says:

"I'm not sure who came up with the idea for the Midtown Global Market, but those responsible have my eternal gratitude"
- Rick Nelson, Star Tribune Food Critic

"Not only is Midtown Global Market the place to go for international flavors of food and fits, it is also home to fantastic entertainment and special events"
- KARE11 (NBC Affiliate)

"Midtown Global Market is an excellent place...!"
- Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern

Our Partners

Neighborhood Development Center

Cultural Wellness Center

Funders Recognition

Midtown Global Market would not be possible without the generous support of many individuals and organizations.

MARKET FOUNDERS (contributors of $250,000 and higher)

Anonymous Donor
BMO Harris
Bush Foundation
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Margaret & Angus Wurtele Foundation
Office of Community Services, Department of Health & Human Services
Pohlad Family Foundation
Ryan Companies US, Inc
St. Paul Travelers Foundation
The City of Minneapolis
The City of Minneapolis Empowerment Zone
The Ford Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
The McKnight Foundation
US Bank
Wells Fargo CDC
Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota
Wurtle Foundation, Margaret and Angus Wurtle

MARKET BUILDERS (contributors of $100,000 - $249,999)

Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation
B.C. Gamble and P.W. Skogmo Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation
Federal Funds
Marquette Financial Companies
Otto Bremer Foundation
Payne-Lake Community Partners
Project for Public Spaces
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Minneapolis Foundation
US Bancorp Foundation
William Sands
William and Susan Sands

MARKET SUPPORTERS (contributors of $1,000 - $99,999)

Al & Mary Agnes McQuinn
Allina Health
Athwin Foundation
Blandin Foundation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation
Bob Sands
Buuck Family Foundation
Campbell Foundation
Edward Nelson Dayton
Emily Anne Tuttle
George Family Foundation
Gordon Sprenger
Grotto Foundation
Lawrence and Linda Perlman Foundation
The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation
Jaye F. and Betty F. Dyer Foundation
Joan and Nancy Berg
Lucy Hartwell
Marbrook Foundation
M&I Community Development Corporation
McFarland Family Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Emil J. Slowinski
Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. McFarland
Mr. Brock Nelson
Otto Bremer Foundation
Payne Lake Community Partners
Peregrine Capital Management
Peter and Anne Heegaard
Piper Jaffray & Co
Pohlad Foundation
RBC Foundation
Ryan Companies US, Inc
Smikis Foundation
Sysco Foods
The City of Minneapolis
The Culp Family Foundation
The Fredrikson & Byron Foundation
The Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation
The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation
The Mosaic Company
Ted and Roberta Mann Foundation
Timothy Gray
Urban America
Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota

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