Visit Mankato



We know a little retail therapy goes a long way and we are happy to say Greater Mankato serves as a retail center, with hundreds of stores, ranging from large national retailers to quaint local shops. From the River Hills Mall on the Hilltop to the charming little shops in the City Center, Greater Mankato has something to offer every shop-a-holic.

Shop Local

Spend your time exploring the local shops in Greater Mankato where you can find a variety of southern Minnesota’s delicious flavors, specialty items and hidden gems. If you are looking for a nostalgic shopping experience, visit our vibrant City Center particularly in Old Town along Riverfront Drive, Front Street and Belgrade Avenue. Mankato’s City Center offers a truly unique shopping experience. Shopping in this area includes quaint shops and boutiques that offer a distinctive blend of specialty products, local artisan wares and “just what you’re looking for” gifts.

You can also shop local at the outdoor Farmers Markets, which is open May to October up on the Hilltop Mankato and in North Mankato at South Central College on Mondays from June to October. Vendors’ goods are produced from within 40 miles of Mankato. Get everything you need from farm fresh produce, local raised meats, homemade goodies including bakery items, soaps, cards, furniture, clothing and much more.

Shop who you know

Hilltop Mankato has so many shopping opportunities, you won’t know where to start! River Hills Mall is the premier shopping destination in southern Minnesota. Home to more than 80 retailers we all know and love, along with many local and regional retailers and restaurants. There is plenty to do for the whole family including an 8-screen movie theater with Luxury Loungers recliner seats, a children’s play area, and a turn-of-the-century carousel in the Carousel Café Food Court. They often host craft and home shows, as well as other events.

Hilltop Mankato expands beyond the mall. As Mankato has grown, so have the shopping corridors. Get up to the Hilltop and you will find several of the national chains as well as some Minnesota favorites.

Vintage and Bargain Shopping

The Mankato area is a thriving market for vintage, antique and thrift stores. Some artisans have already breathed new life into vintage items, while many other shops have gems waiting to be discovered and given a new home. Enjoy the hunt for a great bargain!