According to the 2016 U.S. Census, Latinos make up 5.2% of the population in Minnesota (which in 2017 was estimated at 5,576,606). It may be a small presence, but it is there, as vibrant and recognizable as it anywhere else in the world. I recently traveled to Minneapolis in January, all the while wondering, “Is there a Latino culture in Minnesota? And if so, what does it entail, and where can I find it?” Luckily, through a little research, I was able to find some Latino American gems that you must check out when you travel to the Twin Cities.
Consisting of a whopping 35 businesses under one large roof, the Mercado Central in Minneapolis has a variety of Latino-owned businesses catering to the culture. Among these, you can buy pan dulce at Panaderia El Mexicano, pick up some pretty baubles at Joyeria Ashley, or shop for fresh flores at Del Sol Floreria.