From charming antique shops to chic boutiques to some of the nation’s most fashionable malls, Greater Phoenix is hope to a spectrum of shopping experiences few regions in the Southwest can match.
The basic breakdown for where to find what goes like this: Scottsdale for high fashion; Central Phoenix for vintage; Uptown Phoenix for hipster goods; East Valley for mall fare; and Glendale for antiques. And the excellent gift shops at the Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum and Taliesin West are good choices for thoughtful souvenirs and Southwest jewelry finds.
Some of the most prominent shopping malls in Greater Phoenix are Biltmore Fashion Park, Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Fashion Square. The latter is the largest shopping mall in the American Southwest. If shoppers at these venues want to step up in style, they can valet their car and select a personal shopper to help find the kind of couture they’ll cherish forever (or at least until next season).
Because Phoenix boomed in the ’50s and ’60s and has long been a popular destination for retirees, the city is treasure trove for mid-century fashions and furnishings. And the Melrose District, a concentration of neighborhood boutiques three miles north of downtown, is where savvy shoppers can find them.
CityScape, a two-block lifestyle development in heart of downtown Phoenix, is an eclectic mix of boutiques, restaurants and entertainment venues. Downtown visitors can dine at local eateries such as Arrogant Butcher and Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, get in touch with their inner Jeff Lebowski at Lucky Strike bowling lanes, or catch the biggest names in comedy at Stand Up Live comedy club.
The wooden sidewalks of Old Town Scottsdale lead patrons to both fine works of art and souvenir trinkets. Original Southwestern paintings and sculpture fill galleries along Main Street and Marshall Way.
One of Greater Phoenix’s finest districts for antique hunting is historic Old Towne and Catlin Court in Glendale. Here, it’s easy to spend an entire day strolling brick sidewalks that lead to more than 80 antique stores and specialty shops.