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Phoenix Shopping Guide – where and what to shop and buy

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It may be surrounded by parched and alien-like desert, but Phoenix is a buzzing urban center boasting some fine shopping hotspots. Locals take their malls very seriously, and you’ll find endless variations on the concept here, from luxury designer fashion complexes to bargain-packed outlet malls. Scratch beneath the city’s surface and you’ll also find an ever-growing selection of independent shops, flea markets, and quirky fashion boutiques showcasing the work of local designers.
Desert Ridge Marketplace

 

 

Boasting 1.2 million square feet of retail space, Desert Ridge Marketplace offers a quirky, fun-filled shopping and entertainment experience for all the family. This beautifully presented outdoor shopping village is particularly kid-friendly, with a splash pad and play area where your cubs can frolic in the sunny atmosphere. You’ll also find a host of independent and specialty stores, along with national chains, and touring musicians also stop by to put on live performances – expect to hear everything from classic swing to contemporary ballads, plus some rollicking Rockabilly.

 

Kierland Commons

 

 

Located on the border between Phoenix and neighboring Scottsdale, Kierland Commons is a glittering urban village complex, with landscaped boulevards, floodlit palm trees, and a thoroughly refined atmosphere. The extensive store directory includes plenty of upscale national chains, so shopaholics will be happy to while away the day browsing the latest fashions of the season. The center also boasts top-notch restaurants, with everything from traditional French to cutting-edge Japanese cuisine on offer. Many eateries boast lovely outside dining areas, ensuring a vibrant, bustling vibe that’s a world away from that of your average generic shopping mall.

 

Scottsdale Fashion Square

 

 

A gleaming jewel in Arizona’s shopping crown, Scottsdale Fashion Square is a colossal luxury mall, which lays claim to being one of the biggest and most profitable in the entire United States. It's around a 20 minute drive from central Phoenix, and you'll be rewarded with a tenant list that's a veritable who’s who of designer fashion and top international brands – so whether you're after sleek new clothing or the latest gleaming gizmos and gadgets, you'll be in luck. There are also plenty of pitstops available, serving up hot pretzels, high end chocolates, and sizzling meat fresh from the grill.

 

CityScape Phoenix

 

 

Right in the heart of Phoenix is CityScape, a mini-metropolis of steel and glass. Some may find it a tad too clinical and futuristic to look at, but it's an extremely convenient place to pick up essentials – whether you're after a new smart shirt, toiletries, or just fancy taking an hour out for a pampering spa treatment. The CityScape complex also features eateries where you can grab burritos, burgers, or – if you're behaving yourself – some freshly squeezed juice to put a spring in your step.