Phoenix shopping offers a number of interesting opportunities, and for many tourists, picking up some Southwest art and jewelry is a priority. Native American goods are in especially good supply across the Phoenix area, especially since two Indian Reservations can be found close to town, and there is no shortage of boutiques to choose from. Nearby Scottsdale is home to some of the best boutiques in the area, and true shopping enthusiasts will also keep the other regional cities in mind when looking for some good shopping opportunities on a Phoenix vacation.
For those who are wondering where to find some good Phoenix stores, there are a number of places to look, including the Downtown District. The Arizona Center in Downtown Phoenix is arguably the best place to shop in the Downtown District, partly because of the fact that it is home to around 40 shops and restaurants. This two-story mall of sorts also boasts a collection of bars and a Cineplex, helping to make it one of the most popular places to spend some time in the Downtown area. In addition to visiting the Arizona Center, those who are looking for Phoenix stores can also venture over to the Biltmore District to enjoy its glorious shopping opportunities.
While there are plenty of good indoor shopping malls in Phoenix, the Biltmore Fashion Park offers fine upscale shopping. Found in the luxurious Biltmore District, this outdoor mall offers the most exclusive Phoenix stores, not to mention a collection of impressive restaurants. When the weather is nice in Phoenix, which it often is, seeing what the various stores have to offer at the Biltmore Fashion Park and enjoying an al fresco meal can make a fine day.
While there aren't a lot of outdoor shopping malls in Phoenix proper, Scottsdale offers one that Phoenix-area visitors can also add to the list. This outdoor mall is known as the Borgata of Scottsdale. In addition to an attractive design that was inspired by the Old World architecture of Italy, the Borgata of Scottsdale has more than 40 shops, most of which are upscale and unique. As is true of most Phoenix-area shopping destinations, this attractive outdoor mall in Scottsdale boasts some good restaurants that can come in handy when a break from all the shopping is in order.
Scottsdale is the suburb of choice when it comes to Phoenix shopping, and when visitors aren't checking out the stores at the Borgata, they might visit the city's Fashion Square or the Old Town Scottsdale 5th Avenue Shops. The former is the Southwest region's largest shopping mall, and it offers 225 different retailers, including a handful of well-known department stores. Complementing the numerous stores are restaurants, the bulk of which can be found at the large food courts. Rounding out the Fashion Square facilities is a large movie theater where visitors can catch all of the latest flicks. As for the 5th Avenue Shops in Scottsdale, it is the name for a strip of shops, galleries, and restaurants that can be found in the attractive Old Town District. Souvenir shops mix with cool boutiques at 5th Avenue Shops, making for a very interesting shopping experience.
When a break from the shopping malls in Phoenix is in order, venturing over to nearby Glendale to hunt for antiques is worth considering. Glendale is the Phoenix-area's best destination for antiques shopping, and there are more than 80 antique and specialty stores to choose from in this nearby city. Antique enthusiasts can also get their shopping fill at one of the Arizona Antique Shows. These are the largest collector shows in the state, and they are offered six times a year on average, with the Arizona State Fairgrounds serving as the venue. Other ideas for Phoenix markets include the regional farmers and flea markets.
These are just some of the options when it comes to Phoenix shopping, and there are many more. Back in Scottsdale, for example, the outdoor pedestrian mall at Kierland Commons is a joy to explore, and those who are in the market for upscale goods won't want to miss the El Pedregal Festival Marketplace. Tempe isn't to be overlooked either when it comes to Phoenix-area shopping, especially by those who are fond of good deals. Tempe is home to Arizona Mills, where 200 outlet shops offer all kinds of deals on all kinds of things.