Shopping is a way of life. Some people hate it, but others live by it. For those who love to shop, the feeling is as Rebecca Bloomwood described in the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic, “when I shop the world gets better and the world is better. But then it’s not and I need to do it again.” Whether you’re shopping for someone else during the holidays, or just doing a little retail therapy for yourself, Arizona has you covered. With tons of different malls and shopping centers, there’s something to satisfy any shopaholic looking to mingle with storefront mannequins or swipe and get airline miles.
Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014 E Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Anchored by the huge department stores of Dillard’s, Macy’s Nordstrom, and Neiman-Marcus, Scottsdale Fashion Square is the mecca of high end shopping in Arizona. Host to upscale retailers and designer brands like Gucci, Burberry, and Stuart-Weitzman, Scottsdale Fashion Square is the go-to place for all your shopping needs. Along with fashion, technology, and a food court with eateries like Five Guys, Pita Jungle, and Chipotle, guests can also enjoy a full dining experience at restaurants like Yard House, The Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill, and Kona Grill. The Fashion Square is also home to a full Harkins movie theater on the second level. On the east end of the mall is a two-level Apple store marked by its signature all glass windows.
Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Another upscale shopping center located on Camelback, Biltmore Fashion Park is an oasis of upscale shopping. From the stores to the restaurants, shoppers can look forward to a quality experience with some of the best dining in the area. With a Capital Grill and Season 52, those looking for a more fancy style dining experience have great options. For those looking to simply enjoy a night out after work and have a few drinks with some great Mexican food, the Fashion Park has a Blanco Tacos & Tequila to satisfy your happy hour needs. The shopping includes names like Macy’s, J Crew, Ralph Lauren and more.
15205 N Kierland Blvd, Scottsdale
North Scottsdale boasts one of the best outdoor shopping centers you can find. Kierland Commons is home to excellent shopping and tons of great spots to grab a quick bite to eat. From stores like Banana Republic and Michael Kors, to dining options such as P.F. Changs and North Italia. Whether you just want to grab a gellato and take a stroll around or if you’re looking to dine out, you can’t go wrong with Kierland Commons. The area is also home to popular spots like Shake Shack and Starbucks. Plus, if you need something more, it’s conveniently located just across the street from Scottsdale Quarter.
15059 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Right across the street from Kierland Commons is another high-end outdoor shopping center loaded with shops and restaurants called Scottsdale Quarter. The shopping scene includes stores like Gap, Express, Apple, Free People, Amazon Books, Urban Outfitters, Sephora and more. For people who are shopping for furniture, Scottsdale Quarter is home to both West Elm and Design Within Reach. For those looking to eat out, the Quarter is full of great places for the perfect weekend dining experience including Grimaldi’s Pizza, Dog Haus, and Zinburger. Press Coffee, a favorite among locals, is also at Scottsdale Quarter for those looking to grab a latte.
Scottsdale Quarter also has an iPic Theaters on campus, an upscale dine-in movie theater with plush seats and in-theater food service.
21001 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix
Desert Ridge is located in North Phoenix on Tatum boulevard and hosts a number of stores and restaurants. Complete with a full movie theater and a Target, along with shops and restaurants, there’s pretty much nothing you can’t do at Desert Ridge. The shops are diverse and range from American Eagle and H&M to Hot Topic. If you have a sweet tooth, Desert Ridge has a See’s Candy to quench your sugary thirst. For those who are looking for a different kind of ‘dessert,there’s also a Total Wine.
Those looking to eat out at Desert Ridge can select from a number of different eateries including Barrio Queen, Panda Express, California Pizza Kitchen, Nekter Juice Bar, and Yard House among others.
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe
One of the best shopping centers in Arizona has to be Tempe Marketplace. The motto for the shopping center is, “it’s happening here,” and that much is certainly true. Just about anything you can think of can be done at Tempe Markeplace. If you need to do some basic shopping, there’s a Target there. If you’re looking to buy some electronics or a new book to read, there’s a Best Buy and a Barnes and Noble there. If you need to get your car washed, there’s a Jackon’s Carwash there. For those who want to go see a movie, there’s a Harkins Theater there.
The dining options are great as well and shoppers can pick from a variety of different restaurants. There’s a Yogi’s Grill, Ruby Tuesdays, Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, and a Red Robin. There’s also a Jimmy Johns, Chipotle, and a California Pizza Kitchen, as well as a Coldstone Creamery for when the weather gets hotter.
Chandler Fashion Center
3111 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler
Outside of the high-end areas of Scottsdale, Chandler Fashion Square ranks as one of the best places to go shopping in Arizona. The shopping includes names like Lush, Kay Jewelers, Michael Kors, Macy’s, and Forever 21. The dining has both full service restaurants as well as quick bite stops. Fast food chains include Five Guys and Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Burgers. Guests can also eat at either P.F. Chang’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cheesecake Factory, and Old Spaghetti Factory among others spots.