Best Places to Shop in Phoenix

Phoenix Arizona is one of those cities that is known for its incredible shopping. This desert city has found a way for people to beat the heat by bringing some of the best chain stores to town, featuring great discount retailers, and encouraging wonderful eclectic independent businesses. If you live in Phoenix you’re well aware of the wonderful shopping opportunities but if you’re visiting the city you might not expect it to be the shopping haven that it is.

America’s Park ‘n Swap

America’s Park ‘n Swap is basically a gigantic flea market in Phoenix Arizona. It started in the 1960’s with three vendors and a refreshment stand and now it’s a 50 acre market with hundreds of vendors selling basically anything you could possibly want. The swap market is open year round on Wednesdays from 4pm to 10pm, Fridays from 6am to noon, and on the weekends from 6am to 4pm. If you’re not in the market to buy something you may be in the market to sell and there’s always room for more vendors.

Indoor SwapMart

The Indoor SwapMart is a little more appealing than America’s Park ‘n Swap when the weather is intolerable. There are more than 600 booths at the swap mart featuring pretty much everything you’d expect to see at a traditional swap mart of flea market. This market is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Biltmore Fashion Park

Biltmore Fashion Park is a luxury outdoor shopping center. Since 1963 this has been the upscale shopping destination in the region and unlike many malls of that era, it somehow managed to maintain its high end status and keep the best stores within its boundaries. Although Biltmore Fashion Park has the distinction of being the old and reliable upscale shopping center it does face some pretty stiff competition from the nearby Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Desert Sky Mall

The Desert Sky Mall is a bit more low key with anchor stores like Dillards, Burlington Coat Factory and Sears. You’ll find all the stores you’re familiar with here and a nice clean atmosphere that will feel comfortable no matter what part of the country you come from.

Metrocenter Mall

Metrocenter Mall used to be a happening hot spot but it now has two vacant anchor stores and the other anchors are held by Macy’s, Dillards clearance center, Sears and JCPenney. Even with a few anchors missing there are more than 100 stores in the mall, a theater and a food court. The mall was much more exciting in its heyday with an ice rink and the fuselage of a 747 airliner serving as a bar, but since it’s lost its appeal but still has a large number of stores and some great deals as they try to rope in customers.

Paradise Valley Mall

Paradise Valley Mall is huge and has just about every store you could imagine either within the mall or outside it in the surrounding lot. Within the mall itself are more than 200 retailers with anchors such as Macy’s, Dillards, JCPenney, Sears and Robinsons-May. The rest of the stores range from upscale to traditional chains. It’s a great place for everyone in the family and in fact it’s a very popular family destination.

Desert Ridge

Desert Ridge offers more than shopping, it’s the whole entertainment experience and in an outdoor setting. Desert Ridge features specialty retailers, restaurants and a variety of entertainment options spread out over its impressive 110 acres, or 1.2 million square feet of retail space. In addition to all of the regular stores and the specialty ones you can see a movie, hit Dave and Buster’s and EuroBungee Jump. More than one day’s worth of fun.

Kierland Commons

Kierland Commons is another upscale shopping center in Phoenix but this one is smaller than most with only 70 specialty stores. Designed to resemble an old main street rather than a mall it does carry off the upscale better than most. The stores are individual buildings with manicured streets and office space and lofts interspersed. There are also a lot of great restaurants in the area. Kierland Commons is a nice place to go for couples looking to waste a little time shopping before grabbing dinner or catching a movie.

Sheplers Western Wear

There’s just something about being in Arizona that makes you feel a little bit like a cowboy and Sheplers is known as THE place to go if you want to gear up for the range. This western wear staple has been around since 1899 and offers one of the largest selections of clothing and some incredible prices as well. If you can’t find the western wear clothing you want at Sheplers then it just doesn’t exist.

Cowtown Boots

But Sheplers isn’t the only western gig in town. Cowtown Boots specializes in boots and if you’re looking for top quality cowboy boots made with the finest materials and authentic quality and attention to detail then Cowtown Boots is the place to go. Each pair is made by hand from start to finish in the Cowtown Boots factory, quality that is just hard to come by these days.

Outlets at Anthem

For outlet shopping in the Phoenix Arizona area Outlets at Anthem provides you with everything you could want. The stores range from the high end outlets to the standard stores you expect to find at every outlet. With five different sections full of stores you will almost run out of time in the day before you’ve explored everything Outlets at Anthem has to offer.

Arizona Center

Right in the heart of downtown Phoenix is Arizona Center, an open air shopping center designed to serve as a hub of activity in an attractive clean setting. With stores, restaurants, gardens, and ponds the center delivers on its promises. Arizona Center is great if you just want to run in and pick up something or if you’re looking for a place to while away some time or if the family is looking for a place that has a little bit of something for everyone in the family.

Believe it or not, this list isn’t even close to complete, there are simply so many wonderful places to shop in the Phoenix Arizona area that any die hard shopper will feel as though they’ve actually died and gone to shopping paradise.

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