Shopping Malls and Centers, Gainey Ranch's Best Shopping: The Scottsdale Pavilions is a 1.1 million square foot retail center with open-air shopping, dining and entertainment. A sprawling collection of 100-plus restaurants and shops, the Pavilions offers a family-friendly environment and a plethora of mid-range retailers. Marshalls, Target, and Best Buy are the big draws, but you'll also find Bath & Body Works, Famous Footwear, Ulta, Michaels Arts & Crafts, Home Depot, and The Sports Authority. A fun park, golf club, and movie theater present entertainment options. Wide, quarried-stone walkways connect different parts of the shopping complex. The standard roster of fast food restaurants is on-hand to combat shopping fatigue.
Best Shopping: The Pavilions at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale is the newest shopping destination located on the Salt River Indian Reservation on the east side of town. The sprawling plaza features a mix of restaurants and big-name retailers. Stores and restaurants include Hobby Lobby, Petco, Goodwill, Guitar Center, Sprint Wireless, Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar, Chipotle, and Mountainside Fitness Center, the largest locally-owned health club in Arizona. The Pavilions is also home to a brand-new Burlington Coat Factory, 99 Cents Store, and Conn's Home Plus. There shopping center is adding new entertainment features, too. Adrenaline junkies will want to make the trek to this side of town just to visit the Octane Speedway, a new indoor and outdoor racing track.
Local Expert Patricia Escarcega Says:
Best Shopping: "Vintage car buffs will want to stop by on Saturday afternoons for the weekly McDonald's Rock 'n Roll car show."
Best for Shopping Malls and Centers Because: Scottsdale Pavilions is one of Scottsdale's newest shopping destinations, conveniently located next to the 101 freeway and the new Salt River Flats baseball stadium.
Best for Gainey Ranch's Best Shopping Because: If you're looking for popular chain retail stores like Target and Best Buy, make the short trip across the 101 freeway to the Scottsdale Pavilions.
Recommended as Best Shopping Because: The Scottsdale Pavilions is the newest big shopping destination in Scottsdale, located conveniently off the 101 freeway on the eastern edge of the city.