10 Best Shopping Destinations in Scottsdale: Serious Retail Therapy in the Desert

In Scottsdale, retail therapy is elevated to high art, where specialty couture and nationally-recognized retailers come together in the name of serious shopping. Whether you’re shopping for the latest piece from a top-name designer, or hunting for a uniquely Arizona gift, chances are you will find it in Scottsdale. 

For serious Scottsdale shoppers, the obvious starting point is Scottsdale Fashion Square, one of the region’s largest shopping malls. This luxurious fashion park features a Macy’s, Barney’s of New York, Armani, Louis Vuitton, and other exclusive shops.

For Southwestern and cowgirl chic finds, head to the Fifth Avenue Shops in downtown Scottsdale, where Gilbert Ortega and an assortment of galleries and boutiques offer a trove of Arizona gifts and treasures.

If you want to pick up the perfect Scottsdale souvenir, take a stroll around Old Town Scottsdale. It's full of specialty boutiques where you can pick up a jar of prickly pear jam or desert honey, authentic Native American jewelry and even a funny t-shirt for the folks back home.

If you're staying at the Hilton Resort, plan to shop and lunch at the Hilton Village. This shopping village has a great mix of clothing boutiques and a roster of award-winning, locally owned cafes.

The Hilton Village is located on Scottsdale Road, just a stone's throw away from the Hilton Resort. This busy, upscale casual shopping destination features a fun mix of specialty boutiques and popular big-name retailers. Some of the highlights...  Read More

The Shops Gainey Village

The Shops at Gainey Village provide casual upscale shopping, dining, and entertaining, with an emphasis on specialty shops and boutiques. This is a great spot to find the latest exclusive boutique, or shop for a unique souvenir to remember your...  Read More

Many of this district's buildings date from the 1920s and have been renovated to house an appealing collection of specialty shops, which the neighborhood is known for today. Top-notch Native American and Mexican jewelry and crafts sit alongside...  Read More

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...  Read More

This replication of a Moroccan market sits beneath a stunning natural rock formation against a gorgeous desert backdrop. Two levels house 35 stores and restaurants that encircle a courtyard and amphitheater. Gifts, art, and clothing with the...  Read More

Kierland Commons is one of North Scottsdale's most urban and urbane shopping destinations. The edgy and fun flavor of this big city-inspired shopping village features dynamic, palm-lit streets, splashing fountains, and high energy bars and...  Read More

The Scottsdale Waterfront is a 1.1 million-square-foot project located at the edges of Old Town Scottsdale. This modern mixed-use development features retail, office, restaurant and high-rise residential buildings. Retailers include Urban...  Read More

Fifth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale is a popular destination for tourists and locals. The avenue features dozens of specialty boutiques, art galleries, jewelry shops, and over 35 restaurants within a short walk of the famous Bob Parks 5th Avenue...  Read More

The Scottsdale Quarter is a mixed-use shopping center in north central Scottsdale that's urban, chic and decidedly hip. Towering palm trees, water features and more than 370,000 square feet of retail space. Upscale boutiques make this a...  Read More

Scottsdale Fashion Square

Scottsdale Fashion Square is the Southwest's premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination. This is the largest shopping destination in the Southwest, boasting more than 225 retailers, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, the newest...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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