10 Best Shopping Destinations in Phoenix: From Vintage Thrifting to Upscale Chic

Phoenix has enjoyed a shopping renaissance of sorts, with a spate of new venues turning the city into one of the best shopping destinations in the Southwest, especially for bargain hunters. Visitors will enjoy taking in the amenities at the city's newest shopping centers as well as enjoying well-established shopping destinations.

For the best in upscale shopping, head to the Biltmore Fashion Park, where high-end names like Saks Fifth Avenue and Escada have been in residence for decades.

Bargain-hunters who still want the latest in first-run fashion will appreciate the newish Tanger Outlet stores on Phoenix's westside. This sprawling shopping complex features 80 shops, including Gap Outlet, Coach and Calvin Klein.  

For families, Desert Ridge Marketplace in north Phoenix features outdoor fireplaces and water features, along with a rock-climbing wall, entertainment center, Dave & Buster's, a movie theater and an interactive splash pad for the kids.

For some of the best upscale shopping and bargain-hunting, head to the Phoenix Premium Outlets, home to dozens of high-end brand names. This open-air shopping venue is landscaped with palm trees, desert flora, water features, and offers guests a children's play area and food court. 

Looking for a break from shopping malls and outlets? Check out the Melrose Shopping District in central Phoenix, where you'll find some of the city's best vintage and antique shops.



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Arrowhead Towne Center


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Desert Ridge Marketplace


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A desirable shopping destination for decades, Biltmore Fashion Park hosts an upscale contingent of shops in a gracious setting. Down pathways, amid landscaped beds and fountains, shoppers browse the offerings, which include Macy's, Saks Fifth...  Read More



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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.

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