10 Best Places to Shop in Downtown Phoenix

Downtown Phoenix may not be the city's most popular shopping destination, but don't underestimate the number of cool, unique boutiques and stores you'll find in this burgeoning city center. 

When you're in downtown Phoenix, the CityScape shopping and entertainment district is a convenient place to pick up some new wardrobe pieces. There's an Urban Outfitters, Charming Charlie's and JoS. A. Bank on site. 

Just north of downtown, the weekly Phoenix Public Market is open every Saturday, showcasing some of the region's freshest produce, fruits and locally crafted food items. It's a good spot to pick up some locally made crafts and food items. 

Searching for that perfect unique gift item for a special friend, family member, or significant other? Phoenix has a growing roster of independent local boutiques where you'll find one of a kind apparel and gift items that showcase the talents of the city's best designers and artists.

We recommend a stop at Bunky Boutique, an eclectic shop with a wide assortment of apparel created by the shop's catalog of featured local designers.

Frances in central Phoenix is another destination for unique and whimsical gift items, including vintage wares, hand-made jewelry, apparel and novelty items.

Finally, visitors to central Phoenix may want to plan a special trip to Made, an art gallery and boutique featuring high quality pieces from local designers and artists. You'll find paintings, artisan paper products, books and gift items that will let you take a little piece of Phoenix back home with you.  


Revolver Records, located on hip Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix, is the kind of independent record shop that can be hard to find these days. This mecca for music enthusiasts and record nerds everywhere is home to over 25,000 new and used vinyl LPs, making Revolver Records a great place to search out that obscure LP you've been searching for, or discover great new music. Even if you don't own a record player, Revolver Records is a browser's paradise that also carries cds, dvds and stereo equipment. Stop by next time you're in downtown Phoenix to enjoy an afternoon of vinyl hunting.

Arizona Center

This outdoor retail and dining complex sits near downtown office towers and is a popular place for business folks and tourists to congregate, sit in the sun, and enjoy a scattering of pleasant gardens and water features. While the individual shops don't constitute a mega-mall experience, they do offer easy browsing, especially if you're in the market for souvenirs. Also in the complex are restaurants, nightclubs, and a movie theater. When there's something big going on in the area, Arizona Center gets lots of traffic and attention. The center is also a great place to grab lunch while you're downtown.

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 Avenue, Ralph, Waterworks, and Escada. Along with fantastic shops, the complex features a number of well-received restaurants, both mid-range and more elaborate in intent. The opening of UNION Biltmore has brought a welcome new dimension to the the fahsion park. The new locally-owned independent concept offers shoppers an exciting mix of 18 small, distinctive boutiques ranging in size from 200-500 square feet, as well as the new casual eatery, Trattoria del Piero.


The Bee's Knees in Phoenix specializes in quality resale clothing for men and women. You'll find a great selection jewelry, handbags, toys, knick knacks, and women's and men's apparel, all of which are handpicked for quality and style. Many of the items for sale at the Bee's Knees are local artists. Speaking of art, The Bee's Knees has two attached gallery spaces, filled with fresh local art. There is also an interior courtyard and garden, offering a comfortable space to take a break in between your shopping sprees. Located at the edge of central Phoenix's hip Coronado neighborhood, The Bee's Knees is truly a Phoenix original.

The Newton is not your typical shopping center. The recently redeveloped midcentury building in mid-town Phoenix is home to one of the city's newest shopping and dining hot spots. The Newton is home to Changing Hands Bookstore, the city's top independent bookseller. The store carries a wide selection of eclectic and unique gift items. The Newton is also home to Southwest Gardener, a local home decor and gardening gift shop specializing in desert flora. When you're reading to take a shopping break, step into Southern Rail, which dishes out modern southern comfort food.

This independent boutique is a paradise for gift-seekers and all lovers of unique gift items. Located in central Phoenix in a row of independent shops and boutiques, Frances features an eclectic array of men's, women's and baby apparel, jewelry and accessories, vintage-style decor, paper goods, novelty items, and even designer pet merchandise. Even the store decor at Frances is whimsical and charming: hand-crafted jewelery hangs on artificial tree branches and a miniature chandelier artfully hangs from the ceiling. Come here when you're tired of window-shopping at the mall and looking for hard-to-find gift items. Perfect place to find something special for your hard-to-shop-for friends and family members.

Tired of run of the mill mall merchandise? Head to Bunky Boutique, one of Phoenix's most unique stores specializing in apparel, accessories, and artisan made jewelry and paper products. If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind gift item, Bunky Boutique is a great place to find gifts for him and her, including books, candles, home hoods and paper items. You'll also find high quality men and women's skincare products, makeup, designer eye wear, handbags, and garden gifts. For the hip mom and dad, Bunky's even has its own well-curated selection of baby and kid products. Check out the assortment of apparel from local Phoenix designers too.

MADE carries a constantly changing inventory of one-of-a-kind items made by more than 100 artists including jewelry, pottery, gifts, books, and magazines. MADE also features art and writing workshops, book groups and other regular events. MADE also goes by another moniker of "Made in Phoenix" and as its name suggests almost all the art on display is produced by local artists and craftsmen. If you're in the Phoenix area and looking for something with that Phoenix tinge, look no further. MADE also frequently hosts community workshops and artist exhibitions. Great for browsing and picking up a unique souvenir or gift item.

The downtown Phoenix market is a Saturday open-air marketplace that's one part farmer's market, and another part foodie spectacle. Some of the city's most beloved food trucks pull up to sell their latest culinary concoctions, while local artists showcase unique ceramics, oil paintings, photography and other one-of-a-kind craft items. If produce and fresh fruits are your thing, local farmer's are on hand selling locally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers and plants. The market is open twice weekly, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Seasonal hours may vary, so check twice before heading out. On most market days, shoppers can enjoy listening to local live musicians while shopping.

CityScape Phoenix is downtown Phoenix's entertainment hub, bringing dining, nightlife, shopping, entertainment, business and special events to heart of the city. CityScape Phoenix is a $500 million mixed-use, high-rise complex that is home to Urban Outfitters, JoS. A. Banks, Lucky Strike, Hotel Palomar Phoenix, Chloe's Corner, Stand Up Live, Copper Blues, Charming Charlie, The Arrogant Butcher, Five Guys, Jimmy John's, Starbucks, Chipotle, The Breakfast Club, CVS Pharmacy, Par Exsalonce and more. The complex is surrounded by light rail stops and adjacent to professional sports and entertainment venues, including US Airways Center, Chase Field, The Phoenix Convention Center, Arizona State University's downtown campus and city, county and state government offices.


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Patricia Escarcega works as a writer and editor in Phoenix.