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Shopping Scottsdale: 10 Top Shopping Malls and Centers in Scottsdale



Scottsdale's best malls and shopping centers offer a pleasing selection of locally-owned boutiques and national name brand retailers. There are plenty of lovely, well-manicured open air shopping centers in town, where the ambiance rivals the merchandise in terms of beauty and style.

For upscale shopping in a fun, urban open-air setting, don't miss the Scottsdale Quarter in north central Scottsdale. 

Another popular open-air shopping center is El Pedegral, is a one-of-a-kind high-end shopping destination tucked away in The Boulders Resort in scenic north Scottsdale.

Kierland Commons in north Scottsdale is a large shopping village featuring palm-lit streets, splashing fountains, and high energy bars and restaurants. This dynamic shopping destination is home to a Crate and Barrel, J. Crew, Sur La Table, Barnes and Noble, and other popular retailers. 

For a taste of classic Scottsdale, head downtown to Scottsdale Fashion Square, one of the largest shopping malls in the southwest. The mall is home to such high-end retailers as Burberry, Juicy Couture, Gucci, Max Mara and Louis Vuitton.

Also in downtown Scottsdale is the Marshall Way Arts District, a strip of mostly locally owned intimate galleries and boutiques. It's the perfect place to find a unique souvenir of your Scottsdale sojourn. 


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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 distinct flavor of the Southwest can be found in many boutiques and shops. A great place to shop for regional and custom gift items, including apparel and accessories, fossils and minerals, hand-crafted leather goods, unique gifts and art. The Heard Museum North, a satellite of the Native American crafts museum in Phoenix, adds a touch of high culture to a day of commercialism. Free concerts are given on summer Thursday nights.


Marshall Way Arts District


Scottsdale may be associated with cowboy art and an Old West aesthetic, but this district nestled in the heart of downtown possesses a thriving contemporary arts scene. Intimate galleries showcase a broad spectrum of art media, including painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed-media pieces. Local artists are strongly represented along with several nationally-recognized names. Boutiques featuring Southwestern jewelry and crafts also ply their wares. The first Thursday of each month finds the street alive with gallery openings, live music, and refreshments during the popular free artwalk. Come here to get an authentic taste of downtown Scottsdale and pick up some locally made art.




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 here include the popular Cupcakes, Lindsay Lou's Boutique, the Diva Plus Size shop, the Chocolate Shop, Houston's, The Linen Tree, and more. Newer additions include Chico's, Urbayn, Slyvia's Designer Shop, and a new consignment shop is expected to open soon. The village is also a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner. Bink's Scottsdale is an organic cafe dishing out gourmet treats. And Veneto Trattoria is a popular cafe specializing in the traditional dishes of Northern Italy.


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This charming section of Old Town features plenty of unique shopping, dining, and entertainment in a pedestrian-friendly quarter. Eclectic specialty stores line the street, and shoppers stroll between them on the tree-lined avenue or take advantage of ubiquitous bicycle-taxis and a free trolley. Clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts, and gifts for the home and garden are all at-hand. Forming a hub for the district's activity is a striking, dynamic fountain by sculptor Bob Parks that features five rearing Arabian horses. This is a must-see destination to anyone paying a visit to downtown Scottsdale, and the perfect place to pick up a souvenir.


The Promenade


A Scottsdale landmark, this shopping center combines big-name retailers, specialty shops, office space, and tempting restaurants all under one roof. Towering above the complex is a 125-foot spire conceived by Frank Lloyd Wright but never built by him â€" it's now a stunning architectural accent, especially when illuminated at night. Popular stops at the center include The Great Indoors, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, Maggiano's Little Italy, and In-N-Out Burger. Over 45 other shops and eateries attract folks to this busy outdoor mall. The Promenade is a shopping destination featuring a mix of big-name retailers and specialty shops offering both value and style. Whether you're looking for a specialty boutique or a large chain store, this outdoor mall has it all.


The Shops Gainey Village


A one-time ranch, this site is now home to a rambling complex of shops and restaurants, all beautifully landscaped. The Old West lives on in the center's general decor, and its aesthetic adorns the impressive collection of upscale, exclusive boutiques. Art, women's apparel, home furnishings, and bath and beauty products can all be had. This is a great spot if you want to sample the city's high-end specialty shops and locally owned boutiques. Tempting dining options include the New American eatery Bloom, Pei Wei, and Paradise Bakery & Cafe. You'll enjoy browsing the manicured grounds almost as much as patronizing the shops.




Incorporated into a planned community, this impressive shopping center was designed to have a Main Street feel, complete with sidewalks, a plaza, and buildings of varied appearance, all linked by a unity of design. Along with shops are residences, office space, and more. Some of the name brand retailers you'll find here include Crate & Barrel, Z Gallerie, Barnes & Noble, Victoria's Secret, Anthropologie, and Sur la Table. Restaurants include The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang's, and Morton's, The Steakhouse. Kierland Commons plays host to fun community events throughout the year, such as workshops and classes. There is also a popular weekly outdoor summer concert series.




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 destination for fashionistas and serious shoppers. Some of the retail shops at the Quarter include Apple, Calvin Klein, Bath & Body Works, Express, Free People, Kendra Scott, Drybar, Calypso St. Barth, Pottery Barn, Urban Outfitters, Sephora, Elan Style, Dr. Martens, Swimspot, Verde Maison, and West Elm. The Scottsdale Quarter is also home to some of the hippest eateries in town, including True Food Kitchen, Brio Tuscan Grille, TK's Urban Tavern, Eddie V's, Stingray Sushi, and Zinburger. There's also a spa (Dolce Salon & Spa), so you can treat yourself to some pampering in between browsing.


Scottsdale Fashion Square


One of the largest malls in the Southwest, this upscale shopping center contains more than 225 stores and restaurants, including 40 that are the sole representatives of their brand in Arizona. Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Dillard's, and Macy's ably fill anchor store roles; other venues include Burberry, Juicy Couture, Gucci, Max Mara, Anthropologie, BCBG Max Azria, and Sephora. An "Enchanted Kingdom" play area and a seven-screen cinema keep the entire family entertained. Spacious, pleasant, and airy, the mall encourages relaxed shopping. Stop by guest services for a map. The Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau also has a Scottsdale Fashion Square's Concierge Desk providing visitor information.


Old Town Scottsdale
Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art


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 wallet-friendly souvenirs in many shops, offering a little Old Town magic for all budgets. Over 150 stores and restaurants inhabit the area, so you're ensured of a great meal to conclude a day of shopping. Scottsdale Historical Museum offers an enticing break from the many stores. The Old Town Scottsdale shopping district is a must-see for visitors, as well as a great place to pick up a souvenir.


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Patricia Escarcega works as a writer and editor in Phoenix.

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