Best Shopping Malls and Centers in Tahoe

10Best Shopping Malls and Centers in Lake Tahoe

If you are shopping in the Lake Tahoe area, there are not too many larger malls to go to, but what Tahoe does have are smaller shopping centers and cute, little ski villages that features stores selling clothing, ski gear, outdoor gear, food, home design items and even children's toys.

The various malls in the Tahoe area include the Boatworks Mall and the Cobblestone Center in Tahoe City. There is also several large malls like the Summit and Cabela's just outside of Tahoe in the Truckee and Reno areas. The best shopping at Tahoe is at the various ski resorts including Heavenly, Northstar and Squaw Valley in the Olympic Valley. Each of these resorts feature villages with shops like Patagonia, The North Face, Oakley and True North. Ski and outdoor gear rule in the mountains and you are sure to find something that you can use in Tahoe or take home as a gift.

Other shopping areas include the Artisan's Market Place in Truckee which features locally made art by artists in the area. This is a great place to find that perfect gift. Locals like to shop at places like this as well as shops like the Lululemon outlet in Truckee. If you are visiting the Truckee area, the entire historic downtown has dozens of clothing, jewelry and artisan shops as well as restaurants and cafes.


The Factory Stores at the Y in South Lake Tahoe is located where Highway 89 meets Highway 50. The outlet stores offer great shopping with great prices. Some of the stores include Adidas, Great Outdoor Clothing, Styles For Less, Pearl Izumi, Fragrance Outlet & Van Heusen plus much more. They have something for everyone here and everything you may need while vacationing or living in South Lake Tahoe. Most items are 50 to 60 percent less than you would pay in a retail store and each stores offers specials throughout the year.Check back often for upcoming sales & special events.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The Factory Stores at the Y is a smaller shopping center where locals come to shop.

Christina's expert tip: The Y has plenty of parking and restaurants as well.

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For lovers of the outdoors, Cabela's is one of the top places to go shopping for hunting, camping, fishing and other outdoor gear. Cabela's Reno is located about 20 minutes from Truckee and is located along the I-80 near the California border. The The 125,000 square-foot store features a massive hunting gear department, fishing gear, camping gear, clothing, food, restaurants and an educational and entertainment attraction, featuring a decor of museum-quality animal displays, huge aquariums and trophy animals interacting in realistic re-creations of their natural habitats. The staff at Cabela's are very knowledgeable about their products and local area and will offer advice on where to do in Lake Tahoe.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Even though Cabela's is not a mall, it's as large as one.

Christina's expert tip: Visit Cabela's just to see the animal and fish displays.

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Village at Northstar California
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Many of the ski resorts in the Tahoe area have villages which feature restaurants, special events and lots of shopping, but only one of them includes a free ice skating rink in the winter. The stores at the Village at Northstar near Truckee include ski-centric shops like Burton, Butterbox, Oakley, Helly Hansen and Patagonia. Other stores like The North Face and True North feature high-end and quality clothing for both on and off the mountain. Specialty shops include Bath by Nature, the Villager Candle Shop, Ambassador Toys and Earthly Delights. Shopping at the Village at Northstar is like shopping in a European village.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: Shopping at the Village at Northstar is like shopping in a European ski town.

Christina's expert tip: The Village at Northstar also has a public ice rink.

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For women in Lake Tahoe and Truckee who are addicted to yoga clothing for use on and off the mat, head to the Lululemon Athletica store in Truckee, California. Lululemon makes beautiful and technical clothing for yoga , running, and most other sweaty pursuits. The company create components for people to live longer, healthier, more fun lives. This small store and showroom of the popular clothing line includes the staples and basics in all sizes and colors as well as a friendly and knowledgeable staff. The Truckee Lululemon also offers plenty of local yoga, cross fit and other exercise classes.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The popularity of yoga in Tahoe has made Lululemon a dynamic place to shop.

Christina's expert tip: The yoga showroom only takes credit cards, no cash. Also, they are only open Friday-Sunday.

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The Artisan's Market Place in Truckee is located in the cute shopping area of Brickeltown and is a unique gallery that represents work by 15 local artists. The items available for purchase include art glass, knitted creations, woodwork, jewelry, beadwork, ceramics paintings and eco-friendly soaps and lotions from High Sierra Botanicals. Artists represented all live in the immediate area and their items are priced reasonably. The Artisan's Market Place is located in the Blue Victorian, 10382 Donner Pass Road, Brickletown, in historic Truckee. Open daily 11 am – 6 pm, except Tuesdays. The market place will be open daily from 11 am – 6 pm, except Tuesdays.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The Artisan's Market Place features some talented Tahoe artists and local gift items.

Christina's expert tip: The jewelry collection is extensive.

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Cobblestone Center
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The Cobblestone Center in Tahoe City has won awards for its Bavarian-style architecture and features several local shops, a cinema and a restaurant. The shops include the Kalifornia Jean Bar, Kunst Furniture, Bluestone Jewelry, New and Used Tahoe Sports, the Uncorked Wine Bar & Shop, the Tahoe Yoga Institute, the Bookshelf used book store and the Alpine Antiquer with unique and affordable antiques for any shopper. Special events are held every so often at the Cobblestone Center including art shows, fashion shows and holiday parties. The Cobblestone Theater shows two-three movies and the Evergreen Restaurant offers a lunch menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta and entrees that reflect the seasonal availability of produce and other local items.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The Cobblestone Center is right on the Tahoe City lakeshore, so the views are incredible.

Christina's expert tip: The Cobblestone Center contains small local shops and restaurants.

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Village at Squaw Valley
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Give yourself over to the charm of Lake Tahoe at this alpine-styled shopping village, which invites folks to stroll about on cobblestone streets, tempted by a range of upscale goods. Various stores like the Kalifornia Jean Bar, Oakley, and Parallel Mountain Sports are stylish and accessible. Naturally, you'll encounter a host of shops specializing in ski wear and ski gear, but you'll also discover places that proffer trendy togs, eyeglasses, fine art, newspapers, bath and body products, and leather goods. In addition, you can make candles, get spa treatments, and sample everything from ice cream to steaming coffees to Irish pub fare. A great way to relax amid skiing jaunts.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: There a tons of things to do at the Village at Squaw, and the shopping is not lacking.

Christina's expert tip: The shopping at the Village specializes in great ski clothing.

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The summit is located on the Mount Rose Highway in South Reno and only 20 minutes from North Lake Tahoe. The Summit is an outdoor mall that features stores like MAC, Apple, Dillards, Old Navy, Bath & Body Works, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Yankee Candle, Coach, Sephora, Skechers, Chico's, Coldwater Creek, Lane Bryant, Orvis and JoS. A. Bank. There are also restaurants like the popular BJ's Brewhouse, Carino's Italian and Starbucks. The Summit is also home to a large Cinemark theater with 3-D screens. The Summit holds regular events year-long including wine walks, farmer's markets, holiday shopping events and children's events. The mall has a shuttle for those with mobility challenges.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: While the Summit is technically in Reno, it is only 30 minutes from North Lake Tahoe.

Christina's expert tip: Check out the mall's website for special events and shopping deals

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Boatworks Mall
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The Boatworks Mall is an indoor, enclosed mall right on the shore of Lake Tahoe with a wonderful view of the marina. The design is woodsy and typical Tahoe with lots of wood, large beams and an open and airy entryway. Inside is several clothing stores including a contemporary store for women and a resort and outdoor apparel shop, an art gallery, a yoga studio, a jewelry store and a chocolate shop. There is also a hair salon and a professional makeup salon that specializes in makeup for weddings. At Hemmings & Jarrett, you can find high-quality furniture, home accessories and gifts and at the Tahoe Shoe & Clothing Company you can find top brand names such as Dansko, Crocs, Merrell, Ugg, Clarks, Reef, Privo, Keen and Teva. The wonderful Bookshelf book store carries a complete line of fiction and children's books, with over 20,000 titles. They also specialize in large picture books.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The view from the back of the Boatworks Mall is amazing.

Christina's expert tip: Boatworks is the only indoor mall at Lake Tahoe

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The Shops at Heavenly are located just below the Heavenly ski area in South Lake Tahoe. The village includes an eclectic mix of shops from fashionable lifestyle apparel, accessories and art. The shops include the Pacific Crest art gallery, the Serenity Spa, Tahoe Old Time Photos, Up Shirt Creek, Apricot Lane Boutique, Blue Sky the Great Outdoor Clothing Company, Patagonia@Heavenly, Posh Punkins and Sealed with a Kiss. Sporting goods stores include Powder House Sports and Quiksilver. There are several eateries including the Nestle Toll House Cafe, Cold Stone Creamery, Base Camp Pizza, Wolfgang Puck Express and the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. The Shops at Heavenly also have an 8-screen movie theater showing the latest movies.

Recommended for Shopping Malls and Centers because: The Patagonia@Heavenly shop is a great place to find deals.

Christina's expert tip: The high-end shops at Heavenly include a great mix of food, clothing and sports gear.

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Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors...  More About Christina