A Shopper's Paradise

By local contributor
Scott McGinty

Looking to brighten up your wardrobe, return home with a special keepsake, or surprise a loved one with the perfect gift? You’re in the right place! Here are some recommendations to help you get started as you explore Scottsdale’s outdoor promenades, upscale fashion parks and distinctive shopping districts.

Start your retail therapy in Downtown Scottsdale for a shop-till-you-drop selection of quaint boutiques, haute couture and luxury jewelers. Plus, downtown boasts dozens of art galleries if you’re looking for a unique piece of artwork to take home. To make getting around easy, park in one of the many free public parking garages and take the Downtown Trolley to the Old Town Shops, Arts District and 5th Avenue Shopping District for cowboy wares and authentic Native American art and jewelry, as well as to the trendsetting fashion boutiques and eclectic shops at Scottsdale Waterfront and SouthBridge.

While in downtown, don’t miss Scottsdale Fashion Square – a retail powerhouse unequalled in its ability to deliver premier brands to discriminating shoppers. The Southwest’s largest shopping destination, Fashion Square features miles of style with more than 250 fabulous stores, including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and H&M.

Continue your treasure hunt in north Scottsdale with open-air settings that boost the business of browsing and buying.

Perfectly suited for Scottsdale’s sun-drenched lifestyle, Kierland Commons is an outdoor shopping promenade. Among the 70+ high-end specialty retailers lining this Main Street development are fashion favorites Ann Taylor, BCBGMAXAZRIA and White House|Black Market. Don’t forget to refuel at one of more than a dozen restaurants featuring everything from French cuisine to sushi. For fun in the summer, you also can enjoy live music concerts on Saturday nights in June and July.

Across Scottsdale Road, you’ll find Scottsdale Quarter – a 28-acre shopping, dining and entertainment district. Standout stores include Elan Style, H&M, Kendra Scott, lululemon athletica, NIKE and west elm. Plus, you’ll also find a wide range of dining and entertainment options, including iPic Theaters, a luxury cinema.

This is just the beginning of Scottsdale’s style scene. Check out a variety of other shopping hot spots for a diverse collection of retail stores, restaurants and entertainment.