©2006 Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau If you're looking for a shopping mall, Scottsdale Fashion Square is the place to go, with more than 225 retailers.

Phoenix Shopping

There are so many chic and upscale shops and shopping areas throughout The Valley, especially in Scottsdale, that perhaps the term "shop 'til you drop" was born here. You'll find that although there are traditional malls, most of the better shopping is found in non-traditional settings and outdoor "urban village" settings.

Old Town Scottsdale, for example, has blocks and blocks of shaded and curvy streets lined with galleries, eateries, clothing boutiques, and specialty shops. Glendale, on the other hand, at the western side of The Valley, proclaims itself the Antiques Capital of Arizona, with many of the shops being located in post-World War II converted homes.

If you're on the lookout for some good western duds and perhaps a Stetson, the shops in Cave Creek (about 30 miles north of Phoenix) are a good bet, as well as the shops in Old Town Scottsdale.

Insiders' Guide: The Best of Shopping in Phoenix

Insiders' Guide: The Best of Shopping in Phoenix

Arizona Center (455 N 3rd St) is located in the heart of Phoenix near the Herberger Theater and the Convention Center. This two-story, open-air building has lush landscaping, a Cineplex, sports bars, and about 40 shops and restaurants.

West of downtown Phoenix in Glendale, more than 70 shops and restaurants are located in century-old bungalows. Antiques predominate in the shops at the Glendale Old Town and Catlin Court (59th & Glendale aves). Browsing through the charming shops here is a fun way to spend an afternoon.

Scottsdale Fashion Square (7014 N Scottsdale Rd) is the largest mall in the southwest with more than 225 retailers and many unique shops as well as Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Macy's, and Dillard's, where you'll find lots of Kate Spade accessories -- she attended ASU. There's a huge food court, many excellent restaurants, and a large Cineplex all under one retractable roof.

Old Town Scottsdale 5th Avenue Shops comprise several city blocks filled with unique boutiques, kitschy souvenir shops, art galleries and lots of eateries. You can easily spend an entire day here wandering through the fascinating shops.

In the heart of the Camelback corridor near the Mobil Four-Star Ritz-Carlton Phoenix and the Mobil Three-Star Biltmore Resort  sits in Biltmore Fashion Park (2502 E Camelback Rd), an outdoor mall with posh shops such as Gucci, Saks 5th Avenue, and Cartier. There are lots of good restaurants here, too, many of which offer outdoor dining.

Kierland Commons (15044 N Scottsdale Rd) is one of the newer shopping venues featuring an outdoor pedestrian mall with fountains, gardens, and restaurants. Among the stores here are J. Crew, Tommy Bahama, Crate & Barrel, and Restoration Hardware.

The Borgata of Scottsdale (6166 N Scottsdale Rd) is another outdoor mall recreated to look like a 14th-century Italian village of San Gimignano. Here you'll find more than 40 unique and upscale shops and some very nice restaurants mixed in with beautiful buildings and landscaping.

El Pedregal Festival Marketplace (34505 N Scottsdale Rd) is about one hour north of Phoenix in Carefree. This exquisite outdoor mall sits at the base of a 250-foot boulder formation and is adjacent to the famous Mobil Four-Star Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa. One-of-a-kind shops are the rule here, and there's also a satellite museum (with gift shop) of the downtown Heard Museum.

Spanish Village (7204 E Hum Rd, Carefree) has a bell tower, fountains, and winding alleyways where 30 or so shops and restaurants are tucked away in courtyards.

Looking for bargains? Arizona Mills (5000 Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe) features 200 outlet stores including Off 5th-Saks 5th Avenue, Kenneth Cole, and Neiman Marcus Last Call. This is a busy, bustling place, so be prepared.

Phoenix has plenty of great spots for night owls, including entertainment venues at area resorts. Learn more about the nightlife and entertainment options in Phoenix on the next page.