Shopping Malls in The Valley for a Day of Shopping

All over the Valley, you’ll see people back at it. Shopping is a pastime. Whether you’re looking for a bathing suit or preparing six months in advance for the season of giving, there’s a reason you’re out here perusing the wares. But there’s something you need in order to do your shopping. You need to know where all the good spots are, right? We figured that might be the case. That’s why we’re pointing you to the hottest shopping malls in the Valley — figuratively speaking, of course.

Chandler Fashion Center

3111 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

With some high-end and mainstream retailers alike, this 1980s-style indoor mall is known for its accessible upscale feel. Everything from the Crayola Experience for the young’uns and a plethora of clothing staples make this a destination. There’s also a Harkins theater with lounging seats and their signature wet bar, a number of surrounding restaurants (not to mention the food court), and of course an anchor Barnes and Noble to tie it all together.

Tempe Marketplace

2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281

This open-air shopping center is the place for some delicious Korean barbecue, some fabulous pizza from Slices, and a cold one over at Twin Peaks. You know the place. You can also find some warm vegan cinnamon buns (with varied, delicious toppings) at Cinnaholic, all the while browsing products in places like H&M, Sunglass Hut, World Market, or Spencer’s Gifts. Your choices are many, and you can visit this spot at the right time for some live music, too! Whether it’s the food, the entertainment, or the products you find along the way, something here is bound to make your day.

Scottsdale Fashion Square

7014 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Upscale shopping in the Valley can usually be traced back to Fashion Square. For one thing, the location is treated as an art gallery of sorts, with murals, bronze statues, and a metallic prism chandelier to name a few choice attractions. You can also find spots to dine, enjoy a happy hour, or even catch a play — yes, there are stage performances here at Fashion Square if you time it just right. If you’re up for the “luxury experience,” you can pay for a fully customized red-carpet visit to this high-end mall, including black-car service and a really fancy feeling.

Arizona Mills

5000 S Arizona Mills Cir, Tempe, AZ 85282

Want to visit a kid-friendly aquarium, the Rainforest Cafe, Forever 21, or even Five Below? Trying to find an IMAX theater for your next moviegoing adventure? This location won’t disappoint. With delicious food court mainstays, many discount and outlet shops, an easy-to-navigate circular layout, and spots like Starbucks or Auntie Anne’s calling to you in the meantime, you have every reason to visit Arizona Mills in your near future. If you plan on going shopping, head here first!