Shopping in Phoenix
While retail therapy isn't generally what visitors travel to Phoenix to enjoy, the city certainly isn't short on shopping. Outlets range from trendy boutiques to fun shopping malls, catering for all budgets. Visitors won't have difficulty finding local products to buy here as the city's native American heritage is clear to see in the many smaller gift shops or independent boutiques.
Visitors can enjoy a flavour of Asia at the Chinese Cultural Centre (668 N 44th Street), where ornaments and rugs are sold alongside traditional Chinese food and plants. Traditional Wild West cowboy attire is sold at Saba's Western Wear (3965 N Brown Avenue) and for an eclectic range of antiques, Willow Antiques (133 W McDowell Rd) is a popular venue. Art lovers in Phoenix make their way to downtown Scottsdale, where galleries are in abundance.
Phoenix is packed with market places, from flea markets to local farmers markets. For the freshest produce in the city, the Sprouts Farmers Market (8040 N 19th Avenue), is the best place to visit. For a market with a difference, the Phoenix Park n' Swap (3801 E Washington Street) is a flea market selling everything from canaries and bicycles. Children's fairground rides operate here and food vendors are on site all day.
Phoenix offers a variety of shopping centres, such as the Biltmore Fashion Park (2502 E Camelback Road), home to popular shops and department stores. For other fashion and homeware outlets, Kierland Commons (Scottsdale Road) is a vast complex with plenty of recognisable stores selling the latest trends, books, toiletries and other items.
Store hours vary in Phoenix. In general, they are open Monday to Saturday, 0900–1800. Some places do open on Sundays, although many do not. Visitors should be aware that most shops close on public holidays.
Sales tax 8.6%, although this does not apply to purchases of food.
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