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Phoenix is a large, eclectic city with a huge shopping scene for tourists and locals on any budget. The city is a paradise especially for Southwestern art lovers and collectors, as many emerging artists, designers, and craftsmen display their work in the area.
Gifts and souvenirs in Phoenix have a distinctively Native American flare, and many tourists attempt to purchase genuine Native American turquoise and silver jewelry; however, be wary, as many vendors try to pass off fakes to unsuspecting visitors who don’t know the difference. Reputable vendors such as Sterling Turquoise or Silver Artwork are pricey but worth a look if you want a quality piece of jewelry. Another option is to go to a Native American festival or craft-show in Phoenix which are put on periodically throughout the year.
Take advantage of the wide array of modern shopping centers, districts, and outlet malls in the city as well. The open-air Arizona Center is a very popular mall located downtown that has a variety of upscale stores in addition to stores for people on a budget. It has some beautiful gardens, fountains, and pools making it a pleasant and relaxing place to shop, although it can get quite crowded. The Arizona Center also has an AMC Theater. The Desert Sky Mall is a good choice, too, if you just want a standard shopping experience.
For something a little more exotic and exciting check out the China Town of Phoenix. This shopping and dining hub has the most advanced and ornate Chinese architecture in both North and South America. Its ponds, pagoda replicas, gardens, and statues are gorgeous and are all modeled after actual places in China making it a shopping experience like no other.
The Downtown Phoenix Public Market is another shopping experience not to be missed. It was started by a non-profit organization called Community Food Connections. This market features the works of local artists and craftsmen as well as local agriculturists. You can find some pretty unique gifts here for under $10.
Phoenix also showcases some great Southwestern art in colorful art galleries and boutiques along Main Street; if you want to do some truly upscale shopping, look no further than the Biltmore Fashion Park on Camelback Road. Chic and luxurious, this mall houses stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Coach, and Ralph Lauren.