Nestled within the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, Arizona, beckons shopaholics with a treasure trove of retail delights waiting to be explored. From charming hidden gems and historic galleries to trendy boutiques and bustling bookstores, the city offers a shopping extravaganza that caters to all tastes and budgets. Prepare to embark on a retail adventure like no other as we unveil the best hand-made products and cactus-themed souvenirs that celebrate the essence of Phoenix’s vibrant culture and desert charm. Join us as we discover the finest shopping destinations that leave no shopper’s desire unfulfilled in Phoenix’s shopper’s paradise.
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Frances is a one-of-a-kind boutique offering a colorful collection of hand-picked women’s clothes, gifts and accessories – many made locally. If you’re seeking a last-minute birthday present, this store, on Camelback Road in central Phoenix, should be your first stop. The shelves are piled high with knick-knacks too – with everything from candles and keychains to mugs and teatowels. A browse here is highly recommended.
Changing Hands Bookstore
Seeking your next page-turner? Changing Hands, on Camelback Road, will fulfil all your literary needs with a vast collection of reading material, including fiction, memoirs, cookbooks and picture books. The centerpiece of this beloved bookstore is a buzzy bar, First Draft Book Bar, snugly tucked between the shelves. It’s an ideal spot to enjoy a good novel with a drink of your choice, or work out the first draft of that book you’ve always wanted to write.
Phoenix General is a sumptuous lifestyle store that’s taking the Valley by storm. The original location on North Seventh Street has been joined by a second in the heart of downtown Phoenix to bring tasteful, Arizona-inspired goods to a wider audience. Founders Kenny Barrett and Joshua Hahn purvey sustainable, ethically made goods from local and international manufacturers. Think soft linens for men and women, fringed throws (“for virtual hugs”) and unusual homewares, including Creosote Bundles that you hang in the shower and when wet, smell of desert rain.
Cosanti Bell Foundry
The late Italian-American architect and philosopher Paolo Soleri is best known for his work on Arcosanti, an experimental, ecofriendly town north of Phoenix, but he was also a talented bronze caster. His intricate Soleri bells are made from a recognizable design with an eye-catching patina. At Cosanti, in Paradise Valley, you can visit his original studio space and purchase bronze goods – including the bells and jewelry – crafted by local artisans hoping to carry on Soleri’s legacy.
Scottsdale Fashion Square
Located in the upscale neighborhood of Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Fashion Square stands as one of Arizona’s premier shopping destinations. This luxurious shopping center features an impressive selection of high-end retailers, including world-renowned fashion brands and upscale boutiques. Whether you’re seeking the latest designer trends or indulging in a little retail therapy, Scottsdale Fashion Square promises a lavish shopping experience that leaves fashionistas and trendsetters in awe.
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Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.