Tips for shopping in Phoenix
Situated at the northeastern edge of the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix and it's environs are also known as the “Valley of the Sun”. With just under 1.5 million residents, the city is the sixth largest in the U.S., though with it's sprawling “Urban Villages”, the city maintains a relatively low population density. The city of Phoenix has also established so-called “village planning committees” with the goal of maintaining a good balance of commercial and residential space, while also preserving the unique identities of each village. It's no coincidence that one of Phoenix's most popular sports teams is called the Suns (NBA); the climate in Phoenix is classified as “subtropical desert”, with the temperature reaching or exceeding 100°F an average of 110 days per year. The shopping options in Phoenix are at least as hot as its weather, starting with the city's 25-plus shopping malls. Many of these shopping areas, such as the Biltmore Fashion Park, incorporate lush outdoor landscapes and fountains alongside a wide spectrum of shops and stores. If the mall isn't your bag, venture into the city center to find unique shops, tasty foods, and chic cafes. A few of the most popular spots are at Evans Churchill & Roosevelt Row, along with the Historic Roosevelt area.