Located just along the border of North Phoenix and Scottsdale, Kierland Commons offers a rather “uncommon” outdoor shopping experience featuring retail shops, gourmet restaurants, and residences in what is described as a Main Street-Style development. Directly adjacent to the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, Kierland Commons boasts an array of high-fashion retailers such as BCBG Max Azria, French Connection, Seven for All Mankind, Coach, and Michael Kors; as well as Anthropologie, J.Crew, and Lucky Brand Jeans. Aside from its many fashion-centered shops, home decor enthusiasts will be thrilled to find a multi-level Crate & Barrel and Z Gallerie; while Sur la Table will help shoppers stock their kitchen and patio with every cooking and grilling gadget imaginable.
Come early evening, shoppers flock to Kierland’s delicious restaurants. Zinc Bistro, with its French style cuisine and decor, transports diners to a Parisian cafe, seemingly dropped into the middle of the Phoenix desert. NoRTH, from highly-acclaimed Fox Restaurant Concepts, provides a taste of Northern Italy with its hearty, house-made pastas, fresh-caught fish, and impressive list of fine Italian wines. Sake Bombs and craft cocktails are plentiful at Ra Sushi Bar’s daily happy hour, which features fresh sushi, small plates, and drinks at special prices. Green House (another Fox Concept), prides itself on its “California Inspired” dishes, such as Tuna Tartare Tacos, Chicken and Prosciutto Ravioli, and Strawberry Rhubarb Crostada with Vanilla Bean Gelato.
During Arizona’s summer months, shopper’s are invited to cool off in Kierland’s Plaza, where more often than not, children can be found running through the fountains that are scattered throughout the center of the Commons. Kierland hosts a variety of special events throughout the summer, including a Summer Concert Series, featuring live music from Arizona’s top local bands each Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m on the Plaza. Past events have included Kierland’s “Sangria and Canvas”–an evening of painting and cocktails, along with prizes and music–as well as RA Sushi Bar’s Friends With Benefits, which offers free lunches each Tuesday.
For those who can’t stay away from Kierland Common’s amazing shopping and restaurants, the Plaza Lofts at Kierland Commons provide luxury condominiums high above the center’s retail shops, so one never has to be far from the mall’s countless amenities. The Plaza Lofts, a collection of over 80 residences featuring an outdoor entertainment space with pool and grilling area, offer incomparable views of the Sonoran Desert and come complete with luxury appliances and fixtures.