The shopping scene in Memphis, Tennessee, includes several big-name malls located east of downtown with selections of high-end designer and mainstream retail items. Although this US city is mainly known as a place full of history and the centre of rock ’n’ roll music, it also offers diverse shopping opportunities.

    If you're in the market for something unique, head over to the vibrant Collierville Square and Broad Avenue. Many stores in these areas are locally owned, so you’ll definitely find one-of-a-kind items during your shopping spree. Read on for our guide to the best places to go shopping in Memphis.

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    Overton Square

    Start the day with shopping and entertainment

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    Overton Square is a plaza in the heart of Memphis, housing plenty of bars, restaurants, shops, and entertainment. This square has shops with sports brands, boutiques with clothes and accessories, as well as beauty salons. If all that shopping increased your appetite, there are plenty of cafés and eateries – the selection ranges from coffee bars with fresh pastries to a tapas bar and grill room.

    Apart from the shopping possibilities, Overton Square also has a couple of theatres. Its outdoor areas regularly turn into stages for live entertainment, including music concerts and art exhibitions.

    Location: 2101 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104, USA

    Open: Daily from 6 am to 3 pm (hours vary by shop)

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    Collierville Square

    Shop in a scenic environment

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    Not only is Collierville Square a pleasant place to shop around, but the historic architecture and beautiful murals also make it an enjoyable area to be. Shopping-wise, you can find vintage stores, a dairy selling fresh produce, a florist, and a gift shop that offers regional souvenirs. The middle of the square has a nice park, where you can hang out on benches or watch a musical performance in the bandstand.

    Collierville Square is particularly busy during Christmas time. The entire town of Collierville comes alive with vibrant festivities, including decorated trees, parades, and Christmas markets.

    Location: 875 W Poplar Ave, Collierville, TN 38017, USA

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    Broad Avenue

    Look for designer clothes and artworks

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    Broad Avenue is a haven for those who are looking for designer clothes and accessories. Browse for sweet ornaments in Bead Couture, look for the latest fashion in 20twelve, and check the collection of African-style clothing in the fair-trade store Mbabazi House of Style. 

    Broad Avenue is also the epicentre of Memphis' art district. The street has several art galleries and music studios, such as the workshop Arrow Creative, the Memphis Guitar Spa and Bingham & Broad with its assemblage of artsy memorabilia to take home. If you need refreshment, Broad Avenue offers a wide spectrum of bars and diners.

    Location: Broad Avenue, Binghampton, TN 38112, USA

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    Shops of Saddle Creek

    Browse for products at any budget

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    Shops of Saddle Creek is a large shopping arcade in Germantown, around 12 miles east of Memphis’ central Midtown district. The shopping mall is divided into 2 areas: Saddle Creek South and Saddle Creek North, separated only by Poplar Avenue. 

    Fashion geeks can revel in well-known brands like Michael Kors, Athleta and Anthropologie. If you’re into low-budget shopping, the Shops of Saddle Creek provide you with locally owned stores as well. Dining options include a steakhouse, a sandwich stand, and an American-style diner.

    Location: Germantown, TN 38138, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +1 901-753-4484

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    Laurelwood Shopping Center

    Marvel in a selection of specialised shops and eateries

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    Laurelwood Shopping Center displays a mixture of fashion stores, a bundle of lifestyle shops, and culinary establishments. Located in the eastern part of Memphis, it’s an excellent shopping hub for specialised goods as the arcade has several home decoration stores, as well as book and gift shops. 

    Whether you’re looking for snacks or a full meal, Laurelwood Shopping Center has you covered with a variety of eateries. Sit down for fresh cakes at the Frost Bake Shop, indulge in finger-licking Southern American cuisine at The Grove Grill, or treat yourself with sweets at Dinstuhl’s Fine Candy Company. 

    Location: 422 S Grove Park Rd, Memphis, TN 38117, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 901-682-8436

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    Carriage Crossing

    Enjoy outdoor shopping in Collierville

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    Carriage Crossing is a sizeable outdoor complex in Collierville town that has quite an extensive collection of shops, ranging from men’s and women’s fashion to heaps of dining options. The shopping area has no less than 12 choices for food, varying from bakeries to a pizzeria.

    In addition to the numerous stores, services such as beauty salons, wellness centres, and a children’s theatre are available as well. Carriage Crossing is divided into several sections that encircle a small park, where you can unwind on a bench if you need a break from shopping.

    Location: 4674 Merchants Park Cir, Collierville, TN 38017, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 901-854-2763

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    Regalia Shopping Center

    Savour shopping on a small scale

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    Regalia Shopping Center is an indoor arcade along Poplar Avenue, with about 91,500 sq ft of shopping opportunities. While it has just around 20 shops, the assortment is diverse enough to spend a couple of hours in this mall. Fashionistas will love Oak Hall, the biggest shop in this complex, which has a considerable collection of clothes for men and women.

    Dining-wise, you can choose from a bakery, a café, an Italian restaurant, a Mexican restaurant, and a Southern American restaurant. If you’re looking for an alcoholic beverage to enjoy during your time in Memphis or to bring home, Great Wines & Spirits stocks a wide range of bottles.

    Location: 6150 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38119, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 901-683-6325

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    Wolfchase Galleria

    Explore Memphis’ biggest mall

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    With over 120 stores, Wolfchase Galleria is one of the largest shopping centres in Memphis. This mall has 2 levels and is located in the northeast of town, around 18 miles northeast of downtown Memphis. It’s an excellent spot for both shopping and entertainment for the entire family. You can stroll around shops from well-known chains such as Foot Locker, Vans, and H&M, as well as watch the latest blockbusters in the cinema or hop by a beauty salon.

    Furthermore, Wolfchase Galleria has 23 food and drinks outlets, along with a children’s playing area where little ones can entertain themselves. 

    Location: 2760 N Germantown Pkwy, Memphis, TN 38133, USA

    Phone: +1 901-381-2769

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    Oak Court Mall

    Combine buying and dining

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    Oak Court Mall is a 2-storey commercial centre that borders the Memphis Botanic Garden, sitting opposite Laurelwood Shopping Center. If it’s time to renew your wardrobe, this place is nearly perfect – you’ll find numerous clothes stores both for children and adults.

    A couple of steakhouses, a Chinese restaurant and a seafood stall are located within the mall’s food court. It also has a cinema that plays 8D movies. If you have a large budget to spend, you’ll be happy with the tremendous offer of spa shops and jewellers within Oak Court Mall.

    Location: 4465 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38117, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 901-681-0642

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    Poplar Plaza

    Find the best bargains in town

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    Poplar Plaza is a modestly sized shopping space only 6.2 miles west of downtown Memphis. It’s the place to go if you’re eager to find gems without needing deep pockets. Budget-friendly options in this arcade include the Dollar Tree – a $1 store – and a low-budget apparel store right next door.

    To ease your appetite, go for a hearty breakfast in Another Broken Egg Café, a sandwich in McAlister’s Deli or a slice of pizza in Cicis Pizza. Apart from the regular shops, Poplar Plaza has services like a telecom shop, a supermarket, and a clinic.

    Location: 3440 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38111, USA

    Phone: +1 901-458-8922

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    Huub Lakerveld | Contributing Writer

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