The shopping scene in Reno shows The Biggest Little City in The World has much to offer. Commercial developments in the mid-2000s have contributed to Reno’s retail landscape, with upscale malls catering to the affluent.

    Across the city, there are typical strip malls and neighbourhood shopping centres and a decades-old farmers’ market for the masses. On the other hand, the revitalisation of Reno’s Midtown District has attracted counter-culture shoppers with its edgy boutiques, art galleries, and vintage stores. With such diverse shopping options, you’re bound to find what your heart desires in Reno.

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    Meadowood Mall

    Reno’s unique semicircular mall

    • Families
    • Shoppers
    • Food

    Meadowood Mall is a single-level shopping centre in Reno that contains about 125 retailers, including its anchors Macy’s, JC Penneys, and Dick’s Sporting Goods. You’ll also find typical mass-market brands like H&M, Forever 21, and Footlocker, just to name a few.

    Stores in this unique semicircular mall vary widely and appeal to all demographics and ages. You’re sure to find a wide variety from fashion for adults and tweens to jewellery to gifts and homeware. Besides shopping, have some fun at the bowling alley and arcade. When you’re hungry, grab a bite at the food court, which offers a diverse selection of eateries serving Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Italian and American dishes.

    Location: 5000 Meadowood Mall Cir, Reno, NV 89502, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday from noon to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 775-827-8450

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    Junkee Clothing Exchange & Antique

    Spend a few hours treasure hunting in this massive vintage store

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    Junkee Clothing Exchange & Antique is a must-see if you're a vintage lover or treasure seeker. Spanning 15,000 sq ft, this sprawling vintage store offers an eclectic selection of pre-loved clothing, antiques, and collectables from decades past.

    You can find some unique costumes and clothing for both men and women to wear on special occasions and to festivals, trade-in your clothes for something that catches your eye, and get some vintage jewellery and accessories to complete your outfit. A vintage store, costume boutique and nostalgia emporium all in one, Junkee is also a great spot to find one-of-a-kind gifts for your friends and family.

    Location: 960 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 775-322-5865

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    Shirley's Farmers Markets

    Get your groceries at this decades-old open-air farmers’ market

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    For over 2 decades, Shirley’s Farmers Market has been bringing farmers to the residents of Reno in 2 locations, namely Tamarack Junction and Village Shopping Center.

    Running only from summer to autumn, Shirley’s Farmers Market offers farm-fresh produce and a variety of items like cookies, tea, honey, and flowers. Some of the fresh produce you can get here include tomatoes, berries, grapes, melons, peppers, among others. Besides fruits and veggies, you can also buy all-natural beef straight from nearby ranches.

    Location: 1119 California Ave, Reno, NV 89509, USA

    Open: June–October: Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm

    Phone: +1 775-746-5024

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    The Summit Reno

    An upscale outdoor mall with gorgeous mountain views

    • Shoppers
    • Food
    • Luxury

    The Summit in South Reno caters to those looking for a high-end shopping and dining experience. The beautifully landscaped outdoor mall consists of about 65 stores and independent boutiques with a diverse variety of key tenants like Dillard's, Apple, Old Navy, Lululemon Athletica, Orvis, and Ulta.

    You can get a pair of glasses at Lenscrafters, browse ceramic wares at Pottery Barn, or pamper yourself with a spa treatment at Spavia Day Spa. Located within the premise, Century Theater is a large cinema where you can catch the latest blockbusters on comfortable reclining seats. Whether you’re after Japanese, Korean, Italian cuisines or steak and burgers, you’ll find restaurants that can satisfy you whenever you feel peckish.

    Location: 13925 S Virginia St #212, Reno, NV 89511, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 775-853-7800

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    Redfield Promenade

    An outdoor mall for the masses

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    • Food
    • Budget

    Redfield Promenade is an outdoor mall on one of the busiest arterials of South Virginia Street that has a mix of mid-range and budget stores. You can find restaurant chains like Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Chipotle, and Claim Jumper here.

    At Cost Plus Market and World Market, you can shop for rare food products imported from Europe. For a much-needed piece in your wardrobe, head to Nordstrom Rack where you can shop for chic designer apparel and accessories at a discount. Some other notable stores that shoppers love here are Bed Bath & Beyond, Hallmark, Walmart, and TJ Maxx.

    Location: 4983 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89509, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 833-800-4343

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    Commons Shopping Center

    A neighbourhood strip mall for pet owners, musicians and boozers

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    The Commons Shopping Center is a neighbourhood strip mall in North Reno. Anchored by DSW Shoes, PetsMart and Ulta Cosmetics, it caters to the needs of all types of customers. Well-stocked with a nice selection of wine, spirits and beer, Total Wine is the go-to for many shoppers in the area. Music aficionados can have a jam with the guitars at Guitar Center.

    For a hearty meal to fill your belly, head to Minato Sushi which serves ramen and sushi rolls, Thai Lotus which dishes out Thai BBQ pork and green curry cooked to order, and The Cup Cafe which serves up American breakfast and brunch classics with a twist.

    Location: 6625 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89511, USA

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    Reno Town Mall

    Shop for Nevada-made gifts in this mellow mall

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    For all things Nevada, head to Reno Town Mall, a small quiet mall that has stood the test of time. At Buy Nevada First, you can purchase gifts for any occasion ranging from art, jewellery, music, books, inventions, clothing, food to gifts and crafts

    If you need some custom-made shoes, you can consult a board-certified podiatrist at A Proper Fit Footwear to assist with footwear selection for a variety of foot conditions, custom orthotics and shoes. The mall also houses a library if you want to spend a few hours of reading. 

    Location: 4001 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm

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    Firecreek Crossing

    Shop for household goods and craft materials

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    Firecreek Crossing is a shopping plaza with a variety of stores in Reno. Most shoppers come here for the Walmart Supercenter to stock up on household goods, while crafters shop at Michael’s for their craft and hobby needs.

    Other stores here include Office Depot, Floor & Décor, Natural Grocers, Babies “R” Us, and TJ Maxx HomeGoods. During October, Firecreek Crossing is packed with shoppers looking for everything they need to get into the Halloween spirit. There’s also a 24-hour Starbucks where you can chill out over beverages and snacks any time of the day.

    Location: 4823 Kietzke Ln, Reno, NV 89509, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm

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    Outlets at Legends

    Score some bargains in this upscale factory outlet mall

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    Outlets at Legends in Sparks, Nevada, is an upscale outlet centre focusing on discounted sportswear. It's anchored by Scheels All Sports and has plenty of stores by prominent brands like Nike and Adidas.

    From sportswear to fashion to homeware, this mall is packed with stores where you can get just about everything you need. You can shop for discounted clothing and shoes at Banana Republic, Forever 21, H&M, Converse, and Vans. If you need a break from shopping, Outlets at Legends has an IMAX theatre and an escape room. 

    Location: 1310 Scheels Drive, Sparks, NV 89434, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 775-358-3800

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    Midtown District Reno

    An eclectic shopping district in the heart of Reno

    • Shoppers
    • Nightlife
    • Food

    The Midtown District of Reno is a centre of edgy retail shops, restaurants, nightlife, and a variety of services including body piercing and tattoos. Walking down Midtown, you’ll come across speciality stores dedicated to music, art, fashion, vintage clothing, and more. 

    Art enthusiasts should take a look at Art Dogs & Grace, the first counter-culture store in Reno with the largest galleria of hand-blown, US-made glass pieces in Northern Nevada, along with an extensive selection of art prints and tapestries for sale. Local restaurants and bars in the area serve a diverse variety of cuisines from around the world, including Thai, Mexican, Italian, and vegan-friendly options.

    Location: 316 California Ave #45, Reno, NV 89509, USA

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    The Riverwalk District

    Eat and shop your way along the Truckee River

    • Nightlife
    • Couples
    • Food

    The Riverwalk District is a bustling stretch of boutiques, local restaurants, and entertainment venues. Grab a cup of coffee and a breakfast treat in the morning and plan your day as you stroll along the river. If you’re not an early riser, make lunch or dinner reservations instead and enjoy a lovely meal and drinks while soaking in the local ambience.

    The Riverwalk District also offers self-guided food tours, wine walks, and other events throughout the year so make sure to check the website calendar when you’re in town.

    Location: 130 West St., Reno, NV 89501, USA

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 775-825-9255

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    Cindy Tan | Contributing Writer

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