Arden Fair Mall SacramentoWith the holiday season quickly approaching, it is time to begin planning your holiday strategy for buying gifts.  Whether you are shopping for gifts or for your everyday retail addiction, Sacramento has an incredible variety of shops – from small boutiques to large department stores – that will ensure you find exactly what you are looking for at a great price without sacrificing convenience.

Sacramento has a wide range of specialty stores found in unique neighborhoods throughout the Sacramento area.  Old Sacramento, located in downtown Sacramento, features more than 125 boutique shops including souvenirs, art, gifts, jewelry and home decor on the boardwalk set amongst Gold Rush-era buildings, dozens of restaurants, clubs, museums and the Sacramento River.  You can find more information about Old Sacramento attractions and shops at

The Sacramento downtown and midtown grids also feature several locally owned shops and dining options for those looking for a shopping experience outside of major retailers in large malls.  Visit for a comprehensive business directory of the best shopping, dining, galleries, spas, services, and entertainment.

If you are looking to hit up some major retailers, Sacramento offers several malls with the most popular stores.  Several of the malls are near popular Sacramento hotels and attractions, making your shopping experience that much more convenient.  Arden Fair Mall is Sacramento's largest shopping center with over 165 premier specialty shops including Apple, Juicy Couture, Armani Exchange and Nordstrom. Enjoy diverse dining options such as Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen and Taro's (located next door at Market Square).  Pavillions is one of Sacramento's finest fashion specialty shopping centers, featuring one-of-a-kind shopping, dining or strolling with friends.  Westfield Downtown Plaza is only steps from several large downtown Sacramento hotels, museums and attractions.  It is an open-air shopping, dining and entertainment destination, features the area' s flagship Macy's, Century Theatre, River City Brewing Co. and over 75 specialty shops and eateries.

There are also two Premium outlet malls both just a short drive from downtown Sacramento.  Folsom Premium Outlets boasts such name brand outlets as Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Nike, BCBG, Coach, Bose, Guess and more featuring savings of 25 to 65 percent.  Vacaville Premium Outlets has 120 outlet stores featuring Adidas, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Coach, Cole Haan, Gap Outlet, Gucci, J.Crew, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more.

When it comes to fun things to do in Sacramento, shopping has never been easier, unique or more convenient.  Contact the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau at to learn more about itineraries that include shopping for your group.