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For Central Valley residents, Fresno is a shopper’s paradise! Whether you are looking for small locally owned boutiques or big name stores and restaurants, you will find that Fresno has refined its offerings in recent years.
Fashion Fair Mall at Shaw Avenue and Hwy 41 is the city's largest traditional shopping mall. Anchored by Macy's, JCPenney, and The Cheesecake Factory you will also find a new open-air section of the mall featuring Sephora, Anthropologie, Z Gallerie, and Brookstone among many others. They say if you are feeling lonely in a stange town to go visit the mall and you'll feel at home. That's because most big malls have the same stores! Fashion Fair is no exception to this rule.
Fig Garden Village at Shaw and Palm Avenues is an outdoor lifestyle-oriented mall with upscale stores and a few gourmet restaurants. The meandering walkways, beautiful landscaping and "village" feel to this center have made it a favorite of many shoppers and this has caught the attention of many national retailers who are quickly filling up space formerly occupied by locally owned shops. The center is anchored by a Whole Foods Market and also features Pottery Barn, Banana Republic, Williams Sonoma, The Elbow Room Restaurant, The Ripe Tomato restaurant, and La Boulangerie Bakery & Cafe. Warner Co. jewelers, Fig Garden Bookstore and Uncle Harry's Bagelry are local favorites.
The River Park area on North Blackstone Avenue is a big box shopping/entertainment center anchored by a 21-screen Edwards Cinema & IMAX, Target, Macys and Best Buy among many others. You will also find many restaurants of mostly the "chain" variety to choose from in this vicinity including: The Elephant Bar, Calif Pizza Kitchen, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Claim Jumper, Hooters, Macaroni Grill, Fuzio Universal Pasta, Dai Bai Dang, Yoshino's, In&Out, Red Robin, etc.
In northeast Fresno at the intersection of Champlain Drive at Perrin Avenue you will find some interesting boutique shopping, day spas, and a handful of fine dining establishments. The premier restaurant at this intersection is Campagnia which boasts an eclectic California cuisine inspired menu with slight asian and european influences. Reservations are recommended at this very popular hotspot. Across the street you will find popular spanish restaurant La Paella, italian restaurant Five, and the Sequioa Brewing Company. Privado Day Spa, Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Bobby Salazar's Mexican food, and Stephan Cori women's boutique are other notable establishments in this locale.
If you’re looking for antique shops to browse through, check out the Tower District. Fulton’s Folly is an antique mall that has many treasures and trinkets. Right across the street is the Lauck’s Bakery, known for their desserts and fresh baked bread and beerocks. There is also the locals favorite, the Chicken Pie Shop that has been around for decades.