Our guide to the best places to go shopping in Lake Tahoe covers hotspots in South Lake Tahoe, Incline Village and Truckee. This region is very vast, which means you’re unlikely to be able to take in all the shopping it has to offer in one trip. Whether you’re looking for gifts and souvenirs, outdoor gear, fashion, handcrafted items, or something else, you can find it here.

    Lake Tahoe's shopping options range from shopping malls and ski resort shops to independent boutiques and even a unique artisan marketplace. To help you make your plans, we’ve included some of the best shopping spots throughout the area to put on your must-visit list.

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    Boatworks Shopping Mall

    An indoor mall with dazzling lake and mountain views

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    Boatworks Mall sits right along the lake’s shoreline. While it’s an enclosed mall, it provides impressive marina, lake, and mountain views along with scenic walking paths that lead to the water. Its diverse shops include many local brands, with multiple clothing stores, like outdoor apparel, a t-shirt and souvenir store, jewellery store, an art gallery, a candy shop, and a toy store. 

    In between shopping, you can practice at a yoga studio or enjoy waterfront dining. If you want to get decked out for a night on the town, there’s a hair salon and makeup studio within Boatworks Mall.

    Location: 760 N Lake Blvd #2 Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm, Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 530-583-1488

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    Incline Shopping Village

    40+ shops with everything from outdoor equipment to women’s fashion

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    The Incline Shopping Village hosts a wide range of offerings with a focus on outdoor activities. There are many outstanding sporting goods stores to help you gear up for fun on the water and mountains, such as hiking, biking, and skiing.

    You’ll find shops with items for supporting health and wellness, as well as options with products reflecting the area’s beauty and personality. Must-buys include bear-themed gifts, Tahoe-themed pendants, and handmade soaps. There’s even a costume shop to help you dress your best for a themed party. The Incline Shopping Village also has a pet station with self-washing stations and a wealth of things for your 4-legged friends, including adorable attire.

    Location: 930 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village, NV 89451, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm (hours may vary)

    Phone: +1 775-831-2020

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    Cobblestone Center

    Outdoor mall with Bavarian architecture and unique shops

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    Cobblestone Center is a Bavarian-inspired outdoor mall popular among those staying in Tahoe City. It’s won awards for its Alps-like architecture, fitting in perfectly with the stunning mountain scenery. Some simply enjoy taking their dog for a stroll here to enjoy it, but there are plenty of opportunities for shopping.

    One of the most popular retailers at Cobblestone Center is New and Used Tahoe Sports, where you can shop for its affordable winter sports gear. The Bookshelf sells used books, while the Alpine Antiquer is great for those searching for unique treasures. Kalifornia Jean Bar where you can find the perfect pair of laidback California-style tailored jeans, tops, and accessories. The outdoor shopping mall often hosts special events like fashion shows and art exhibitions.

    Location: 475 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 530-583-1580

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    The Crossing at Tahoe Valley

    Shopping mall with locally owned stores and national brands

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    The Crossing at Tahoe Valley offers a mix of shopping, dining, and wellness. It’s home to one of Lake Tahoe's top ski and snowboard shops, called Mountain West. It stocks the latest equipment for fun on the slopes, along with tuning services and boot fitting.

    Replenish Tahoe, a locally owned boutique, is the place to go for essential oils, handcrafted butter candles, body care products and gifts, all of which are made using only fair-trade and sustainably farmed materials. Emanate Gallery offers an impressive collection for art, while The Barn is where you’ll find apparel for men, women and children. 

    Location: 2012 SOUTH, Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA

    Open: Hours vary by shop

    Phone: +1 530-573-4669

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    The Shops at Heavenly Village

    A complex with an eclectic mix of shops at Heavenly Ski Resort

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    The Shops at Heavenly Village includes more than 40 shops and restaurants, along with an outdoor ice-skating rink, 8-screen cinema, and daily live music. It includes just about everything, from art to fashionable lifestyle apparel. Big-name brands like Patagonia and Great Outdoor Clothing Company sell outdoor gear and clothing for just about every recreational activity imaginable.

    Apricot Lane Boutique is a locally owned retailer capturing the vibe of the local area. After shopping, enjoy a sweet treat at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Cold Stone Creamery, or Nestle Toll House Café. 

    Location: 1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm, Friday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm. Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm

    Phone: +1 775-265-2087

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    Village Center

    Find the perfect gift or indulge yourself with everything from fossils to silky alpaca boots

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    The picturesque Village Center is just across the street from Heavenly Village at Stateline. It hosts a wide range of retailers selling fine art, collectables, sophisticated fashions, beauty essentials, and an array of enticing gifts.

    Don’t miss Alpaca Exotic Imports, even if it’s just to feel the softness, with pillows, throws, silky boots, and even cuddly teddy bears, all made from alpaca hair. Artifacts is a store specialising in exquisite art, jewellery, fossils, artefacts, rocks, and all sorts of eclectic handmade items. If your best friend has 4 legs, you’ll want to check out Dog.Dog.Cat with toys, human-grade snacks, clothing, accessories, and more for your pet.

    Location: 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 949-851-1611

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    The Village at Northstar

    Various shops selling winter sports equipment and high-end fashion

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    The Village at Northstar is a small yet interesting community in Truckee. Part of the Northstar California Resort, it hosts many shops selling winter apparel for the streets and slopes, equipment and accessories are popular items. You’ll also find fashionable clothing by high-end designers, gifts, a beauty bar, and more. 

    Pick up sunglasses or goggles at the Oakley Concept Store or get outfitted for snowboarding at Butterbox. Mo, Joe and Zoe is a women’s boutique selling handcrafted jewellery, stylish clothing and accessories at affordable prices.

    Location: 5001 Northstar Dr, Truckee, CA 96161, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm (hours may vary)

    Phone: +1 530-562-1010

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    The Summit in South Reno

    Well-known stores, special events and film screenings

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    The Summit in South Reno is just 20 minutes from North Lake Tahoe in the South Reno area. This outdoor mall hosts many stores you know and love, like Banana Republic, MAC, Sephora, Old Navy, Lucky Brand Jeans, Coach, Skechers, Orvis and Coldwater Creek. You’ll know just where you need to go and you might even have time left over to enjoy the mall’s other many offerings.

    There are special events for the kids and the adults, including wine walks, held throughout the year. You can catch a movie at the Cinemark, which also serves food and drinks, including alcohol.

    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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    The Village at Squaw Valley

    An alpine-style shopping village at Squaw Valley Ski Resort

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    When shopping in The Village at Squaw Valley, you might feel like you’re visiting the European Alps thanks to its soaring mountain views and cobbled streets. Part of the Squaw Valley Resort, the village offers a wealth of shops specialising in ski gear and apparel. 

    You’ll also find places where you can buy something to pamper yourself, such as Lather & Fizz Bath Boutique. It features bubble baths, soaps, lotions, candles and aromatherapy products, along with cosy robes and PJs. Clothing company Live a Tahoe Day is an activewear brand featuring unique handcrafted designs by a local resident. The Village at Squaw Valley has a handful of big-name stores, including Patagonia, Oakley and The North Face.

    Location: 1750 Village East Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm (hours may vary)

    Phone: +1 530-584-1000

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    Mountain Arts Collective

    An art gallery showcasing works by local and regional artists

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    The Mountain Arts Collective is an art gallery started by 3 local artists. Located in Truckee, it displays quality works by people who are closely connected to the local community and its spectacular surrounds. The welcoming space is a must-visit for those who want to bring a piece of the beautiful Lake Tahoe region home. 

    The Mountain Arts Collective stocks both budget-friendly works of art and high-end statement pieces. Popular items include nature-inspired jewellery and woodwork, photography, glass art, and fibre art. Each artist member works at the gallery about 5 or 6 days a month, so you might be able to chat with one of them during your visit.

    Location: 10065 Donner Pass Rd #2, Truckee, CA 96161, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from 11 am to 5 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 530-563-5110

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    K.C. Dermody | Contributing Writer

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