Downtown Scottsdale - more commonly known as Old Town Scottsdale - offers boutique shopping featuring souvenirs, jewelry and art with a Southwestern flair, or luxury shopping at one of the country's best malls. A density of bars, lounges, restaurants and clubs offer myriad dining and nightlife opportunities within short distance of each other. And art fans can peruse the galleries of Main Street and visit the district's contemporary and western museums.
Old Town Scottsdale has some of the best dining around town. The area features restaurants run by established chefs, such as Matt Carter's The Mission, Bernie Kantak's Citizen Public House, Gio Osso's Virtu Honest Craft, and James Beard Award winner Charleen Badman's FnB.
If you're looking for some historic spots, the Sugar Bowl has been an Old Town Scottsdale rite of passage for dessert since 1958.
For some of the New American offerings, you can't go wrong with spots like Hand Cut Chophouse, offering grass fed burgers and steaks, or the health-conscious Farm & Craft, with an array of organic, gluten-free, and vegan options.
Coffee lovers can get their kick at roasteries like Press Coffee or Cartel Coffee Lab.
Old Town Scottsdale is well known as a hot spot for nightlife, so if you're in search for a night out, look no further.
You can get a tropical vibe with the 1950s era Cuban style Canal Club; enjoy the well crafted cocktail at the LGBTQ+ friendly AZ88, which always has a revolving display of local art; dance your heart out at The Mint or Riot House; or sip on some local wines at LDV Winery.
Downtown Scottsdale has the perfect mix of boutique shops, luxury retailers, and mall stops. If you're looking for a distinctly Arizona gift, the Sphinx Date Co. Palm & Pantry offers collections of locally Medjool dates, dating all the way back to 1951. For an all-out shopping spree ranging from Anthroplogie to the Apple Store, make your way to Scottsdale Fashion Square, one of the largest malls in the country. While you're there, catch a movie at the state-of-the-art, locally owned Harkins Theatres.
Old Town Scottsdale is full of art. You can shop at the local galleries, especially during the Scottsdale ArtWalk. Avant-garde pieces with touring exhibitions, including a permanent installation by James Turrell, are on display at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and interactive exhibits that are perfect for your Instagram feed come to life at Wonderspaces Arizona. For those who want a taste of the Old West, you can see all sorts of artifacts and film clips at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West.