Scottsdale Travel Guide

Welcome to my Scottsdale Travel Guide! Although I had only lived in Scottsdale for a year and a half, I had the chance to explore extensively and discover the many treasures this incredible city offers. Scottsdale has quickly become one of my favorite places to explore, from its vibrant arts scene and luxurious hotels and spas to the endless array of activities and stunning desert landscapes. These recommendations are just my personal favorites, so I encourage you to do your own research to tailor the perfect Scottsdale trip for yourself!


Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market Instagram – Open Saturdays from October through May. You can always find a wide array of locally sourced fresh produce, gourmet foods, handmade soaps, just-picked bouquets of florals, brewed coffee, live music, and so much more!
Pro Tip: Visit early to get the best selection and enjoy a leisurely breakfast from the food vendors!

North Brown Avenue A historic and charming street in Old Town! I love to start with the famous Old Adobe Mission Church, a beautiful example of traditional adobe architecture, and end with The Merchantile, a trendy marketplace showcasing unique local boutiques and artisans.

Four Coffee Instagram – An amazing cozy spot for coffee enthusiasts, Four Coffee offers expertly brewed coffee in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere. Not to mention, it’s an amazing spot on Saturdays for a weekly car show!

Berdena’s Instagram – My favorite coffee shop with an adorable interior and incredibly delicious breakfast offerings. Berdena’s is a must-visit to enjoy artisanal coffee, fresh pastries, and innovative breakfast dishes before a beautiful walk down 5th Avenue!

5th Avenue Boutiques My favorite boutique is next to ChopShop, but there are so many awesome local finds on this street! You’ll find the perfect unique tourist treasure on 5th Avenue!

Herb Box Instagram – A great 5th Avenue find, Herb Box serves various fresh, innovative dishes. Their menu emphasizes seasonal ingredients and vibrant flavors.

Arcadia Farms Instagram – A delightful café and bakery with a picturesque setting. Their menu features farm-to-table dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, perfect for a leisurely lunch.

Hilton Rooftop Bar For stunning views and a sophisticated ambiance, visit the Hilton Rooftop Bar. It’s an ideal spot for enjoying cocktails while taking in the panoramic views of Scottsdale.

Francine Instagram – If you find yourself walking through Fashion Square Place and are hungry, I highly suggest this incredible taste of French fare with a Mediterranean twist. This upscale restaurant features a menu full of Provencal-inspired dishes made with the finest ingredients.

Farm & Craft Instagram – Dedicated to healthy, sustainable dining, Farm & Craft’s menu is designed around four wellness foundations: anti-inflammatory, immunity, probiotic, and stress relief.

The Mission Instagram – A famous Scottsdale staple serving upscale Latin cuisine with a modern twist.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) Instagram – A hub for contemporary art, architecture, and design, SMoCA offers fascinating exhibitions and events.

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Instagram – Showcasing the history, culture, and art of the American West, this museum is a must-visit for history buffs.

Central Scottsdale

SumoMaya Instagram – Blends Mexican and Asian cuisines to create a unique and exciting dining experience. The atmosphere is incredible—you feel like you’re in a jungle—and the inventive menu makes it a standout spot.

My Sister’s Closet A paradise for bargain hunters, My Sister’s Closet is a high-end consignment store where you can find gently used designer clothing and accessories at fantastic prices.

North Scottsdale

Barrio Queen Instagram – While Barrio Queen has multiple locations, the North Scottsdale spot is particularly well-reviewed. Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine in a lively, festive setting.

Trevor’s Liquor Instagram – Trevor’s is not just a liquor store; it’s an incredible pizza spot! Their diverse menu features artisanal pizzas, vibrant salads, specialty sandwiches, and a selection of exquisite charcuterie boards.

Kierland Commons & Scottsdale Quarter Instagram – These adjacent shopping centers offer a premier shopping experience with a mix of high-end retailers, dining options, and entertainment venues.

Pinnacle Peak – Hiking Pinnacle Peak is a must for outdoor enthusiasts. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding desert landscape and is suitable for hikers of all levels. As a non-hiker, it only took me about 50 minutes!

Volanti Instagram – Located at the Scottsdale Airport, Volanti offers a unique dining experience with views of private jets taking off and landing. The menu features a variety of contemporary American dishes and fun drinks.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve Instagram – A vast natural area offering hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails (which I have done and highly recommend), perfect for experiencing Scottsdale’s beautiful desert landscape.

Phoenix

Pizzeria Bianco Instagram – Renowned for its wood-fired pizzas, Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix is a culinary institution. The artisanal pizzas, made with the finest ingredients, are worth the trip—without a doubt the best pizza I’ve had in the States!

Desert Botanical Garden Instagram – Located nearby in Phoenix, this garden features a wide variety of desert plants and beautiful landscapes.

Arcadia

The Global Ambassador Instagram – This boutique hotel in Arcadia features luxurious accommodations and an incredible rooftop restaurant with one of the best views I’ve ever seen of Camelback Mountain. The Mediterranean food matches in quality and taste at Thea!

La Grande Orange Market Instagram – A local favorite, Le Grande Orange Market is part grocery, part café, and part pizzeria. Enjoy fresh, homemade fare in a charming, eclectic setting.

Family-Friendly Activities

OdySea Aquarium Instagram – A large, modern aquarium with interactive exhibits and marine life, perfect for a family outing.

Butterfly Wonderland Instagram – An indoor rainforest habitat featuring thousands of butterflies from around the world, a magical experience for all ages.

Golf

TPC Scottsdale Instagram – Home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, this golf course is a must-visit for golf enthusiasts.

Troon North Golf Club Instagram – Offers two of Scottsdale’s best public golf courses with stunning desert views.

I Never Tried but on My List

Evo Italia Instagram – From what I’ve researched, Evo Italia promises an authentic Italian dining experience with a menu that highlights traditional recipes and fresh ingredients.

Etta Instagram – A modern take on classic American cuisine. Known for its wood-fired dishes and contemporary ambiance, it’s a spot I’m eager to try. Originally from Chicago!

Chula Seafood Instagram – Celebrated for its fresh, sustainably sourced seafood. Their diverse menu and casual setting make it a great spot for seafood lovers.

Amelia by EAT Instagram – Focuses on farm-to-table dining with a menu that emphasizes fresh, local ingredients. It’s on my list for its commitment to quality and flavor.

Buck & Rider Instagram – Offers a coastal dining experience focusing on fresh seafood and seasonal dishes. Its relaxed yet refined atmosphere makes it a compelling choice.


Thank you for checking out my Scottsdale Travel Guide! I hope you find these recommendations helpful and that they inspire you to explore and enjoy Scottsdale as much as I have. Wishing you zestful travels!

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