Old Town Scottsdale
Old Town Scottsdale
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This quaint neighborhood in greater Phoenix is a shopping galore with a charming Old West feel. Old Town Scottsdale is the perfect spot for snatching gorgeous turquoise jewelry, but make sure you browse all the unique boutique shops in the area—you'll find a variety of items from high-end pieces to trinkets. Visit the trendy art galleries and the weekly farmers’ market, and pick your favorite diner to get a plentiful meal while walking around the well-preserved streets of the district. Baseball fans can swing by the Scottsdale Stadium to watch the San Francisco Giants spring training. – Tripadvisor
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  • ClassifiedOne
    Providence, Rhode Island16 contributions
    Arizonians at heart
    Me and my husband try to visit Scottsdale every year. We're from Rhode Island so once November comes we head to Arizona for a week. Old Town Scottsdale definitely has put a Scottsdale on the map. Its safe, tons of things to do, good eats, bars and shopping. About 20 minutes from the airport.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 December 2022
  • T A
    Arvada, Colorado16 contributions
    Tourist trap
    There's certainly some interesting gift shops and neat stores to explore. A lot of the stores carry the same tourist stuff as other stores. But just understand and expect you're going to a tourist trap. Some shop employees stand outside their shop and talk to you and try to get you to come in. This was especially true of the beauty / make up shops who also give you a little dis on your appearance and how their products can help. It was better to walk in the center of the street to avoid them.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 1 January 2023
  • Gretchen Farrar-Foley
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin57 contributions
    A good intro to Scottsdale
    This area of shops and restaurants is a good way to start your visit to Scottsdale. Many of the shops are unique, but some are just touristy. Be sure to go into the art galleries, too. Some very interesting things to see. We stopped in at Anticus Art Gallery and saw original Dr. Seuss drawings that were really interesting. As well as met a dog named Chewy who was a Wheaten/Poodle mix. The young gallery guides were very helpful and not intimidating at all. We also found good assortments of souvenirs and trinkets it you want those.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 12 January 2023
  • Lisa B
    Alexandria, Virginia2 contributions
    Nice way to kill some time...
    We were killing time before the NHL game we had come from DC to see (in Tempe). Old Town Scottsdale was a nice walk with some lovely galleries and a few fun shops. We had a delightful lunch (with local beers!) at Bootleggers. The people we met throughout our visit were very warm and welcoming - that was the best part.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 February 2023
  • Karen F
    Lancaster, Canada32 contributions
    Nice Place to Visit
    We enjoyed visiting Old Town Scottsdale. They have very nice stores to shop at, galleries to view local art and restaurants or coffee shops to eat at. Relaxing environment to trip a couple of hours when visting.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 2 March 2023
  • MNM1011
    Decatur, Illinois3,081 contributions
    Great Walking Place!
    We love walking around Old Town and taking in the sights and sounds. Not only is there plenty of history here, but also lots of modern fun like beer trolleys and buskers. We highly recommend parking your car and just wandering and enjoying!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Candace C
    2 contributions
    Shopping at Old Town Scottsdale, AZ
    Old Town is fun to visit but don't shop for inexpensive trinkets to take home. If you LOVE jewelry and have a surplus of money, this is the pace to visit! The vendors are very nice and helpful. The town is spread out over several blocks so walking is required!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 10 March 2023
  • CityCountryMouse
    Ontario, Canada332 contributions
    Interesting neighbourhood...
    Definitely worth a visit, just to see it. However: I'm no fan of cheap, made in China, "authentic" Indigenous "art", and this area is full of it. Shameful, really. Apart from that, you will find some galleries with authentic local art and decent eateries. Also one (only one?) Indigenous-owned gallery. (And do they really still call Indigenous/Native/First Nations people "Indians"?)
    Visited January 2023
    Written 22 March 2023
  • secraven2023
    Burlington, Canada3 contributions
    Come to Scottsdale!
    First time in Arizona and Scottsdale was our destination. Old Town Scottsdale is a series of blocks of stores and restaurants that are fun to explore. Loads of Southern souvenirs and art galleries as well. Don’t miss the iconic Sugar Bowl - great lunches and save room for the ice cream treats. We stayed at the Hyatt House which served our needs well.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2023
  • Sherry M
    3 contributions
    Really Coll Vibe
    Very touristy but filled with fun. I love the vibe in Old Town,...We always make it a priority to visit the area anytime were in town. Lots of great places to eat in the area and lots of fun bars too. You can't go wrong wherever you go!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 13 April 2023
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Eric B
25 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very tacky area with dozens of the same souvenir or crystal shops. There a few decent shops and restaurants but not enough to make this a worthwhile detour. See it if you must but no need to spend more than an hour here.
Written 23 November 2023
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swimbikerunhike
illinois83 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We have been coming here for years. It used to be our favorite place, but it is losing it's charm. Too many homeless. We had to chase homeless people out of our locked condo hotub. Our locked condo parking lot had homeless people sleeping in their cars. Public restrooms and restaurant restrooms were locked, which makes it hard to walk from pub to pub having a drink. If I come again, I will avoid drinking due to lack of public restrooms. The Old town trolley which was convenient for moving from one bar/restaurant/shop to another is gone. The biggest problem was restrooms and trolley are still on google and iphone maps, so I walked 5 blocks to a restroom that was locked. Going downhill fast.
Written 16 November 2023
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Cheryl W
Boston, MA46 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Old Scottsdale is so much fun. The art galleries are beautiful. The Museum of the West is fabulous. The modern art is incredible. The movies are so interesting. The silver saddles and cowboy relics are fun to see….and the statues are quite remarkable. And then there are the restaurants which are fabulous. A day in old Scottsdale is well worth the trip!
Written 24 October 2023
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Landyot
Green Valley, AZ8 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We go every year for my wife's birthday celebration. We usually stay at the Marriott Old Town or the Valley Ho. The Marriott is a bit less expensive and actually is closer to the center of Old Town. The Valley Ho is a retro-mod hotel and good fun.

We usually park the car and walk everywhere during the weekend. We always hit the Rusty Spur Saloon. A small place, but big fun!! They most always have a solo artist playing good music and the staff is great.
We usually take in the shops and galleries during the day and typically try different restaurants each evening.

A few recommended places to see:
The Waterfront
Fashion Square
Museums
Many galleries and stores in old town

A few recommended places to eat:
Citizen Public House (upscale but reasonable)
JT Prime Kitchen (a bit small & "dark" but good food, a tad $$$$)
The Mission (good Mexican food - if outside watch out for the birds at dusk)
Bootleggers (good smokehouse, usually not too crowded. Try the shine)
Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers (typical burger & beer joint but tasty)

We tried Bourbon & Bones once and found it very overpriced and not very good. Service and atmosphere below par.

Have fun!
Written 9 October 2023
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Gallivanter
Wisconsin1,422 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
I would say that this is a must-visit if you're in the area. Its nice to walk around, has some good places to eat, and also has one of my favorite bars (Rusty Spur). It isn't much of an old western area IMO, other than the general aesthetic of the streets and a few of the buildings. Most of the blocks consist of more modern restaurants, boutique shops, or jewelry stores.
Written 5 October 2023
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Steve V
62 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
This place is pretty neat! Great shops and restaurants, but be prepared to spend some $$$ Lots of 'jewelry' stores and although the art and bling are seriously beautiful, it's also very expensive...
Written 4 October 2023
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Kathy M
Columbus, OH176 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
fun little area of town with a lot of shopping. Lots of jewelry stores and some unique restaurants. Larger than I expected.
Written 1 October 2023
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Global710978
69 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
Great place to absorb the ‘old and new’ Scottsdale. Multiple galleries, jewlery stores and tasty restaurants. Take time on your next visit to stroll around.
Written 26 September 2023
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AJS1066
South Coast England238 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Don't get me wrong, old town Scottsdale is still a nice place to visit. We've visited several times over the years since 2000 and can see a slow change. We feel it used to have more of the old west charm, family friendly, safe and laid back. We feel it's increasingly more upmarket art galleries, jewellery shops and more panhandlers (one of which was a bit verbally aggressive which made us move on quickly) - we understand the cost of living and social/mental/drug problems can be a cause which is also a problem here in the UK. There's still a few places holding on to the old charm like the Sugar Bowl, Mexican Imports etc. There used to be a lovely shop we couldn't now find selling native and western things at reasonable prices run by some older ladies but couldn't remember what the shop was called or exactly where it was in old town, I guess that's history like the nice ice cream parlour Cactus Cones I think it was called. Scottsdale city states that free parking is now 2 hours but it was still 3 hours as before when we went so not sure what's going on there, I hope they've dropped that idea (there was ample free parking). I do hope that Old Town Scottsdale doesn't turn like in to a little version of Hollywood with all the contradicting fakery and deprivation that comes along with that. Will be interesting to see again in a few more years time.
Written 21 September 2023
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Brandon
Pittsburgh, PA463 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
There is plenty to do around here. Shops on every street, and it's perfect to find tourist gifts. Great place for a photo opt.
Written 6 September 2023
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