No one likes looking like a tourist. It’s hard to look cool fumbling around with a map, wearing an “I love (insert city here)” T-shirt and snapping pictures like amateur paparazzi. You learn so much more about a place when you experience it like a local! In this article I’ll let you know the (cool) hot spots in Scottsdale & the greater Phoenix Area.
Scottsdale was once voted “Arizona’s Most Livable City”. I’d have to agree.
It’s a hip, up-and-coming spot with great restaurants, chic clubs, huge malls, great shopping, a picturesque desert landscape, beautiful people and a myriad of things to do.
It’s a literal oasis in the desert. Below is a quick list of things to do and places to go while visiting ( or living for that matter ) in Scottsdale, AZ.
AZ -88: Great, inexpensive burgers and salads, fantastic ambiance
Olive & Ivy: A little more posh, American/Italian cuisine with a GREAT wine list on the ‘waterfront’
Chelsea’s Kitchen: Wonderful American Cuisine
Malee’s Thai: Authentic Thai
Breakfast Club: AWESOME breakfast – long wait but worth it!
Kasmirez: wine, fondue and jazz
Postino: breschetta and GREAT wine selection
Dos Gringos: Mexican spot with great happy hour and patio
The Dog: A true DIVE. an old biker bar with wood chips on the floor and hot bar -dancing female bartenders
Hotel Valley Ho: A renovated historic Scottsdale Landmark- truly retro done well
Royal Palms Resort: A little piece of Italian Villa-esque heaven at the base of
Sanctuary Resort: GORGEOUS sunset views nestled on the side of Camelback Mountain
The Mondrian: truly contemporary and interesting decor
Artsy Must See’s:
Tallesin: Frank Lloyd Wright’s art school and training location: now a museum
Cosanti: Paolo Soleri’s former residence and architecture sculpture studio
SMOCA( Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art)
A great resource for travelers to gain more insider information is the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Located in downtown Scottsdale just a bit off the beaten path, this office has all the information a visitor could desire.