Downtown / Old Town Scottsdale

If there’s one place where you can get a taste of all the best Scottsdale has to offer, it’s downtown. This vibrant heart of the city is comprised of easily walkable neighborhoods brimming with eclectic shops, fine art galleries, stellar museums and award-winning restaurants.

  • Old Town

    This historic corner of downtown is fun and funky, with a decidedly Old West flair. Highlights include colorful souvenir shops, Western Wear boutiques, galleries of Native American jewelry and Scottsdale’s famed ice cream parlor, the Sugar Bowl.

  • Civic Center Park

    The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Historical Society Museum anchor this lush pedestrian park that also features more than a dozen installations from the city’s Public Art Program.

  • Arts District

    Boasting one of the highest concentrations of galleries in the nation, the Arts District is a celebration of creativity in all genres and mediums. Don’t miss the weekly ArtWalk, held every Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Fifth Avenue Shopping District

    Local businessman Wes Segner and artist Lloyd Kiva New put Fifth Avenue on the map in the 1950s when they built the Kiva Craft Center. Today, the avenue features dozens of unique shops, renowned restaurants and the Bob Parks Horse Fountain.

  • Scottsdale Fashion Square

    Retail bliss is yours at the Southwest’s largest shopping destination! Scottsdale Fashion Square features more than 250 premier retailers, including favorites like Nordstrom, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo and Barneys New York.

  • Scottsdale Waterfront & SouthBridge

    Located on the north and south banks or the Arizona Canal, respectively, these upscale retail and dining centers also are home to grand public art installations, including the Paolo Soleri Bridge & Plaza and “The Doors,” by Donald Lipski.

  • Entertainment District

    With nearly 30 restaurants, nightclubs and lounges clustered in a few square blocks, this is THE place to be after dark. Celebrity DJs and live bands put up the tunes and master mixologists serve up the cocktails – all you have to do is have fun!

  • Scottsdale Trolley

    Walk a little in downtown, then ride a little! The free Scottsdale Trolley travels throughout downtown, picking up and dropping off passengers at designated stops every 15 minutes. It’s a fun and easy way to get around downtown!

    • Downtown Guide

      Your one-stop-shop for the best of downtown Scottsdale! This in-depth guide includes information on each neighborhood, including sites to see and restaurant recommendations, as well as a detailed map with parking locations and the free trolley route.

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    • Downtown Nightlife Guide

      Night owls, this is your guide to downtown Scottsdale’s 90+ restaurants, bars, lounges and dance clubs. From Happy Hour Hotspots to Late Night Favorites that are open ‘til the wee hours, you’ll find everything you need for a night on the town.

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        • Historic Walking Tour

          A self-guided tour through historic Old Town that includes stops at the Little Red Schoolhouse, Rusty Spur Saloon and Cavalliere’s Blacksmith Shop.

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