7 Downtown Scottsdale Delights

By local contributor
Scott McGinty

Discover the heart and soul of our city – Downtown Scottsdale! Here you’ll find nine walkable neighborhoods brimming with boutiques, galleries, restaurants, nightclubs and attractions. Here are just a few of the delights that await you in downtown.

  • Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor

    Since 1958 the Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant has been serving up classic American comfort food and cool ice cream treats from its cotton candy-pink storefront on Scottsdale Road. Stop by for a Grilled Tuna Melt and finish off your meal with a Tin Roof Sundae or Gosh-Awful- Gooey Banana Split.

  • Scottsdale Fashion Square

    The Southwest’s largest shopping destination, Scottsdale Fashion Square boasts more than 250 distinctive retailers including Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. To keep you from dropping while you shop, the center houses an outstanding selection of eateries with offerings ranging from grab-and-go snacks to fine dining and cocktails.

  • SMoCa & Scottsdale Performing Arts

    These sister organizations are also next-door neighbors! Explore exhibits of contemporary art, architecture and design at SMoCA, then take in a show at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Scottsdale Civic Center Park

    This lush pedestrian park, just steps east of Old Town, is home to several installations from Scottsdale’s renowned public art collection, including Robert Indiana’s iconic “LOVE” sculpture and James Turrell’s “Knight Rise” skyspace at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

  • Scottsdale Stadium

    Every March, the three-time World Series Champion San Francisco Giants make Scottsdale Stadium their home for spring training. Soak up the sun with lawn tickets or grandstand seating, or spring for the VIP Charro Lodge experience.

  • The Scottsdale Cowboy

    Looking for a fun photo op? Pose with the Downtown Scottsdale Cowboy sign on the corner of Scottsdale Road and Main Street. The sign was commissioned in 1952 and created by artist Dee Flagg.

  • The Arts District

    Browsers and buyers alike will enjoy strolling through the galleries in the downtown Arts District. Don’t miss the free Scottsdale ArtWalk held every Thursday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Scottsdale Trolley

    Park once and explore downtown all day long! The free Downtown Trolley runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with stops every 10 minutes along the route.