urbanist guide to scottsdale

Old Town is the heart of Scottsdale – it’s also where you’ll find nightlife, shopping, restaurants, arts and culture, and more all within walking distance. Start with a ride on the Old Town Trolley to scope out your options. Here are a few of our favorite Old Town spots to get you started.

W Scottsdale
Located in the Old Town Entertainment District, W Scottsdale is the city’s most energetic hotel. The W is not only within walking distance of Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row and Maya Day and Nightclub, but it also has its own 24/7 WET Deck pool and Living Room Lounge. Start your day on a “chill” note with a rooftop yoga class and enjoy the stunning city views.

Hotel Valley Ho
Hotel Valley Ho is a chic, midcentury modern boutique hotel nestled in Old Town. A stay here will put you within easy walking distance of endless dining, shopping and sightseeing options. Valley Ho also features the onsite VH Spa, OH Pool, and inventive cocktails and cuisine at ZuZu.

Bespoke Inn
Bespoke Inn is where high-end meets bed and breakfast. Located just a short walk from Old Town’s Main St., this boutique inn has only eight rooms, all different in layout and design. Sip coffee (or cocktails!) on the shaded patio the inn shares with one of Old Town’s hottest restaurants, Virtù Honest Craft.

Art galleries, vintage stores, boutiques – you’ll find it all while shopping on Fifth Avenue in Old Town. Take a stroll and browse in and out of hundreds of stores in the area. You may not be looking for anything, but you’ll be going home with something!

Rusty Spur
Located in an old bank building that closed during the Great Depression, Rusty Spur Saloon is Scottsdale’s last real cowboy saloon. Stop by for a cold one and dance to live country music. And who knows – you might be sitting on the same barstool once occupied by celebrity guests like Clint Eastwood and the late John Wayne!

See Art
Scottsdale is home to nearly 100 artworks installed around the city. Our interactive, self-guided walking tour will introduce you to 12 of the most notable pieces located in Old Town! And if you’re in the Arts District on a Thursday evening, don’t miss the Scottsdale ArtWalk, a local tradition that has taken place every week for more than 40 years.

FnB Restaurant
This veggie-forward restaurant opened in 2009 and quickly became a go-to for farm-fresh cuisine prepared by James Beard Award-winning Chef Charleen Badman. The menu changes frequently based on local farmers’ bounty, but the one item that will always be available is the delectable Butterscotch Pudding. 

The Mission
Chef Matt Carter has been serving modern Latin cuisine in Old Town since 2008. A staple for Scottsdale, The Mission serves its signature tableside guacamole, margaritas (of course!) and a variety of delicious entrées in a sexy, dimly lit atmosphere.

Café Monarch
Continuously voted a top 25 restaurant in America and one of the most romantic restaurants in Scottsdale, Café Monarch serves guests a four-course menu featuring local and organic ingredients. Menus change weekly and feature a variety of meat, seafood and vegetarian options.