10 Downtown Scottsdale Delights

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

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.

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    Sip Coffee & Beer House

    This comfy neighborhood hangout combines two of your favorite potions in one hip, eclectic space. Try a pick-me-up brewed from locally roasted coffee beans, or unwind over one of the 19 rotating craft beers on draft. Sip also boasts 100 bottled beers, creative cocktails, a small-but-mighty menu, and live tunes every Friday through Sunday.

  • 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.

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    Scottsdale Wine Trail

    Downtown Scottsdale is a hotbed for wine tasting rooms, showcasing the offerings of several southern Arizona vintners. In fact, several Arizona wineries within walking distance in downtown have joined forces to form the Scottsdale Wine Trail. Join local expert Dena Roche as she explores three of the trail’s premier tasting rooms.

  • SMoCa 

    Explore exhibits of contemporary art, architecture and design at SMoCA! With ever rotating exhibits, you'll always be in store for something new. Don't forget, admission is free all-day every Thursday!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    Craft 64

    Named for the number of ounces that fill a beer growler, Craft 64 takes its brews seriously. Choose from a rotating list of 30 local taps with options changing daily. Pair your brew – or a pour from Craft 64’s carefully curated wine list – with an artisan wood-fired pizza made with local organic ingredients and house-made mozzarella.

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    FnB

    Tucked inside downtown’s historic Craftsman Court, just a stone’s throw from historic Fifth Avenue, FnB is a compact powerhouse on Scottsdale’s culinary scene. Chef Charleen Badman’s menu of sophisticated comfort food is complemented by a stellar wine list curated by FnB’s charismatic front man, Pavle Milic.