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An Ultimate Guide To Old Town Scottsdale

From Southwestern boutiques, saloons and art galleries with a Southwestern flair, here are the best things to do in Old Town Scottsdale. 

Old Town Scottsdale is a charming cluster of quirky boutiques, award-winning restaurants and art galleries that will transport you to the old West.

Take a leisurely stroll through this lively and very walkable district with a history dating back to some 150 years. An afternoon browsing the Old Town is definitely one of the best things to do in Scottsdale.

Shop for some cowboy boots, turquoise Native American jewelry, Mexican blankets and prickly pear jam at the slew of shops and boutiques lining the Old West-themed district.

Old Town Scottsdale is incredible for authentic souvenirs and quirky keepsakes with an Arizona flavor.

old town scottsdale

old town scottsdale

Don’t miss the fine art galleries filled with paintings, sculptures and photography from an array of local artists.

There’s Southwestern-themed art work, desert landscapes and portraits of Native Americans – and lots of modern and experimental art too. Open houses are held every Thursday during Scottsdale Artwalk.

Insider’s tip: Take a historic Old Town walking tour to learn about the history of the area and the meaning of its iconic landmarks.

And stop for lunch at one of the award-winning restaurants, bars and cafes that dot this historic Old Town.

From the old fashioned ice cream parlor at The Sugar Bowl (opened in 1958) to cozy patios strewn with fairy lights to lively bars with live music, you’ll find something to satisfy everyone.

old town scottsdale

old town scottsdale

Historic Buildings like the Old Adobe Mission, the Cavalliere’s Blacksmith Shop with its wagons and the Rusty Spur Saloon (with daily live country music and a Tex Mex menu) will transport you back to the Wild West.

Where to shop:

Mexican Import

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This small gift shop is a bright fiesta of color and a treasure trove of colorful Mexican and Southwestern souvenirs.

It’s packed with bright Day of the Dead ceramic skulls, colorful Frida Kahlo totes and boxes of vibrant Spanish tiles. There are also red chile ristras, curiosities, knick knacks and quirky Arizona keepsakes.

Insider’s tip: There are lots of colorful Day of the Dead miniature figurines that make great gifts.

Stock up on colorful Mexican blankets, ponchos and sombreros to keep you warm in winter. And don’t miss novelty items like lollipops made with real scorpions and flavored with prickly pear.

The selection is incredible for such a small space – and you’ll find treasures here you won’t find anywhere else.

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