Old Town Scottsdale "the most Western Town" is now Hip and Happening

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Old Town Scottsdale is a special place and it is being revived to be the "hip" place to be in Scottsdale. The Fifth Avenue Shops have been the heart and soul of Scottsdale shopping for 50 years. Specialty stores of every description include clothing, shoes, Native American Galleries that offer art and jewelry. Discover cafes to sit and rest up from it all and have a bite of lunch to prepare yourself for more shopping. Fifth Avenue is adjacent to Marshall Way and here you'll find many of the fine art galleries that Scottsdale is famous for, and of course parade right over to Main Street and indulge your sense even more. Old Town Scottsdale has it all in a convenient package and you can stay within walking distance to it all.

Old Town Scottsdale hotels have all been renovated and renewed and are so popular you'll be lucky to get a reservation certain times of the year. The Scottsdale Art Walk is one of the most popular draws in town and you better go well before the 7:00 hour if you want to find parking. There are over 100 art galleries to lure you in. You'll enjoy free wine and food as you stroll along Marshall Way and other downtown streets catering to artists. All the famous and not-yet famous artists are on display for your perusal. Thursday night is a fun time for all as you do the "art walk". We would like to bring to your attention a special boutique gallery and one of our favorites. We like to think of it as "small but mighty". Lynne's Fine Art Ltd offers a super selection of avant garde artists, offering contemporary art pieces that will work for your home or office. Visit them on a Thursday evening or online, and don't forget our other wonderful downtown galleries as well!

Scottsdale is not very old, as it just celebrated it's 50th birthday a year or so ago, so Old Town is about as old as it gets around these parts. However, even though it's not so "old" by many standards, it has all the charm of the earlier western days in Scottsdale, but quickly becoming the most "in" hip and happening place to be. Especially with the advent of the Scottsdale Watrerfront. (and you thought "buying waterfront property" in Arizona was all a joke) - not anymore. Check out the Scottsdale Waterfront as a growing part of Scottsdale Old Town.

Pictured at left is probably one of our historic buildings in Old Town (actually downtown) Scottsdale. Dating from about 1908. But as you can see you're in for a treat when viewing the old time buildings.

There are many interesting small shops downtown Scottsdale, as well as being lots of fun to wander around the streets and experience Scottsdale as it was before all our phenomenal growth. You'll find shops for just about everything. Native American jewelry is at its finest in Old Town. If you want to buy some to take home, this is the place.

Everyone should stay in Old Town at least once, otherwise you will miss what the town is all about. If  you want to stay downtown, we have also provided a list of hotels. The Scottsdale Culinary Institute is in Old Town at 5th Avenue & Scottsdale Road in the Galleria. It's a special dining treat, plus there are cafes and bistros and famous restaurants there as well.  Many people won't stay anywhere else. check out our favorite Old Town hotels the next time.

Browse our list of Hip hotels:

The Mondrian Hotel (formerly James Hotel) is hipper and better that ever. The new "urban resort" for more that just a good night's sleep. You'll find everything you need to make your stay at the Mondrian a top experience. Two great pools, a great daytime party spot and super food poolside. Try the wood-fired pizza.

Hotel Valley Ho - a remodeled goodie from the 50's and in fact the new decor harks back to that era as well, I love the Cafe TuTu as you can read on another page. And if you just want to indulge in poolside fun without staying at the hotel, rent a cabana and join right in fun in the sun.

Caleo Resort (now FireSky) has just gotten it's second major makeover in the past two years and a new name in the process. It's a totally different hotel in it's reincarnation. Beds in the lobby, in-room spa treatments, nightly wine hour and pet-friendly are just some of the Kimpton amenties. A new restaurant "Taggia" and a spa join the changes and improvments to lobby and guest rooms. If you want to stay at newest addition to "hip hotel" downtown Scottsdale, book it here. You'll love it.

And more excitement yet for Old Town Scottsdale - Waterfront properties. Hyatt Place makes it's debut. The former Amerisuites after a total redo now has bigger rooms, a signature Hyatt Grand Bed, a walk-in shower and 42 inch flat panel TV. A select hotel experience with a beautifully redone lobby, self registration kiosks, coffee and wine cafe and everything to make your stay memorable. Look for the new H

Some favorite Old Town Scottsdale restaurants include:

AZ 88, The Bar offers American food, 7353 Scottsdale Mall, 480-994-5576 

Cowboy Ciao, Western bistro offers a "different" American food, try the Mushroom Stir Fry, 7133 E. Stetson Drive, 480-946-3111

Atlas Bistro, international favorites, 2515 N. Scottsdale Road, 489-990-2433

Medizona, blending Mediterranean and Southwest flavors for a different taste. 7217 E. 4th Ave, 480-947-9500

Old Town Tortilla Factory, Charming, great food, 6910 E. Main Street 480-945-4567

Check out Old Town Gift Shops & Art Galleries
Antiquarian Books
4246 N. Scottsdale Road

Arcadia Fine Wine
4251 N. Brown Avenue

Arizona Highways
7235 N. First Avenue

3903 N. Scottsdale Road

Bijar Fine Rugs
4260 N. Scottsdale Road

Binders Discount Art Center
7102 E. Second Street

Brandy's Wig Outlet
7316 E. First Avenue

Brown House Antiques
7001 E. Main Street

Cactus Cats
7233 E. First Avenue

Candle & Gift Factory Outlet
7229 E. Main Street

Casa Del Encanto Design Studios
6939 E. First Avenue

Cavalliere Blacksmith
3805 N. Brown Avenue

Computerized Swimwear Systems
4020 N. Scottsdale Road
Second Floor

David E. Adler, Inc.
6990 E. Main Street

Esses Rare Objects D'Art Antiques
7169 E. Main Street

Esther Lynn Johnson Antiques
3940 M. Marshall Way

European Christmas Market
4000 N. Scottsdale Road
Suite 101

Ford & Haig Tobacconists
7070 E. Fifth Avenue

Gilbert Ortega Galleries
7237 E. Main Street

Gilbert Ortega Indian Jewelry and Gallery
7155 E. Fifth Avenue

Gilbert Ortega Museum Gallery
3925 N. Scottsdale Road

Girl of the West
7121 E. Fifth Avenue

Iron Factory
7030 E. Indian School Road

J.H. Armer Designs-Antiques
6926 E. Main Street

John C. Hill Antique Indian Art
6962 E. First Avenue
Suite 104

Old Territorial Shop
7216-7220 E. Main Street

Old Town Needlework
7134 E. Fifth Avenue

Ole Folk Art to Fine Art
7236 E. First Avenue

Pearson Company
7022 E. Main Street

Pearson's Antiques & Imports
7048 E. Main Street

Porters Boots & Hats
3944 N. Brown Avenue

Pottery Paradise
4338 N. Scottsdale Road

7120 E. Fifth Avenue

Republic Rare Coins
3907 N. Scottsdale Road

Richard II Antiques
7004 E. Main Street

Roche' Bobois
7000 E. Indian School Road

Saba's Western Wear
3965 N. Brown Avenue

Saba's Western Wear
7254 E. Main Street

Scottsdale Oriental Rugs
4222 N. Scottsdale Road

See's Candies
4203 N. Scottsdale Road

T.A. Swinford Scottsdale Bookseller
7134 E. Main Street

Thaku's Menswear
4320 N. Scottsdale Road

The Bootmaker
7236 E. First Avenue

The Paper Place
4130 N. Marshall Way

The Poisoned Pen
4014 N. Goldwater Blvd.
Suite 101

The Tennis Shoppe
7023 E. Fifth Avenue

Z Shoe Store, Etc.
7085 E. Fifth Avenue


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