10 Best Places to Shop 'Til You Drop in Scottsdale's Old Town

Scottsdale is know for many things: award-winning golf resorts, world-class dining, great art galleries, and of course, shopping venues designed to entice your inner shopaholic. Old Town Scottsdale is the heart of the city's historic downtown and home to a diverse array of shopping. Here you'll find everything from Southwestern curio shops, artisan boutiques and high-end retailers.

Old Town Scottsdale's 5th Avenue Shopping District offers a well-balanced representation of what you'll find in Old Town. This pedestrian-friendly district is home to independent art galleries and jewelry and fashion boutiques.

For the convenience of all your favorite high end designers under one roof, plan a shopping day at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, one of the Southwest's premier shopping destinations. Here you'll find more than 225 stores and restaurants, including 40 designer brand stores that are the sole representatives of their brand in Arizona.

If the weather is nice--and it almost always is in Scottsdale--take a stroll through the Scottsdale Waterfront district, a newer mixed-used development where you'll find stores like Urban Outfitters, High Point and David's Bridal. On Thursdays and Sundays, the Waterfront is home to a thriving open-air art marketplace, the Artisan Markets, where you can pick up locally made arts and crafts. 


A landmark in Old Town Scottsdale, Sphinx Date Ranch has been selling one-of-a-kind gourmet gifts since 1951. The Sphinx Ranch Gourmet Gift Market features Arizona-grown medjool dates, dried fruit and nuts gift baskets, Arizona craft beer and...  Read More

This unique Scottsdale boutique comes with well-known pedigree: co-owners Robert Black and Doreen Picerne are both well-known and respected fashionistas with serious credentials. He was formerly from the prestigious Ford Robert Black Agency, and...  Read More

Old Town Candy and Toys - the name says it all, doesn't it? This family-owned toy and candy shop is a modern day version of the classic neighborhood shop. The store is well-stocked with classic toys, including toy dolls, train sets, puzzles, toy...  Read More

Artisan Markets is a weekly art marketplace overlooking the Waterfront in downtown Scottsdale. The open-air shopping market happens two times a week on Thursdays and Sundays, October through May (with many full weekend events happening during...  Read More

This lively Old Town farmer's market features fresh produce, flowers, fruit and specialty food products from local growers. You'll find a good selection of organic and pesticide free produce. Depending on the season, shoppers can find seasonal...  Read More

The Scottsdale Waterfront is a 1.1 million-square-foot project located at the edges of Old Town Scottsdale. This modern mixed-use development features retail, office, restaurant and high-rise residential buildings. Retailers include Urban...  Read More

The Poisoned Pen is Scottsdale's best-loved independent bookstore. This popular shop carries a wide selection of modern fiction titles, with a special emphasis on signed, first editions of mystery fiction, crime, and literature of the American...  Read More

Scottsdale Fashion Square

One of the largest malls in the Southwest, this upscale shopping center contains more than 225 stores and restaurants, including 40 that are the sole representatives of their brand in Arizona. Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Dillard's, and Macy's ably...  Read More

Marshall Way Arts District

Scottsdale may be associated with cowboy art and an Old West aesthetic, but this district nestled in the heart of downtown possesses a thriving contemporary arts scene. Intimate galleries showcase a broad spectrum of art media, including...  Read More

This charming section of Old Town features plenty of unique shopping, dining, and entertainment in a pedestrian-friendly quarter. Eclectic specialty stores line the street, and shoppers stroll between them on the tree-lined avenue or take...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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