The Traveler's Guide to Old Town Scottsdale

Filled with wagon wheels, cowboy hats and rustic western buildings, travelers will feel as if they have stepped back in time when they visit Old Town Scottsdale.

This area, located on the original town-site of the city, provides visitors with a taste of the Old West with country-themed shopping, restaurants and bars. Plus, it has a lively energy that’s irresistible.

By day it is the perfect place for gallery hopping and alfresco dining, while at night you can enjoy theatre, wine bars, lounges and nightclubs.

Here are just a few ideas of what to do in Old Town Scottsdale:

Old Town Scottsdale Farmer’s Market
This farmer’s market has more than 40 local vendors, peddling their fresh and juicy organic fruits and vegetables as well as their homemade treats, including baked goods, jams, cheeses and much more. Foodies will love the “Farm Sessions”, which are seasonal cooking classes held at the market featuring the tastiest locally sourced ingredients.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
This is the only permanent museum in the state of Arizona that is dedicated solely to modern works of art, design and architecture.

Located right in the Old Town, The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art has five main galleries as well as an outdoor sculpture garden that showcases work from the permanent collection as well as traveling exhibitions. Regular daily museum admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and free for visitors younger than 15 – but if you visit on a Thursday it is free for everyone. The museum is closed on Mondays.

The Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlour
The Sugar Bowl is a Scottsdale institution, serving up frozen treats to beat the Arizona heat since 1958. The décor and menu haven’t changed in the last half century and the place still has that 1950s vibe, with authentic soda fountain seats.

The Rusty Spur Saloon
This retro Wild West watering hole is considered to be the “Last Real Cowboy Saloon” in Scottsdale. The Rusty Spur has had a number of famous patrons, including Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston and many more. There is usually live Country Western, Blues and Rockabilly music and you can be sure that the place will be swinging.

If you are planning a trip to Old Town Scottsdale, the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain offers a luxurious home base for exploring everything this district has to offer.