Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale has a little bit of everything for the visitor.  You can find a variety of restaurants (my personal fave is Cien Agaves – try the guacamole!) that will take you from breakfast to dinner.  Loads of gift shops to buy southwestern jewelry, shirts, blankets, pottery and more.  There are the more upscale art galleries and clubs.

Nothing like eating out on the patio of Cien Agaves in February.

Basically it is a tourist zone.  That’s not to say that there aren’t great things to see and buy but when I was looking at some “native” baskets in a store, I flipped one over to see that they were not made by a native in the United States… tourist stuff!

There are some historic places in Old Town such as the Sugar Bowl Restaurant; an ice cream parlor and arcade which has been in business since 1958.  A lot of great things were made in the 50’s – wink wink!

Ice ice cream baby!

It’s fun to stroll around and take in the sites, have something to eat, people watch, maybe get a souvenir or two or just sit and enjoy the sun.  That is until the weather turns even warmer where you will not see nearly as many people around as you will in the “cooler” months.  I’ve visited in January and February and the area was elbow to elbow with people but one year while there in June it was practically a ghost town.

The people you meet when you’re shooting the street…

Wonder when they started adding the city bikes?


My trips to and throughout Arizona has been a thing since I was a child and although I do enjoy visiting the big cities, being in the outdoors is slowly becoming more to my liking.  Well, New York and Chicago are still two cities where I’m all about the hustle and bustle.  What do you prefer to do when traveling?  Bright lights big cities or smaller more open spaces?

Teri  📷




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8 Responses to Old Town Scottsdale

  1. Ingrid says:

    You know my preference and will rarely see city/street photography from me. It’s nature all the way!

    • I know it’s you and the cacti all the way 😉 But I’m still a city girl at heart. Just one that’s slowly working her way out to nature a bit more.

      • Ingrid says:

        Your epic trip to Utah will be eye-opening and definitely outside of your usual comfort zone. Wish we could join you because the scenery is amazing.

      • I’m looking forward to it but we got a taste of out in the big wide country when we drove through Scotland. There were many times of just a one lane road and nothing but scenery and the occasional sheep before we hit towns. Reached a point where when in a big town I felt crowded 🙂

  2. Nancy says:

    I like smaller and open areas… give me Nature any day!

    I always enjoy your street shots though!

  3. buddy71 says:

    though i prefer the country, i really like the city of san francisco

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