Scottsdale gets swanky

Where to see-and-be-seen in this chic, upscale town full of indulgences

Nora Burba Trulsson

Bristling with cranes and construction fencing, the city's center has seemingly reinvented itself overnight as a sophisticated destination and a large, floating party scene, complete with fashionable hotels, pricey boutiques, and restaurants that alone are worth the trip. More than $2 billion is being sunk into the 2-square-mile area roughly centered on Scottsdale and Camelback Roads ― and it shows.


Downtown Scottsdale is between Chaparral Rd. and Earll Dr., Miller Rd. to 68th St. For information, visit or contact the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800/782-1117.


Hotel Valley Ho.  From $319;; 866/882-4484.

Mondrian Scottsdale Hotel. Former James Hotel gets a makeover, including an Asia de Cuba restau­rant. From $395;; 800/697-1791.


Café ZuZu. Gussied-up mac 'n' cheese and meatloaf. $$$; at Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St.; 480/421-7997.

Cowboy Ciao. Italian meets Mexican-border fare. $$$$; 7133 E. Stetson Dr.; 480/946-3111.

Kazimierz World Wine Bar. Globe-trotting wine list, plus nibbles. $$; 7137 E. Stetson; 480/ 946-3004.

Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace. Pick up gourmet picnic fixin's, or dine in on signature flatbread. $$$$; 7135 E. Camelback Rd.;; 480/751-2200.

Orange Table. Artsy hangout with lattes and exceptionally great grilled cheese. $; 7373 E. Scottsdale Mall; 480/424-6819.

Sea Saw. Sashimi and Japanese tapas from famed chef Nobuo Fukuda. $$; 7133 E. Stetson; 480/481-9463.

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