Scottsdale gets swanky

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

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.

GETTING THERE

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


WHERE TO STAY

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

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


WHERE TO EAT

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.; www.foxrc.com; 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.

 

WHERE TO SHOP

Estilo Boutique. Flirty dresses and high-end jeans. 7135 E. Camelback; 480/664-0365.

Haus. Home decor store mixing mod with midcentury. Closed Mon; 4821 N. Scottsdale Rd.; 480/423-5444.

Kai Alise. Custom totes, from clutch to diaper bag. 7136 E. Fifth Ave.; 480/423-9700.

Mahsa. Stylish shoes and jewelry. 7135 E. Camelback; 480/ 990-8811.


WHAT TO DO

Axis/Radius. One of many trendy dance clubs. $10; 7340 E. Indian Plaza; www.eveningentertainmentgroup.com; 480/970-1112.

Cholla Trail. Strenuous 1.5 miles uphill to Camelback Mountain summit. Park on Invergordon Rd./64th St.; www.phoenix.gov/parks/hikemain.html; 602/ 261-8318.

Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt. Paved 7.5-mile path meanders past parks and urban lakes. Access at Indian School and Hayden Roads; www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/parks.asp.

Scottsdale art galleries. Dozens line Marshall Way and Main Street. ArtWalk 7-9 Thu; free; www.scottsdalegalleries.com; 480/990-3939.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Celebrity explores cult of the famous, through Apr 29. SMoCA Nights (9 p.m.-midnight Mar 22; $15). Closed Mon; $7 admission; 7374 E. Second St.; www.smoca.org; 480/874-4666.


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