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Live Like a Local in Scottsdale

You are now in the sunny, desert city of Scottsdale. The city’s slogan is “The West’s Most Western Town.” Now it’s time to explore your new city. We helped you round up some of the best restaurants, shopping centers, and even where you should get your hair done. With so much to offer, we’ve at least given you a starting point!

Where to eat

In the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Citizen Public House, an upscale pub, gives American classics a modern twist, such as pork belly pastrami boasting with a smoky, salty flavor. The chopped salad is so famous that it has a Facebook page. This is a great destination for a date night, drinks at the four-sided bar, or just a fun relaxing evening.

If you want to support local and seasonal farmers, FnB is a restaurant that does just that. FnB stands for food and beverage in case you are wondering. Chef Charleen Badman takes local produce and creates masterful, comforting, and delicious food. The menu changes regularly, so you can try new things often. Her international inspiration creates dishes like Swiss chard falafel, roasted locally-raised chicken, and the favorite braised leeks.

When looking for a great date night restaurant, you will find that Café Monarch appears in almost all your searches. This restaurant is consistently rated in the top 5 restaurants in Scottsdale and the Phoenix area. This fine dining restaurant is not pretentious so you can dress how you want. The dinner is a four-meal that changes weekly. You will get two choices for the main entrée, but the other courses stay the same.

Where to shop

Scottsdale Quarter is a diverse mix of dining, retail, and entertainment. With a variety of shops, this area has the largest selection in the Valley. Restaurants and retailers include Apple, Brio Tuscan Grille, Calvin Klein, Dr. Martens, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Fresh Produce, iPic Theaters, LensCrafters, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and so much more. Just from this list alone, you can see the variety!

You can purchase authentic artwork directly from the finest American Indian artists at The Heard Museum Shops. Choose from unique jewelry, pottery, paintings, sculptures, dolls, and weavings. You can also find books about the Native Americans as well as books written by them. The Heard Museum Shops are truly a one-of-a-kind shopping destination that offers you a piece of history.

The 5th Avenue Arts District runs from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Boulevard. This area offers unique shops, salons, art galleries, and nightlife. With 80 specialty shops, you can plan a daytime shopping and dining event. Be sure to check out Bob Park’s Horse Fountain, which is one of Arizona’s most photographed areas.

Where to get your hair done

Salon Faith is different than those other big salons. Salon Faith will give you confidence in your beauty. The staff only uses the best products and believes in the power of quality – the salon is known for unique and high-quality cuts. You can get great service at an affordable price.

For more than 30 years, Rumors Salon has more than 50 five star reviews on Yelp. They have also been named Phoenix’s #2 salon by Arizona Big Media. This salon is a Scottsdale institution in the Valley and produces striking looks in a friendly atmosphere.

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