Places to eat and dine in phoenix - phoenix local favorites things to do places to shop antique stores and shopping central phoenix and scottsdale

23 Must-See Phoenix Scottsdale Antique Shopping and Dining Experiences

Visiting Phoenix? Here’s a map list of my favorite places to eat and shop from Phoenix to Scottsdale in order! Have fun!

ello food and antique home lovers! I wanted to share with you the list of my favorite Phoenix restaurants and shopping spots that I frequently visit – but give you an actual day by day map of where to start and end! Maybe you’re in Phoenix for spring training or attending a conference or just here to enjoy the nice weather – welcome.  The most important part about visiting a new place is the experience and so I want to share what I enjoy doing in the Phoenix Valley by sharing unique stores and restaurants starting in Central Phoenix.

The Phoenix home and antique stores and popular restaurant spots I’m sharing are located primarily in Central Phoenix area, with two stops in Scottsdale. I focus on this area because it’s my area I live in, and I know well. These are spots I take my friends to visit and I frequent myself.

Places to eat and dine in phoenix - phoenix local favorites things to do places to shop antique stores and shopping central phoenix and scottsdale

You can skip along and find a spot whether you need a place to eat or jump in a store. This list is a mix of restaurants with shopping so if you need to stop for some energy, I list a close by location. We cannot be hangry when we shop now, can we? *wink*

Also listed are malls and other activities or places to go and see like Desert Botanical Gardens or Old Town Scottsdale.

A Day of Phoenix Antique and Home Stores
+ Outdoor Shopping and Dining

Not sure where to start? This is how I would plan a day starting from one side of town to the other.

If starting in Phoenix, start from top and work down to the bottom of list.

If coming from Scottsdale, start from the bottom of list to top.

Skip a few spots and start this list over and hit the places you didn’t make the next day. You could have a full day of shopping and eating to last you at least three days!

(Total trip: approx. 20 miles with stops, all stop are within 13 miles)
Begin in Phoenix
  1. Antique Gatherings – (antiques) High quality antiques, lots to look at and pretty high end. They are in the middle of a move soon so check if they are open.
  2. Luci’s at the Orchard – (food) outdoor/indoor market. Breakfast/lunch spot.
  3. Last Chance – (bargain basement) 1 of 2 Nordstrom bargain basements in the country. Clothing and where Nordstrom returns go to die. People make a full-tine living selling these goods on eBay! If you like bargains like Ross, Marshalls, and the hunt for true bargains not minding picking through, then go. Otherwise, skip.
  4. The Gladly – (food) My top favorite restaurant just for the local famous chopped salad.  I suggest ordering the roasted salmon on the side (unless you like smoked salmon). Closed Sunday and Monday. How good can a salad be? Oh you have no idea.
  5. Flint by Baltaire – (food) Posh decor, delicious food (get the avocado hummus). Weekend very open. Call ahead of time for wait time on weekdays, very busy. Order the avocado hummus.
  6. Biltmore Fashion Park – (outdoor shopping + dining) Blanco at Biltmore Fashion Park and order the cheese queso with ground beef. If not too hungry to sit down, there’s a walk up window you can order the agua fresca of the day, and tacos! If you catch a sale on sale at J.Crew, it’s a good day. There’s a Saks Fifth Avenue and Pottery Barn. Macy’s Last Act sale rack corner on the 2nd floor is a steal too!
  7. Camelback Antiques – (antiques) Nostalgic memorabilia mixed with antiques. Small but worth popping in if you are on your way.
  8. Essence Bakery – (food) French style bakery – great for brunch. Closed on Mondays. Closes at 3 pm.
  9. The French Bee – (home decor) High end home decor known for preserved topiaries and faux florals. High end worth checking out, small store, great gifts. Very French traditional.
  10. Doughbird – (food) One of the cutest lunch and dinner spots featuring chicken and pizza! The prime rib is amazing!
  11. La Grande Orange – (food) Breakfast coffee spot (order the Day Breaker), market and grocery and has (Pizzeria open 4pm M-TR, 11 am F-Sun) order the corn or avocado pizza.
  12. Postino – (food) Former post office turned wine bar (hence the name), order a bruschetta board you won’t regret it. In same parking lot at La Grande Orange.
  13. UrbAna – (entertaining home decor) Home good and entertaining store. Unique curated giftable items.
  14. Flower Child – (food) A few doors down from UrbAna, gluten-free healthy options!
  15. The Henry – (food) The interiors are worth checking out, call ahead to see seating wait time for lunch, very busy. Sit on patio. Great coffee and breakfast (avocado toast).
  16. Willows Fine Goods and Design – (home decor) French style luxury furniture, home decor and apparel
  17. Scottsdale Antique Trove – (antiques) More nostalgic memorabilia mixed with antiques. Located in a former Fry’s grocery store, is an antique mall with 140 booths spread over 23,000 square feet of space.
  18. Scottsdale Fashion Square – (indoor mall) Not just your basic mall, but it has a luxury wing, Jimmy Choo, Neiman Marcus and also a movie theater. Depending on when you are visiting you may want to spend it indoor shopping, this is a great place!
  19. Francine – (food) A beautiful French restaurant in the luxury wing of the SFS mall. It’s so lovely and I recommend the lamb! And if you want to splurge, the caviar is really delicious!
  20. Scottsdale Marketplace – (antiques + new home decor) 38 multi-vendor shop where you will find antiques, home decor and accessories, garden, and gifts. One of my favorite places and friends request to go every time they visit. Say hi to Cookie the dog for me and give him pets!
  21. OBON Sushi Bar Ramen(food) Paseo location is the closest. There is a location in Scottsdale Quarter. The Kanto Beef Brocolini is my favorite, I order without spice. 2 locations in Scottsdale
  22. Kierland Commons – (outdoor shopping + dining) Great restaurants, Zinc Bistro is French and one of my favorites, and there’s a Postino! (order the bruschetta board). Check out the sale rack at Anthropologie at Kierland Commons, my friends swear it’s the best they’ve been to.
  23. Scottsdale Quarter – (outdoor shopping + dining) Across the street from Kierland Commons, I love True Food, if you see the butternut squash pizza and cinnamon vanilla coffee, order it and send me a photo!
End in Scottsdale.
Start again from the top another day, or work your way from the bottom of the list back up to head back to Phoenix!

Shopping + dining malls

I included them in the above list but for easy reference – here they are:

Kierland Commons, Biltmore Fashion Park, Scottsdale Quarter or the indoor mallScottsdale Fashion Square has an impressive luxury wing.

Other activities and places to see in Phoenix

Diana Elizabeth thought of a few more spots and probably will continue to do so once this publishes – there are too many good places! Federal Pizza has one of the best wedge salads. I would love to know where you often frequent and take your visiting friends, let me know in the comments!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


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