Over 40 Amazing Spots to Stay, Eat, Drink & Shop in Phoenix + Scottsdale

We love a get away, a trip, a vacation. Whatever you like to call it, if it involves travel we’re here for it. The sound of luggage zipping up gives us a rush. Give us any excuse and we’re ready to jump in the car, on the train or on the plane. A boat? For sure. We’re into that too. And guess what? We’re not alone. You love to travel!

We know this for a fact because we’re asked about our favorite things to do in Phoenix, Arizona often! You ask about family trips, girls trips and couples trips to name just a few. We hear you and we’re ready to deliver. Come one, come all to the great state of Arizona! We are beyond lucky to have SO MANY incredible options here in Phoenix and Scottsdale. The list below are our absolute favorites. Places that we have been to time and time again and send our friends and family to when they visit.

We proudly introduce the official “JTI Travel Guide to Phoenix + Scottsdale”. We’ll be adding other Arizona gems that we’ve tried and love. Think a great day trip or another “must see” Arizona destination for you to add to your future travels, but for now we’ve got you covered when it comes to what to do in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas. Come visit! Consider this your formal invitation.

Where To Stay

Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

Best for couples or adult-only trip. Exceptional dinner, bar, spa and pool experiences.

Royal Palms Resort + Spa

Romantic. Boutique resort. Best for anniversary, couples trip, or mellow girl's weekend.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

True Arizona experience. Could work for a family trip but know you won't leave the resort as you're location is a bit isolated.

The Phoenician

Excellent location. Perfect for any type of trip. Kid-friendly pool. Must have a sunset cocktail on the balcony of the Thirsty Camel.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort + Spa

Perfect for a family trip. Great North Scottsdale location.

Arizona Biltmore

Great Central Phoenix location. Best kid's pool and water slides in town. Adult only pool also. Every President has stayed here!

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (great during the holidays)

If you're coming to enjoy the holidays (think Christmas lights, ice skating, ferris wheel bonanza) this is the primo primo.

Where to Eat

Cala Scottsdale

The newest hot spot with one of our city's most celebrated chefs.


Iconic martini menu. Order the Hell's Fire Fries.

Toca Madera

Think Las Vegas restaurant experience in Scottsdale.


Tres Chic for lunch or dinner.

The Mission

Eleveted Mexican located in the heart of Scottsdale.

Fat Ox

• Sit in the fishbowl and order the Grapefruit Basil Martini.

The Henry

• You will enjoy any meal here.

Ocean 44

• Celebrating a special occasion? This is your spot.

Steak 44

• Our favorite steakhouse in town. Beg the host for a bar table.


• Duh.

Virtù Honest Craft

• For the foodies.

Cafe Monarch

• Tasting menu for THE most special occasion.

Postino Wine Cafe

• Bruschetta board bonanza paired with excellent wines.

Berdena's Fine Coffee + Food

• Can't miss this Old Town Scottsdale gem. Get the avocado toast.

Pizzeria Bianco

• Google Chris Bianco. Not to be missed.

Buck & Rider

• Excellent seafood. Don't miss the Diego Rivera cocktail.


• Close your eyes and you're in Italy. Get the Cacio e Pepe secret menu item.

Little O's Arcadia Market

• The mini donut menu here is on fire.

Rita’s Cantina + Bar at the Camelback Inn

• A+ for ambience and the Arizona experience. Kid-friendly.

La Grande Orange Grocery

• An institution. Take a bag of english muffins home with you.


• If we're going on a date night, we're going here.

Lou's Bar + Grill

• One of our favorite spots to take our kids.

Isabella's Kitchen

• A beautiful family friendly spot in North Scottsdale.

Grimaldi's Pizzeria Old Town

• Start here with your kids and then cross the street to the Sugar Bowl.

Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor

• You're welcome kiddos.

Local Bistro

• Great neighborhood restaurant up in North Scottsdale.

Zinc Bistro

• Perfect lunch or early dinner post shopping at Kierland/Quarter.

Frank and Lupe's

• Sit on the back patio.


• Downtown destination for the super foodie.

Farm & Craft

• This has girl's trip group brunch written all over it.

El Chorro

• Location, location, location. Get the sticky buns.

Kaleidoscope Juice

• For the juice bar lovers out there. Think juice, smoothies and grab & go.

*We strongly suggest making reservations ahead of time at all of these amazing restaurants!

Where To Drink

Jade Bar at Sanctuary

• One of the most beautiful bars.

Thirsty Camel at the Phoenician

• Sunset cocktails on the patio are a must.

Coach House

• Iconic dive bar in Old Town Scottsdale.

Rusty Spur Saloon

• A guy on a horse might ride into the bar.

LON's patio at Hermosa Inn

• Our favorite date night bar. Roll the dice and order the Trust Cocktail.

Fat Ox

• See above.

Huss Brewing Co - Uptown Taproom + Kitchen

• For the beer lover. Family friendly.

Ingo's Tasty Food

• Hungover? Order the Crispy Chicken Sammy, Chips & Frozen Greyhound.

Rita’s Cantina + Bar

• See above.

Buck & Rider

• See above.

Porters Western Saloon

• A great bar in Old Town Scottsdale.

Where To Shop

Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall

Biltmore Fashion Park

Scottsdale Quarter

Kierland Commons


Mae & Marie

Garage Boutique

Willows Fine Goods

Old Town Jewels (turquoise and silver)

Wunderkind Scottsdale

Cave and Post Trading Co. (Mens)

Grass Clippings (Mens)

Bischoff's Shades of the West (great for kids to find true AZ souvenirs)

Things To Do With Kids

The Phoenix Zoo


KTR Scottsdale

The Short Course at Mountain Shadows

Octane Raceway


Top Golf

Scottsdale Spring Training

Hike Gateway Trailhead

Hike Quartz Ridge Trail at 32nd and Lincoln

Old Town Farmer's Market

Things To Do With Adults

Hike Camelback Mountain

Sanctuary Spa

Joya Scottsdale Spa

Phoenician Spa

Facials at Hi, Skin

Old Town Farmer's Market

Top Golf

Walk around Old Town Scottsdale