We thought everyone knew about Scottsdale Quarter. Heaven knows we’ve been anxiously tapping our feet since William Sonoma home announced their opening, waiting impatiently for each new store to open. However, we were talking to a few of our friends this weekend who don’t get to our side of town much, and while they did know about the opening of the Apple Store and H&M, they still had no clue about the recent progress of Scottsdale Quarter. Arizona Foothills has been highlighting our favorite shopping excursions and helping you make a day trip to an area that may be outside comfort zone, whether it’s just up the road from where you usually shop or an hour away. Scottsdale Quarter is worth the drive; there’s no other shopping experience quite like it anywhere else in the Valley and we suggest making a day trip out of it!
The Scottsdale Quarter (North Scottsdale)
Where to Shop:
We don’t normally do this, but since nearly every store in Scottsdale Quarter is new, we’re just going to list ‘em all.
Armani Exchange: one of the few locations in The Valley, you will not see AX at most of our malls.
The Apple Store: The biggest and best of the Apple Stores in the Valley. If you are a Mac extremist, you’ve already been here and probably sighed something along the lines of “I’m in heaven.”
Bounty Hunter: After their fame and celebrity support in Telluride, Colorado, this high-end western outfitters store knew Scottsdale had to be the next stop.
Carine W: A women’s boutique that also offers custom fitting and alterations.
Deegie’s Carma: A brand new concept that offers a full experience for the ladies! Affordable clothes and accessories, a hair salon and a nail salon.
Elan Style: Stylish and comfortable women’s boutique
giggle: The “one stop shop” for new parents. This store is SO cute and we’ve been caught in there a few times for no good reason.
H&M: One of only 3 locations in Arizona and the first one in the Valley. Each H&M has a different selection, so even if you frequent the Fashion Square or Tucson location, we bet you’ll still be very excited here.
Lenscrafters: designer glasses and shades.
lululemon athletica: women’s athletic store that will make you super excited about working out.
NIKE: this Nike store is beautiful. You’re going to want to buy everything.
Paris Optique: luxury Eyewear
Sunglass Hut: awesome Sunglasses.
West Elm: The luxury home store that started it all, this was the first store to join Scottsdale Quarter and we bet you’re going to want to redesign your entire home after you walk in.
Avalon Nail Salon and Spa: A quick nail salon – they’ll have you in and out in a jiffy.
iPic Theaters: Oh. Em. Gee. If you haven’t heard of or been to IPic Theaters yet: WAKE UP AND GO. The luxury movie theater serves drinks and food inside the theater, without reservations or having to sit a table. In fact, each chair is an oversized leather seat that you’ll want to take home with you. Their concession stands offer beer on tap as well as salads and wine, so you don’t have to be tempted in to popcorn or candy every time you go to the theater. IPic theater also has a high end bar, restaurant and lounge for before, during or after your movie.
Where to Dine:
True Foods: Even if you’re not on the patio, you’ll feel as if you are outdoors at True Foods’ second location in The Valley. Each dish is as healthy-as-can-be and you wouldn’t even know it. Most likely you’ll catch us on the patio at least once a week.
Brio: Tuscan Grille is a casual, white tablecloth restaurant serving northern Italian cuisine
Grimaldi’s Pizza: Their newest location in the Valley and some darn good pizza. If you’re an Arizona local and have not been to Grimaldi’s yet, shame on you.
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: Self serve yogurt and they offer gluten free options.
Narcisse Champagne and Tea Lounge: We haven’t been yet, but the concept sounds like another, “why didn’t we think of this before?!” things. Let us know what you think on Twitter if you’ve been: @AZFoothillsFood
Parc Central: International Cuisine offering a progressive menu, happy hour menu and late night menu.
Press Coffee: The only coffee shop in Scottsdale Quarter, and for good reason, their tough competition!
Primebar: A very Scottsdale-ish hub, this is a neighborhood hot-spot
Stingray Sushi: Their third location in The Valley, this very trendy sushi bar is catching on and we’re hoping for more locations soon. We could eat here every day and the huge fish tanks never get old.
Tanzy: Location in iPic Theatre, Tanzy has some of the best views in Scottsdale. You don’t have to go to a movie to have dinner at Tanzy, but you’ll definitely want to make reservations; Tanzy will always be packed.
TK’s Urban Tavern: This location is great for happy hours or a casual dining experience. This is great for the picky eater because, well, everything is great and there’s something for everyone.
Where to Park:
If you’re going on a weekend, parking is going to be a mess. We say don’t bother looking for the perfect spot. Valet or go straight to the parking garage across from H&M.