Shine: Your Pocket Guide to Scottsdale

Shine: Your Pocket Guide to Scottsdale

Every year, we put a spotlight on Scottsdale in the form of Shine, a pocket guide to the food, drink, art, and entertainment in this little 'burb. This time around –– looking for some comic relief –– we drop-kicked our favorite illustrator, Luster Kaboom, into the middle of the city. we've given him (and you) plenty of suggestions of where to go and what to eat and drink. Enjoy!


Luster Kaboom

Echo Coffee: Your new favorite coffee comes by way of baristas who are as dedicated to talking about beans as they are to roasting them. 2902 N. 68th St. | 480-422-4081 |

Press Coffee Roasters: Founded by newswoman Tram Mai, this bright and tidy small-batch coffee shop puts out some of the best espresso shots in the Valley. 15147 N. Scottsdale Road | 480-718-9762 |

Cartel Coffee Lab: Pretty much the ideal for in-house roasted coffee in the Valley, this hip house of java features intricate cold brews and espressos crafted with an attention to detail that borders on obsessive. 7124 E. 5th Ave. | 480-432-8237 |

D'Lish Kitchen and Coffee House: For a cup o' joe to go, you could do worse than a cold-brewed espresso or cappuccino at this healthy eats spot with a drive-through window. 2613 N. Scottsdale Road | 480-247-8537 |

Village Coffee Roastery: Thanks to a patented roasting method and technologies that reduce human error, this coffee bar is a mix of science and satisfying drinks. 8120 N. Hayden Road | 480-905-0881 |


Pure Barre: The quest for a ballerina butt ends here, as intense classes blend Pilates, stretching, and ballet barre work to mold the ever-desirable dancer's bod. 10050 N. Scottsdale Road | 480-368-0100 |

Cholla Trail: Known as Camelback's slightly easier trail, Cholla's a bit less steep than Echo Canyon Trail, but it requires some rock-scrambling before reaching the mountain's summit. 6200 E. Cholla Way |

Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt: One of the Valley's top recreation destinations, the 11-mile Greenbelt traverses Scottsdale gardens, parks, and golf courses. The trail runs north from Tempe Beach Park to McCormick Ranch.

Lululemon: Lulu fangirls and guys can get their running tights fix and free-flow yoga class every Sunday at the Scottsdale Quarter location. 15279 N. Scottsdale Road | 480-922-2544 |

Indian School Park & Tennis Center: Tennis and basketball courts, a horseshoe pit, sand volleyball, two baseball fields, and a lake round out this rec center's many athletic offerings. 4289 N. Hayden Road | 480-312-2740 |


Louise Nevelson's Windows to the West: Welcoming you to Scottsdale Civic Center Mall is a metal work by the late Russian-born sculptor, whose angular pieces are on view throughout the country. 7380 E. 2nd St. |

Soleri Bridge: The late artist and architect Paolo Soleri designed the Soleri Bridge and Plaza as a solar calendar and gathering spot for tourists and design enthusiasts at the Scottsdale Waterfront. 4420 N. Scottsdale Road |

Robert Indiana's LOVE: In red and blue letters, this iconic, Instagram-ready Pop Art sculpture is carved from polychromed aluminum and a must-see at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. 7380 E. 2nd St. |

James Turrell's Knight Rise: Venture to SMoCA's Nancy and Art Schwalm Sculpture Garden and you'll find Knight Rise, a calming public art space that frames the sky. 7383 E. 2nd St. |

Bob Parks' Bronze Horse Fountain: In the middle of the Old Town roundabout is a statue that harks back to Scottsdale's cowboy town history: five bronze Arabian horses bucking in a fountain. Marshall Way/Fifth Avenue |


Alo Café: South African biscotti and Spanish omelets are some of the items you'll find at this cozy new European-style cafe in an expanded 1960s-era garage. 6960 E. 1st St. | 602-688-4339 |

Zuzu: Greet the morning with French toast stuffed with lemon cream cheese or short rib hash at this retro-cool spot of mid-century swank inside the Valley Ho. 6850 E. Main St. | 480-421-7997 |

Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles: Rise 'n' shine to Southern-style offerings of killer fried chicken, cinnamon-kissed waffles, thick gravy, cheesy grits, and homestyle biscuits. 2765 N. Scottsdale Road | 480-945-1920 |

Distrito: Breakfast at celebu-chef Jose Garces' restaurant inside The Saguaro hotel means modern Mexican delights like tres leches French toast and eggs Benedict made with chorizo, tomato, and black truffle Hollandaise. 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd. | 480-970-4444 |

Orange Table: Boozy breakfast cocktails and dishes like jalapeño and pecan pancakes and bananas Foster French toast make this hidden-away spot worth getting out of bed for. 7373 E. Scottsdale Mall | 480-424-6819 |


Barneys New York: Head to Barneys at Scottsdale Fashion Square for major designer eye candy, from Alexander Wang handbags to the latest Louboutins and all things fashionable in between. 4500 N. Scottsdale Road | 602-337-6000 |

Vintage by Misty: Misty Guerriero Navon recently relocated her must-see boho-chic vintage shop to Scottsdale, where you'll find Pucci, Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent in lovely condition. 7046 E. 5th Ave. | 480-994-1292 |

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Chuck Klee
Chuck Klee

Bunch a stuck up cunts in Snobbsdale.