When we want a designer dress that everyone else didn’t get at Neiman Marcus, we go visit Amy. Cute cropped leopard coats, Ronny Kobo bandage dresses, beaded rompers by Renzo and Kai — this is where our best-dressed friends cultivate outfit envy.
7144 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ
Think deep slipcovered sofas, Edison-bulb chandeliers, horn-covered mirrors, fur-covered boxes, and a giant table filled with design books. Bungalow’s 12,000 square foot showroom looks like the collection of a wealthy world-traveler.
15330 N. Hayden Road Suite 120, Scottsdale, AZ
480.948.5409 SEE MORE >
This is genius: a full-service floral shop that stocks pretty home finds and furniture, to boot. You drop in for a gorgeous bouquet that looks culled from a field in Napa, and leave with new coffee table books, a lucite shelves, and white lacquer bits for the bookshelf.
4227 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ
The best gift shop this side of New York City is full of trend-forward pillows, red enamel alarm clocks, a giant wall of vintage letters, and paper finds to fulfill every office-drawer OCD. (The best pens on earth, found here.) Design Lab is owned by nationally-renowned interior designer Caroline DeCesare, which explains things. Don’t miss the toiletry section, or all the pretty black and white trinket boxes on the bookcase.
166 W. Main Street #102, Mesa, AZ
480.321.8081 SEE MORE >
Fashion By Robert Black
Pretend you’re enjoying a new life inside the Turner Classic Movies channel. Everything you need to get dressed is here: Chanel gowns, Louis Vuitton jackets, sequined dresses that Audrey Hepburn would have worn with abandon. We spent an hour just trying on hats and earrings.
7144 E. 1st Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ
480.664.7770 SEE MORE >
Owned by the creative director of REstyleSOURCE, Kristin Alber, FOUND is a collection of antiques and new things she collects on her travels around the world: Paris, London, Los Angeles — it’s all here. Interior designers stalk this place, and don’t forget to look up. There might be a killer vintage bicycle dangling from the ceiling. (And Design*Lab is next door.)
166 W. Main Street, Mesa, AZ
480.733.6863 SEE MORE >
Pretty lace dresses, perfectly cut blazers, ethereal gold jewelry, and a wall full of Fornasetti-inspired plates: Frances offers things we don’t see anywhere else — including vintage finds. We love the home accessories, too — giant steel padlocks, boxes adorned with anchors, and stationery too pretty to use.
10 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ
602.279.5467 SEE MORE >
Our cooler-than-thou friends find the greatest things at GROWop, like vintage yellow dresses, handmade treasures from local artists, and all things impossibly now. The shop changes fast, but that’s the hipster way. There’s always a new “it” thing.
902 N. 6th Street, Phoenix, AZ
602.714.5256 SEE MORE >
All the stylists and designers in town stalk Modern Manor for vintage Dorothy Draper chests, leather rocking chairs, unlacquered brass lamps, and mid-century finds galore. If you love it, buy it. Once upon a time, there was a gray leather bench with chrome legs that haunts us still.
716 W. Hazelwood Street, Phoenix, AZ
602.266.3376 SEE MORE >
The designer lust list at this closet hotspot includes J. Brand, Rebecca Minkoff, Mara Hoffman, Chan Luu, Free People, Rebecca Taylor and more. This is our favorite place to find a special dress we’ll live in all season long.
6107 N. Scottsdale Road C-14, Scottsdale, AZ
Imagine the Eiffel Tower, sparkling at night — which isn’t so hard considering all of the killer handmade chandeliers made by co-owner Jason Moore that fill the store. We come here to find pretty bits for the dining table, the bookshelf, the wrist.
2502 E. Camelback Rd. Suite 148D, Phoenix, AZ
602.266.0966 SEE MORE >
Red Modern Furniture
Vintage-stalkers come to Red from across the country to marvel and drool. In the enormous inventory: pristine Hans Wegner chairs, Edward Wormley sideboards, and a Milo Baughman mirrored sofa so gorgeous that it’s just flat unfair. After, have lunch at St. Francis next door.
201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ
The Relics team travels across Europe searching for rare home goods, garden decor, furniture and anything that feels like Napoleon didn’t need it anymore. The crystal-laden lighting selections have gotten us into a lot of trouble at home.
839 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ
Rust And Roses
Located in Downtown Phoenix’s popular 7th Avenue Melrose Shopping District, Rust and Roses is the place to find a vintage pink bathtub, piles of old suitcases, chairs from a Hollywood studio, and red polka-dot kitchen bowls from the ‘50s. It’s an edited antique store, with flea market prices to boot.
4200 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
602.264.4999 SEE MORE >
They say good things come to those who wait, so perhaps that’s why Sweet Salvage only opens for a four-day shopping event the third Thursday of every month. As the monthly anticipation builds, vendors are filling their booths with antique and flea-market finds. We’ve brought home tablecloths, vintage postal service signs, piles of antique men’s collars, and a grand upholstered chaise.
4648 N. 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
602.279.2996 SEE MORE >
The French Bee
Owner Michael Hansen is known across the country for his enormous arrangements of flowers that look impossibly real. We love to admire them in their sprawling natural habitat: gilt furniture upholstered in leopard velvet, piles of things to set the prettiest table, and blue and white ceramics galore. The picture frames alone are worth the visit.
2324 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ
The Willows Home And Garden
Imagine if your whole life was white and linen and ruffled and pretty, with flowers in every room and a candle flickering nearby. The Willows offers everything you need for this gorgeous life: vintage sideboards, crisp new bed linens, white placesettings, and cozy Michael Stars tees to wear while lounging on your new gray linen sofa.
3743 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ
Stocked with French linens, vintage lighting, and handmade pottery plucked by the owners from a European flea market, Trouve is francais for “find,” and yes, there are finds, indeed. We’ve fallen for gorgeous 18th century chairs, architectural salvage, and pretty clothes to wear in your pretty house.
7135 E. First Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ
602.778.9777 SEE MORE >
A indy co-op in a sprawling outdoor mall? Yes, indeed. Union’s 18 offerings include a British bicycle shop, a floral boutique, a retro candy store, chess sets designed by architects, and a whole room full of locally-made olive oil. There are handmade crystal and industrial chandeliers at Paris Envy, mix-your-own scents at Citrine, and piles of pretty white dishes and blouses at The Willows.
2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ
Vintage By Misty
An unexpected gem in the heart of downtown Phoenix, Ms. Misty’s shop showcases her enviable skill for finding the best vintage out there: black and white striped Dior blazers, Chanel handbags, Christian Lacroix jewelry, and Yves Saint Laurent pearl baubles, too. Look for the jewels she creates herself from vintage designer buttons — perfectly priced for chic souvenirs.
818 N Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Food + Restaurants
Barrio Cafe is known to Phoenicians as the go-to spot for unrivaled authentic Mexican food. Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza is nationally celebrated for her food and for her sass. We can’t get over the tableside guacamole, which includes pomegranate seeds when they’re in season. The lobster quesadilla is perfect, and we love the chicken mole. Finish your meal with french press coffee and goat milk caramel churros.
2814 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ
Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza’s vivacious and colorful restaurant will put you in a good mood the minute you walk through the door: the decor is funky, bright, Mexican and chic. If you can’t pronounce the name of the street tacos while ordering, then know you’ve chosen well. A tip: sangria is the perfect accoutrement on a sunny afternoon on the patio.
7114 E. Stetson Drive Suite 105, Scottsdale, AZ
We know you’re not supposed to eat dessert before your meal, but if you’re going to break that rule, be sure to do it with a piece of cheesecake from Bertha’s. This cafe is known for decadent desserts, but it also has a rocking breakfast and lunch menu. Be sure to try the signature asparagus and havarti cheese panini, layered with pesto mayo, arugula, roasted red peppers and plenty of cheese.
3134 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ
Housed within the ‘60s-chic Hotel Valley Ho, Cafe ZuZu offers an appropriately retro menu, made great by chef Charles Wiley: truffled grilled cheese sandwiches, pastrami melts, and a beloved burger with blue cheese and bacon. There’s even an old-fashioned pie case, and yes, you want the banana cream.
6850 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ
Churn is a dreamy ice cream and coffee bar in the heart of downtown Phoenix. This cheerful place with have children and adults lining up for a pretzel cone with a scoop of one of their homemade ice cream. Their cake stands feature colorful treats that will have you taking a few home. Our favorite feature is the “We love having you here” that is written across their wall.
5223 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
We love the Brussels sprouts pizza and the house-made wine coolers. Another bragging right: Federal Pizza is housed inside an old mid century modern building designed by famed Phoenix architect Al Beadle. Order the trio of meatballs to start, which are served over crispy polenta. Be sure to check out the vintage salt and pepper shakers that are unique to every table.
5210 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
La Grande Orange Grocery And Pizzeria
Gourmet groceries and gorgeous breakfasts served among shelves stocked with Jonathan Adler vases and Voluspa candles. The peanut butter pie is decadent trouble, and the homemade English muffins will make you angry that you haven’t always had these in your life. The adjoining pizzeria serves pies so good that our friends ask us to bring them back on airplanes.
4410 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ
602.840.7777 SEE MORE >
Liberty Market is the best thing to hit Gilbert since the original Liberty Market. Chef David Traina and his wife Kiersten along with Cindy and Joe Johnston revived this historic grocery store into a unpretentious urban bistro. Chef Traina is always adding a spin with his daily specials, and the pizzas and red velvet cake reign supreme.
230 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ
480.892.1900 SEE MORE >
You know those coffee shops that are so warm and inviting that you never want to leave them (and not just for the wifi)? The Lux scene means funky vintage sofas filled with hipsters and professionals staring at each other, wondering how they actually like the same thing. It’s the coffee. Yep, it’s that good. And Lux serves dinner, too.
4402 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
The most gorgeous restaurant we’ve ever seen inside a mall, Modern Steak is has purple carpet, blue-striped banquettes and chandeliers for days. Ladies will love the chopped salad, gents will love the slider bar, and everyone needs to take a trip to the bathrooms, just to see the decor.
7014 E. Camelback Road Suite 1433, Scottsdale, AZ
Locally adored chef Chris Curtiss fashions handmade pastas, yummy little pizzas, and bruschetta to adore. We love the indiustrial-chic room, the sinks in the bathrooms, and dream about running off with the black and white checked napkins. We love the arancini — risotto balls filled with cheese and surrounded with perfect tomato sauce.
4925 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ
Pizza prince Chris Bianco made this town very happy when he put a second wood-burning oven in central Phoenix and started slinging dough. By day, there are sandwiches on homemade bread filled with thick slices of hand-pulled mozzarella cheese and tomatoes straight from a local farm. At night, there is his world-famous pizza served in a candlelit room.
4404 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
Pizzeria Bianco & Bar Bianco
This is it: the best pizza in the country, as anointed by Martha Stewart and Oprah Winfrey, and even the world, according to Vogue. Stewart and Jerry Seinfeld have been known to fly in and rent out the whole room. Chris Bianco’s tiny red brick historic building centers around a wood-burning oven, local ingredients, and the belief that careful hands make everything taste better.
623 E. Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ
There are two must-orders at Postino Wine Cafe: a board of bruschetta and a bottle of wine. Share the wine and but order your own board – you won’t regret it. Our favorites are the white bean bruschetta, and be prepared to fight over pieces of the fig and mascarpone. On the weekend, Postino is filled with lively reggae on the patio. Grab a table and linger.
3939 E. Campbell Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
602.852.3939 SEE MORE >
If you come to Arizona without eating at Richardson’s, locals might not let you back in. You’d have missed the headquarters of Southwestern glory: the melding of green chiles, cheese, and corn tortillas. You can have green chile on chicken, or green chile on eggs, or green chile poured over chile rellenos.
6335 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ
Tammie Coe Cakes
Tammie Coe’s Cakes are striped, polka-dotted, covered in cream cheese icing, or shaped to look like a happy little pumpkin. Famous for her wildly cool folded fondant frosting, Coe is also beloved for her sugar cookies, red velvet cupcakes, coconut cupcakes, and bars of chocolate crack. You’ll see.
5210 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ
602.840.3644 SEE MORE >
T Cook’s At The Royal Palms
If you wanted someone to propose to you in Phoenix, T. Cook’s would be a good place to start. Tucked within the old-world mediterranean charm of the Royal Palms resort, the restaurant is all soft linens, apricot colors, and warm light. Have spaghetti carbonara, then go for a walk to the pool. There’s an outdoor fireplace for later.
5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ
Chef Matt Carter makes wicked pork shoulder tacos, peruvian clam stew, and the best posole in town. We’re big fans of the tableside guacamole, the house-made sangria, and the romantic vibe. Black crystal chandeliers, a wall built of pink Himalayan salt, and the fireplace on the front patio are enchanting. The wait staff will even offer a blanket if you have dinner by the fire.
3815 N. Brown Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ
An old beauty parlor turned comfort food hotspot, the Parlor means thick hamburgers, great chicken salad, pizza topped with short ribs and white beans, and our favorite salad in town: the Parlor insalata. Did you know that fried chickpeas make glorious croutons, especially when paired in a salad with salami?
1916 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ
From the team behind Richardson’s, our Rokerij favorites shrimp scampi, chicken schnitzel, and the fact that the entire Richardson’s menu is also available. Try to get a seat in the basement at the cozy fireside bar, where our friends have been known to meet gentlemen for romantic trysts.
6335 NM. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ
The Tuck Shop
The Tuck Shop is a neighborhood gem in the Coronado historical district. The retro modern “living room” has couches and board games for a friendly little battle, and the community table means making new friends over chicken and waffles as well as their red beans and rice. Be sure to order a cocktail. All the tonic water, club soda and ginger ale is made in-house.
2245 N. 12th Street, Phoenix, AZ
You’ll fight for a seat at this hotspot, where cheese fondue and barbecue ribs share table space with hand-crafted numbered cocktails. It’s fun just to see this space, too, where an orange retro fireplace and brutalist brass chandelier set the mood. Don’t miss the giant wall covered in old cassette tapes. If you look closely, you’re sure to find the one you loved, circa 1983.
5223 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ