The Yogi's Guide to Scottsdale, Arizona

Check out our community-curated collection of places to practice, consume, be outdoors, and more, YOGANONYMOUS-style. We asked, you answered. Take in the Scottsdale picks below and see more of our yogi city guides here.


Tucked away in the red oasis of Arizona sits Scottsdale, a haven for authentic eats, Wild West-themed enclaves, and cotton-candy sunsets. 

Whether you’re exploring the jewelry shops of Old Town or sampling the sofritas at one of the city’s many farmers markets, it’s impossible to leave Scottsdale without soaking up some of its signature flavor. In addition to the art museums and tacquerias, Scottsdale offers many opportunities for the wellness-hungry yogi. Try out one of the city’s many yoga classes or put your calf muscles to the test trekking up the western horizon. As evening approaches, the stars come out to play, and the sky glitters with reflections of the city's vibrant past. 

Where to Eat

Flower Child
10460 N 90th St., (480) 240-4400
Nourish your body with some of the freshly harvested, non-GMO goodness that can be found at Flower Child. The vibe is casual-trendy-adorable farm shop, and occasionally you’ll be lucky enough to witness some light piano on the outdoor patio. Locals love the "Flying Avocado" and the "Mother Earth Bowl," but with Flower Child's vegan and vegetarian-stacked menu, it's impossible not to pick something delicious. Flower Child has two other locations, both in Phoenix, with plans to expand their eco-friendly food shop beyond the state.

FnB
7125 E 5th Ave., (480) 284-4777
Nestled between the 5th Avenue shops and boutiques sits FnB, a seasonally-inspired, farm-to-table restaurant deemed the "epicenter of creative Arizona cuisine" by Food & Wine Magazine. FnB is nationally recognized for its intimate ambiance and eclectic menu, offering everything from house-pulled mozzarella to pink sea bass and chickpeas. Reserve this gem for an evening with your special someone or a night out on the town.

The Vig McCormick
7345 N Vía Paseo Del Sur, (480) 758-5399
Open late and pulsating with good vibes, The Vig is ideal for mimosa brunches or late-night noms. Locals love the joint for its outdoor patio (perfect for those Arizona sunsets), the bocce ball court, good music, and of course, the food. Experience taste treats such as grilled fish tacos, pozole, and mason jar mud pie (There are also two other mason jar desserts, but we won't spoil everything...). The Vig has a couple of other locations in Phoenix (all with great vibes), in case you want to come back for more.

Where to Sweat

Hot Yoga University
1410 N Scottsdale Rd., (480) 946-0470
If you’re really looking to build up a sweat and shed those toxins, Hot Yoga University is your studio. When they say hot, they mean it; the H-27 class can get up to 115 degrees! If you’re looking for something a little lighter, there’s also flow and Nidra classes that leave the mind clear and the body strong. It’s also affordable, with drop-ins at only $10 a pop.

Studio North Yoga & Dance
6501 E Greenway Pkwy. Ste. 151, (480) 607-6853
Great music, wonderful instructors, vibrant choreography… What more could you ask for? This combo yoga and dance studio offers a wide range of offerings for all of your fitness needs. Feeling some cardio? Jive in a Zumba class, and prepare to leave drenched in a feel-good sweat. If you need something a little more chill, you’ll find peace in the restorative yoga classes.

Yoga Village Scottsdale
8241 E Evans Rd., (480) 905-8801
This studio knows how to slow down and embrace a practice. Rather than quick in-and-out sessions, Yoga Village begins each class with a brief mantra and meditation, and even occasionally offers a small aromatherapy ritual. Regardless of your skill level, the instructors are gentle and alert, working to refine each class to fit the needs of participants. You won’t find any cookie-cutter classes here, either. Expect lots of options that are easy to slide into your busy schedule. 

The Madison
3802 E Indian School Rd., (602) 296-7118 
Just a quick car ride away, this upbeat Phoenix fitness center offers "Phenomenal Flow" heated yoga classes with energetic music and teachers for yogis of all levels. You can also find Kaleidoscope Juice and indoor cycling classes coined "Party on a Bike®" advertised as a "mega fun, high-energy atmosphere with hip, invigorating music." According to Arizona Foothills Magazine these are the best spin classes. There's also a location in Tempe.

Check out the YOGANONYMOUS studio directory to find more great places to practice.

Where to Shop + Spend a Saturday

These two great farmers markets grace the streets of Scottsdale, and we couldn’t decide which was better! Hit up both for two totally unique experiences and a memorable, tasty Saturday.

Singh Farms
8900 E Thomas Rd., (480) 225-7199
Singh Farms is more than a farmers market; it’s an outdoor experience. Explore the various vendors as you trek through the gardens, making the occasional pit stop for a red ginger juice or to pet the farm's horses. Located in a Southwest oasis, you’ll witness the growth of some of the actual produce, making this a great activity for the entire family. Cap off the afternoon with some fresh bread and savory soup, and then head home to drool over your collection of farm-fresh goodies. 

Old Town Farmers Market
N Brown Ave. and E 1st St., (623) 848-1234
Old Town Farmers Market is a sensual experience, feeding the eyes and nose with vibrant fruits and heavenly aromas. As if the selection of honeys, produce, olive oils, pastas, meats, breads, and cheeses weren't enough, Old Town Farmers Market also has a ton of restaurant stands. Satisfy your senses with some Indian food, breakfast burritos, or steamed Chinese buns. 

Favorite Outdoor Hangs

McDowell Sonoran Preserve
18333 N Thompson Peak Pkwy., (602) 542-4631
With dusty mountains cracking the horizon and cotton-candy sunsets, Scottsdale is no stranger to natural beauty. Check out some of Arizona’s finest at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, just a short drive away from the city. The hike varies in intensity and you can adapt the loop to fit your time frame. A visit here is like stepping into a postcard of desert life. Take in the teetering cactuses, sagebrush, and killer views of the nearby city. 

Camelback Mountain's Echo Canyon Recreation Area
4925 E McDonald Dr., (602) 261-8318
Just a 30-minute drive outside Scottsdale sits Camelback Mountain, a former Native American reservation made up of breathtaking sandstone and enough rocks for a geologist's birthday party. Bursting with desert wildlife, visitors can expect to see plants of the prickly pear, pincushion, barrel, hedgehog, stag horn, and cholla variety, as well as animals such as rabbits, snakes, lizards, and a wide range of birds. Keep an eye out for rattlesnakes (common all over Arizona) and breathtaking views. 

Night Out on the Town

Scapegoat Beer and Wine
7150 E 5th Ave. #100, (480) 292-7605
Sample beer and wine from near and far at this gem of a lounge. This little hideaway is new to Scottsdale, but already raking in tremendous reviews. Customers love the cozy ambiance, happy hour prices, and long list of libations. Whether you consider yourself a wine or beer fanatic, or someone simply down to enjoy a night out in Old Town, Scapegoat will leave you feeling satisfied. 

Topgolf 
9500 E Talking Stick Way, (480) 240-2402
Even if you’ve never even held a golf club, you can easily have a fabulous time at Topgolf. Great for families or a group of friends, you can saddle up alongside one of the joint’s cozy fire pits and place in an order for a bucket o’ beer, all while indulging in your own private game of golf. If you lose interest in shooting balls, simply head back to your seat for a sip, a bite, and some comfy conversation among your best pals, all while the southwest stars serve as your canopy. Have a great time? Topgolf has locations across the U.S.

Community Response + Studio Shout-Out

We reached out to our social media tribe to uncover the best local not-to-miss happenings and hot spots from the folks who know best. Here's what our yogi-fam has to say about Scottsdale.

The Laughing Buddha is the best yoga studio in the Valley. Hands down. Also a MUST visit is Anahata!!” – Jenna

TruFit studios in Fountain Hills is the place to be. Beautiful space, loving people, awesome instructors!” – Janet

Pinnacle Peak for a beautiful nature hike.” – Andie

Mountainside Fitness and teachers Irene Pak and Tiana Hill, check them out!” – Sara

“I love North Mountain for a great hike and meditation.” – Angela

"Studio Santosha (my personal favorite) in Glendale, And Urban Yoga is a gem as well." – Laura 

"TruFit Studios is a must! One of a kind instructors and yoga community." – Jewels

"Floo-id Yoga. Fast and easy off the highway. Next to Whole Foods for convenience. Just minutes to Scottsdale Qtr and Kierland for healthy eating options and shopping." – EL

Thanks to our community for providing these awesome suggestions. Have more? Share in the comments below or email us at write@yoganonymous.com.

This guide was curated by Amanda Kohr