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El Pedregal Marketplace, Carefree

Arizona, , USA


Down the road from downtown Carefree is a lovely outdoor development called El Pedregal Marketplace. The designer traveled to Africa to get his ideas and modeled the area after an African open-air marketplace. It's very unusual-looking, with wonderful colors- mauve, pink, yellow, turquoise- painted on the odd-shaped walls and railings. You have to see it! Eat a meal from the downstairs Bakery Cafe, outside on the tables (closed during summer). The Mexican restaurant upstairs, Spotted Donkey Cantina, has colorful Spanish-themed decor, and good food.

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The amazing architecture at El Pedregal Marketplace.

The stage.

A quiet place to sit upstairs.

Spotted Donkey Cantina.

The lovely lines and colors, upstairs, with views of the boulders.

Landscaping and koi pond, downstairs, by the bakery.

Flowers and tower at El Pedregal Marketplace.

Surreal views of boulders, as seen from the parking lot at El Pedregal Marketplace.

Views of mountains and a large boulder, as you leave the parking lot.

The mountains covered in lovely shapes.

The koi pond in the downstairs area.

The colorful stage.

Palm trees and blue sky.


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El Pedregal Marketplace is located at 34505 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale AZ 85266.
To get to El Pedregal, from Hwy 17, take the Carefree Hwy, and head east. At the very end you come to a T, at Tom Darrington Dr. Turn right on Tom Darrington Drive, and it's immediately on your left.
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