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THINGS TO DO

Phoenix Valley Guide

Nearby Coffee 

Press - 200 E Van Buren St. Specialty coffee shop

Fillmore Coffee - 600 N 4th St - Espresso drinks, coffee, homemade baked goods.

Xanadu - 625 N 7th St, Local coffee, living wage, no tipping

 

Cartel - 1 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Arizona owned and local favorite.

 

Songbird Coffee & Tea - 812 N 3rd St, long time favorite local tea shop

 

FUTURO Coffee at Palabra - 909 N 1st St. Latin American coffee and styles, Open Tues-Sun 

 

Lola Coffee - 1001 N. 3rd Avenue #6, women-owned & LGBTQ+ friendly

 

Kahvi Coffee + Cafe - 214 E. Roosevelt Street #2

 

FairTrade Cafe - 1020 North 1st Avenue

Downtown Drinks 

Sazerac - 821 N. 2nd St. Phoenix, Az 85004 - LGBTQ+ The bar offers one of a kind, crafted cocktails, craft beer, and cigar selection.

The Nash - Jazz Club - 110 E Roosevelt St, 85004. Live music every night. 

Cobra Arcade Bar - 801 N 2nd St #100. Bar offering a collection of vintage arcade games. It could be crowded during the weekends.

Ghost Donkey - 903 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Mezcal and Tequila bar - with small bites. 

Greenwood Brewing - 922 N. 5th St. Women-owned brewery with two beer gardens. If available, try their flagship beers: Herstory Brew, Essence Ale, Forward IPA, and their specialty for the month.

Lucky’s Indoor Outdoor - 817 N. 2nd Street. Enjoy its patio characterized by a trailer bar, rotating food trucks, picnic tables, and bocce.

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Downtown Food & Drink 

 

Pomo Pizzeria - 705 N 1st St UNIT 120, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Napolitano style pizza, wine, cocktails, etc.

Angel’s Trumpet - 810 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, German-style beers and food.

The Palma - 903 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Food, drinks, in an outdoor palm oasis. 

Rough Rider - 1001 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85004, a Cocktail bar offering Victorian-era cocktails + great food. Def make a reservation.

Crescent Ballroom - 308 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003, live music, great bar, nice tacos. 

Cibo - 603 North 5th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85003. Napolitan pizza, wine, cocktails, etc.

Wilderness Brewery - 201 E. Roosevelt St. Phoenix, AZ 85004. Nice for happy hours - maybe crowded on weekends, loads of outdoor space + games.

Châm Pang Lanes903 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Food, drinks, and assorted games. 

Hanny's - 40 N 1st St. Popular spot for chic-casual cuisine and craft cocktails. Open till midnight - later night kitchen.

Sosoba - 214 West Roosevelt St. Ramen shop with a bar where it is possible to taste craft cocktails.

Gallo Blanco - 928 E. Pierce St.. Mexican restaurant with fantastic weekend brunch. Very good for $5 happy hour margaritas.

The Churchill - 901 N 1st St PHX, AZ 85004 - The Churchill is a gathering place that combines food, beverage, games, and retail with arts and music. Pizza + burgers. Also has AZ souvenir shops.

Harumi Sushi & Sake - 114 W. Adams St. C101 Phx, AZ 85003 - Sushi bar, ramen, good for ordering online and pick up or delivery. Reservations recommended for sit in.

Ramen Kagawa - 111 West Monroe St, #130, 85003. 1-602-675-0833. Good Japanese ramen.

Bliss ReBAR - 901 North 4th Street, LGBTQ+ Comfortable urban place where you can grab food and drinks at affordable prices. This is an old, classic LGBTQ favorite in PHX that is closing soon - get there while you can!

The Farish House - 816 North 3rd Street - Family-owned, serving classic dishes. The restaurant has a patio where it is possible to enjoy a glass of wine.

Morning Squeeze, 1 N 1st St Ste 100, Phoenix, AZ 85004. American breakfast/brunch. Opening from 7 am to 2 pm. 

Matt's Big Breakfast - 825 N 1st Street - Nice for breakfasts and brunches

Activities & Attractions in the Phoenix Valley

Museums & Arts -  Central Phoenix 

 

Heard Museum - 2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Informative museum about native American in the US and in particular around Arizona. Planned visiting time may be about 1 to 3 hours. 

Phoenix Art Museum - 1625 North Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004. The museum is the largest museum for visual art in the southwest United States (~285,000 square feet). It displays international exhibitions alongside its comprehensive collection of more than 18,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design.

Japanese Friendship Garden - RoHoEn - 1125 N. 3rd Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85003 - Japanese Garden in the heart of Phoenix.

Children’s Museum - 215 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034 - Designed for children ages birth to 10, the museum has over 48,000 square feet of space where children can have fun.

Arizona Science Center - 600 E Washington St. Home to over 350 permanent hands-on exhibits, the Center provides shows in the Dorrance Planetarium and in a five-story, giant screen IMAX Theater. 

Museums & Arts - Greater Phoenix Valley 

 

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) - 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050 - MIM has a collection of more than 8,000 instruments from more than 200 world countries. Its galleries reflect the rich diversity and history of many world cultures.

Taliesin West - Frank Lloyd Wright - 12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259 - UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taliesin West was Wright’s winter home and desert laboratory.

ASU Art Museum at the Nelson Fine Arts Center - Founded in 1950, ASU Art Museum has grown over the years to become a leading contemporary art museum, showing 20th century and contemporary ceramics, craft and prints, and drawings.

Pueblo Grande Museum - 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034 - Pueblo Grande Museum is located on a 1,500-year-old archeological site once inhabited by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert people. The museum is the largest preserved archeological site within Phoenix.

Get Outside 

Desert Botanical Gardens - 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008 - 140 acres with more than 50,000 plant displays and ~ 4,500 species.

Phoenix Zoo - 455 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008 - The zoo has over 1,400 animals on display and contains 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of walking trails. It is divided into four main themed areas: The Arizona Trail, the Africa Trail, the Tropics Trail, and the Children's Trail, which includes a petting zoo.

South Mountain Park & Preserve - The park consists of three mountain ranges and boasts more than 50 miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. The park provides an unobstructed panoramic view of the Valley.

Piestewa Peak - Hiking the Piestewa Peak Summit Trail (elevation gain = 1,208 feet (368 m)) takes from 25 to 60 minutes in fair weather.

Lookout Mountain Preserve - Though lower in elevation than nearby summits, the preserve offers scenic views and trails for hiking and mountain biking.

North Mountain and Shaw Butte Preserves - The mountains offer a wide array of trail options for hikers of all abilities.

Papago Park -625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008, very light hiking to climb “hole in the rock.” Close to Phoenix Zoo and botanical gardens.

Camelback Mountain - With an elevation of 2,704 feet, Camelback Mountain is located in the middle of the Valley and offers nice views of Phoenix. There are 2 hiking trails, Echo Canyon and Cholla. Both trails are difficult. Echo Canyon is steeper and Cholla is longer.