On my most recent trip to Phoenix, I visited the Roosevelt Row Arts District, just north of downtown. Here you will find a number of galleries, local shops, murals and street art and fun places to eat and drink. Make sure to visit:
Phoenix Public Market Cafe: This fun, casual cafe is located at the site of the Phoenix Public Market, an open air market on Saturdays, at 14 E. Pierce. This is a great spot for breakfast or lunch. They feature a large number of egg dishes, salads, sandwiches, bowls and sides. They also offer a dinner menu with great options as well. I enjoyed their popular Tito’s Cubano sandwich with rotisserie pork, black forest ham, pickles, swiss cheese and mustard on a house made baguette. A great oatmeal cookie from their bakery topped off a great meal.
You will find the Angel’s Trumpet Ale House for beer, pizzas, sandwiches, salads and more and FilmBar which is a lounge and art house cinema featuring indie and foreign films. Bicycle Nomad at 828 N. 2nd St. is a fun spot for coffee next to The Velo, a local bike shop.
At 922 N. 5th St. MADE art boutique that features 100 artists including jewelry, pottery, gifts, books, and magazines.
FOUND:RE Hotel: A block off of the Roosevelt Row Arts District, this is a small boutique hotel with an emphasis on the works by local artists. You can see the paintings, photography and sculptures throughout the first floor lobby, restaurant and public spaces. There are also works in the rooms. If you are in town, make sure to visit the hotel during the first Friday Art Walk. 1100 N. Central Ave.
Across the street is FEZ, a contemporary restaurant at 105 W. Portland that features Moroccan and other Mediterranean specialties.
Desoto Central Market: This is fun new food hall located in a building from 1928 that was the C.P. Stephens Desoto Dealership. Today it has many of the original wood beams and details. It features acoffee bar, bar and several small restaurants serving oysters, burgers, sandwiches and salads. I had a great chicken sandwich for lunch with fried avocado, cheese and roasted tomatoes. It is a convenient spot off of I-10 just north of down if you are driving through Phoenix or if you are exploring the shops and street art in the area. 915 N. Central Ave.