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A Local's Guide to Phoenix

A Local's Guide to Phoenix

 

Locals Guide to Phoenix, AZ

As a local shop here in Phoenix, Arizona we are honored to be part of such a beautifully diverse & inclusive community and throughout our years in business we've come to find a deep appreciation for this truly unique desert city. Since we're always gushing to customers about our favorite spots in town, we created a local Phoenix guide to highlight the best eats, rad shops, our favorite sunny day activities and more! With new spots opening every month we will be updating this list regularly as we discover new places we love. Happy exploring!

local nomad phoenix

Shop

**Local Nomad: I mean we may be biased but we're a pretty cool shop with handcrafted, small batch gifts + apparel :) 

Desert Crafted: Fine art & beautiful, unique handcrafted goods sourced locally and from other desert cultures.

Manor: For all the sneaker lovers of all ages!

Changing Hands: Our favorite local bookstore in Phoenix. Grab a beer and take it all in.

Muse: Effortlessly feminine apparel & fun gifts for desert babes. Our neighbors, who have been around since 2005!

For the People: Unique furniture, objects, and art for the home. Order a matcha at Kream Coffee inside or at their walk-up window!

Practical Art: A beloved retail + gallery space featuring the work of 100% local Arizona artisans. Don't leave without grabbing a bottle of wine at Hidden Track Bottle Shop in the back of the store!

Frances Boutique: A local Phoenix staple! Everything Arizona/desert inspired & more can be found in this charming shop, right across the street from Uptown Plaza!

Phoenix General: Apparel, home, gifts, and art for life in the desert.

Framed Ewe: Serving up the *coolest* independent eyewear.

Gather Phx: Thoughtful, intentional, all-local gift and wellness shop in The Churchill.

Cosas: Unique, colorful gifts from the heart of Mexico, also in The Churchill!

Now or Never: An modern, eclectic collection of coveted cult brands and emerging indie designers from around the globe. 

Bunky Boutique: A Phoenix gem; apparel, jewelry, home + gifts since ‘07.

Urbana: A curated collection of everything you need for the home & celebrations.

The Fredrick: locally focused retail + (soon!) dining. Home to Vida Moulin, Form Floral, Cricket + Ruby, and many more!

Camelback Flowershop: Gorgeously curated flowers, plants, and objects.

Dig it Gardens: Neighborhood destination for diverse plants, unique pottery and good vibes.

Pueblo: A curated nursery and houseplant shop on Grand Ave with a great selection of pots & gifts!

Palabras Bookstore: Bilingual Bookstore &  Community Space

Muchos Mas: Gallery & Gifts

Made art boutique: Locally owned boutique specializing in handmade wares, ceramics and jewelry.

valentine phoenix

Eats + Drinks

*Glai Baan: probably the best Thai food we've ever had + a unique drink selection. The cozy dining room and patio are equally charming!

Welcome Diner: elevated diner vibes with a great drink selection.

*Restaurant Progress: did someone say date night? romantic with a beautiful menu of delicious eats. Our favorite seat is at the bar, where we can watch the magic happen in the kitchen a few feet away.

*Valentine: is it okay to have every meal here? Breakfast + Coffee - bomb. Dinner + Drinks - bomb. 

Pane Bianco: Cozy Italian pizzas, sandwiches and salads - our go-to for takeout lunches at the shop. Sister eatery to Pizzeria Bianco.

*Clever Koi/Across the Pond: Two separate spots but same owners & right next door to each other! Clever Koi is best for the perfect bowl of ramen or classic steamed buns. Across the Pond has some of the best sushi in Phoenix! Both have a great cocktail selection.

Postino: A staple here in Phoenix. Nothing better than sharing a bruschetta board and a bottle of wine on their patio any day of the week.

Lylo Swim Club: Located at the Rise hotel, just a few blocks from our shop! Vacation-like atmosphere with a Japanese/Hawaiian inspired menu and fun, tropical drinks (including a dole whip - with rum)!

Ocotillo: Our go-to on warm summer nights or brunch with a group. Grab a spot on the patio and enjoy the beautiful courtyard & string lights. A robust menu focused on seasonal ingredients with a hint of Arizona influence. 

Chantico: Sister restaurant to Ocotillo; a dreamy desert-modern space hidden on busy Camelback road, just down the street from our shop! Local, healthy & organic Mexican fare with plenty of vegan & GF options.

Belly: Southeast Asian cuisine. Cocktails. Natural Wine.

Wilderness: Local AZ beer garden with delicious eats! Such a fun atmosphere to gather in groups on a weekend afternoon.

Cibo Pizzeria: Another outdoor dining fave. Order antipasto & a pizza and grab a seat on the charming patio, filled with string lights and on weekends, live music.

Chula Seafood: Fish Market + Restaurant next door to our shop. We go for the poké bowl on hot summer days and order a bowl of clam chowder when it's chilly! 

Nelson's Meat + Fish: One of the best places to find seafood in the desert!

The Churchill Community gathering spot with a huge covered patio/courtyard featuring Stoop Kid bagels (our fave on weekend mornings), Foxy Fruit acai bowls, Provecho Mexican food, Freak Brothers pizza, Sauvage bottle shop (amazing natural wine selection), So Far So Good cocktail bar, and more!

*Greenwood Brewing: Woman-owned brewery in Downtown PHX! We love ordering a flight of beers and people watching from their courtyard on Roosevelt.

Windsor: Neighborhood bar and restaurant with a great patio and even better happy hour! Just a few blocks from our shop.

Pemberton: Outdoor space with food, drinks, FilmBar, fitness, art, and entertainment. We come for Dino's Pizza and Saint Pasta! Be sure to check out their website for events. 

Bacanora: The bootlegged spirit of bringing Sonoran cuisine to Downtown Phoenix. 

Ollie Vaughns

Breakfast

*Ollie Vaughns: A Coronado neighborhood favorite for pastries + coffee. Grab a croissant and enjoy a slow morning on their cheerful, sunny back patio.

*The Coronado: Vegan eatery, coffee shop, and bar with lots of heart and love for our community- located in the historic Coronado neighborhood. 

Fàme Caffe: Farm to table breakfast, lunch, and brunch. We haven't had anything that's not insanely delicious. Grab an iced latte and post up on a bistro table on their patio. 

Matt's Big Breakfast: A downtown Phoenix classic. Good ol' breakfast spot. Grab a coffee next door at The Churchill while you wait in their infamously long line.

la bohemia phoenix

Coffee

*La Bohemia: Order an iced Café de Olla latte with oat milk and a Concha - enough said.

*Kream: Perfect cup of coffee? Quite possibly. Our go-to when we need an afternoon caffeine fix at the shop.

*Futuro: A minimalist coffee shop + art gallery + hair salon. Everything about Futuro is incredible - coffee, food, atmosphere 10/10.

Dark Hall: Plant-based pastries + coffee; a sister shop to the Coronado.

*First Place Coffee: A cute lil' coffee truck operated by some rad people! Find their truck locations Friday-Monday. Always serving treats by @thedinersaur too.

Early Bird Coffee: Another cute coffee truck with the best Chai we've ever had! Check out their website for locations and be sure to grab a pastry (the pop tarts are our faves) from Voyager Bakershop on your visit! 

Copper Star: Drive thru or hang on the patio. Fresh bagels and delicious coffee!

Lola Coffee Bar: Coffee's great but tbh we go for the build-your-own breakfast burritos. 

Provision: Full cocktail & coffee bar with very unique offerings and a lovely shaded patio - our favorite for sunny but too-hot-to-be-in-the-sun days.

Lux: A cozy neighborhood gathering spot with coffee, cocktails, delicious pastries and comfort food.

Luanas Coffee & Beer: Coffee shop & bar in a funky 100 year old historic home.

PIPcoffee + clay: Ceramic studio & coffee shop

Window Coffee Bar: Serving up coffee in the heart of Phoenix!

The Dinersaur

Treats

Churn: Just a few blocks away from our shop; a must on hot summer nights! Be prepared to get hit hard with nostalgia when you walk in the door - you'll leave with your pockets full of fun candies from the past like candy buttons and pixy stix!

Nami: Vegan sweets! Their Tsoynamis (basically a DQ blizzard but with soy ice cream and "healthy" toppings) are our favorite for hot summer days.

Urban Cookies: Extraordinary cookies and cupcakes. We love indulging in their treat boxes for special occasions at the shop!

*The Dinersaur: Their treats are a must-try! By special order for now, or find them at the First Place Coffee truck. 

Dreamy Draw Hike

Activities 

*Dreamy Draw Hike: Catch the sunrise on these beautiful trails great for all levels of hikers!

Desert Botanical Garden: One of our favorite places to take out-of-town visitors! Walk around for hours and discover the most beautiful and vast collection of desert plants. 

Japanese Friendship Garden: A hidden gem in downtown Phoenix. Find beauty amongst the peace + quiet.

*Pickers Playground: Vintage market with tons of great vendors- check out their website or IG for upcoming market dates! Grab a coffee at Valentine and shop around.

Melrose Vintage Market: Another great vintage market to check out on the Sunday of "Third Thursday" weekend, happening each month between November and April.

*Downtown or Uptown Farmers Market: Best way to start the weekend! Good people, good energy + good food!

PIPcoffee + clay: Ceramic studio & coffee shop

Lux Salon

Night Out

*Crescent Ballroom: Grab a burrito and a drink, enjoy live music on their two story patio, or get tickets to a show!

*Gracies Tax Bar: A bar staple! Low-key cheap drinks & eats. Be sure to try their tots and say hi to Bar Cat for us!

Thunderbird Lounge: 70's inspired bar with a courtyard perfect for drinking in groups. We love to grab a drink here after dinner at Restaurant Progress - just walk across the courtyard!

Cornish Pasty: You most definitely have to try a pasty while you're there!

Lux Salon: Reserve a spot for the 'speakeasy' part of Lux coffee! 

1912: Attached to Valentine, a darling and romantic cocktail bar with a great atmosphere and gorgeous design.

Don Woods' Say When: Rooftop Bar & Lounge at the Rise Hotel!

The Wayward Taphouse: Beer Bar

mount sunny phoenix

Wellness

*Mount Sunny: The best place for acupuncture, cupping, and herbal medicine.

*Eighty8 Yoga: A new downtown boutique, music-driven, heated yoga studio.

Sister Salon: A hair salon for you and your friends, owned by the greatest gals!

Kinfolk Optimal Living: Vitalistic Chiros optimizing health + healing.

Melt by Melissa: The most fun place for waxing & brows in Phoenix/Scottsdale.

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