Where to eat in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

The most important things to me when traveling are: food, coffee, ice cream. I was pleasantly surprised with Downtown Phoenix’s hipster coffee houses, food hall with amazing vendors, ramen burgers, creative cocktails and on and on. Here they are…

WHERE TO EAT: 

Matt’s Big Breakfast, the most popular breakfast place in Phoenix.

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

It was crowded but I got a seat right away at the counter.

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Their bacon is the thing to get. But I really really liked the hashbrown.

Bitter & Twisted — a low-key cocktail bar/restaurant. Easily my favorite in Phoenix.

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Their menu looks like a video game manual:

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You choose based on how strong and how eclectic you want your drinks.

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Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Strawberry “sundae”: zubrowka bison grass vodka with cream, strawberries, chocolate, vanilla and banana liqueurs — LOVED this!!!!!

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This is where you can find the Ramen Burger.

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

It was a cool concept but the ramen part was too crispy for me. Great burger.

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Typhoon chicken: fried chicken and 8 spice salt, bread crumbs, chilies, scallion, garlic and watermelon kimchi lettuce cups. Highly recommended.

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Tiramisu — this was AMAZING (and alcoholic). I would’ve stayed for longer but I was drinking by myself and the place got really busy. Definitely highly recommend this place to anyone visiting Phoenix!!!!!

Desoto Central Market — I actually liked it so much, I came back the next day. It’s a food hall and beer garden and also art space.

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

The outdoor beer garden.

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Plenty of space and seating.

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Get oysters at Walrus & the Pearl!

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Get some baos at Adobo Dragon:

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

The Larder + the Delta:

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

The best thing there? FRIED CHICKEN SKIN PO BOY. It’s just the skin, no meat, but so crispy and tasty!!!

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Pig ear “cheetos”

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Cauliflower — this was my least favorite dish.

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Tea & Toast — I got their black rose latte the first time and loved it! Then I got the “london fog”, which was earl grey with lavender, also really good.

The rest of the space:

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

FOR COFFEE:

Jobot Coffee

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Great iced lattes and music. Now I’m obsessed with Odesza.

Be Coffee & Food & Stuff:

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

The layout allows for shared space with other art companies that want to use it as a venue at night.

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Really loved their lattes.

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Toast with mascarpone and jam… so gooooood.

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

I loved this space.

The Cafe at Phoenix Public Market serves Cartel coffee.

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

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Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

FOR ICE CREAM:

Melt

Phoenix, Arizona (April 2016)

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They have flavors like Trix, banana pudding, lucky charms, etc. all served in a Chinese take-out container with a fortune cookie.

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