Downtown Phoenix – The Cultural Hub of Arizona
No trip to our sunny Grand Canyon State is complete without a visit to the downtown Phoenix area, which serves not only as our state capital, but also as the focal point of Arizona’s past and present cultural movements. In Phoenix, there are all types of entertainment to be found, such as grand museums, sleek art galleries, world-renowned restaurants, upscale bars, underground music scenes, premier shopping, and lively professional sports games.
Depending on which of these activities and attractions stick out to you, you may want to tailor your trip itinerary so that you can fit everything in. Read on to learn more about the fun and excitement that awaits you in downtown Phoenix!
Can’t-Miss Things to Do and Places to See
Foodies will rejoice upon arriving in Phoenix, as the city is a haven for graduates of the formerly Scottsdale-based Le Cordon Bleu. Craft cuisine, microbrews, cocktails, and more abound here, intersecting in a unique way that can only be described as a mixture of Southwestern, urban, and worldly all at once. Pizzeria Bianco is renowned for their delectable wood-fired pizza from award-winning chef Chris Bianco. Meanwhile, the charmingly-named restaurant known as The Arrogant Butcher serves up delicious creations that tantalize taste buds. After a delicious meal, you can head to the historic Luhrs Building for a mixologist’s dream cocktail at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour. Coffee enthusiasts should also check out Cartel Coffee Lab.
Sports and music fans will enjoy Alice Cooper’sTown, the unique live music venue and restaurant owned by local rock star Alice Cooper. Other great small music venues known for their sound and energy include Bar Smith, Valley Bar, and The Kettle Black Kitchen & Pub. Alternatively, arena shows from musical legends are offered at US Airways Center, Comerica Theatre, and Talking Stick Resort Arena. Talking Stick Resort Arena and US Airways Center are also two of the prominent sports arenas, in addition to Chase Field.
If you’re looking for a taste of the arts, science, history, and culture of Phoenix, there are a number of informative museums and wonderful performance venues, where you can catch shows of stand-up comedy, ballet, symphonic acts, and more. The Arizona Science Center has interactive exhibits that will inspire curiosity, while the Phoenix Art Museum intrigues the imagination of visitors with its variety of renowned paintings, sculptures, and digital works. The Orpheum Theatre is a beautiful testament to the area’s Vaudeville past, and Heritage Square contains Phoenix’s oldest, best-preserved historic buildings (as well as the Arizona Science Center). The Heard Museum is dedicated to linking our cultural roots with the foundations laid by local Native American ancestors through art and artifacts from both the distant past and immediate present.
The Roosevelt Arts District is an animal all its own, with unique galleries, shops, and restaurants tucked away amidst the small suburbs in the middle of a bustling, vibrant cityscape. Events here are mostly held monthly, with the most popular known as “First Fridays,” in which local artisans take to the streets on the first Friday of each month to showcase their art and their wares for the enjoyment of the public, in a manner much like a cultural carnival.
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