Whimsical art decks the walls at Chartreuse gallery. (Photo: Wend Rose Gould)


Explore 3 of Phoenix’s Most Artistic, Vibrant Neighborhoods

Phoenix is teeming with vibrant, artistic communities. And these three downtown Phoenix neighborhoods are chock full of art galleries, dynamic shops, and hip restaurants. Learn more about three of Phoenix’s most artistically-driven neighborhoods and the hot spots that call these neighborhoods home.

As always, check for travel restrictions and closures before planning your trip.


Roosevelt Street (locals call it “Roosevelt”) is the heart of Phoenix’s art district. And it’s packed with hip galleries, fun restaurants, and neat coffee shops. MonOrchid is a multi-use space that’s also home to galleries and coffee shop on the first floor.

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Visit DeSoto Central Market in Phoenix’s Roosevelt neighborhood and find a lively food hall filled with stalls. (Photo:

Peruse modern art (noted local artists featured include sculptor Constance McBride and photographer Marilyn Szabo), and then cozy up on the couch with some java from BeCoffee. DeSoto Central Market is a lively food hall filled with different stalls.

Visit The Walrus & the Pearl for fresh seafood and the Larder and the Delta for creative Southern fare like the Cheeto’s fried pig ears and seasoned cauliflower that practically has a cult following—both booths are helmed by noted local chef Stephen Jones.

Head to Roosevelt during First Fridays on the first Friday of every month when all of the galleries open their doors and everyone celebrates art and food on the streets.


The Melrose District is known for funky vintage shops and quirky, hip eateries.

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Grab a cuppa at Copper Star Coffee. (Photo: Wend Rose Gould)

Copper Star Cafe serves indie coffee in a space that was a former gas station. Pro tip: tell the cashier it’s your first visit, and you’ll get one complimentary pastry.

Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue is the latest Phoenix art destination where visitors can stroll down the most diagonal street in Phoenix and hit up many galleries.

Get your art fix at {9} The Gallery. (Photo: Wend Rose Gould)

Many of the area’s best art spots are all within walking distance to each other. Part art gallery, part coffee shop, {9} The Gallery features work ranging from performance art to paintings.

Locals love Grand Avenue Pizza Company, which sells some of the city’s best pies by the slice that guests can devour on a spacious outdoor patio.

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