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Explore 3 of Phoenix’s Most Artistic, Vibrant Neighborhoods

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

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.


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.

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.

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

Toasted serves up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches like The Fat Elvis, made with white cheddar, peanut butter, banana and grape jelly.

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.

Shop for hip home goods at Modern on Melrose. (Photo: Wend Rose Gould)

Modern on Melrose stocks a variety of mid-century furniture (think pieces you’d see on Mad Men) and striking modern art too.

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)

Three 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.

The 8,000 square-foot Unexpected Gallery includes a rotating art selection, an outdoor venue, a game room and a posh upstairs lounge.

Local arts champion Nancy Hill runs Chartreuse gallery, featuring everything from conversation-stirring photographs to whimsical collections like the “Cats and Guitars” show.

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

Locals love both the Grind House—a tiny spot slinging indie coffee—and 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.

Visitors also can enjoy fine Mexican cuisine at Barrio Café Gran Reserva, the latest effort from celebrated local chef Silvana Salcido Esparza.

This article was published through a partnership with Visit the USA, inspiring travelers to explore America’s boundless possibilities.