Downtown Phoenix is known for its live performance theaters, sports venues, and cultural events but it’s also an eclectic mix of charming historic cafes and urban-chic restaurants. Downtown offers many dining choices, but these are all within walking distance of the light rail public transportation system:
Cibo Urban Pizzeria Café is a delightful neighborhood restaurant that was originally a home built in the early 1900’s. Located just a couple of blocks off Central Avenue, the ambiance is romantic yet casual, and patio seating is picture-perfect. Specialties include pizza, antipasto, and salads. But be sure to save room for a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate crepe!
Public Market Café is a casual dining café located just off Central Avenue and next to the outdoor farmers’ market. Menu choices focus on locally-grown and organic produce. The welcoming aroma of the wood-fired rotisserie and lots of seating inside and out make this a great place to hang out any day of the week.
Hanny’s is a contemporary restaurant that was once a regional clothing store, but now serves up delicious dinners, salads, appetizers, and libations. It’s just two blocks from the US Airways Arena and Symphony Hall so stays open late, has a live DJ, and is known for its $2.50 ‘Petite Midnight Martinis.’
Pizzeria Bianco is one of the city’s gems located in historic Heritage Square next door to the Arizona Science Center. According to foxnews.com, this now-famous eatery is one of the top pizza restaurants in the United States. The pistachio-topped Rosa pizza and locally-grown market salad make this is a downtown must-go.