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Restaurants
Many culinary delights are available in the downtown corridor including Cibo, Cheuvronts, Persian Garden, Maizie’s Café & Bistro, St Francis, Postinos, Pizza Bianco, My Florist, Durante’s, Barrio Café, or the Coronado Café. For the most discerning coffee aficionados, try the fresh roasted beans at CopperStar, Drip, or Lux Coffee. Take a stroll down memory lane with a cherry coke at MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain and Antique Shop. Some favorite are listed below:

Drip Coffee Lounge

Maizie’s Café & Bistro

Coronado Cafe

Cheuvront Restaurant & Wine Bar

FEZ

Cibo

La Piccola Cucina
2241 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Lisa g Café Wine Bar

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Homegrown Art and Music
Downtown Phoenix has a vibrant artist community which can be experienced during the first Friday Artwalk, at the many galleries in the Warehouse District, community theatres and music venues including The Romper Room, The Dodge Theatre. Find the hottest local musicians and authors at StinkWeeds record store.

First Friday Art Walk

Stink Weeds Record Store

Antique and Boutique Shops
Check out 3rd and 7th Avenue for some of the best antique shops and Boutique shops in the southwest. A favorite in valley is Frances on the corner of Camelback and Central Avenue.

Frances Vintage Shop

Public Farmer’s Market
In its fifth year, the public market continues to grow. It will soon occupy the 14,000’ brick building allowing the market to expand indoors and out. Get your fresh organic foods while listening to musicians play songs from a by-gone era.

Downtown Phoenix Museums, Theaters and Sports Venues-

Heard Museum
With exhibitions of cultural objects and fine art to jewelry and fashion, the Heard Museum offers the best in traditional and contemporary American Indian art. Year after year, the Heard continues to build upon its commitment to exhibit the finest works from its permanent collection as well as top-notch traveling exhibits and the best in emerging contemporary art from the museum’s permanent collection and beyond. All combine to make our exhibitions part of a living institution that embraces diversity.

Orpheum Theatre
After 12 years, $14 million and an incredible amount of perseverance, the historic Orpheum Theatre has been renovated for “adaptive reuse,” restoring as much of its visible splendor as possible, while retrofitting it as a modern theatre capable of handling anything Broadway sends its way. And its marquee at Second Avenue and Adams Street again announces the names of first class productions, drawing thousands of people to a vibrant downtown venue.

Herberger Theater Center
The Herberger Theater Center was conceived as a pivotal piece in the redevelopment and revitalization of downtown Phoenix. Built in 1989 to support and foster the growth of performing arts in Phoenix as a performance venue and arts incubator, the Herberger Theater Center has contributed to the cultural and educational development of the Valley. Each year, approximately 175,000 patrons, including 30,000 school-aged children share the unique experience of live performing arts.

Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix Art Museum has become a popular Valley oasis, a retreat from the desert and the traditional outdoor activities. The Museum is always 72° with 50% humidity, which not only protects the art from environmental damage but also makes the Museum the perfect attraction for the entire family all year long. And, with the completion of a stunning $50 million expansion in 2006, it is a “must see.”

With popular and unique exhibitions of the world’s best art, casual and fun events and activities, Movies at the Museum, Music at the Museum, great shopping and dining, and many comfortable architectural niches where one can just relax and rejuvenate, Phoenix Art Museum truly means “cool art, in a cool place.” Who needs the mall? Make Phoenix Art Museum your personal desert paradise.

Phoenix Public Library
Burton Barr is located on Central Avenue just south of McDowell road. Please see the Valley Metro website for public transportation routes serving the Burton Barr Library. The first floor houses a New Book area; the audio-visual, international languages and fiction collections; a 10,000 square foot Children’s Section with its own Story Room; a new auditorium; and, the nationally acclaimed Special Needs Center with its adapted computer equipment, resources and Large Print materials. The Library also offers a fully integrated Spanish collection for adults and children. Materials include fiction and nonfiction books, paperbacks, a reference collection, videos and audio cassettes, with ESL (English as a Second language) materials housed in a quiet corner of the library.

Chase Ball Field
Opening in 1998, Chase Field was the first stadium ever built to have a retractable roof and natural grass. With MLB’s announcement that Phoenix would be awarded an expansion team, a new stadium was built. Shaped like a massive airport hanger, construction on the stadium began November 16, 1995. Originally the stadium was known as Bank One Ballpark. The ballpark was renamed Chase Field in September 2005 after the merger between Bank One and JP Morgan Chase. Not just a regular stadium was built, but a retractable roof stadium, because of the desert heat. It became the first stadium with natural grass and a retractable roof that closes in five minutes, with air conditioning. After the first week of May, many games are played with the roof closed.

U·S Airways Center
With soaring glass walls, a 12×20 foot video screen and over 14,000 square feet of indoor space, the new Pavilion creates a grand entrance to the “all-new” U·S Airways Center that leaves a lasting impression on all guests. A uniquely flexible indoor/outdoor venue, the Bud Light PASEO features state-of-the-art sound and projection systems, as well as a stylish bar area and facilities for full stage shows.

The Irish Cultural Center
Ask any visitor why he or she comes to the Irish Cultural Center. You are likely to hear about fiddle lessons or ceili dancing, concerts or exhibits, or the great-grandmother who came to America from Ireland decades ago. Sometimes it is just curiosity about the rustic stone buildings with slate roofs that share the urban Phoenix environment with new condos and light rail. A visionary plan is in development to enhance the Center’s mission to “preserve Irish heritage and culture and illuminate the culture of Ireland and the Irish in America.” In the works is an 11,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art library which will house cultural and educational resources to bring the richness of Ireland, past and present, to the general public.