Best things to do in Phoenix

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favourite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N Galvin Pkwy
219local recommendations
Albert
Albert says “The Desert Botanical Garden features the best plants, flowers and wildlife that the Sonoran Desert h...” ·
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2. Old Town Scottsdale
241local recommendations
Terri & Steve
Terri & Steve says “Old Downtown Scottsdale is a fun place to spend the day. Dining, galleries, museums, theater, night...” ·
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3. Piestewa Peak
109local recommendations
Pete
Pete says “Hike this great summit trail, just 10 minutes away from the house. Amazing views of the entire valle...” ·
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4. Lux Central
4402 N Central Ave
88local recommendations
Katie & Kris
Katie & Kris says “Delicious coffee! Beautiful pastries. Fantastic food for all three meals. Full bar. Mac and cheese i...” ·
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5. Papago Park
625 N Galvin Pkwy
93local recommendations
Joe & Jyoti
Joe & Jyoti says “Its massive, otherworldly sandstone buttes set Papago Park apart, even in a city and state filled wi...” ·
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6. Heard Museum
2301 N Central Ave
145local recommendations
Albert
Albert says “The Heard Museum is the best place to learn about the multiplet tribes that make up Arizona's divers...” ·
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7. Arizona State University, Tempe Campus
107local recommendations
Ryan
Ryan says “Try Mill Avenue for a nice walk, restaurants and shops, Friday and Saturday nights can be a bit wild...” ·
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8. Musical Instrument Museum
4725 E Mayo Blvd
152local recommendations
Kc
Kc says “MIM displays more than 6,500 instruments collected from around 200 of the world’s countries and terr...” ·
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9. Westgate Entertainment District
6751 N Sunset Blvd
78local recommendations
Scott
Scott says “Westgate offers a variety of stores and restaurants. There is a water fountain where children can pl...” ·
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10. Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N Central Ave
138local recommendations
Ariel
Ariel says “Works of art with an emphasis on American, Asian, European, Latin American, modern and contemporary,...” ·
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11. Topgolf
9500 Talking Stick Way
69local recommendations
Mandy
Mandy says “Top Golf The Colony @topgolfcolony #topgolf #golf #work #fun #business #travel #traveling #traveller...” ·
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12. Postino Central
5144 N Central Ave
62local recommendations
Matthew
Matthew says “Great local food scene! Modern Italian fare. Monday and Tuesday night deals for bottle of wine and ...” ·
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13. WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N Pima Rd
63local recommendations
Heidi
Heidi says “This is where you will find some of Scottsdale's biggest events including: The Barrett Jackson Auto ...” ·
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14. Camelback Mountain
266local recommendations
Tanner
Tanner says “Camelback Mountain is probably the most iconic spot in Phoenix, Arizona. Nestled near the heart of t...” ·
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15. Crescent Ballroom
308 N 2nd Ave
62local recommendations
Kim
Kim says “Crescent is the best mid-sized venue to see national and local bands. It's also a great hangout spot...” ·
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16. O.H.S.O. Eatery & nano-Brewery
4900 E Indian School Rd
62local recommendations
Brian & Yvonne
Brian & Yvonne says “Great nanoBrewery with great beer and food. Big fun patio in the back right off of the canal. Mo...” ·
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17. Taliesin West
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd
84local recommendations
Kc
Kc says “Taliesin West is a national historic landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mounta...” ·
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18. CIBO
603 N 5th Ave
60local recommendations
Scott
Scott says “Darling urban pizzeria with a gorgeous patio. Trees and strands of lights make for the coziest of pa...” ·
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19. TPC Scottsdale Champions Course
8243 E Bell Rd
131local recommendations
Tim
Tim says “Tiger Woods is coming back to Phoenix for the first time in 14 years! Check out the most unique PGA...” ·
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20. Postino Arcadia
3939 E Campbell Ave
56local recommendations
Scott
Scott says “Enjoy some wine and bruschetta at this local Phoenix fav. On Mon/Tue nights after 8p you can get a b...” ·
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21. Phoenix Zoo
455 N Galvin Pkwy
136local recommendations
Janette
Janette says “Includes a petting zoo, train ride for seeing more in shorter time. December has the special walk to...” ·
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22. Talking Stick Resort
9800 Talking Stick Way
134local recommendations
Berni & Jeff
Berni & Jeff says “Talking Stick Resort has a casino and Vegas shows at times during the year. Talking Stick Fields ne...” ·
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23. Matt's Big Breakfast
825 N 1st St
54local recommendations
Jillian & Jessica
Jillian & Jessica says “Matt's is by far the best breakfast joint in town. Their waffles are absolutely to die for. With abs...” ·
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24. Fashion Square
241local recommendations
Brady And Theresa
Brady And Theresa says “Largest upscale mall in the SW is ten minutes away. Saks, Nordstrom's, Neiman-Marcus, Tiffany's and ...” ·
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25. University of Phoenix Stadium
1 Cardinals Dr
261local recommendations
Kamran
Kamran says “Phoenix Cardinals Football Stadium - which is where the 2015 Superbowl XLIX will be held. Our place...” ·
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26. Windsor
5223 N Central Ave
45local recommendations
Matthew
Matthew says “The best Happy Hour in town! Fantastic cocktails and appetizers. Entrees for the hungrier crowd ar...” ·
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27. The Main Ingredient Ale House & Cafe
2337 N 7th St
47local recommendations
Ron
Ron says “Open almost everyday, popular but never too crowded. Quaint neighborhood place, good local draft bee...” ·
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28. St. Francis
111 E Camelback Rd
43local recommendations
Scott
Scott says “This place is a fave among many including myself…chef run restaurant, great food and bar, lively atm...” ·
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29. Green New American Vegetarian
2022 N 7th St
45local recommendations
Parisa
Parisa says “It's not necessarily healthy, but it is our favorite vegan restaurant. It's made some national lists...” ·
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30. Olive & Ivy
7135 E Camelback Rd
45local recommendations
Brady And Theresa
Brady And Theresa says “Yelp gives O&I consistently good reviews. Casual dining (pizza, chicken, salads) in a great setting....” ·