Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, is home to many great restaurants and cafes. As I live just outside of Phoenix, I know of a lot of the city’s and its suburb’s best restaurants. Therefore, in this post, I’ll be writing about some of my favourite spots to eat in and around the city. With over 13 restaurants, cafes, bakeries on this list, there is pretty much something for everyone! Hopefully this post is helpful to any of you planning on visiting Phoenix anytime soon.
One of my favourite dessert shops in the Phoenix area is Caketini, a custom cake & cupcake shop started in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert. They have three locations in total, one in Gilbert, where they create custom cakes, and two in the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, with one being another custom cake shop, and the other being a kiosk in the middle of the mall where they sell cupcakes, coffee, and other small snacks. You can find their entire menu here; above are their Celebration and Orange Creamsicle cupcakes.
With four current locations throughout the valley, Chopshop is a great restaurant to stop at for a healthy option. They offer many nutritious meals made with good ingredients, from Protein Bowls to salads, with many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options. Chopshop is the perfect place to head if you’re looking for a delicious yet not unhealthy meal, and they pretty much have something for everyone on their menu.
Originally started by a Cornwall native, Cornish Pasty Co is a restaurant/company selling British pasties, or baked pastries filled with meat and veggies. Since my family is partly British, they really enjoyed visiting this restaurant, and I’m sure any Brits visiting Phoenix would enjoy it as well. This company has seven restaurant locations, six in Arizona and one in Nevada. We visited the one in Old Town Scottsdale, where we got their Cottage Pie Pasty and the Oggy Pasty, as well as a side of British chips (or fries). Check out the restaurant’s full menu here.
Desoto Central Market, a refurbished market located in Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row arts district, is probably my favourite spot on this list. With history dating back to 1928, the former car dealership is now home to a select group of mini restaurants as well as a a few jewelry and clothing vendors. The market is very picturesque, and both its exterior and interior show signs of its former purpose. My family ordered from two of the restaurants found within the market; DCM Burger Joint and Tea & Toast. We got poutine, and a Caprese flatbread from the burger shop, and avocado toast from Tea & Toast. If you’re looking for the perfect place to head in Phoenix for a great lunch and nice place to hangout, I’d suggest checking out this market. It pretty much has something for everyone and I will definitely be back!
Located in Old Town Scottsdale, Diego Pops is a charming, trendy, and colourful Mexican restaurant. They offer delicious Mexican meals, like tacos, burritos, and botanas; desserts, including churros, ice cream, and sundaes; and drinks. As Phoenix/AZ as a whole is known for its great Mexican cuisine, you can’t visit without trying one of the many great Mexican restaurants found throughout the region. Check out the restaurant’s food menu here, their drink menu here, and their dessert menu here.
Similar to Chopshop, Farm & Craft is another healthy restaurant located in Old Town Scottsdale. They have many options for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert, that are all both nutritious and delicious. Their “wellness menu” is made up of meals from four different categories related to health and lifestyle; anti-inflammatory diets, increased probiotic levels, high anti-oxidant levels, and reducing overall stress.
Fatty Daddy’s, located in Scottsdale, is a dessert shop selling macarons, coffee, pastries, and ice cream. They are known for their “almost famous” cookie cups, which consist of ice cream, a macaron, and a toasted marshmallow on top. Don’t be thrown off by the shop’s slightly random location, however, in a strip mall in South Scottsdale, as the treats found there are definitely worth a visit. Shown above is one of their cookie cups, with strawberry ice cream and a vanilla macaron.
Another one of my favourite restaurants here in Arizona is First Watch. Though not exactly exclusive to Arizona, as it has locations in almost 20 states throughout the US, First Watch is still definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a great place to stop for a meal. The photos above showcase the restaurant’s Belgian Waffle, classic breakfast, and Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon. First Watch’s full menu can be found through this link.
Located in downtown Gilbert, a suburb of Phoenix, in a historic building dating back to 1935, Liberty Market is another great restaurant I’d recommend visiting. They offer a huge selection for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with many gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options. Though Liberty Market isn’t located in Phoenix, it is definitely worth a visit. Above is the market’s specialty pancake, which changes seasonally, the American Standard, and the Demi Breakfast. You can find their full menu here.
Also found in downtown Gilbert, Petersen’s Ice Cream is the perfect spot to stop for an cold treat and a couple cute photos. The company itself began in 1919, in Illinois, and recently moved to Arizona. They offer many different ice cream flavours, from Mackinaw Island Fudge to Peppermint Stick; above is their Mango flavour.
Nationally recognized for having some of the country’s best pizza, Chris Bianco’s Pizzeria Bianco is a world renowned pizzeria located in downtown Phoenix’s Heritage Square. The restaurant itself has a very nice atmosphere, as it is a pretty small place, as well as very great food. I would 100% suggest visiting Pizzeria Bianco if you’re coming to Phoenix, as it one of the city’s most well known restaurants. We ordered a Margherita pizza and a Biancoverdo pizza, along with a flourless chocolate cake and rice pudding for dessert. The pizza I had there was probably the best I’ve had since what I had in Italy, which is saying a lot! Check out the pizzeria’s full menu here.
The Montauk, found in Old Town Scottsdale, is an American restaurant with beach style decor serving brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, and drinks. Shown above are the restaurant’s Berries & Cream crepe, their Bacon and Egg crepe, and their Classic breakfast. Find the Montauk’s entire menu here.
A beautifully decorated French Bistro, Zinc Bistro is located in Scottsdale’s Kierland Commons mall. Another one of my favourite restaurants on this list, Zinc Bistro serves both lunch and dinner. My family usually orders the Zinc House salad, the Chicken Pesto sandwich, the Duck Confit, a side of fries, and the Ricotta Beignets for dessert from the restaurant (all shown above!).
That’s it for my ‘Where To Eat In Phoenix’ post! I hope you enjoyed. Have you ever visited Phoenix? Let me know in the comments below.
Thanks for reading!