Things to Do in Downtown Phoenix – Updated 2021

Your Local Guide: All the Best Things to See & Do in Downtown Phoenix

Here at Urban Connection, we have an incredible team of real estate professionals who live, work, play and specialize in all of the best things to do in Downtown Phoenix and surrounding areas of Uptown, Midtown and beyond. Because of this expertise, and the additional help of our wonderful Downtown Phoenix clients and friends, we happen to have insight on some of the best things to do all around. From unique tours and sightseeing to good eats and entertainment, there really is so much to experience around the city. No matter whether you’re a Phoenix native or new to the area, you’ll have a stellar time joining in on all the fun that Downtown Phoenix has to offer. Here are just some of our favorite recommendations!


Want to get loud and catch some sports action? If you’re reading this in the fall/winter months, the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury are both just getting back into their active seasons. There truly is no better time to grab your tickets and catch a game. Plus, after their incredible push to the finals in 2020, the Suns games are more action-packed than ever. Once Spring rolls around, you can make your way to several spring training games or to Chase Field to watch our Arizona Diamondbacks take the field!

Art & Culture

Looking for something a little quieter to do? We suggest heading over to one of the many spectacular museums located Downtown. From the immersive Phoenix Art Museum to the world-renowned Heard Museum, you’ve got some great options. A few others include:

If you’ve got little ones to entertain, The Arizona Science Center is a phenomenal place to go. Not only do they have exciting interactive exhibits to both educate and wow your kiddos, but they have a wonder of science for all ages to explore. They recently renovated and offer a variety of permanent science experiences, like “All About Me” which explains how the body functions in a really fun way. They also have special exhibitions like “The Art & Science of Arachnids” which is only there until January of 2022! No matter what you choose, you are bound to have a blast.

Great Eats

We don’t blame you if you’re hangry after a fun-filled day in Downtown Phoenix. Luckily, the city is filled with outstanding spots to stop into – from a drink and appetizer to a full-blown date night out. Start your morning off right with a trip to one of our city’s most famous breakfast hotspots: Matt’s Big Breakfast. Then, we recommend heading to local gem Pomo Pizzeria for a pizza lunch you’ll want to come back for. After that, The Vig on Fillmore is the perfect place to pop into for an afternoon drink while reveling in our unbeatable Phoenix weather. Once dinner time rolls around, The Arrogant Butcher’s extensive menu is sure to be calling your name, and if none of those are quite what you’re looking for, here are just a few of our other favorites for you to try:

Coffee Spots

It just wouldn’t be right to talk about Downtown Phoenix without mentioning a few of our wonderful coffee shop recommendations. If you are looking to see what our community really is all about, stop by Lux Central. Lux is an urban community within the larger one and rightfully beloved by so many locals. They feature local artists, play a great music mix throughout the day and have a ton of space for you to unwind. Another well-known Downtown Phoenix icon we must mention is Cartel Coffee Lab! They do their own on-site roasting and you can taste the love in each sip. From cold brew to the lattes, they’ve got something for everyone. For our fellow coffee enthusiasts, here’s a few other gems you must add to your list:

Best Drinks & Happy Hour in Downtown Phoenix

Need a drink or two to cap off a perfect night in Phoenix? Luckily, Downtown is chock full of amazing places to grab a hand-crafted cocktail or your favorite microbrew on tap. Head to Cobra Arcade Bar or the secret, hidden Stardust Pinbar to get in some games while you enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverage. If you like the speakeasy experience, you can visit Melinda’s Alley by looking for the red light, or look for the right alley and visit Valley Bar. If you just want to relax and take in the sights, here are some extra options for a more laid back, intimate lounge experience:

Not only does the experienced, dedicated team at The Caniglia Group love to explore the Downtown Phoenix area, but we want to help you get the most out of the city. If you’re interested in learning more about Downtown Phoenix and would like to see houses available in this area, feel free to contact us today at 602-903-7220. You’ll be loving your locale in no time. Be sure to stay tuned for even more Phoenix area insights from our team to you.

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