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Phoenix Must Sees

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Looking for things to do in Phoenix during QuiltCon? If you’re in the mood for exploring, the Phoenix MQG has compiled a list of their favorite restaurants, shops, parks, museums, and music venues to check out while you’re in town.

Photo credit: Laura Flagler and Kristi Wimmer



Coffee Shops/Tea 

Jobot Coffee  

Cha Cha’s Tea

The Teapot

Songbird Cafe

Fillmore Coffee

Lola Coffee

Royal Coffee Bar Cartel Coffee  



Welcome Diner- Hip diner-style food 

Cornish Pasty- English Pasties, pub 

Breakfast Club- Breakfast/Brunch 

Hanny’s- Upscale pizza in what was once a department store from the 60’s. 

Taco Chelo- This taqueria combines both culinary and visual arts. 

Mrs Whites’s Golden Rule Cafe- Authentic soul food. “An old Phoenix institution” 

Killer Whale Sex Club- Filipino, Korean, Cocktail bar  

Bliss Rebar- New American, burgers, bar 

Breakfast Bitch- “The party is at Breakfast Bitch” 

Arizona Wilderness DTPHX- Burgers, beer garden 

Trapp Haus BBQ- Pit master is known as the “Jay Z of Barbecue” 

Tap That Downtown -Breakfast Brunch, American Traditional, Bar 

Gallo Blanco- Modern Mexican fare 

Crown Public House- Sports bar, American, pub 

Cibo- Wood-fired pizza served in a historic home. 

The Vig Filmore- American new, American Traditional, Breakfast/Brunch, Bar 

Azteca Bakeries & restaurant- Authentic Mexican sweetbread and other Mexican Pastries 

Bacanora - Sonoran cuisine 

Earth- Vegan Mexican food 

the larder + the delta- Voted Arizona’s “Best farm to table restaurant” by Travel and Leisure Magazine 

Rough Rider- New American, seafood 

Carly’s Bistro- Soups, salads, and sandwiches - decorated with local art 

Angels Trumpet Ale House- Gastropub, Beer Garden 

Matt’s Big Breakfast- Classic American breakfast using locally sourced ingredients 

Foxy Fruit Acai Bowls & Smoothies- Healing food and edible art 

Pizzaria Bianco- Consistently voted “Best Pizza in America” 

Lo-Lo’s Chicken & Waffles- The name says it all. Locally owned and operated. 


Bars/Music Venues 

Gracie’s Tax Bar- Hipster lounge bar with patio 

Bikini Lounge- Artist/hipster dive bar  

The Churchill- Collaboration of 10 local businesses around a courtyard 

Crescent Ballroom- Music venue, Mexican food, lounge 

The Van Buren- Music venue, converted historic auto dealership 

The Nash Jazz Club- Showcase of Arizona’s jazz talent 

Cobra Arcade Bar- Vintage video games and pinball 

The Lost Leaf- Big beer selection, an art gallery with live music housed in a historic home. 

Bitter & Twisted- Cocktail Parlor 

Bar Bianco- Wine bar with snacks. 

Valley Bar- Music venue, lounge 

Photo credit: Laura Flagler and Kristi Wimmer


Midtown Restaurants 

Restaurant Progress- New American cuisine 

Short Leash Hotdogs and Rollover Doughnuts- Unique twist on classic favorites. 

PHX burrito House- Homemade, Authentic 

The Clever Koi- Asian fusion, Ramen, Cocktail bar 

Ocotillo- Casual, contemporary American 

Switch- Casual yet sophisticated, American traditional, Bar 

Mi Patio- Local authentic Mexican food 

Presidio Cocina Mexicana- Local fresh Mexican cuisine 

Durant’s- Historic Steak house. A favorite of the “Rat Pack”….Yes, you enter through the kitchen!! 

The Main Ingredient- Known by locals as T.M.I., a High-end sandwich and alehouse located in a 100-year-old home. Great neighborhood patio. 

Rice Paper on 7th- Vietnamese street food 

Green New American- Vegan/Vegetarian, “Make sure to try the Big Wac.” 

Fàme Caffe- Breakfast/Brunch 

Persepshen- Tapas/Small plates, cocktails 

Fez- American and Moroccan fare 

Valentine- Coffee, cocktails, brunch, and dinner.  Located inside a lovely mid-century furniture store. 


Dark Hall Coffee- Vegan/delicious in house-made pastries  

Lux Central- Coffee/ cocktails house-made pastries and quiche 

JL Patisserie Phoenix- High-end French pastries  

Copper Star Coffee- Locally roasted coffee and sandwiches in a renovated gas station 

Moxie Coffee- Artisan Coffee 

Window Coffee Bar- Quality coffee and espresso 


Thunderbird Lounge- Neighborhood bar with HUGE outdoor patio. Grab a drink, enjoy the weather. 

The Womack Cocktail Lounge- Speakeasy vibes.  

McKenzie’s Midtown Tavern- Sports bar  

George &  Dragon- English pub 

Stacy’s at Melrose- If you are looking for a place to dance or a great show, this is it. 

Kolbalt Bar- Karaoke 

Photo credit: Laura Flagler and Kristi Wimmer




Joyride Taco House- Elevated Mexican street eats 

Postinos- Light Italian food and wine cafe. Their Bruschetta is the best! 

Federal Pizza-  Wood fired pizza and bar 

La Piñata- Making Sonora-style Mexican food in Arizona for over 50 years. 

Belly Kitchen- Asian, Italian, American fusion  

Pubblico Italian Eatery- Homemade pasta and wood-fired pizzas 

Otro Cafe- New Age American, Mexican cuisine 

Pomelo- Upscale, classic American food located on a historic citrus farm. 

Hulas Modern Tiki- Modern Hawaiian fare with a 50’s and 60’s vibe. 

St Francis- Handcrafted American contemporary 

Rokerij- Cuisine of New Mexico. Make sure to check out the bar in the basement. 



Hess Brewery- A craft brewery 

Linger Longer Lounge- Games, cocktail bar 

Swizzle Inn- Voted “Best Dive Bar” 

Whining Pig Uptown- Smallest beer and wine bar. Where everybody will know your name. 


Quilt Shops and Fabric Stores 

Hummingbird Lane Fabrics - A new Quilt shop in Downtown Gilbert. 

35th Ave Sew & Vac- Make sure to go to the location on Northern. This space was originally a grocery store. It’s huge! 

Modern Quilting- A great selection of solids. 

The Bernina Connection- All the quilting goodies, plus garment patterns and fabrics. 

Mulqueen Sewing & Fabric Centers- Lots of notions. 

SAS Fabric Superstore- All fabrics. Not just quilting. 

A Quilter’s Oasis- A cute little shop in Mesa, AZ. 

Mad B’s Quilt and Sew Store- Fun patterns and bundles. 

Photo credit: Laura Flagler and Kristi Wimmer

Museums/Public Spaces 

Japanese Friendship Garden- RoHoEn

Heard Museum- A must-see.  

Phoenix Art Museum

Arizona Science Center

Bentley Gallery


Rosson House Museum

Historic Heritage Square

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of The West

Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Botanical Gardens- A wonderful look at our desert with rotating artist installations. 

SMoCA- Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 

MIM: Musical Instrument Museum- One of the top 15 museums in the United States. 

Cosanti Originals

Margaret T Hance Park

Encanto Park

Steele Indian School Park

Eye Lounge

Papago  Park

LOVE Sculpture- Robert Indiana