It was not long ago that most locals did not give Central Phoenix a second thought, but it has been experiencing a bit of a revival over the past few years. Now, some of the best local restaurants can be found here, many of which are in newly refurbished buildings that were banks or office suites in former lives. The majority of Phoenix's gay and lesbian bars are in CenPho, although they tend to be spread around the area as there is no official gay neighborhood in Phoenix. For funky vintage shops, furniture stores, and other things retro, visit the Melrose District along 7th Avenue between Camelback Road and Indian School Road. Central Phoenix is also dotted with independent coffee shops, almost all of which have free wi-fi. Do not be surprised to see four-legged creatures sharing patio space with you, as Central Phoenix residents are crazy about their dogs.
Getting Around Phoenix
The best way to get around Phoenix is by car. The city covers more than 400 square miles, and though it is possible to navigate the city using public transit, a car is most convenient. Parking is plentiful, with garages and metered spots enforced Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Freeway rush hours are generally between 7 a.m.-9 a.m. and 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Summer rush hours trend 1 1/2-2 hours earlier due to road construction that generally begins when it's dark outside to avoid summer heat.
Nearby Airports
  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport-PHX
Airport Taxis
  • $20
Things to Do and See Near Central Phoenix