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Most locals didn't give Central Phoenix a second thought until a few years ago, when CenPho's revival began. Now some of the best local restaurants can be found in refurbished buildings that were banks or office suites in former lives. The majority of gay and lesbian bars in Phoenix are scattered across this area. For funky vintage shops and retro furniture stores, visit the Melrose District along 7th Avenue between Camelback Road and Indian School Road. Central Phoenix is also dotted with independent coffee shops, many featuring free wi-fi and dog-friendly patios.