Diverse Phoenix for Food, Entertainment and Shopping
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Fine Food, Entertainment and Shopping
Just like its diverse terrain, Phoenix has an equally diverse offering of restaurants and dining options for every palate. While signature Southwestern and Mexican dishes dominate the city’s culinary landscape at such top restaurants as Vincent’s Market Bistro and Rancho Pinot Grill, there are flavors to suit every craving, including Asian, Italian, Mediterranean, and of course the classic steakhouse.
Try Alice Cooperstown – the namesake restaurant of the famous rock star and Arizona resident Alice Cooper – with its classic American dishes and great barbeque, or the Papago Brewing Company with its 30 tap bar and full menu. Kai is an elegant – and pricey – classic American restaurant at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort on the Gila River Indian Community reservation that’s been rated five diamonds by AAA Arizona, while Christopher’s French restaurant has earned wine accolades from both Gourmet and Wine Spectator magazines.
For entertainment, Copper Square, in the heart of downtown Phoenix, is the place to be. This 90-square-block, revitalized district around the Convention Center has plenty to do and see, including nightclubs, shopping and dining. It’s also home to Chase Field, where the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team plays their home games.
As for shopping, there’s no shortage of places to browse and buy. The huge Scottsdale Fashion Square is a shopping and entertainment paradise that includes such luxury store brands as Burberry, Hugo Boss, kate spade new york, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., St. John, Max Mara, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, while Biltmore Fashion Park offers even more luxury shopping with Saks Fifth Avenue, Hyde Park Jewelers, Escada, Ralph Lauren, Stuart Weitzman and Cole Haan.
Malls in the Phoenix area include Metrocenter Mall; Phoenix Spectrum Mall; Desert Ridge Marketplace; Kierland Commons; Arrowhead Towne Center; Tempe Marketplace; and Paradise Valley Mall. And don’t miss the charming boutiques and shops on Mill Avenue in Tempe, or the vintage and antique shops in Glendale, or the galleries and boutiques in nearby Scottsdale.
For outlet shopping, this area can’t be beat, whether you head to the huge Arizona Mills Mall and Outlet Center off Interstate 10 in Tempe; the Outlets of Anthem just north of the metro Phoenix area; or the Phoenix Premium Outlets just east of Phoenix in Chandler, Arizona.