North Central Phoenix
Changing Hands Bookstore/First Draft Book Bar
Books and beer make great bedfellows. A circa-1950s steakhouse turned independent bookstore, bar and event space is home to book clubs, writing classes, kids’ story times, a host of other community-centric events … and, of course, a great selection of books.
Changing Hands Bookstore/First Draft Book Bar, 300 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, Ariz. 85013
A self-proclaimed “nerd bar,” Bonus Round has video games, a weekly Geeks Who Drink trivia night and even a monthly Sexy Nerdy Burlesque show.
Bonus Round, 24 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, Ariz. 85013
In Portland, Ore., people put a bird on everything. In Phoenix, it’s a cactus. Frances sells a mix of gifts for men, women and kids, many made by local artists and crafters, but its Arizona Souvenir Shop, with Arizona-themed pins, T-shirts, onesies and stickers, is the best place to get those “only in Phoenix” mementos.
Frances, 10 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, Ariz. 85013
Windsor is a neighborhood restaurant with a cozy interior and patio that serves casual food such as burgers, sandwiches and salads with a slightly upscale bent. After dinner, stop into the adjoining dessert spot, Churn, for a scoop of ice cream or a cookie. Sister restaurants Federal Pizza, Postino (Italian wine bar) and Joyride (Mexican) are right across the street.
Windsor, 5223 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, Ariz. 85012
For the People
This store offers a well-curated selection of home, office and personal goods with simple designs and clean lines. The in-house craft coffee shop, Kream Coffee, is a favorite for coffee aficionados.
For the People, 5102 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, Ariz. 85012
Recently returned to its original 1950s state, this strip mall has a mix of local food and gift shops. Besides West Elm and Shake Shack, you’ll find trendy sneakers at Manor, minimalist Instagram-worthy items at Local Nomad, poke bowls and green chile tuna melts at Chula Seafood, and a local IPA and sausage board at Huss Brewing.
Uptown Plaza, 100 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, Ariz. 85012