Downtown Phoenix

September 6, 2022 - Phoenix Magazine Online


Perfect for: Bowling enthusiasts, craft cocktail addicts, apartment-dwelling retirees


Before RED Development unveiled Phase 1 of this $900 million mixed-use behemoth in 2010, the area comprised a few parking structures, a bit of Patriot Square Park and a whole lot of nothin’. Historically a housing district supporting the train yards of old Phoenix, CityScape is today, arguably, Downtown’s only true self-contained neighborhood, as it boasts the area’s lone supermarket – a Fry’s that opened to much fanfare in 2019.


First:  Pick up some java at Serafina Coffee Roasters, located in the magisterial Luhrs Building just a quick jaywalk away from CityScape across Jefferson Street.
Next: Check into your room at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Downtown’s first purpose-built boutique hotel. Grab a swim at the Lustre rooftop pool and bar.
Then: Feeling peckish? Find the Valley’s preeminent Nashville-style fried chicken at Monroe’s Hot Chicken, from Lo-Lo’s comfort-meister Larry White.
Finally: Need a laugh? Book a ha-ha at Stand Up Live at CityScape (, Downtown’s lone comedy club. Socially distanced September shows include Jesus Sepulveda and Gary Owen. Then grab a nightcap at nationally renowned Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour (

Get Your Bearings
Though CityScape proper occupies just the two blocks straddling Central Avenue, its brand includes the immediate surrounding vicinity

Parking Tip
It used to be a cinch scoring a metered space south of CityScape on First Avenue or Madison Street. Now you’re better off just beelining to the CityScape parking structure.

Light Rail Construction Update
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