Head to Downtown Tempe and take a leisurely stroll down iconic Mill Avenue, where you can eat, drink and be merry with the locals. Located right next to the ASU Tempe Campus, Downtown Tempe has brick sidewalks and a plethora of locally owned restaurants and bars. Stop by La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar to nosh on some bruschetta, walk across the street to Handlebar Tempe for a drink on their incredible outdoor patio, head over to Snooze for some of the best pancakes you’ll ever have or walk next door to Postino Annex and enjoy a glass of wine with some incredible views.
Once you’re done, head over to Tempe Town Lake, located on the north end of town, where you’ll find visitors and locals running and biking along the paved pathways that line the shoreline. Overlooking the lake is the visually striking Tempe Center for the Arts, where you can catch a concert, theater production or an exhibit at the gallery. Downtown Tempe is also home to the always popular bi-annual Tempe Festival of the Arts.
Downtown Tempe’s historic Mill Avenue District and the surrounding area near the Arizona State University Tempe Campus are buzzing with terrific dining options from casual eateries to upscale date night destinations. See below for locally-owned favorites. Visit the dining section of our site for more choices
The heart of Downtown Tempe is a great place to stay during your trip. This location offers quick access to Downtown Tempe, Arizona State University, Papago Park and Tempe Town lake. Metro Light Rail stops in this area provide an easy connection to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Downtown Phoenix.
When you are in Downtown Tempe, you are close to numerous attractions from cultural venues to sporting events and everything in between. Downtown Tempe sits adjacent to Arizona State University which is filled with interesting places to see. Plus many of the attractions are within close walking distance of one another making it easy to explore and enjoy.
Plan your next vacation with the Tempe Visitor's Guide.