The iconic Mill Avenue is the best place to eat, drink and hang out with the locals. Downtown Tempe is well-known for its abundance of locally owned restaurants and bars. Stop by Postino Annex to nosh on some bruschetta on their beautiful outdoor patio or stroll next door to Snooze for some of the best pancakes in town. Over on Mill Avenue, you can head straight for La Bocca Pizzeria & Wine Bar to enjoy their daily happy hour or walk across the street to The Handlebar Tempe where their friendly staff will happily assist you in finding a new favorite beer. Cornish Pasty Co. just opened another location on the northeast corner of Mill Ave. and Fifth St. Definitely worth checking out.
Once you’re done, head north up Mill Avenue to the iconic Tempe Town Lake. Here, you can enjoy five miles of shoreline to walk, run, bike, roller blade, skip, tip toe and jump around. Stop over and see the Tempe Center for the Arts while you’re in the area. They have a free art gallery inside that has great exhibitions featuring local artists. You can also catch a concert, comedy show or theater production here too.
Learn more about Tempe’s historic buildings, some dating back to the 1800s. Then take a walking tour of Downtown Tempe for a closer look at the historic buildings that have been restored and re-purposed as restaurants, shops and businesses.
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. Valley Metro 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.