There are many places in Tempe where the locals love to go – canal paths for running and biking, neighborhood eateries and parks. You can find many of these favorites in south Tempe, the area of the city south of Baseline Road. Tickle your taste buds with everything from Sicilian-inspired dishes at Vincitorio’s to melt-in-your-mouth artistic crepes at The Crepe Bar. Shop local at Changing Hands Bookstore, where they sell new and used books and unique gift items. Discover the latest Swedish designs for every room in your house at IKEA Home Furnishings. In the summer months, take an early morning stroll along the Western Canal Path followed by breakfast treats at Pleissant Croissant, cool off at the indoor wave pool at Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, go bowling or play arcade games at Main Event or see a $3 movie at Pollack Tempe Cinemas.
South Tempe is home to neighborhood eateries that serve everything from Thai to Italian to BBQ. Check out these local favorites, including a few that are just north of the US 60 along Southern Avenue. Visit our Food & Drinks page for even more choices.
South Tempe is a popular place for locals because it has a large cluster of dinning and shopping locations including the Elliot Road corridor, Changing Hands Bookstore and the largest IKEA in the Southwest.
This area of Tempe is mainly residential, but it is filled with a number of places that can be enjoyed by both visitors and locals alike. It is a family-friendly area that boasts great shopping, dining and outdoor activities.
Plan your next vacation with the Tempe Visitor's Guide.