Experience Phoenix the way locals do


Daydreaming of the desert? An Arizona escape feels like just what the doctor ordered here in the depths of winter. That’s why we checked in with some of Localeur’s Phoenix-area locals to get the lowdown on the best ways to turn up the heat on a trip to this arid oasis.

Undertow – Arcadia
“When you arrive at the address for UnderTow, you’ll find yourself standing inside of a large coffee shop called Sip Coffee & Beer. Underneath the overhanging boat in the middle of the space is a staircase that’ll transport you from the desert coffee bar into the hull of a ship at sea. The bar only seats 30 and reservations are encouraged, but the tiki-style drinks are well worth the close quarters and usual wait. Perfect for an intimate date night!” – as recommended by Phoenix local Michelle Johnson

Vida Moulin – Camelback East Village
“The minute you walk into this beautiful gem, you’ll feel right at home. This shop has a wide variety of small and large independent women’s and accessory brands and is perfect for the laid-back, breezy, bohemian cool girl. Find brands like Free People and Lovers and Friends, as well as several local Phoenix designers. This shop also carries a rad home decor selection with lots of little cards and gifts – and even a succulent bar. It’s quite possibly Phoenix’s most Instagram-worthy shop.” – as recommended by Phoenix local Amy Black

Fatty Daddy’s – Old Town Scottsdale
“Fatty Daddy’s serves gourmet ice cream with flavors that rotate seasonally – you’ll find classic chocolate and vanilla alongside unique creations like blueberry muffin and Cap’n Crunch. Enjoy your ice cream in a cup, cone, shake, or sundae, but you should really go all out for their ‘almost famous’ cookie cup. The cookie cup features your choice of ice cream and the toppings of your choice, adorned with a macaron and a freshly toasted marshmallow.” – as recommended by Phoenix local Natalie Clagg

Pizzeria Bianco Forno a Legna – multiple locations
“There was a time when you had to wait in line for hours before you could have your chance to try a bite of the Biancos’ infamous pizzas. Those days are, for the most part, behind us. Now that they have expanded to a second location and are open for lunch as well as dinner, you can often stop in to enjoy that same famous pizza without the notoriously long wait! The Rosa, – topped with red onion, rosemary, and Arizona pistachios – may sound a little out of your comfort zone, but you won’t be disappointed.” – as recommended by Phoenix local Natalie Clagg

South Mountain Park – South Phoenix
“Phoenix is a destination for people who love the outdoors, one of the reasons being you don’t have to leave town to get in a good hike! South Mountain Park lines the southern part of the city, offering clear, beautiful views of downtown Phoenix, Tempe, Camelback Mountain, and the North Mountain range in the distance. You’ll see tall saguaro cacti and a ton of desert critters too, so watch out!” – as recommended by Phoenix local Michelle Johnson

Gadzooks Enchiladas and Soup – North Central
“Although they’re known for amazing soups and enchis, Gadzooks will also impress you with their tacos. They serve a taco at lunch only made with Modelo-braised bison that is unlike any taco you’ve had before. Everything you order is made right in front of you and to your liking, equipped with ad-ins aplenty and house-made sauces.” – as recommended by Phoenix local Amy Black