Phoenix Neighborhoods and Urban Villages

There are several different Phoenix Neighborhoods and cities that surround and blend into the greater Phoenix area. Urban Villages refer to one of the 15 areas planned and designed by the city of Phoenix as communities, and they may encompass multiple neighborhoods. In some cases, Phoenicians use the urban village term, other times they'll use the neighborhood name when referring to an area. Here is your guide to the Valley of the Sun.


Arcadia Neighborhood - Arcadia is the area between 44th St and 68th St, Camelback Rd to Thomas Rd. It is an affluent area adjacent to the Paradise Valley suburbs and the Biltmore area. This part of town was formerly citrus groves of orange, lemon, and grapefruit and has grown to one of the leading culinary areas in AZ. Home to 4 of the Valley's James Beard recognized chefs, you can delight your taste buds at Christopher's and Crush Lounge, Tarbell's, Noca, or Vincent On Camelback. We also love

La Grande Orange, Chelsea's Kitchen, Postino, O.H.S.O. Eatery, Cafe Monarch, Mastro's, FnB, Green, Roka Akor, and Petite Maison. The area is home to the Royal Palms Luxury Resort and Phoenician Resort and located just south of Camelback Mountain.The Arcadia Neighborhood is part of the Urban Village called Camelback East.

Biltmore Neighborhood - The Biltmore area is just west of Arcadia and is centered around 24th St and Camelback. The area derived it's name from the Arizona Biltmore Hotel located in it's midst. The Biltmore area is comprised of upscale residences, shopping and dining. Some area highlights are the Ritz Carlton Hotel (closed for renovations starting May 2015), The Wrigley Mansion, and shopping at Biltmore Fashion Park. Culinary highlights include Delux Burger, True Food Kitchen, The Parlor Pizzeria, Hillstone, Zinburger, Over Easy

Cafe, Donovan's and The Capital Grille. Combined, the Biltmore and Arcadia area (both part of the Camelback East Urban Village) create a culinary mecca that delight Phoenicians looking to satisfy their taste buds.

Downtown - Downtown Phoenix is located between 7th Ave and 7th St, between Buckeye Rd and McDowell Rd. The Downtown area in Phoenix isn't quite as developed as other major Metropolitan hubs, but it's slowly building into a place that people hang out after work instead of becoming dead at 6pm. Home to the majority of art, sports, businesses, and historic sites, the highlights of Downtown are Chase Fields (home to the Diamondbacks), US Airways Center (home of the Suns),

Comerica Theater (concerts and shows), Herberger Theater, Symphony Hall, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix Art Museum, Heritage Square, and the artists of Roosevelt Row. Part of the Downtown revitalization comes from the introduction of artists and great restaurants. Places we love to eat are: Pizzeria Bianco, Nobuo, Matt's Big Breakfast, The Breadfruit, Cibo, The Arrogant Butcher, Bliss ReBar, The Strand, Switch, The Roosevelt, and JoBot Coffee. If you hear someone refer to Central City Urban Village, that includes the Downtown Neighborhood as well as the area directly east up to the border or Tempe, and west towards 19th Ave.

Midtown Neighborhood - Midtown (AKA: Central Avenue Corridor) refers to the Phoenix Neighborhood in between Camelback and McDowell, 7th Street and 7th Avenue. Home to many banks, law firms, government agencies, financial institutions, and hi-tech companies, the Corridor is one of the largest concentrated areas of employment. This area quickly transitions through wide economic pockets and almost every architectural style found in Phoenix. Popular restaurants in Midtown are

FEZ, Gallo Blanco Cafe, Johnnie's Chicago Red Hots, Pino's Pizza Al Centro, Lenny's Burger Shop, Durant's, Nami, Green New American Vegetarian, Coronado Cafe, Wy-Knot Cafe, and The Main Ingredient Ale House. The unique place to stay in the Midtown (Central Corridor) area is the Clarendon Hotel, a retro throwback made hipster with one of the best rooftop views of downtown in the entire valley. Friday and Sat nights they have a rooftop bar open, every other night of the week you can bring one up from the bar downstairs. The Midtown Neighborhood is part of the Encanto Urban Village, which covers the area from I-17 East to the Grand Canal, and between McDowell and the Canal to the North.

Uptown Neighborhood - To the North of Midtown is Uptown, which spans from about Camelback to Northern, and between 7th St and 7th Ave. The lines between Uptown and Midtown are a little blurred, so don't be surprised if you hear one person say Midtown and the other says Uptown. Uptown houses 3 historic residential districts: Medlock Place, Windsor Square, and Pierson Place. Popular restaurants in Uptown are The Vig Uptown, Hula's Modern Tiki, Postino Central, Hana Japanese Eatery, Feeney's, Cheese 'n Stuff, Fuego Bistro, Churn, Ticoz Resto-Bar, That's a Wrap, and St Francis.

Uptown, like Midtown, is also part of the Encanto Urban Village.

Sunnyslope Neighborhood - Sunnyslope is the area East and South of North Mountain, and North of the Arizona Grand Canal.

South Phoenix Neighborhood - South Phoenix, also known as the South Mountain Neighborhood is between 27th Ave and 48th St, with the Salt River at it's North boarder and South Mountain at it's base.

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