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Espresso, Beer & Wine at Cartel Coffee Lab

Cartel Coffee Lab has several shops around town, including one in Downtown Scottsdale. This is a great place to enjoy not only a coffee or latte, but also craft beer, wine, and tea.

Cartel Coffee Lab

Cartel is serious about its coffee. All baristas are trained extensively and many are certified with the Barista Guild of America. They make excellent espresso, lattes, and coffee, serving …

European Chocolates in Downtown Scottsdale

I just love to visit new stores that open near the hotel, especially if they sell chocolate! Chocolade van Brugge is a wonderful shop featuring luxury Belgian chocolates. I heard a rumor that they had chocolate croissants and hot chocolate, which are my favorite foods. I got to taste both and they were delicious!

Chocolade van BruggeWhen you first enter the store, you can smell …

See a Show at Rockbar in Scottsdale

Looking for a cool spot to see local and national bands? Rockbar in Downtown Scottsdale is a great venue that has shows throughout the week, including rock, country, acoustic, and more.

Rockbar

Rockbar is open every day, so you can stop in for a drink even if there isn’t a show. They have a huge rooftop patio with a bar and pool table. On the weekends …

Hula’s Modern Tiki – A Welcome Addition to Downtown Scottsdale

Just in time for spring training, Hula’s Modern Tiki has added a second location, in Downtown Scottsdale. The new spot is a very hip, mid-century-esque restaurant with a great urban feel and fabulous food. The front completely opens up onto 1st Avenue, which is a great place to enjoy our wonderful weather, do a little people watching, and be part of the bustling downtown scene.

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Grab a Bite (and a Margarita) at Joyride Taco House

We love Upward Projects, the folks behind Postino, Windsor, Churn, Federal Pizza, and the new Joyride Taco House. These five spots are all right next to each other in Midtown Phoenix, with some other locations around the Valley as well. Upward Projects takes mid-century-modern buildings and adapts them into unique restaurant spaces.

Joyride Taco House

Joyride has a cool vibe and a …