Widely regarded as Phoenix’s trendiest neighborhood, Arcadia is known for its unique home design, vibrant culture, and high walkability score. Literally rooted in history, the neighborhood was built on old citrus groves, and many yards still feature orange, lemon, and grapefruit trees. Just south of popular hiking destinations, the area is also well known for its myriad of independent businesses. With upscale boutiques at Biltmore Fashion Park, antiques shops and cocktail bars on nearby Gaslight Square, and plenty of trendy brewpubs, grills and lounges, Arcadia is an urban chic oasis.
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RESTAURANTS & BARS
Arcadia has it all, from underground tiki bars to cozy dives, from handcrafted cocktails and craft brews to affordable Happy Hour staples. One can’t-miss spot is Nook, a trattoria in the Gaslight Square shopping center that dishes up modern American fare with Italian roots. And it wouldn’t be trendy without a bustling brunch scene! You can test your bartender skills at The Henry’s infamous weekend bloody mary cart or stop by Matt’s Big Breakfast for cozy breakfast staples.
FOOD & GROCERY
While staples like Safeway, Sprouts, and Trader Joe’s abound, Arcadia locals know that La Grande Orange Grocery is the neighborhood go-to. A carefully curated general store that locals call LGO, it offers grab-and-go options, a full-service bar, a pizzeria, and a wine shop. Many view it as a piece of Arizona history in the making that single handedly made nearby real estate values skyrocket.
Looking for vintage-inspired home decor and clothing? Look no further than Arcadia. This neighborhood is home to many of the area’s boutique, artisanal, and creative small businesses. There’s also the Arcadia Plaza, with its unique blend of dining, retail, and service stores. At the edge of Arcadia, the Biltmore Fashion Park is the area’s go-to upscale, open-air mall. Biltmore Fashion Park boasts a brand new high end gym, Life Time Athletic, and luxury retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue
In this hip neighborhood, you can easily spend your days sampling local eateries, supporting local craftsmen, and diving into an eclectic and vivid cultural scene. On top of being a great place to walk, bike, and explore, Arcadia is just south of must-see hiking destinations: Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak.
For those who want a hip scene on a mid-range budget, Arcadia Lite is a great option. This neighborhood—bounded by east Camelback Road and east Indian School Road—is quickly becoming a favorite for young professionals looking for balance between a quick commute and a charmingly eclectic neighborhood.
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