Phoenix is a booming city, as well as one that is bursting with life and the arts. This city in the desert attracts many artists of all disciplines and gives anyone who wishes to enter its galleries all they could want. Along with these passionate galleries are chefs who care just as much, with names like Razz's Restaurant and Bar, you should be able to tell what you are in for... a great time in Phoenix.
Day 1 - Phoenix
Phoenix is a bursting with life and there is no better place to witness this than downtown. The Hotel Mondrian Scottsdale is just the place, situated in downtown Scottsdale, it is just a short walk to the hustle and bustle of the city. Take a look for yourself and head to the Civic Center Mall and other nearby attractions. First stop Cosanti Originals, this is an amazing artistic venue featuring the handcrafted earthen works of Paolo Soleri. These creations are of limited edition and are extremely rare, so either grab one for your own enjoyment or peruse the selection that he offers at his gallery. From one form of art to another you will be delighted with Razz's Restaurant and Bar where Chef "Razz" will be stun you with his classic entrees made with his own innovative ingredients. This restaurant is not only a feast for your stomach but also for your eyes, the creative contemporary cuisine goes along well with the artwork of the restaurant, featuring some of Chef Razz's personal work. In keeping with the theme of Phoenix and its art, next stop is Work of the Artists Gallery where you will be able to peruse over 200 local artists work. They have a wide array of artwork ranging from sculptures to prints, clocks, poetry and more. This eclectic collection is updated daily so it is never the same experience. Just a short distance away is the Hilton Village where you can check out the shopping scene in Phoenix. Within this village is a great collection of well know upscale stores to local and award winning boutiques for both men and women. Medizona is one of the hottest restaurants in downtown Phoenix with its creative coupling of Greek and Southwestern food. Be sure to book a table in advance because this place is happening. After a great dinner at Medizona it is time to head over to the Cricket Pavilion to catch your favorite act performing in this open air amphitheater with award winning acoustics. Refreshments and food are available during the show as well.
tel: +1 800 752 3187
10835 North Tatum Blvd
(suite 101; north of Shea Boulevard)
Phoenix, AZ 85028
tel: +1 480 596 0304
fax: +1 480 596 0311
Day 2 - Phoenix
When it is finally time to drag yourself out of your comfortable beds at the Mondrian, do not worry - the first stop of the day is just downtown at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary art, and either a quick walk, or an even quicker taxi ride, will give you plenty of time to enjoy their array of artwork. This museum is especially unique because of its free art lectures and poetry readings. One of the coolest things is their forums which allow you to speak directly with the artists of your favorite works. From here head over to Rinaldi's on Third a pick up one of their renowned lunch sandwiches and head over to one of the nearby parks to enjoy the beautiful weather of Phoenix. You can also save your sandwiches and enjoy them at the next stop the Phoenix Zoo. They have a wide selection of picnic areas, so it is up to you. As you walk the Forest of the Uco and African Trails you will feel as if you are really in Africa, with its variety of species from lions to giraffes. Be sure to look at not just the animals but the habitats that have been created for them, they are amazing. Walking to Africa and back again is sure to work up quite the appetite, and Monti's La Casa Vieja is just the place for you to fill up. If possible sit outside on their patios and enjoy the great view of the lake. They have a very creative menu ranging from steaks and seafood to ostrich fillet! After good food, what is better than good music? The Marquee theatre is a smaller local venue that still attracts big names and is a great show. Be ready for a great general admission show with plenty of beer and good times. After the show you can either head back to those amazing beds at the Mondrian or head over to Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and down a few of their lagers or ales, which are brewed in house. This brewery is a great visit with its lively atmosphere, and is a perfect place to enjoy your night in Phoenix.
455 North Galvin Parkway
(64th Street between Van Buren & McDowell Roads)
Phoenix, AZ 85008
tel: +1 602 273 1341
fax: +1 602 273 7078
tel: +1 480 829 0607 / +1 480 829 1300 (Box Office)
fax: +1 480 829 1552