Posted By Visit Mesa Team
January 11, 2021
Downtown Mesa’s Magnificent Mile
The vibrant and upbeat atmosphere in Downtown Mesa continues to grow with new dining, retail and nightlife options expanding within the city center. From taprooms, breweries and restaurants to the fine arts and culture, the construct of the downtown area is more inclusive than ever. Take a look at how visitors can have an action-filled day in Downtown Mesa.
Mesa provides locals and visitors with the ultimate foodie experience and neighborhood feel. Starting off with eateries, Main Street is full of local tastes that range all the way from Latin-American dishes from Que Chevere (opening soon) to handcrafted sandwiches from Worth Takeaway. When visitors dine at Worth Takeaway, they will notice the variety of unique sandwich items that were sourced from the best possible ingredients from local partners. Moving down through Main street, one will discover the divine flavors of Chihuahua at Tacos Chiwas (opening soon). This taco shop is a family-owned restaurant excelling in the preparation of Mexican dishes that have been passed down through generations. To become a true flavor fanatic, dive into the menu items which include tacos, gorditas, burritos and quesadillas.
For all things retail, Downtown Mesa is a gem for treasure hunting through the selection of boutique, antique and vintage shops. When shopping at Moon Dust Farms visitors can explore a curated collection of handcrafted items that are fashionable, trendy and unique. For authentic mid-century modern furniture, vintage and eclectic home decor, head further down the street and stop by Atomic Age Modern. Locals that have damaged furniture can take advantage of their professional furniture repair and restorations. Shoppers who are looking for items from another era can stop by Buckhorn Vintage and browse through their ever-changing selection of décor and fashion items.
Need a coffee break? Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea & Gallery’s innovative concept of a coffeehouse combined with an art gallery is located right in the heart of Main Street in Downtown Mesa. The coffeehouse showcases local art and vintage jewelry while serving up delicious drinks' courtesy of their skilled baristas. Visitors can also experience live music, poetry readings, improv, and live art shows on the weekends. Lost Dutchman Coffee House & Roasters is a small café that roasts their locally sourced beans in a micro-roastery nearby. Their menu also includes light bites, smoothies, teas, espresso, shakes, floats and affogatos.
After a full day of shopping, visitors can wine and dine at the nightlife options in Downtown Mesa. Visitors have access to a variety of taprooms and breweries laid across Main Street. The newest addition, 12 West Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant, features their own craft beer options and unique cocktail selections while delivering a fun and exhilarating environment for guests. Working with Arizona breweries and local distilleries, diners can enjoy the deliciousness of their drinks while pairing it with a small plate or sandwich item from the menu.
Just outside of the main strip, there is the famous Republica Empanada, where diners can experience Arizona’s largest selection of South American-style empanadas. The mid-century building is also filled with local art and photogenic murals. For more brewery options, head to Cider Corps or Chupacabra Taproom, both located on Robinson Road. Cider Corps is a veteran owned and family operated cidery and taproom in Downtown Mesa. The unique menu of cider flavors changes every season and includes chef-inspired collaborations like the 40 Myke-Myke with honey, arbol and ancho chile to pair with its in-taproom pizzeria. Or head over to Chupacabra Taproom and relax in a laid-back atmosphere while enjoying the finest selection of craft beer and wine from all over the world.
Looking for outside dining? Grab your lunch and head to MacDonald and Main Street where you will find a pop-up temporary communal outdoor dining area! "Al Fresco off Main" is set up with tables and chairs and will eventually offer outdoor entertainment. Enjoy the beautiful weather and take your meal to-go!
Finally, Mesa is known for having a wide selection of family-fun activities. Visitors traveling with the family can participate in Mesa Escape Rooms and use their problem-solving skills to try to escape from a variety of themed rooms before the time runs out. Located just a few short blocks from Main Street.