Posted By Visit Mesa Team
June 14, 2023
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-packed 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 at Que Chevere 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 fresh ingredients from local partners. Moving down through Main Street, one will discover the divine flavors at Tacos Chiwas. 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 variety of menu items, including 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 Nash Vintage Collective, visitors can explore a curated collection of vintage 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. The Organic Bean Cafe is a small café, hidden within the Greenbelt right in the heart of Downtown Mesa. Their menu is full of organic, vegan ingredients that will leave your taste buds satisfied. Try their iconic banana coffee, you won't regret it!
After a full day of shopping, visitors can wine and dine at several different nightlife locations in Downtown Mesa. Visitors have access to a variety of taprooms and breweries laid across Main Street. The downtown staple, 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. You can also check out Cider Corps, a veteran owned and family operated cidery and taproom that serves tons of delicious brews. The unique menu of cider flavors changes every season and includes chef-inspired collaborations like the Mango Foxtrot with mango and rose hip to pair with its in-taproom pizzeria, Mike's Pizza.
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 Chupacabra Taproom, located on Robinson Road. Relax in a laid-back atmosphere while enjoying the finest selection of craft beer and wine from all over the world.
Finally, Mesa is known for having a wide selection of family-fun activities. Visitors traveling with the family can head to Level1 and choose from a variety of arcade games.This spot is jam-packed with fun and plenty of things to do.